25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog
Abita Brewing Co.

25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog
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American Strong Ale
3.68 | pDev: 14.13%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog
Notes: Turbodog is the inspiration for this robust dark ale. It is brewed with generous amounts of pale, caramel, and chocolate malts and Willamette hops. Whole natural vanilla beans are added during the aging process.This combination provides a rich body and color with chocolate, vanilla and toffee-like flavor.
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Photo of ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Distillery Bar in Savannah, GA. The appearance is a dark brown color with a thick medium sized white head. The aroma is malt with a giant dose of vanilla. The taste mirrors the aroma. An excellent beer from Abita.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Brown liquid; purple at the edges.

Khaki head; minimal lace.

Cream and vanilla nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Strong vanilla flavor, perhaps a bit over the top. Good.

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Photo of beertraveler08
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Look-A dark amber color with about 3/4 beige foam.

Smell- Smells very good and not too overpowering.Notes of vanilla,Weak caramel and coffee.

Taste-The taste was sweet at first with notes of vanilla and a trace of coffee bean.

Feel- The feel was hearty with some carbonation but not too much to mask the taste of the vanilla.

Overall- I would probably drink again in the right atmosphere.Not exactly what i was looking for but i am happy i got to try this beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

"Turbodog is the inspiration for this robust dark ale. It is brewed with generous amounts of pale, caramel, and chocolate malts and Willamette hops. Whole natural vanilla beans are added during the aging process.This combination provides a rich body and color with chocolate, vanilla and toffee-like flavor." Vanilla Doubledog is brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale aged with vanilla beans. Released in conjunction with the brewery's 25th anniversary in 2011, this beer was made available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served above 56 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a frothy crisp coffee cream head over a very dense dark brown body. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. The aroma is malt forward with toasted caramel malt, stewed oats and a dash of roasted chocolate joined by a mellow fruitiness of apple for a very accessible, oatmeal-esque aroma. The flavor reflects the toasted caramel and pinch of roast and dry chocolate malt notes with a slightly thinner body- the background lightly hints at vanilla but doesn't make quite enough of an impression to live up to the name. Some mild acidic fruitiness of apple is still as noticeable in the flavor as it was before. The texture is mildly chewy, light and modestly dry, and the carbonation generates a soft crispness for an overall moderately frothy mouthfeel. The body of this beer is shy of medium for the style, medium+ amongst all beer. The balance is very slightly acidic and earthy over sweet. The alcohol presence is low and off characters are minimal. This beer has held up very well and developed quite nicely in the bottle. Vanilla Doubledog is not mindblowingly complex or profound in depth, but I can appreaciate the simplicity and balance of malt characters in this beer. At its grand old age, the vanilla isn't packing quite as much flavor as one might expect, but the flavors have matured into a smooth and consistent malt base with a mellow graininess and acidity rounding out the balance for high drinkability. Quite the simple but enjoyable anniversary ale.

Abita Brewing Co.'s
25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Review from notes. Poured quite dark amber, with an off white foamy head. Big, sweet, vanilla, caramel, hint of toffee, pretty dark and tasty. The oak comes through more in the finish. Again, pretty sweet beer but not too cloying. I get a good earthy hop finish.

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Photo of Offa
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is possibly the best Abita beer I've had so far. Dark chestnut, almost black, it has a creamy tan head slowly shrinking.

Aroma is rich darkyl toasty, caramelly barley, hints of vanilla, prunes, hint of coffee.

Taste is nice, rich dark toasted caramelised grain (strong), prunes, hint of coffee candy, vanilla, wood, balanced gently but firm bitterness and sweetness. It is highly enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, maple, vanilla, caramel and some hops but it’s also a bit metallic.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus maple, caramel and vanilla. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid darker-than-average brown ale to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thanks shan8454 for the trade!

Appearance: Very dark red color with about one finger of white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint scents, fruity maybe some malts and coffee like notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very Smooth medium bodied. Taste was more watery than expected with very subtle toasted malts, cherry like fruit flavor, hint of coffee notes and mild vanilla bean.

