Vanilla Porter | Railhouse Brewery

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Railhouse Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 03-20-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 14
Reviews by chinchill:
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3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Undated but likely quite fresh.
Pours very dark reddish brown with a bit of sediment coming out at the end of the pour, and some more stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Head has moderate size and retention.

Aroma: mostly sweet but a little sour and smoky as well, with vanilla and relatively little roast grains.

Taste: follows aroma, largely, although roasted grains and hints of black coffee come out in the finish and aftertaste.

O: mediocre, at best, in the sub-group of vanilla porters.

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Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a short lived dark brown head

S - huge coffee aroma, some faint vanilla, faint burnt caramel

T - big coffee notes at first with some caramel in the finish; very mild vanilla throughout

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This certainly isn't a bold vanilla porter in the sense that you get blasted with the vanilla notes. Instead this (to me) tends to be more of a coffee porter with some balancing vanilla notes subtley mixed in. It may disappoint those looking for a bold vanilla porter, but anyone seeking a flavorful porter that is easily drinkable will not be disappointed with this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is black and thick, with a clingy, smooth, tan head. Nose of rich vanilla, subtle coffee, cream, and baker's chocolate. Flavors are smooth, with rich vanilla forward, cocoa nib in the backbone, and a roasted characteristic all over. Smooth and light in mouth, with a creamy sweet and bitter blend in the aftertaste. Smooth, slightly bitter linger in the finish. Solid and tasty beer.

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Photo of TheDoak
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Had this beer on tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head.

S: Not exactly an overwhelming aroma, but hints of malt, coffee and vanilla.

T: Tasted of some chocolate, vanilla, light malt, coffee, and a little cream in the finish. A bit on the thin side in this flavor. None of the ingredients really stand out. Not awful, but not aggressive enough.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied, but a bit thin.

O: On the whole, not a terrible beer, but ultimately pretty forgettable.

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Photo of walkinginplace
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JHendu
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Lob
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brewski
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Vanilla Porter from Railhouse Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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