Kingdom Of Tonga Vanilla Porter
Perrin Brewing Co.

Kingdom Of Tonga Vanilla PorterKingdom Of Tonga Vanilla Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #96
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,158
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 7.18%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
63
From:
Perrin Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  5
SCORE
89
Very Good
Kingdom Of Tonga Vanilla PorterKingdom Of Tonga Vanilla Porter
Notes: The Vanilla beans used in this beer come from... you guessed it: The Kingdom of Tonga. Tonga has over 170 islands and is located in the South Pacific. Fig, Raisin, chocolate and coffee notes (with a subtle caramel touch) set this beer off while the vanilla beans lead into a delightfully dry finish.
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superspak from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but was just released. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of vanilla, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cream, roasted nuts, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, raisin, fig, smoke, char, herbal, wood, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big vanilla, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cream, roasted nuts, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, raisin, fig, smoke, char, herbal, wood, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, woody, peppery hops; and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of vanilla, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cream, roasted nuts, toasted dark/brown bread, light molasses/dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, wood, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and no acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an excellent American porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Awesome balance of rich malt complexity and vanilla; with balancing earthy hops against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Jan 05, 2019
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Firyar from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Perrin.

A: Bold and black. Slight creamy head.


S: Slight vanilla and malty.

T: Looks darker than it tastes. Medium vanilla taste with strong fig flavors. Finishes sweet with vanilla aftertaste.

O: A very good vanilla porter. The strong fig flavors surprised me at first but ended up enjoying the combined vanilla and fig tastes.

Dec 29, 2016
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Badger6 from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draught at the Perrin tap room on 22 Mar 2014.

A: Body nearly black, passes no light. Head was a creamy off-white layer on the beer, good retention, some lacing.

S: Roasty malts, vanilla.

T: Follows the nose. Vanilla and roasted malt intertwine and carry this beer to a slightly sweet finish.

M: Velvety smooth. Medium to heavy body, softly carbonated. The high ABV has a warming effect as the beer is enjoyed.

O: This is a really good vanilla porter. Very enjoyable, and a great example of a fine Michigan craft brewery making the effort to brew a fine example of a higher ABV beer that is easily drinkable.

Mar 23, 2014
Kingdom Of Tonga Vanilla Porter from Perrin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 63 ratings