Jake's Vanilla Bean Porter | Paw Paw Brewing Company

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Jake's Vanilla Bean PorterJake's Vanilla Bean Porter
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3.73/5
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60 Ratings
Jake's Vanilla Bean PorterJake's Vanilla Bean Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paw Paw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
pawpawbrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WKyle on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
60
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
9
Trade:
1
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2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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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.

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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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

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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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

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3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Jake's Vanilla Bean Porter from Paw Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 60 ratings