Tanilla Porter | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Tanilla PorterTanilla Porter

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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 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 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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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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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 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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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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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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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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

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