Vanillaphant Porter | Avondale Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avondale Brewing Co.
Alabama, United States
avondalebrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by woosterbill on 09-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
134
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.17%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
45
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Dicers
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markgugs
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zach136
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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 AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 WOLFGANG
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woosterbill
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LehighAce06
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of richj1970
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Vanillaphant Porter from Avondale Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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