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Imperial Tanilla Porter | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Imperial Tanilla PorterImperial Tanilla Porter

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 190
Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A chocolate fudge sweetness dominates the aroma, though somewhat subdued, with a slight tan head yielding spots of lacing. Chocolate covered coffee flavored marshmallows is my best way of explaining the taste. Carbonated with a creamy, smooth finish. Outstanding Imperial Porter that I will have try again!

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Photo of Alron
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta tell u guys I'm really loving what they are doing out there at Knee Deep Brewing Co. They put out some unique, flavorful, "tasty beverages".

This Tanilla Imperial Porter is no exception. I got this one super fresh. bottled on 12/30/13.
-Appearance is black with a gorgeous tan 2 finger head.
-The smell actually surprised me... very smokey with plenty of vanilla, espresso and a hint of chocolate.
-The taste is fantastic. Just what I wanted. Coffee, Chocolaty, then the vanilla and smokiness comes through.
-The mouthfeel is great. Lightly carbonated, slightly chewy and at 10% the alcohol percentage is hidden so well.
-Overall, im loving it. Just a fantastic, very flavorful beer. Kudos to Knee Deep on this one.

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Photo of CaptainInsaneO
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Queen's kickshaw

Black and mostly opaque. Bubbles on the glass below the head are reddish in tint, and that reddishness appears around the edges when you tilt the glass to sip, almost like an extra dark cola. The head is thick and white beige like coffee icecream, creamy and fluffy but disappeared after a few sips.

Smell - can't get much off the smell besides alcohol and a little vanilla. Not offensive or even bad just not stand out- I'm not sticking my nose in just to luxuriate in it. Don't expect to glean much off the smell besides it's 10% abv and some vanilla, like i said.

Taste - very tasty, better than most vanilla forward brews I've had. Mostly vanilla. Vanilla in beers often takes a far back seat to chocolate or coffee or roastyness, this one let's the vanilla shine and doesn't let anything get in the way. ironically I can't taste much of the alcohol that's in the forefront of the nose. I personally love a big smooth stout with brunch or breakfast and this really does the trick. Not too complex, vanilla and subtle roast. Not very bitter, but again it's just what the doctor ordered for me. Good for desert or with a boozy brunch. I like it a lot.

Feel - reeeeally smooth, feels more stouty than porter-y. Velvety without much or almost any burn.

Overall I love it but a 10oz pour is plenty.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, some earthy hops, and a touch of dark fruit and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some caramel malts, vanilla, and a hint of dark fruit. Through the middle, some roasted coffee come through with some earthy hops, a touch of bitterness, and some more vanilla. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with vanilla, a touch of dark fruit, and a hint of booze.

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

D - Very drinkable. Nice big porter with a good balance of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla and enough body to balance.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a creamy/foamy brown head that quickly fades to a ring.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt in the nose. Vanilla is not as prominent as I had hoped it would be.

T: Roasty and malty with nice solid vanilla notes, as well as dark chocolate and coffee.

M: Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

O: Really good, if a bit disappointing. I really love vanilla and am always looking for a very vanilla-forward stout or porter.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 Raymonkaufmann
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Bottle retrieved in Astoria NY.

Frothy head with nice lacing.

Let it warm to just above room temperature. Vanilla / Coffee noise with burnt candy finish.

No alcohol burn even at 10% ABV

Great beer for the colder months ahead.

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Photo of Vierenner
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Beautiful, rich pour. I like the slight hop bite ... blends nicely with the sweetness. It feels thick and heavy ... they definitely didn't skimp on the malts! It's probably just me but I don't sense any particular flavor, just an overall taste sensation. I guess perhaps a roasted flavor is everpresent. I was hoping for vanilla/caramel overtones but they appear missing. It's a very good beer ... I need to find the Bourbon Barrel aged version!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on date of 02/05/14. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Not surprisingly, the taste is similar to the aroma. It tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some molasses. Nice mix of both bitter and sweet flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and has a moderate amount of carbonation. 10% ABV is well hidden. I think this is a good brew, I wouldn't mind picking up another bottle. $6.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Pahn
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Stag's Head in Manhattan.

Appearance: black with a longlasting tan head. Ancient tree like lace rings left down the glass.

Smell: Cocoa, mild vanilla, roasted malt, some espresso beans. Nice.

