Tanilla Porter | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
296
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
34.4%
 
 
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9
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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar; upon closer inspection it is clear and very dark red in color when held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but left a short head and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of vanilla and dark malts are present in the nose. The malts become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has foremost flavors of vanilla beans along with notes of dark malts and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Once the porter warms up, the vanilla becomes dominate and makes for this as being a nice dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oline73
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown color with some red coming through when light hits the beer. There is a layer of off white color that leaves a very thin ring around the pour.

Smell: Definitely getting some vanilla. There is a slightly sweet malt note along with the vanilla. Overall, not very complex.

Taste: The roasted malt only contributes a little bit. I'm getting some vanilla, just the right amount to compliment the other flavors, but those other flavors are lacking. The finish is slightly roasty and a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium with rather large bubbles. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: A very boring beer. The amount of vanilla seemed about right, but I needed more from the malt component.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a sizable, ecru head that's slowly dwindling.

Smell: Toasted, chocolate-scented malts with a backdrop of roast and complimentary albeit demanded notes of vanilla beans that open up and stretch a bit more as it warms.

Taste: Toasted bread, bland, basic coffee, and sweet chocolate chips given a decent dose of vanilla beans. Faintly estery. Scantly earthy, herbal hops with a low bitterness. A dash of vanilla sugar on the tongue holds until the soft, malty finish for a nibble of Nilla wafers washed down with Coke Blak.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light (though still sufficiently smooth) body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Cheerfully drinkable. It carried across the promised flavor well enough for a beer with vanilla beans (and with natural flavor added).

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Samuel Smith's becker.

Pours a VERY dark and remarkably ruby tinted clear liquid covers by a medium dense and well-proportioned tan head. The head has very good retention but leaves little lacing. [4.25]

The aroma [2.75] is disappointing. Too much like a sweet liqueur, especially after warming when the alcohol esters are a little too prevalent, a trace of dankness, and the vanilla seems less subtle than desired.

The flavor, in contrast, is rather good. The alcohol remains adequately hidden, there is no unpleasant dankness, and it is not objectionably sweet. The vanilla addition does seem a bit overdone. Plenty of dark malt with a hint of smoke.

M: Creamy smooth; full body; excellent medium-light carbonation.

O: a fine, vanilla-flavored porter.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/15/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toast, and light herbal. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and vanilla notes; with good strength. Taste of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toast, and light herbal. Slight herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toast, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and vanilla flavors; with a great malt/vanilla balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good vanilla porter. All around good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a small tan head. The aroma brings some roast, vanilla, chocolate. Vanilla flavor is prominent, with some burnt roast and a subtle lactic presence. The body is thin, even a tad watery. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a couple of glasses. Shared with friends during a recent gathering. The brew appears a dark brown with some lighter clarity of brown/ruby aroud the edges. A tan cap of froth and webby lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma of this is quite nutty with some hints of roasted chocolate grain. As it warms up, it focuses more on the roasted aspects. Some herbal character if hops are present keeping things in check. The smell is mildly of vanilla across the back.

The taste includes toasty and roasted grain. Just like the aroma hinted, it is quite nutty in flavor. A little bit of herbal hops come out that accents the bitterness of the grain. Relatively speaking, this brew is a little one-noted and lacking depth.

It is medium bodied with a mild alcohol inclusion and modest level of carbonation. It wasnt a bad brew by any stretch but it was pretty forgetable. Im glad I had the chance to try this but wouldnt go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by someone Friday night, Thanks!
Deep golden color with a small head. Huge vanilla on the nose masks most of the caramel and bready malt underneath. you could use this when baking but nice to sip on.

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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 if 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 smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled May 7th 2014.

Simple dark walnut body, with a two finger light cocoa brown to tan head. Head settles to a real foamy cap, and leaves a simple thin puck while slowly settling down. Pretty much a textbook color porter and non aggressive presence.

Mild hints of roast, and soft sweetness. Not really getting any hints of vanilla off of this at all. Clean but not much going on here and a bit closed. Some cake like sense a bit but very hard to detect. Otherwise kind of neutral.

