Tanilla Porter | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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79
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312 Ratings
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Tanilla PorterTanilla Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
kneedeepbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with only grade-A Tahitian vanilla beans, Tanilla carries a smooth chocolate flavor complemented by the delicate intensity of vanilla beans, and a rich aroma of coffee.

Added by Beerandraiderfan on 04-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
312
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A decent, if somewhat muted aroma of vanilla, chocolate, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a bit of chocolate, some light coffee notes (could have used more), a good shot of vanilla, some malt, light caramel, and a tinge of hops. A decent enough flavor, but like the aroma it seems a little muted. None of the elements is given a chance to stand out. Much of the flavor seems frontloaded, leaving the finish a little underwhelming. Not bad, but could have been better.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a surprisingly lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely an uneven beer. Certainly not the worst porter ever, but not one of the great ones either.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jackjaffar
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown, with a whitish beige head of 2 fingers. Very frothy, recedes slowly.

Aroma reminds me of Keebler Elf Fudge sandwich cookies (the ones in the shapes of the elves). Some chocolate fudge, vanilla, and coffee grounds. The aroma is quiet though and hard to nose this conclusion.

Flavor is mostly roast malts, carafe malts, and coffee...some faint vanilla, tobacco, molasses, and fudge. Some waxy candle flavors, too. It all kind of clashes.

Feel is pretty decent - a nice roastiness accompanies everything and makes for a great dryness throughout. Carbonation is about perfect.

Overall, this beer isn't terrible, but it's not great either. I'd have it again if it were on tap and nothing else were around.

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Photo of hopkrid
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - with some very south seas island label stylings.

This beer pours a clear, very dark orange brick-tinted brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky beige head, which leaves some random splattered lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of roasted and bready caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, semi-sweet real vanilla, bittersweet cocoa powder, a touch of cafe-au-lait, and some tame earthy, musty, and herbal hoppiness. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser plain toffee sweetness, some free-range ashiness, earthy and musty vanilla, subtle mocha java shop essences, weird sour fruity notes, and more laid-back leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.

The carbonation is adequate for the job at hand, via its supportive frothiness, the body a kind of weak medium weight, and more or less smooth, with just a hint of damp smoke taking a minor tithe here. It finishes off-dry, the muted caramel/toffee contending with some limping to the end vanilla.

Overall, this one starts off well, but then loses steam rather quickly - it's not a bad brew, but it seems to have an identity crisis. The guest vanilla doesn't really do much that could be considered noteworthy, and the remaining beer doesn't exactly convince me of its porter chops. Yeah, much gets misplaced in the mire here, I'm afraid.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Keith-Manuel25
2.52/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown reddish color with tan head. Aroma is full-on vanilla ice cream with chocolate topping. Taste starts with chocolate, cacao and sweet finish. Body is quite light. Overall it's quite nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of mpenske
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a chalice.

Appearance: Thin dark brown Amber with medium bubbles and a light tan head rising maybe half a finger's length. Head drops to Nadia after two or three sips.

Smell: Ligt vanilla and toffee.

Taste: Like the smell just more amplified. Vanilla and sugars with minimal bitterness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Almost sticky but could be better with notes of light American coffee at the end.

Overall: Descent brew but still packs a punch with flavor. Awesome gift from a good friend and worth inhaling when the night is good. Salud!

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Photo of Avatar113
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of agreenman19
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magery
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.61/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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