Taste: Whoa, a vanilla added beer with *subtle* vanilla! And a 10% beer with very little alcohol heat. Main flavors are cocoa, nutty/airy roasted malt, and really strong, aromatic coffee (good coffee). Vanilla is there as a highlight throughout. Really, really solid dessert stout flavors. Pretty masterful, honestly.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Super creamy. 40 IBUs and 10% ABV sounds like a sweet disaster but nope, this is perfectly balanced semisweet stout flavors, thick feel, definitelt bitter enough. No dryness, but not chewy or chalky or sugary, just balanced and good. Really impressive.

Overall: Decadent, creamy stout, excellently balanced. Will get again.

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Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

The beer has a rich smooth mouthfeel. Not viscous, but quite competent for the ABV. There's a lot of chocolate, almost like a chocolate cake. A good amount of espresso bitterness as the beer smooth out with a gentle amount of vanilla. Vanilla mostly shines on the back end. A very drinkable beer as the hops balance the beer on the finish.

A very good imperial porter that is deserving of a good rating.

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Photo of suspect
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter. Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for the hookup.

A: Deep dark almost black color. Aggressive pour leads to a big monster 2 finger whipped mocha head that slowly fades away leaving thick, sticky lacing.

S: Big monster toasted malt flavor. Big alcohol nose here as well. This is a mighty smelling imperial porter and I can't wait to tear into it.

T: Tons of cocoa, molasses, toasted malts and smoke. ABV is well hidden here. This is a big complex beer and I love every sip.

M: Perfectly carbonated, coats the entire mouth. Big bodied beer that has no burn from the 10%.

O: A wonderful Imperial Porter. I've had the non-imperial version of this and it didn't impress me. This beer, however, is mighty impressive and mighty good.

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Photo of seand
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque brown, near black, with a fair amount of dense tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, except for a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a few splotches on the surface, which results in a few spots of lacing.

S: Rich sweet burnt caramel, vanilla, and old wood.

T: Thickly sweet, nearly syrupy, but reasonably balanced by the burnt malt notes. Very thick and full, with lots going on, but well structured.

M: Full body, medium carbonation. There's a hint of the booze content right on the tip of the finish.

Overall, good, and closing in on great. It's a bit boozy to have all the time, but it's a nicely constructed beer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan, brown with a near 2 inch thick, foamy head, with tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, some coffee, has a bold malted milk aroma near the finish.

Taste - Classic malty porter flavor, with a big vanilla bite. Velvety smooth and creamy, rich but not overly sweet. Chocolates and coffee and mild and add some complex flavors without overpowering in any way. A nice nutty taste with a little wood near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts and vanilla really take hold of tongue. Palate gets more malts and vanilla, along with coffee, chocolate and some hops. Aftertaste is malty, chocolate, vanilla and a little bitter hop kick.

Overall - Really nice, smooth and flavorful. Plenty of vanilla but has great balance. Alcohol is really masked, drinks like a standard 6% porter. Creamy, silky, drinks like a dessert beer, but can be pair with dinner or a cigar, or even out on the porch.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep coffee brown, near black, with a finger of dense mocha colored foam. Head showed great retention and a thick film lasted quite a while. Thick lace.
S: Huge notes of vanilla extract, vanilla ice-cream, and coffee with lighter hints of chocolate. This smells like mocha-vanilla ice-cream. Much more vanilla than the non-imperial version.
T: Chocolate and vanilla are strong, with roasted coffee and toasted nuts bringing up the finish. I get a hint of caramel and raisins as well. The aftertaste
M: Full body, thick mouthfeel, smooth, even carbonation. Thankfully not frothy like the original. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but this drinks very well for 10%.
O: Much better than the original. Good vanilla, coffee, and chocolate flavors and they mix well together. Not super complicated, but a very solid porter.

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Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown. Large foamy light brown head. Fades ridiculously slowly. Great head retention. Excellent fluffy wall of lacing.

S: Mild roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Nice vanilla mixes in and sweetens it up, almost overpowering the roasted malt. Get a bit of nearly-burnt toastiness, like pretzels. Lightest bit of dark fruit in there too.

T: Smoke, some char and vanilla all mixes together up front. More char, chocolate and the vanilla is turning sweeter and stronger here. Finishes with creamy vanilla, almost marshmallow-like at points. Finally, hints of bitter char and smoke stand alone and linger in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: A really tasty porter. The vanilla is quite strong and honestly it does overpower the roasted malt and smoke a bit. Having said that, it is a nice sweet and creamy vanilla and is absolutely delicious. I'll call it even. Tasty beer.

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! I'm not a huge fan of porters in general but I like this beer. High %ABV with deep sweet & smokey vanilla chocolate and tobacco body that has a smooth finish with just a hint of alcohol burn at the the end.