Palate comes forth kind of ordinary. Some odd faint tang but very mild sourness mixing with a large roasted bitterness. Slightly hinting towards acrid, but also wit a touch of mild fizz in the back, of a slightly wet body. Really not getting any mid vanilla off of this at all. Roast feel comes out with a hint of popped seltzery quality, making the bitterness a bit strange.

Overall an ok porter, but really missing the vanilla quality the beer suggests and claims it offers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right. So, let's have 22 ounces of beer. On to the beer:

The head has a soapy texture and has fair retention on top of this cola black colored beer. Spots of lace are left around the glass. Ruby red hues can be found towards the bottom of the glass. Now at first, the vanilla is tough to find, but it eventually comes out. Bitter roasted grain and hop resin comes out mostly.

It's a good thing there's vanilla to taste in this porter, otherwise we would be looking at a bitter, astringent beer. The vanilla is there to provide sweetness. As for the roasted malt and bitter as ash hops, I can say that I've had better flavor coming out of those ingredients in a porter. A tiny bit of molasses makes itself present. It's medium bodied, and features a drinkability that is alright.

Good in one area, (added flavor) flawed in another (base malt and hops). Not one I'm going to remember as awesome.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.64/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep brown with a fizzy moderate eggshell white head. Average retention, no lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate notes, almost oatmeal stout like. Light coffee and roast.

T: Thin chocolate flavour and fairly astringent, some tang to it. The vanilla bean flavour in the finish is very nice and saves the beer, but it really should be more of a focal point.

M: Ridiculously thin for a porter, especially at 6.3%. Fizzy, lightly acidic, the mouthfeel of soda pop.

O: While not atrocious, not exactly thrilling me either. When I was in AZ, I enjoyed Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and hoped that this could be a nice facsimile, but it isn't. Overpriced for sure and the vanilla which is the best part of the beer is really hard to find.

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Photo of stevoj
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Dark brown with small foamy head. Immediate vanilla aroma, more in the taste, which also brings some cocoa and roast grain bitterness. Smells sweet, without being overly sugary. Bitterness lingers enough to kill any remnants of the perceived sweetness.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Coffee and creme soda aroma. Little bit of smoke is in there with the chocolate and vanilla. Vanilla isn't an overpowering force in this one.

Starts out mildly sweet with a hit of chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. Vanilla is definitely in here and this reminds me a bit of a Guinness beer float. Taste a little coffee and a little patent malt.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall an interesting beer but not a great one. I do not regret giving it a try but I won't buy another now that my curiosity is satisfied.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber for 3.49? I'll bite. Nice to see a beer that's not exorbitantly priced for no reason other than people will apparently pay it.

Tanilla pours jet black with a fluffy tan head that settles down slowly. Lacing is patchy and slippery. Looks like a standard porter.

Aroma is sweet and sugary with prominent vanilla. Lesser roast, black coffee, and bitter chocolate notes. Smells pretty nice, actually. The flavor is also good but not perhaps as nice as hoped after taking in the aroma. The elements are well balanced, certainly, with roast malt, vanilla both real and of the extract variety, a touch of coffee, and a bit of bitter hoppiness. There is a bit of an offputting alcohol flavor that seems derived more from the vanilla extract than anything else.

Medium body and carbonation, slightly sticky, with a finish that lingers a bit both sweetly and bitterly.

Not a top notch beer but pretty damn good. Apparently I liked this one a good deal more than the BA community as a whole.
And the price is hard to beat. If Southern Tier Creme Brulee is too sweet for you you may enjoy this as an alternative.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a pleasant, deep red-brown, with a solid clarity. Body is firm enough, and the head is frothy and thick, although it doesn't retain particularly well, and there's only minimal lacing. Still, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is mildly grainy with a smooth vanilla undertone, but an unpleasant echo of tinny metal comes through as well. Vanilla is dominant as it warms, almost making it smell overly sweet. The vanilla's a nice touch overall, but it doesn't really blend with the other characters, mainly because no other character is robust enough to keep up.

Taste is rather thin, with a fake vanilla sweetness coming through the centre, before a harsh roasted, almost tobacco ash character comes through on the finish. It's no better as it warms—the body still feels thin, there's no sweetness to support the vanilla, and the bitterness on the finish adds a dollop of unpleasantness to top things off.

