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Imperial Tanilla Porter | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Imperial Tanilla PorterImperial Tanilla Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A 10 % ABV version of Tanilla. Of course we added more hop bitterness to balance the chocolate, expresso and vanilla malt sweetness. Drink at your own risk. This is a big beer, but drinks way too easy.

48 IBU

Added by 51mmz0rz on 07-25-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
195
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
38
For Trade:
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 195
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Compared to the standard Tanilla, this Imperial version uses twice the vanilla yet looks even more chocolatey. Or, more accurately, awkward as it sounds, it appears more 'coffee-y'. This thing is black and basically flat, resembling a strong cup of heavy dark roast. Not even a movie set could lend any light to this opaque, intimidating looking beer.

You know what they say: if it looks like coffee, and it smells like coffee... let's just go ahead and name this one 'Joe'. The vanilla beans are certainly present but don't quite stack up to all the mocha and espresso overtones of the roasted barley. I assumed that distinctly rich Tahitian vanilla would dominate but it's merely an accoutrement, or so it seems...

The palate offers much more creamy sweetness. Some sips are like a visit to the ice cream shop. A good supply of earthy East Kent Goldings are working overtime to keep things under control and, in tandem with dry, roasty chocolate malt, do a considerably good job by distracting with bittersweet dark chocolate and toasted hazelnut-like notes.

Lost in all this is alcohol - did you know it's 10%? If the label didn't mention it I never would have known. Imperial Tanilla drinks like any standard-strength porter (though, in fairness, it offers about the same level and intensity of flavour too). Whether ultimately this is a pro or con depends on your point of view - I'm both impressed and underwhelmed at the same time.

Imperial Tanilla Porter won't blow you away like some of Knee Deep's imperial hoppy offerings; it doesn't pack that same punch despite its relatively rich mocha-vanilla profile. While I'm tempted to suggest bigger, better such beers from California I'll give this one credit for being arguably one of the more easily approachable (even if not the most affordable).

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerswag
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice with a pitch black body and fluffy 4 finger almond colored-big-bubbled head. Smell is toned, and mild coffee,chocolate roasted malts, with the vanilla apparent.taste is bitterness of dark cocoa, coffee, vanilla, hop-bitterness from the hops, no fruit from the hops apparent. slightly dry finish not too sweet thick body syrupy nuttiness coming from the roasted malts and the coffee sticking in the background and on the nose.getting a little bitterness on the finish from the vanilla and hops melding, however not overdone. Would pair nice with vanilla desserts such as ice cream or flamb├ęsor with a cheddar bisque,or extra aged Nutty cheeses.

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Photo of ElSid
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#42

Bottled Date: None

A: Pitch black which is almost light impenetrable but there seems to be a faint occasional glimmer which comes through when held up to the light. The off white head builds slowly with the pour and fades to a moderate lace on the glass.

S: Roasty, smooth with strong qualities of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee with several lumps of sugar which bring well balanced sweetness to the overall nose. The vanilla is better described as a fire burnt marshmallow and the sweetness at times can be raisin-like.

T: The palate is round, balanced with similar offerings noted in the nose: vanilla, smoke, cocoa, espresso, raisins, and brown sugar. There is an earthy, sappy bitterness which begins in the mid palate along with burnt brown bread which builds and fades throughout. The finish is dry with a warming bourbon feel.

M: Somewhat thin for an Imperial Porter but good smoothness and appropriate carbonation.

O: A well crafted porter with vanilla beans, which adds a nice layer of interest to the nose and palate. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming which lends an easy-smooth drinkability to the brew. Enjoyable and worthy of future purchases.

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Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of butters_mcgee
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark hue of black with ruby brown highlights, light mocha tan head forms nice intricate lacing. Aromatics offer up dark dessert chocolate notes, roasted iced coffee notes, nutty edge that seems like it would all go well in some oatmeal. Flavors roasted malts, dark chocolate drizzled on some, dark robust coffee notes. Burnt acrid bitter edge on the finish from the dark malts, balanced flowing creaminess works to ease that dark malt robustness. Mouthfeel is creamy texture heaven on the palate, completely hidden alcohol I can't believe this stuff is rolling in at 10% abv...undetectable. Finishes smooth on the palate, nice drinking imperial porter absolutely smooth and delicious pairs great with most darker wrapped cigars out there.

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Photo of HopAttack3
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost black, this pretty big-looking beer grows a light brown head to a solid full finger in height. Good retention is displayed, and the head that remains the whole time leaves sticky lacing in abundant patching.
Hops are actually pretty big in here, coming out in a sort of leafy and herbal way right at the front. Otherwise it's quite roasty.
With the same initial roastiness as there is in the aroma, it's the main note until it's sat for a moment. Left to warm, a bit of char backs off and lets some sweet flavors come out. Vanilla is sort of an afterthought, very much an extract note just into the finish. Coffee is a constant note all the way through.
A creamy feel is all the way through every sip, and crispness is there also. A slightly metallic touch lends itself to the feel as much as any other aspect. It's very slightly drying in the finish as leafy hops continue to linger.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Looks like a hot mocha.
Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and lots of espresso. The vanilla adds a perfect amount of buttery smoothness and the hop bitterness balances this out to really give the feel that you're drinking an $8 hipster coffee drink at dumb Starbucks at not an $8 bomber from Bevmo.

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Photo of buzzword
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lively dark brew; big fluffy dark tan head with very good retention.

Lots of roasty notes on the nose. A touch of slightly soured grapes, and a touch of vanilla.

Flavor-wise, it's a very tasty robust vanilla porter. The roasty notes are strongest up front, along with dry bittering hops. It mellows out over the palate to a smooth, chocolate/espresso/vanilla porter, carrying the roast but with less tenacity.

Full-bodied, but not quite thick. Lively. Extremely drinkable, showing little sign of the 10% ABV. If not for the high ABV and the large bottle format, this could easily be a workday porter.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had the regular version so when I saw the imperial version, I knew I had to tick it. 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a .5 finger light cream colored head with poor retention. Lacing is spotty and sparse but with good stick. Beer is opaque black but rather thin. Average.

Nose is chocolate, lactose, roasted malt, and cocoa. Nicely sweet and creamy. Aromatic too. Pretty good.

Opens roasted malt, liquorice, and chocolate. Lactose sweetness and creaminess in the middle with some fresh dark fruit and more cocoa and chocolate at the end. Finishes sweet candied sugar with a similar aftertaste. Decent.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Thin and filmy in the mouth and aggressive and bubbly going down. Accented finish with a pretty clean aftertaste. A bit too thin for an imperial porter.

A pretty middle-of-the-road beer overall. This isn't a lot different from the regular version. A bit sweet and the body is just way too thin. I wouldn't really revisit this one.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CraigMack61
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ananddullabh
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevecharby
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjones5045
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hung_Daddy
1.24/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of scootny
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge head. A bit of staying power. Pretty good lacing. Clear, dark, ruddy brown liquid.

Great nose. Coffee, roasted grains, molasses, very faint alcohol sweetness. Vanilla cuts in subtly. Earthy hop presence

Taste is a like a vanilla and molasses infused espresso. Sweet malts in the front, lovely roasted malt and light char. Hops bitter mildly with a nice depth. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Feel is lightly syrupy, smooth, mild, and somewhat creamy. Drinks like a much lower abv brew. I could pound quite a few of these... Till I fell on my face hammered. Its kind of sneaky.

A great beer. Much better at cellar temperature than right out of the fridge.

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Imperial Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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