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 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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, and some sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some roasted coffee, vanilla, and caramel malts. Through the middle, some more coffee flavor and vanilla with some nuttiness. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee malts with some vanilla, caramel malts, and nutty flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch thick with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice American porter with a good overall balance.

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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 facundoCNB
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a nice dark brown pour with a generous amount of light tan colored head which quickly dissipated, leaving behind a thick ring around the glass. nice retention, patchy lacing.
smells of figs, dates, plum, chocolate, caramel. the taste is sugary sweet.. almost like a candy bar. caramel, lightly roasted malts, chocolate, sweet fruity/nutty overtones. light body, light carbonation. as far as porters go, this is a great tasting one. unfortunately, the body falls weak in comparison to everything else. still, at a $5 tag price, it's definitely worth a shot if you are on a budget and looking for a great tasting craft beer.

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

1429th Review on BA
Bottle to HF pint
22oz

No bottle date
Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor

App- Its a cola brown with a deep brown almost black center. Only a small head formed and was gone quickly, not much of cling in glass. Looks appetizing with a darker color like a dessert beer.

Smell- It had all the requisite porter notes. It just didn't have the vanilla like it advertised. It was a bit thin on aromatics. Kinda there with a flat cola nose.

Taste- Very light on the Vanilla with a small porter flavor. Roasty, char, malty and what I would say is cola, quad note. It's good, but could be better.

Mouth- A light/medium body with a light/medium carbonation. Chocolate and vanilla combo. Needs more vanilla.

Drink- tasty but hoping imperial version is better and more vanilla.

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Photo of pants678
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brown headed toward black with a beige head. Nothing out of the ordinary for a porter.

Vanilla, little chocolate.

Not exactly what I'd call a polarizing beer, benign in nature. Not getting much more than roasted malt, some vanilla but hard to call that characteristic. Slightly sweet but mostly empty. Seems so negative but it's not an offensive or obnoxious beer. Dark chocolate eventually comes through.

Texture's fine, actually it'd be perfect for a more pungent brew. Crisp but still full-bodied, stains the palette which is great.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review version 2 thanks to getting auto-logged out after 30 minutes, AGAIN. Hope I can remember some of it.

Pours a deep, chestnut brown with red throughout. Latte colored head drops to a thick film that stays forever. no lace, though.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, cardboard, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Really well balanced though weak overall until it warms some.
Taste is toast, malt, coffee, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate. Well balanced. Warming helps here as well. Slight medicinal note in the aftertaste.
Smooth, medium bodied, lightly effervescent. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes before drinking and you will be rewarded.

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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 ThickNStout
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 5.99. Served in a large snifter. 

Pours dark brown with 1.5 fingers beige head. Very little lacing. 

Smells of faintly roasty malt, vanilla extract and heavily creamed/sweetened coffee. Meh. 

Luckily the vanilla and roast comes through a little better in the taste. A one trick pony of vanilla/roast that borders too sweet without any balancing depth but it knows what it is. Zero alcohol apparent, not surprising at only 6%. 

Feel is light and thin with nearly too much carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste. 

Not a bad drinking experience but not one I'll be clamoring to repeat. It has a distinct sweet vanilla edge, of which I'm a fan but there are several other beers that do it better in my opinion. 

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a dark reddish hue when held up to the light. Large, light tan head. Scent is very heavy in sweet vanilla. Vanilla bean and light coffee. Not very dark with some roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is not as impressive, as the vanilla turns out to seem somewhat artificial. There is a ton of vanilla in the flavor, but it tastes as if it could have been a normal porter and just added vanilla bean powder and stirred it up. By no means does this taste bad, just not very complex. The roasted malt profile is nice though. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is a somewhat tasty brew...just has an off-putting artificial taste/feel to it.

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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 DM1293
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, as a porter, this is probably my favorite so far.

Very sweet, chocolate-y malt and vanilla (PROMINENT vanilla), with a bitter roasty finish. Thats it. Thats all it does and it does it pretty well.

So its a dessert-y kind of beer. And if thats what you're looking for, and you like chocolate and vanilla mixed together, this is worth a try. I'd get it again just for that purpose.

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

A: Deep brown back in body, crimson when held to a strong light. Nice tall tan head, fluffy with a number of fish eyes.

S: Roasted grains and bready notes at first. Vanilla and some spice notes. There is a floury bread note in there, as well as a touch of dark chocolate or possibly coffee.

T: Chocolate and vanilla, with a coffee and cream aftertaste. Something else in there, but I can't really put my finger on it.

M: Medium light in body. The carbonation feels a little strong for me. It finishes with a little bit of a carbonic bite.

O: Overall decent, but not phenomenal. The vanilla character is nice, but I don't think it does enough to pull the rest of the beer up.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark black with amber & burgundy highlights when held up to the light. Little white head, but a decent carbonation level and mouthfeel.

Sweet aromas of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts underlie both the aroma and are the backbone of the flavour. The well balanced and complex taste is surprisingly dry, with a pleasantly lingering bitterness. Oak tannins and vanilla flavours linger in the finish well beyond the malt.

A very pleasant beer that I'd purchase again.

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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 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 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 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 lurpy1
2.27/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at BJ's charm-free brewpub in Roseville, CA. Not real familiar with Knee Deep. But how can you fuck up with vanilla and beer, right? Well, unless you are one of the C-list breweries I've had who have fucked up vanilla porters.

Pours, well, brown. Not a real impressive porter brown. Cola thin. No head. Not a porter, more of a Mystery Strong Dark Ale.

Smell has some smoke and vanilla. Mostly vanilla. I mean, mostly smoke. Pleasant

I'll say this much for the vanilla flavor - it tastes less artificial than some other flawed vanilla beers I have. It tastes somewhat like the real thing. But there's too damn much of it. Coupled with the bitter astringency, not so hot.

Mouthfeel was a disaster. Thin, watery, zingy with carbonation. Terrible, terrible pop rocks on the tongue sensation.

Overall, very low, although there is room for improvement with better understanding of how to make a bigger dessert beer. While the taste could have been worse, I did not finish the beer, basically the public version of the drain pour. In answer to my rhetorical question "how can you fuck up with vanilla and beer?", the (rhetorical) answer is "let me count the ways".

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Photo of amread4
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: very dark brown - close to black with a quickly dissipating tan head. The head did not stick to the glass as it faded.

S: smoke with a follow of malt. Imitation vanilla on the finish.

T: less smoke than the smell with a lot of vanilla. Very sweet vanilla taste that overwhelms the other flavors.

M: thin with a feel that is closer to a brown than a porter. Not chewy at all.

O: slightly below average, though this is not a style that I find particularly appealing. I think the beer would be better served with less vanilla and more focus on the malts and smoke flavor. Those were nice when they were able to cut through the vanilla.

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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 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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Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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