Overall: Not what I expected from this brew, but not bad at all. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Abita 25th Anniversary Vanilla Doublebog: soda-like sound; Appearance: root beer-ish; Smell: malted chocolate cocoa-y; Taste/Mouthfeel: coffee, malt, faint cocoa; smooth taste; pretty good

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of Kobal
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Nearly porter dark with a light beige head that dissipates pretty quickly. Very earthy, dry nose with a hint of chocolate/caramel sweetness. First sip gives rich nuttiness, later develops more caramel character. Malty, but not overly sweet. Some of the earthy character of the nose carries over to the palate. Medium to full bodied. I’m not usually an Abita fan and this won’t really win me over, but it’s better than some beers I’ve had from them in the past.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown color, and a head forms on top for a time. Carbonation bubbles are very active on the pour, but settle down fairly quickly.

S: Yep, this one is oxidized. Dark fruit aroma and nothing else.

T: Dark fruit oxidization flavors and a hint of paper. Unsurprisingly, therr is no trace of vanilla.

M: Standard feel for a beer of this percentage. Slightly low on the bubbles maybe.

O: Clearly this beer did not hold up to aging. I'm sure it was decent fresh, but but fresh this was not.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown, nearly black and impenetrable to light. Just a wisp of foam. Just a hint of dark malt on the nose. Honestly there's not much aroma here. Caught a hint of vanilla on some later attempts. Dark malt on the forefront and a quick follow up of some vanilla in the aftertaste.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a snifter with a nice 2 in mocha colored head that subsided rather quickly. The beer is a rather dark brown and there appears to be yeast sediment (bottled conditioned beer?) Aroma was a bit of vanilla and caramel but not too strong. Mouth feel is pretty thin, this has been slightly oxidized it seems. Taste is good Nice roasted malt flavor with some chocolate flavor and vanilla undertone, not too sweet. Overall a tasty beer but nothing to write home about. It works good as a dessert beer

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Photo of jvillefan
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: The body of the beer is a dark brown body. The head is a two finger head that is a mocha brown that disappears quickly.

S: Strong vanilla and roasted malt aromas. There is a subtle bready aroma present as well.

T: There is a sweet vanilla flavor mixed with deeply roasted malts. It is an odd mix of flavors that I am not a big fan of.

M: Thin body with a very sharp carbonation bite.

O: This is an okay beer, not great. I expected more for a 25th anniversary beer.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with fantastic lacing from start to finish.

S: Well it is not surprising I'm getting a big hit of Vanilla, followed by a mix coffee, toffee and some roasted malt.

T: A lot like the smell here. .. Starts with a hit of vanilla then the next coffee really kicks in with a little hint of roasted malt. It gets a little weak in the middle but finished with a very nice vanilla aftertaste.

M: Sadly it started and a little watered down with little carbonation but got creamier as it warmed up. In the end I liked it.

O: I pretty good little beer, I like the mix of coffee and vanilla. Pretty easy to drink with a hearty ABV. One bomber will do you, worth looking for if you can find it.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle ‘N Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a straight chalice and appeared to be of the darkest maroon-brown coloring. It held a one finger tall head of cream-colored bubbles, leaving specks of lacing around the glass. Carbonation appeared average, and no haze or sediment was visible. The aroma was of adjuncty corn, tinny metallics, darker brown malts, and cooling cream. The vanilla advertised was not very apparent, but more floral hints were noted as the beer warmed. Our first impression was that the beer boasted big milk-chocolate sweetness and a sweet vanilla bean that was otherwise hidden from the nose. As we sipped, limey citrus and sweet chocolaty malts blended with vanilla to started things off. Moving to the peak were bitter grains, tinny metallics and a bit of adjuncty corn to muddle the sweeter flavor profile from the beginning. This was quickly followed by big chalky metallics and vanilla wafers in the end to revive that original sweetness. The aftertaste was of more corny adjuncts, bitter grain, and metallics. A hint of spicy booze balanced these flavors to end on a fusel bite. The body was medium to light, and the carbonation was prickly and robust. There was minimal pop, but good slurp and smack, with a distinct metallic crispness. The latter gave light astringent pull at the back of the palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall the best thing about this beer was the sweeter milk chocolate and vanilla notes, helping to keep the flavoring up to the expectations advertised. While there were certainly a variety of these chocolates and vanillas to mix, these were, at times, muddled by the adjuncty grains and metallic spring that were so present throughout the tasting. This added a bit too much bitterness to something that we felt should have been kept to the sweeter side. The nose was equally as underwhelming, arousing little excitement or spark. This is fine for a one-off anniversary sampler, but not something that we would keep as a fridge regular.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a dark almost black color with about white finger of tan head that doesn't stick around very long. A little bit of lacing is present.

