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Imperial Tanilla Porter | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Imperial Tanilla PorterImperial Tanilla Porter
BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
204 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#12,793
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
204
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
38
Trade:
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Ratings: 204 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Uconnelmo
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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 cdwil
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraigMack61
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainInsaneO
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Gkruszewski
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSamurai34
1.74/5  rDev -54.7%
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 bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lukass
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwarren82
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Vylo
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevecharby
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pahn
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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 scaba
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dleiner
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Imperial Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 204 ratings
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