It's not terrible, but it should be better than this. It's way too thin, and there's not a depth or complexity to it. Moreover, what characters it does have don't gel together into a coherent whole, and some actively rebel against the flavour of the whole. Disappointing.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a nice light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is sweet with some dark roasted malts with some vanilla notes as well.

T- The taste has a lot more of the vanilla bean flavors that the aroma. Dark roasted malts with some sweetness and vanilla flavors make up the taste.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Not bad but not great either. Overall, it is a decent beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Company tapered pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that bears average retention time before dropping down to an 1/8 inch head. Frothy threads of lacing.

S- Sweet coffee nose with notes of caramel, vanilla, and cocoa.

T- Medium roasted malts with a sweet start and a chocolatey finish. Light in alcohol and bitterness. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Very smooth.

M- Slightly creamy with medium thickness. Medium carbonation and a relatively soft body for the style.

O- As far as taste and viscosity go, it's quite tame but effective. A good session porter.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brown, not much head or retention, couldn't even tell what the color of the head was it was so thin. Mild coffee aroma to it. Didn't pick up any vanilla.

Taste, thin body, seemed more like a brown ale than a 'robust' porter, watery. Vanilla is extremely muted, sugar more dominant than vanilla. Little to no hop flavor. Compared to every other vanilla beer I've had, this one just didn't cut it.

$7 a bottle is about twice as much as I'd pay for this beer. You can get a breckenridge 6 pack of Vanilla Porter for that price, and actually enjoy it for what it is advertised as. Liked this more in its demo stage at the Brew Ha Ha a few years back.

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Photo of Bung
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. Dark brown pour, thin layer of very light tan head.

Aroma, vanilla, toasted malt, light coffee with creamer.

Taste, wow, that's a lot of vanilla. Vanilla latte. Milk chocolate, faint malted milk ball. Mostly vanilla latte though.

Light side of mid bodied. It is sweet, but drinks pretty easy. You have to be ready for some vanilla though.
A bit too much for me, but a nice priced worth a try.
Kind if a Southern Tier Creme Brûlée light.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light brown pour yields 1/6" off white head. Vanilla absent, some coffee like aroma notes present.

Taste was a hodgepodge of adjunct sweeteners, wasn't matched well mouthfeel wise with the base. Brown malt came off too light. Wasn't what I would call a robust porter hearty enough to take on all the adjunct sweeteners.

Expensive in the bomber format.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep blackish sable with a decent light tan head. Smoky aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses and vanilla, fairly sweet but far from cloying. Mouth-filling flavor has a roast malt core and notes of burnt coffee, chocolate and vanilla plus a hint of molasses. It is not as sweet as the aroma, which is fine because I am not overly fond of sweet beers. Firm texture has little fizz, but leaves a decent finish.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into Block15 snifter.

A: Pours a deep coffee brown with a finger and half of frothy light tan head that faded into a thick film that lasted the whole beer through. Great retention. Wispy yet thick lace.
S: Light notes of vanilla, roast, and hazelnuts. Chocolate is light but present, but the hazelnut I pick up really shines.
T: Follows the nose with light notes of roasted nuts, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavors are light overall. Finish has a note or two of cola, and the aftertaste is full of chocolate bitterness and a splash of caramel.
M: The carbonation is very frothy and foams up on my palate. Definitely a bit much, and it takes away from the drinkability. Body is medium and the mouthfeel is foamy, light, and slightly watery in the finish. Mouthfeel really drops off in the finish.
O: Decent flavors but something about it doesn’t sit well with me. The carbonation is way off; maybe I got a bad bottle. Could use a bit more vanilla but I liked the flavors.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is single-mindedly vanilla.
The taste is moderately sweet moving sweeter at the end. The middle has an unexpected bitterness. The profile is a bit disjointed.
Smooth texture with low carbonation and thicker body.
If you like sweetness this is for you.

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

Wet, Vanilla, Chocolate, Smooth

Brewed with grade-A Tahitian vanilla beans shows a large emphisis on this character though less on the “Porter” side on things. Faint cordial or cooking extract flavor in the middle. Subtle chocolate and coffee flavors but no real burnt or roasted character and could easily be confused with a Brown Ale. Is it tasty? Yes. Is it enjoyable? Sure, why not but there is still something left to be really desired here.

STYLE: American Porter | ABV: 6.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #97 (FEB 2015)

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