S- I picked up on a slight vanilla smell, as well as other sweet aromas like chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Not a particularly strong smell, but very enjoyable.

T- Delicious sweet vanilla flavor with roasted and caramel flavors as well. The vanilla taste is present but not dominating and lets the other flavors shine through. As sweet as it is, there is some hop flavors that balances it out really nicely.

M- Surprisingly light mouthfeel for a beer this dark and with a decent ABV. It has a good amount of carbonation and the alcohol is well covered. It has a lot of flavor, yet it doesn't exhaust my taste buds. I really want to have another.

O- I really liked this beer. It has some really tasty flavors, a nice mouthfeel, and has a smooth finish. I was pleasantly surprised by it, and would love to have it again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog pours a black color with a nice large head. There is a strong coffee/toffee smell. The taste is complex with alot of different flavors mixing in. Some coffee and chocolate flavors, but strong vanilla, and toffee flavors. Good on the palette; strong carbonation, and flavors. Overall a rather interesting beer, very strong on the toffee flavors, among others.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer had a very nice color with nice tan foamy head. Medium carbonation. Aroma is vanilla and root beer with a slightly acrid roastiness. Starts out reminiscent of a cafe latte or chocolate milk (says A). Light roastiness throughout. Some vanilla woodiness, but not quite as prominent as expected. Chocolate malts. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Lingering sweetness. Overall, not bad but fairly mild.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured the color was a very dark brown, with no foam and no lace on the side of the glass.
The smell of roasted malts and chocolate were evident when the aroma filled the nose of this pleasant smell. The taste was of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. This ale had a complex of aroma's and flavors as the ale heated up. A very pleasant surprise from Abita. This has to be one of their, if not, TOP beer!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The definition of mediocrity right here, served in an Abita shaker pint. Beer is dark brown and clear at the corners with a lazy head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is malty with a hint of vanilla.

Vanilla is subdued in this beer which is fine but overall the beer is not very good. it has this astringent finsih to it and I don't know what to make of it except that I don't really like it. I won't have this again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown (almost black) in color with reddish brown highlights near the edges when held up to the light. The beer has a dense three finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small-medium thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a very mild (almost non-existant) smell to this beer with very light notes of vanilla, chocolate, and caramel malts. It intensifies very slightly as it warms.

T: Light to moderate flavors (that get a little more intense as the beer warms) of roasted and caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness. There are also more subtle light notes of vanilla and chocolate. Light bitterness that lingers but not for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly thin/watery.

O: Unfortunately, the smell of this beer is just too mild - there was so much potential but somehow this beer has little to no aroma. I would have enjoyed a little more complexity to the flavors of this beer as well, though it is easy to drink.

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Photo of Ford
4.82/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from a Spec's in Houston, Tx.

First tried this last winter. Went back and bought a few bottles to save. What a fantastic beer. I'm already a fan of Turbo Dog, and while I like that beer, I love this one. This and Andygator have really impressed me lately from Abita.

I'd love to see this turned into a regular beer in their lineup. It borders on a porter in ways to me. Fantastic.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(probably 2011 bottling). Pours very dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, herbal, nuttiness, and light earthiness. Pretty good aromas with good balance and decent strength; Fairly pleasant. Taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, roasted malt, toast, nuttiness, molasses, earth, and light herbal. Slight trace of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Good balance of flavors with decent complexity; not as robust as I was expecting, but good. No cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial brown ale. Well balanced flavor profile; very smooth and easy to sip on. Definitely enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of paulcdejean
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have pretty limited experience, considering that I'm only 23.

However this is the best beer I've had so far. Second best would probably be Red Stripe.

I guess my taste is weird though. I have Brooklyn Oktoberfest in the fridge right now, and I think it's good but not great, while I'd consider this one great.

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 550 ratings