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Photo of ksimons
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers worth of light tan head

S-chocolate, dark coffee with a bit of roast, and vanilla sweetness

T-chocolate and vanilla with a light nuttiness to it and some roasted dark coffee in the finish. No alcohol detected in the taste.

M-medium body, very creamy, moderate carbonation

Overall very enjoyable, nice amount of creaminess and chocolate and vanilla sweetness

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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 FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1515th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

No bottle date
Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor

App- Its more of a milk chocolate brown with a deep brown almost black center. Its got some red tinges behind it and has a good 1-1/2 finger head with some pretty great cling. On the 2nd pour its more of a pond layer. 1st pour had more dotted cling and stick.

Smell- It had all the requisite porter notes. Except unlike the base version this one did have the vanilla like it advertised. It was still a bit thin on aromatics Wanted it to pop like BCBVS or a good wheatwine with vanilla but didnt. Way above average but for an Imperial Vanilla was just not up to standards. Kinda there with a flat cola nose.

Taste- Okay so this was better than the base version which was more balanced on the chords of chocolate malts and vanille. This was still 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. Much like I said about the base version. This needs to be a BA version I think for the vanilla to really shine.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a bit of a lighter bubbly carbonation. More of a cherry soda like vanilla combo. A semi chocolate and vanilla combo. Needs more vanilla. Yes damnit I said it. More vanilla even on a imperial vanilla porter. Dont judge me!

Drink- It was still very tasty and by tasty I mean the balance between the bubbles and vanilla was there but still wanted more smooth vanilla balance. I was hoping imperial version is better and more vanilla but it was better and still needed more vanilla.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark mahogany with no light visible at most edges , large mocha head sticky mocha lacing and tiny frothy bubbles on top after settling

S: Aroma of sweet lactose , chalk , dark roast malts, specialty grains, cocoa, chocolate malt, brown malt, patent malt

T: Flavors off the bat are very sweet, only slightly picking up the hop additions at the start after getting so much lactose at first. Very smooth and well balanced after initial impressions. Dark chocolate malts and rich crystal malts are abound with vanilla at the end, gently mixing in some bittering hops to make this an easy sipper.

M: Medium / high carbonation, medium body ]

O: Overall its a well rounded imperial porter. It is definitely hiding the alcohol behind the vanilla and dark roast malts very well.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A: dark translucent brown pour yields a black ale with a few fluffy fingers of fat mocha-colored head

S: vanilla and licorice were dominant for me, from the nose through the finish; undercurrents of roasted dark malt

T: lots of vanilla up front, reminiscent of the vanilla extract that comes in those little brown bottles; slight alcoholic edge to the vanilla flavors; anise and licorice-like flavors complemented the vanilla, but also created a distinct character that had something like flashes of mint? Once acclimated to the initial flavors, enjoyed a more chocolaty finish; other flavors I noted were akin to coffee with milk and sugar.

M: slick and smooth, mild roasty aftertaste, low bitterness; medium-light feel, modest carbonation on the tongue

O: as advertised - fans of porters, especially those with vanilla, should be delighted. You won't notice the abv too much, but as I indicated, some seemed to be present in the vanilla; easy drinking and mellow. Not usually a fan of too many porters, but I liked the high abv and vanilla/anise aspect, and also felt that beer delivered on its promise, so my score may be a higher than a porter purist's.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter because this is a big beer... pours black with a very minute tan head after a vigorous pour with minimal retention as it recedes to a small collar around the glass
S: smells of vanilla and chocolate along with a bit of molasses
T: chocolate and vanilla dominate with a little bit of coffee and some bitter roast malt flavor. slight nuttiness at times. a bit of alcohol as well but not much. swallow brings more vanilla, chocolate and the alcohol makes a bigger appearance
M: about on par for a porter, kinda thin feeling for a dark beer but that's what I expect. soft carbonation almost isn't there and the beer is kinda close to flat but not quite.
O: pretty solid, it drinks pretty well and has some good flavors.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, black color, with a medium, tan head that goes down slowly. Scent is quite roasty. Roasted charcoal and burnt marshmallow seem to be the main components of the aroma. The aroma serves this beer well. Tastes is chocolatey at first, with subtle vanilla notes. The vanilla becomes much more noticeable as each sip is taken. The booziness is almost non-existent. So well-balanced that the booze is respectfully hidden. Some smokey notes in the finish. Mouthfeel could do a little better...a little light, but plays well with the easy drinkability. Overall, I find this Porter to be extremely drinkable...as well as extremely scary for the ABV. Drink with caution! Great beer overall.

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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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