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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by woosterbill on 09-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
131
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
44
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of wcu80
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nsola
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DuffDaddy
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 -1.1%
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 TheBen5
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of freethehopspc
5/5  rDev +34%
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 jkermitj
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vincehayter
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CIBoy10
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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 victorylane500
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I did spec expect the taste more vanilla but I did I don't even think I give it a 4 for taste but a l so give it a 2 because I tasted no vanilla.

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Photo of rushtopher
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An excellent porter that probably isn't actually very porterlike. Dark brown/black pour. Creamy feel. Strong vanilla over a roasted porter flavor.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AuntBea
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brianlmoon
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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 markgugs
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Syracuse12
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Adamanton
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love a good porter and this one is excellent.

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Photo of WestBrewer
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LehighAce06
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Dustyg013
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vanillaphant Porter from Avondale Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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