Vanillaphant Porter
Avondale Brewing Co.

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American Porter
Ranked #634
Ranked #25,205
3.81 | pDev: 13.12%
Avondale Brewing Co.
Alabama, United States
Very Good
Vanillaphant PorterVanillaphant Porter
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Photo of detgfrsh
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can. Black color with beige head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little vanilla. Medium body. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a sweet vanilla finish. A little on the sweet side, but otherwise good.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1 year ago, roughly. 8/11/17. Purchased a single in Huntsville, AL at a corner liquor store. Served in Crane snifter.

Dark coffee black, with a nice fluffy 2 finger beige head. Awesome lace as the glass as swirled.

Aroma is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla beans, and slight coffee. Very sweet, mouth watering.

Flavor comes forward with coffee first, then milk chocolate syrup, with vanilla creamer. Marshmallow. Vanilla wafer. Slight pirouette. It's almost too sweet, it leaves a lasting chocolate syrup quality on the palate. Slight roastiness on the finish.

Very nice carbonation level, with a great roastiness. Drying roast on the finish. Medium bodied.

Overall, very impressed. Wasn't expecting much, especially for a year-old porter. This surprised me and the only thing I can say about it is that it comes across too sweet. I think if this were put in a nice dry whiskey barrel you could really have something special here.

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Photo of justinp444
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it has a foamy light beige head of half an inch and a black body. Smell of heavy vanilla, some caramel, cocoa, and slight roasted malt. Taste is lots of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, marshmallpw, some roasted malt and a bit of caramel at the end. Mouth feel is full with a moderate body and carbonation. A easy drinking very well made vanilla porter.

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Photo of mlockman
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The vanilla flavor of this porter is rather artificial and unpleasant, remniscent of chemical additives. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of Leinenkugel's vanilla porter.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, piney hops, hint of wood, hint of chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, slight wood, slight piney hops, and slight chocolate. Overall, average appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of gerite
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this tonight at a local bar & grill with an order of fish & chips. I thought this was very light bodied for a porter, so it went great with a fish meal. A slightly nutty taste with a faint vanilla ending. More malt that hops. A good summertime porter.

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Photo of CaptainInsaneO
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black body, chocolate mousse head that doesn't stick around d quite long enough.

Little bit of vanilla on the nose, pleasant.

Taste - slight bitterness finished by some vanilla.

Feel - smooth and creamy.

Overall - I like it. Nuff said. It's tasty and creamy and vanilla-y

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Photo of DuffDaddy
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint at the brewery with Bro and Bob, just got finished eating supper at Saw's Soul Food a couple of doors down. Outstanding porter...didn't taste a lot of vanilla, but didn't need to. Great brewery with cool outdoors area.

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Photo of ManUtdSooner
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap with pizza at Dave's in Homewood. Just had it in a can. Tap is preferred. Dark. Easy to drink. Slightly "dirty" mouthfeel that I like. Hint of vanilla in the finish. Well done.

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Photo of freethehopspc
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Porter stands on a level way higher than all the rest. Is a very well balanced roasty flavor that rounds itself off with a little soft flavor of vanilla on the back end. Defiantly not a cold weather only Porter.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was deep black with a mocha head.

Smell - The malts of the porter are accompanied by a faint vanilla smell.

Taste - Coffee grounds and dry baker's chocolate make the initial taste. Vanilla starts to come into play, but I find myself wanting more. The bitter coffee malts linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - To its credit, the mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

Overall - i wanted more vanilla in a beer that sounds like a huge vanilla bomb. Instead, it's a vanilla whisper.

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Photo of brianlmoon
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown / black. Very little head.

Aroma: Rich and not overpowering

Flavor: A nice mix of sweet and creamy with a hint of bitter. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Thick creamy feel

Overall: If you want "just a porter" then this is not the beer you are looking for. This is a sweeter more flavorful version of a porter. It's a great beer for coffee drinkers that may not like most beers.

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Photo of Zach136
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, light tan head, thin collar, OK lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity roast, touches of vanilla, dark fruit, and burnt rubber.

