Vanilla’s Porter | Latitude 33° Brewing Company

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Vanilla’s PorterVanilla’s Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Latitude 33° Brewing Company
California, United States
lat33brew.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NickMunford on 06-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
74
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Latitude 33 Brewing Company in Vista, CA.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, and some slight coffee aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla beans. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive tall sudsy pour in the Duvel tulip. Near black with beige foam. Pleasant carbonation sizzling in the mouth. Nose of vanilla.

Dark malt with a bitter aftertaste and some hops at the end. Plenty of charred grain taste. Distinct chocolate flavor along with the fragrance of vanilla. I don't know why you'd want vanilla in a beer, but this one is quite drinkable. It is just slightly sweet, though it seems to have plenty of malt. The winey taste and chalky mouthfeel give this some definition. Price was $5.19 for the 22 oz at Baron's Market on W. Point Loma.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coconut version.
Black pour with a light brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and vanilla. Taste has a nice bitter roasted malt coffee flavor up front backed with a slightly sweet and almost chewy coconut flavor.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pour at the taproom, which I stumbled into by accident looking for another taproom. You just can’t trust Internet maps these days.

The pour is dark with no white vanilla visible, red-edged as Achilles’ sword. I accidentally inhale as the beer is being set on the counter, holy crap. Concentrated, sweet vanilla beans.

Vanilla’s Porter is pure truth in advertising. If you’re allergic to vanilla don’t wander into the same county as this beer when it’s open, or bring your Epipen. This is like a vanilla orgasm. Mild roast, but this is a one dimensional flavor bomb. It loses some charm as it warms & with volume. A taster would have been better.

Pretty good beer, but too simple & too vanilla-ee.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lucnifter
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of rawfish
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thin and watery, cola brown with some faint mahogany highlight. Two finger head, generous amount of beige foam had okay retention and leaves flecks of lacing on the glass.

Chocolate and roasted malt with quite a bit of grainy bits floating about. The vanilla comes in as a wave of soft creaminess that takes the edge off some of the harsh grainy aroma. Alcohol and hops are pretty much nil except of some herbal and balancing weak grasses.

Robust porter base, a nice balance of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate malt, the raw grainy aroma fortunately is eliminated in the flavor. Vanilla is faint providing a smooth, creamy and softening sense to the dark malt. Hops are also prevalent adding herbal and grassy hues that battle the vanilla yet provide a surprisingly clean finish.

Thin porter, watery with just enough carbonation. Alcohol is hidden and the balancing hops provide a little dryness to which the bittersweet chocolate provides bitterness and some acidity.

A very balanced porter, vanilla is a bit subtle but fortunately not overly sweet. Malt is well constructed providing some chocolate goodness to go with the unique vanilla and bracing/workman-like hops.

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3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glad to finally see these guys bottling. About time!

A: Deep brown with a one finger tan head. Light lace down the glass.

S: Smell is a bit on the lighter side, but I get some light roasted coffee, roasted malt, some burnt cocoa and some anise. A touch of vanilla as it warms.

T: Opens with a slightly watery hit of roasted malt. Some peppery cocoa, vanilla and some charred grain. There's a bit of disjointedness between the vanilla sweetness and the roaster flavors in here. The mouthfeel is heavy for a beer this light in alcohol, which I kind of liked.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Clear pint glass
From: Hooleys in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.25 (Happy Hour price)
Purchased: March 1, 2016
Consumed: March 1, 2016
Misc.: N/A

This one didn’t have great reviews, but I think the few I’ve tried (mostly on Untappd, not reviewed) have been very good and underappreciated. Plus it’s got vanilla in it.

Poured a dark brown color with two fingers of khaki tan, fizzy head when I got it. Very good spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dry vanilla malts, caramel, toffee, Mud Slide, chocolate chip cookie and vanilla bean ice cream. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was initially better, but then got some metallic notes. Creamy vanilla, cream soda, dark caramel, Mud Slide, chocolate/vanilla milkshake. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Creamy, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was nice, but I couldn’t get over those metallic notes. Not as good as Alpine’s Rye’der on the Storm. (Overall - 3.50)

3.60 | 82 | B

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Photo of Furlinator
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

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Vanilla’s Porter from Latitude 33° Brewing Company
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