Jake's Vanilla Bean Porter | Paw Paw Brewing Company

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Jake's Vanilla Bean PorterJake's Vanilla Bean Porter

Brewed by:
Paw Paw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Gryphon69:
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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Very dark brown, near black, murky and non transparent. Not much head, and weak spotty lacing.

S- Milk Chocolates, cocoas, roasted malts, some light vanillas.

T- Malts, cocoas, chocolates, some mild sweetness, no noticeable vanilla to me.

M- Medium/Full body that has a nice smooth feel.

O- Looks ok, was disappointed with the head and lacing, had a good balanced smell and flavor, with nothing overpowering the other. Decent beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MidwestBA
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Big_Neezy
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
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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Photo of snowmageddon
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparty55
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GRPunk
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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