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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog | Abita Brewing Co.

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 550 |  Reviews: 204
Reviews by EgadBananas:
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into an Abita balloon glass.

Looks black on the pour, but you can tell its just very, very brown. Light tan colored creamy head of a finger and a half forms. Laces decently.

Mild vanilla bean aroma, mixed with light chocolate, roasted malts and hints of caramel. Less potent vanilla nose than other vanilla beers they have done, but nice nonetheless.

Lightly mixed vanilla and chocolate taste, with some back end caramel notes, toffee and nuts, with a roasted finish. Not much heat, but you can tell it's got a better kick than turbodog.

Creamy feel, but not very heavy. Maybe medium bodied. Carbonation is solid.

Overall, I thoroughly am enjoying this. I think a bolder Turbodog was fitting as anniversary beer for Abita, and though it's not as big of a beer as I expected/hoped, it's well done. Not sure how this will age, but I'm going to sit on a bottle or two.

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Photo of Punkrckr281
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huh from the label I assumed it was a stout or some kind of chocolate Dopplebock. Got this at my local six pack shop for $5.50.

A - Wow what a robust looking brown ale. Very dark and hazy with a very impressive inch of dark mocha head which has a solid bit of stickiness to it.

S - From the first whiff I mostly get some roasted marshmallow and chocolate but as it warms the pale malts pick up a tad giving it sort of a milk stout smell.

T - Kind of thin but I do get the chocolate and slight roast (in no way as "robust" as the label describes. And sweet malts of caramel and mallow. Hops are there in the finish making it crisp.

M - For 7% it drank light to medium with a slight bit of warmth.

Overall a very unexpected offering very similar to the Andygator in providing a tasty beer for an affordable price. Sadly the level of coffee or chocolate is really low so I may only get one more bottle. Pretty good for Abita!

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Photo of Whitrabbt74
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of juhl31
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-it poured a dark brown with a tan head on top that was a bit home brew looking

-there wasn't a big smell here. some malt sweetness that leaned towards a dark bread type of smell and a hint of vanilla in the background

-the vanilla taste comes in nicely through the middle and it is more prominent than i would have expected. around this is an english brown type of malty sweetness with a bit of roast in there as well

-mouthfeel was a bit light in the body, and the carbonation gave the right kind of tingle...on my palate

-this beer ended up being a lot more flavorful than i was imagining. it was a great price at 3.99, so i thought i would give it a shot and it was worth it

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Photo of ctrevino
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some vanilla. Taste is rather mild, malts, hints of chocolate, a touch of vanilla, not overly flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of FATC1TY
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bomber

A: Dark brown, not overly dark. Can see through it, more like a porter in color I think. Thin creamy head that left the glass, not much left on it.

S: Vanilla. Maybe some coffee, slight chocolate and toffee in there. Not a whole lot more. Roasted malty smell in there too.

T: Vanilla. Vanilla, and more Vanilla. Coffee comes in, roasted malty sweetness comes in and then is swept away with a bitter coffee taste that clean it up. I like it. Simple.

M: Good and creamy, slight carbonation, the right amount to feel right. They got it spot on.

Overall: I really like this. Good easy drinker, sweet enough to have whenever, but really rounds out to be a "anytime" beer. Doesn't over do it, but doesn't really do anything super special. I'd buy it again, especially since Abita is priced PERFECTLY.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me a while ago and I just noticed that I had it.

Appearance- black color, medium size head with pretty good retention

Smell- chocolate, vanilla, toffee

Taste- vanilla, toffee flavors, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- I really liked it. It was much better than I thought it would be.

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

Appearance: Black, almost completely opaque. Pours a thick, creamy head.

Aroma: Cream, vanilla, just a hint of malt and alcohol.

Taste: The vanilla beans dominate this beer, making it creamy and smooth, with just a touch of the underlying malt and alcohol present. Easy to drink, and very pleasant!

Mouthfeel: Round and soft, rather light, lush mouthfeel!

Overall: A 25th anniversary special edition by this New Orleans based brewery, this beer is supposed to be something different, and I guess it is — but I have not had the original Abita Turbodog that this beer is based on, nor any other Abita beers, so I can’t compare (yet!). Anyway, I like how smooth the beer is, and it’s not quite like anything I’ve had before. The whole vanilla beans that are added during the ageing process are obviously the source of all this. Certainly an interesting idea!

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Photo of Wolberjs
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of woolybully67
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Lars3
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jwg782
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Chisfinest84
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of GregSVT
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a nice brown color, black in the glass, with a nice light khaki head that slowly fades to a layering and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. I'm a fan of the way this looks although it's more of a stout than a brown ale look.

S: The nose is a bit of cocoa and a lot of vanilla. Not much else to the smell but it's melded pretty well.

T: The taste follows the nose with a nice cocoa flavor followed by some vanilla. It's not much different from the original besides the vanilla flavor and the loss of a roasty flavor. It's pretty sweet but it's not overly cloying.

M: The feel is nice and creamy...no hint of the 7% alcohol.

O: This is definitely an American Stout and not a Brown Ale...the style should probably be changed. Original Turbo Dog may be one but when you double it to 7% it becomes something different. Given that it's a pretty good one and the vanilla flavor really adds a special twist.

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Photo of ambruns1979
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is espresso black with a frothy cream colored head. Nice sticky lacing. The smell is of vanilla cola. The beer tastes rather bland at first, but soon opens up with some vanilla cola flavors. In fact, the mouthfeel is cola-like also without the carbonation. But there is a stale, papery taste bout this beer, the same that I get from all of the Abita beers I've had.

Overall, Not a bad idea, but I'd much rather have a Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. There is something vague, stale, and papery about this that doesn't work. This will be the last Abita beer I ever have.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly thinner then expected, nice vanilla notes come out, not over powering, some creaminess, with coffee and bittersweet chocolate, vanilla is faint on the palate, cool bitterness that contrasts from the malty notes.

Overall, drinkable, but would have liked this beer thicker and sweeter, but that is just me. Comparable to Atwater vanilla java porter but less sweet.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good brown ale with touches of vanilla, a tad shy of a braggy celebration but worthy of the toast.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen-printed embroidery highlighting the 25th XXV anniversary, year covered, and branding. Back narrative goes over intent, brewing process, and anniversary occasion. Notes 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown, almost black, pour with dark brown edges, rich frothy head, with good retention, nice surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Sweet nose, plenty of caramel malt, toffee, vanilla… tootsie roll…

T - Taste expands it with touches of cocoa, also toffee and caramel but not nearly as much as the nose insinuated, soft vanilla over the tamed malty sense, and a lingering milk chocolate as it settles...

M - Medium to medium/light body I mean, a tad thin at points… soft low carbonation with an emerging tingle and a fair creamy flow.

O - All things considered not too remarkable but pleasing.

Notes: Fair enough, not too remarkable in the context of of a celebration in particular but all right… In line with what seems to be the upper bracket for Abita, i.e. quality but short of the next level. Still with the price/quality ratio here this was not a bad offering.

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Photo of bkrbdan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of EROCK75
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Sadly, the best thing about this Vanilla Ale is its promising aroma. There is a nice and pleasant vanilla smell that lifts from the glass shortly after it is poured, but as soon as the drink hits the tongue it begins to be seen for what this ale really is: average. Pretty much everything about this one is just plain ol' average. From the mouthfeel, which is a bit too tingly and plain - to the aftertaste, which is not as sweet as you would hope from a brew like this, it is all nothing great to speak of.

I didn't dislike it so much that I thought I wasted my money. For the value of the bottle it was a decent buy, but I would probably never drink it again.

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 550 ratings