Jake's Vanilla Bean Porter
Paw Paw Brewing Company

Jake's Vanilla Bean PorterJake's Vanilla Bean Porter
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Paw Paw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Porter
3.73 | pDev: 10.19%
Apr 30, 2020
Oct 30, 2013
Very Good
Jake's Vanilla Bean PorterJake's Vanilla Bean Porter
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Thanks to whomever threw this in as an extra like 5 years ago. Looks like I drank it the morning of the Frankie Edgar/Urijah Faber fight that was an international card playing here in the morning.

Pours black/dark brown, brown head 1/5". Aroma was mild in terms of roasted malt and vanilla. Nothing off, just pretty muted.

Taste is fine, its got a decently smooth mouth feel, even if the vanilla doesn't amount to much in the sensory areas of aroma/taste, it does seem to provide a smoother beer, but that also could be from the lower roasting/heft of the malt, maybe more chocolate malt than something black patent or higher roasting/scorching. Lacks some of the hopping/bitterness that American Porters tend to be distinguished by.

All in all, its a good beer. No off flavors. When spring starts to warm up, its nice to kind of have a few beers of this nature and strength around to start the day off before it gets too hot for porters.
Apr 30, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 2.68 by peritectoid from Idaho

Sep 22, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by freewill35 from Indiana

Aug 04, 2018
Rated: 5 by Rostie from Michigan

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by Cpw302 from Michigan

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Mar 20, 2017
Rated: 3.35 by Grupatre from Michigan

Feb 09, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by stadmo1 from Michigan

Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Aug 12, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by DanGeo from Michigan

Jul 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Big_Neezy from Michigan

2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
With almost every brewery in Michigan producing at least two porters, Jake's falls deep towards the back of the back particularly in the vanilla porter category. In general, this beer is lacking but perhaps a start towards something better in development. Right now though, it's the C/C- student in the class.

First impressions are decent as it pours a rich, black color. You get hints of that vanilla bean but it's faint, too faint. I'm a huge fan of the use of vanilla bean versus extract in porters but I want to smell and taste it. In fact, the whole beer is like that in that nothing really stands out and it ends up a pretty standard porter in most respects.
Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

May 03, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by cagler from Ohio

May 02, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

Apr 12, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by shivtim from Georgia

Mar 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Decent vanilla aroma, but lacks expected malt and chocolate. Flavors are not assertive, but expected elements are there at a low level. Biggest flaw is an overly thin body.
Feb 01, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by docoman from Michigan

Jan 27, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

Dec 09, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2015
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Reviewed by GRPunk from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Jake's Vanilla Porter
12oz. Bottle ($1.79 from Copper Vine), no date, poured into a nonic pint

A- A normal pour creates 1 finger of light brown head. The body is very dark brown, near black. The head keeps to a medium film and leaves awesome rings.

S- Roasted dark malts mix with vanilla to create a French vanilla coffee aroma. Hints of dark chocolate.

T- Pretty flavorful. Roasted and charred malts with light vanilla sweetness. Hopping is lighter, but comes across in the end as slightly minty.

M- Medium full body. Moderate carbonation. Pleasantly grainy.

O- It's a really solid porter. With vanilla on the lighter side, it's an easy drinker, but it doesn't set itself apart. I might not choose it over an Edmund Fitz, Bell's, or Founders, but it's not too far off.

4.25 4 3.5 3.75 3.75
Nov 30, 2015
Rated: 3.8 by Dr_Bahmbay13 from Michigan

Sep 03, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by enelson from Illinois

Aug 19, 2015
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
$ 1.79/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of slightly burnt roasted malt
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to one mm ring and no layer
Lacing – fair – narrow partial ring of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slight vanilla, some licorice, some roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75
Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 3.37 by Zuidman from Illinois

Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 3.18 by hilgart1 from Illinois

Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 3.42 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 3.27 by ShawnL from Wisconsin

Aug 08, 2015
Rated: 4 by MidwestBA from Illinois

Jul 31, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by aussiebeer from Illinois

Jul 29, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by km02600 from Michigan

Jul 28, 2015
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Reviewed by StoutHunter from Michigan

3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
I picked up a bottle of Paw Paw's Jake's Vanilla Bean Porter a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. This is the last of the six different Paw Paw beers that I picked up and I hope this one turn out to be good, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good and it goes well with the info on the side, it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that takes on a slight brown hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the dark malts being the first to show up and there's a noticeable and weird black olive aroma coming through. Up next comes some light chocolate and light sweet malt aromas followed by the vanilla bean which is noticeable and not too overpowering. This beer has a nice aroma, but I could go without the light black olive like aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts still showing up first and they impart the same aspects, but this time there's more grainy flavors with less chocolate coming through and it tastes a little watery. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that leads into the vanilla which is a lighter than it was in the aroma and it shows up a little more on the finish with a medium amount of bitterness with some lingers grainy malt and light chocolate flavors. The taste was nice, but I wish it didn't taste a little watery and I would the chocolate and vanilla to show up more.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, not too creamy, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but i wish it was just a little thicker and creamier.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, it wasn't bad, but nothing stuck out about it and it just wasn't memorable. This beer has ok drinkability, one is enough for me, I don't really have the urge to drink another one. What I like the most about this beer was was the appearance, it was pretty nice and it was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the liked the least about this beer was the balance and the watery finish, those two aspects could use some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would much rather have an Atwater VJ Porter and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all this wasn't a bad beer, but it wasn't anything that I was really into and in the end it just seemed rough around the edges. It's not a favorite Paw Paw beer and it's average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this could use a little bit of work.
May 11, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by lunarbrew from Wisconsin

May 04, 2015
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Reviewed by Clockwork420 from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours black with a white/cream head. Reduced down to a thin ring of white around edge of glass.

Strong malty notes. Metallic. Dark roasted grains and cocoa hints.

Huge depth. Starts off sweet and inviting and changes into a smokey but delicious brew. Coffee and chocolate notes with just a hint of vanilla. Bit malty taste. Good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium thin. With lower carbonation. Balanced and appealing. No burps.

Overall, a very balanced brew. A lot it happening in it. Everything blends together and makes it somehow work properly, as some beers tend to over it and make one feature over power the other notes. Smoke, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Drinkability is fairly high. Would recommend.
Apr 22, 2015
Rated: 3.72 by Zaphog from Michigan

Apr 18, 2015
Rated: 3.44 by PackenGreen from Michigan

Apr 07, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by LoveStout from New York

Mar 14, 2015
Rated: 3.28 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 14, 2015
Jake's Vanilla Bean Porter from Paw Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 62 ratings