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Imperial 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): 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:
46
Ratings:
183
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 12/4/15. Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very good nose of chocolate, coffee, light roast and vanilla plus a hint of char.

Medium body that is quite smooth and has creamy hints from time to time on the finish. Quite outstanding carbonation / body balance with an effervescent middle and a nice, but not quite rollicking, prickly finish.

The flavor profile lacks a bit of complexity (due to poor separation) but does cover the 10% ABV so I consider it outstanding. Intensity is adequate while balance is world class. The heavier flavors (coffee, roast) lead then flow to a nice moderate molasses like sweetness in the middle. Here dark, slightly bitter, bakers chocolate emerges against a mild roast and hop bitterness backdrop. Vanilla gains in prominence from the middle through the finish. Quite drinkable but lacks the intensity and separation to really WOW you.

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Photo of CaptainInsaneO
4.41/5  rDev +14%
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 Shaler_Tate
1.74/5  rDev -55%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

GROSS. My bottle was infected so I held off to try another one before I reviewed it. I bought another one and it was also infected. Terrible sour taste and really big head with big bubbles. Yuck.

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Photo of Pahn
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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 jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, dated 01/11/14 - so more than a year old

black, with decent off-white head. not much lacing. nice big vanilla aroma. the taste is definitely dominated by vanilla and maybe a little coffee flavor - but not overly sweet. medium to thick body, good mouthfeel, smooth.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
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 CHickman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY; pours pitch black color with a thick 2 finger foamy dark tan head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing.

Smells of toasted grains, dark chocolate, roasted notes, piney hops, fruit and acrid smoked sheet metal. There is some brown sugar and syrup or molasses coming through, but the metallic smell throws it all off as a porter for me.

Thankfully it tastes better than it smells with sweet malt, bitter coffee grinds, cocoa powder, toasted grains, dark chocolate, yeast or wheat bread, piney hops, dark fruit and like the nose some penny flavor. It lacks the rich roasted aspects and molasses I hoped for but it does hide the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with very mild carbonation, a little chewy feel somehow and a slightly bitter chocolatey finish with a metallic yeast touch that's on the dry side. Overall it was alright, but not as good as I expected since the Knee Deep IPA's are very tasty.

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Photo of ksimons
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 FLima
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deepest black color with a thick beige head with good retention.
Nice aroma with notes of vanilla, cocoa, molasses and coffee.
Delicious flavor with notes of vanilla, licorice, coffee, cocoa, grapefruit, plums, molasses, mild tobacco and earthy hops. Quite dry aftertaste with its residual notes.
Light bordering medium body with mild carbonation.
Extremely pleasant Imperial Porter with great malt complexity, lots of vanilla and balanced with earthy hops.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 flambésor with a cheddar bisque,or extra aged Nutty cheeses.

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Photo of Raymonkaufmann
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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 dar482
4.22/5  rDev +9%

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 samtrillo
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Hophazzard
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 Vierenner
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Samuel906
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly typical stout here in a lot of ways save one: there is a ton of vanilla on both the nose and palate. Pours a pretty standard pitch black with an off white head, moderate retention that leaves some lacing on the glass. Very potent aroma and vanilla is going to be the first thing you notice and the last thing to linger. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't shake the sensation that I was smelling a bottle of imitation vanilla before it went into some baked goods. I just didn't get that sense of fresh, real vanilla beans. Some coffee, and roasted malts also on the nose. But fortunately for me, the taste did not retain any of that possible "imitation" sensation I got from the nose. Lots of bitter vanilla bean, as well as bakers chocolate, chewy malts, some mild molasses sweetness, and some boozey warmth. It is actually fairly bitter, and not a sugar bomb like I was expecting which was a pleasant surprise. Feel is medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Not sticky. Overall, great beer and a nice drive off the beaten path of chocolate-only or coffee-only stouts and porters. My only real qualm was the smell which reminded me to vividly of the imitation vanilla, but that could just be my memories trying to wreck what was otherwise a great beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Knee Deep's Imperial Tanilla, imperial porter with vanilla beans. 10% ABV.

A: Pours dark brown. Black in the glass, with dark brown in the dimple (not quite as dark as the Haand). About a finger of creamy, slightly brown head. Very persistent lacing.

S: Deep, dark coffee profile dominates. Vanilla bean. No obvious sweetness.

T/MF: As the smell implies, this is very dry for a darker beer. Char/graphite seems to dominate. Slight vanilla flavor, but it's hard for me to notice without any sweetness. Slight ash note. Not bad, but doesn't match up to my expectations. I might have to hunt down the original Tanilla and see if it has the necessary sweetness to carry the vanilla...

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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 WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With less char with which to contend, backing off of an imperial stout recipe works masterfully as the taste of vanilla and chocolate are better showcased in this big and experimental porter.

And with the porter influence taking hold, the massive beer pours with a murky mocha color, looking as much of hot cocoa as it does of porter. As a light cream-colored head slowly builds, its retention is cut short by the chocolate and vanilla oils, leaving also little chance for any meaningful lace.

High vanilla and chocolate aromas come forth immediately. With the backdrop of lightly scorched toffee, heavy toast and dark-roast coffee, the ale carries a lot of supporting nutty and woodish scents without the risk of char or roast.

Its lavish taste wraps around the tongue with milkshake-like sweetnesses. Its charged flavor of heavy whipping cream, vanilla bean and marshmallow seduces the early palate with ease; then slowly developing into chocolate, toast, "Nutella-type" nuttiness, and hearty toffee. As a woody bitterness grows in finish, it blends into the milk chocolate flavor well.

Its rich and silky body once again evokes the sense of milkshake as its deeply woven carbonation subtly escapes its sweetness. Its slow procession across the palate goes from full-bodied to malty-dry very patiently, concluding with a long and vanilla-driven aftertaste.

Imperial Tanilla's character isn't that of depth, complexity or surprise. It sells its vanilla and chocolate well even though it leaves me wanting something more in complement.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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 BierJager89
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Alron
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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 Hatzilla
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a tulip, not sure about bottled date. Imperial Tanilla pours a dark brown/black with 2 inch head and minimal lacing. Aroma is strong vanilla, chocolate and roast coffee. Taste is more vanilla balanced with roast coffee and hops. Mouthfeel is watery with a dry coffee aftertaste. Overall a nice but watery imperial porter. The vanilla is not heavy-handed and the ABV well hidden. Worth a try for those who like the style. Cheers!

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Imperial Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.
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