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%
Aug 19, 2022
Oct 30, 2013
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle from Michigan.

This vanilla porter has about as much dark roasted grains and nearly as much chocolate as vanilla in the flavor. Despite some hints on the aroma, there are no off flavors.

Medium body and near medium carbonation.
Aug 19, 2022
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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
Jake's Vanilla Bean Porter from Paw Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 63 ratings