Flavor: Mostly roast, just hints of some black malt soy sauce. Very little vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dissipating and refreshing for a dark beer, as it should be.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3/5  rDev -21.3%

this beer is a porter, that's it, just a porter, nothing interesting to note here, this is a boring porter beer, if you want a porter, you could do a hell of a lot better

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Serving type: Bottle, though you are more likely to find this on tap.
Looks: Opaque and deep dark brown with garnet highlights. An aggressive pour will yield some head.
Smell: Vanilla, some mild floral hopping, toffee, caramel, nuttiness. Has a warm roasted smell.
Taste: Butter pecan, sweet vanilla, wood, toffee, coffee notes all present here. Hops are primarily earthy, floral and citrus present but demure.
Mouthfeel: Silky with a bit of a burn on the way down.
Overall: A bit sweet for me but my spouse loved it. If you like butter pecan icecream you will love this local Alabama offering.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown body with glimmers of garnet, clearish, with a head that's just shy of being white in color.

Smell: While there is a bit of roast and dark fruitiness contained with the nose, it's like sniffing a standard edition Tootsie Roll and a Vanilla Tootsie Roll at the same time.

Taste: Dark maltiness with a chocolate, coffee (light) vibe to it with a fast hit of vanilla. Lesser malty accent of toast and caramel. Medium-plus sweetness. Faint dark fruit. Nil hop character, bitterness. Sweetish finish with the chief flavor, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's an incredibly minor stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: It's good, but, it's just a hair too sweet and strong on the vanilla. Still, I suppose it's better to err on the side of a bit too much vanilla as to failing to deliver any appreciable (and appreciated) vanilla flavor, like the Breckenridge iteration.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown or black with a light brown head that leaves a lace
S-Vanilla is strong with roasted malts coming though strong also, Toffee aroma with some sweetness
T-coffee taste with light vanilla coming in along with some hop bitterness
M-creamy light carbonation with full body
O-good Albama beer

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 22 ounce glass at the Jim n Nicks in the airport.

A: Straight black with Coke colored edges. Light creamy head. Scattered lacing.

S: Soft and creamy. Chocolate and heavy vanilla, with no trace of roast.

T: Full and rich. Pleasant, but of no particular import. Vanilla is fortunately not overpowering or artificial, but is present and unmistakably. Hint too of milk chocolate, hops, and roasted barley. Finish is lightly bitter. Yum.

M: Full and smooth. Lightly dry at the end. This is great. Good mouthfeel.

O: a good beer. A sweetish porter that should appeal to all sorts. Enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of Vestlake
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bonefish Grill. Color is dark brown, almost black. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate. Nice and malty with vanilla at the end. On the sweet side for a porter, but the taste is excellent. I really enjoyed this beer. Would have this one again.

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Photo of pvo
2.28/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The vanilla was far too strong for me. There was unfortunately not too much else to the beer-- it may well have been a good porter behind the vanilla, but I couldn't tell.

Appearance: dark brown, as it should be.

Smell: powerfully covered in vanilla. Dominated by vanilla.

Taste: again, very vanilla-y.

Mouthfeel: actually pretty good; smooth, rich, fills your mouth.

Overall: This seemed like as much a cream soda as a porter. There was little subtlety to it. The vanilla was simply overpowering, as it has overpowered my review. I had a similar, but less strong reaction to their coffee stout. I wonder if this is what people want in their dark beers in the area? If they can't just sell a straight porter or stout? I'm curious, because they do very well with some other beers, but here they seem to eschew the idea of just making good beer; these seem like gimmick beers, but...they're part of the year-round series. I don't get it.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plastic milk jug "growler" into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to von schplieffen for sharing.

A: A black body glows brown when backlit; just a faint ring of tan bubbles on top suggests the plastic jug didn't maintain carbonation all that well. Uninspiring.

S: Vanilla iced coffee. Very simple, direct, and pleasant.

T: Opens with tons of sweet vanilla, followed by some coffee and chocolate roastiness. Sweetness persists all the way through, but the finish has a nice raw coffee grounds thing going on. Some floral hop notes, too. A bit too sweet, but tasty.

M: A bit thin for a Porter, but delicately carbonated. Not bad.

O: This was too sweet for me, but enjoyable all the same. And I'm willing to bet it would be better on tap at the brewery than out of a poorly sealed plastic container. Let's hope that Alabama's beer laws and retailers keep pace with the great new breweries popping up all over the state.


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Vanillaphant Porter from Avondale Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 144 ratings