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.

Added by EgadBananas on 09-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Ford
4.82/5  rDev +33.9%
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 ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
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 FATC1TY
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
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 palma
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is way underrated. Beautiful looking froth tan head. Malty vanilla nose with hints of licorish. Fusel alcohol. Taste is excellent. Sweet chocolate notes upfront. Vanilla middle with just enough hop bitterness at the end to keep it uncloying. Good balance for a sweeter beer. Will definately look for this beer in the future. Also a great value at 4.50 per bomber.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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 bmwats
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles evenly, and fairly slowly, eventually resulting in a nice, even foam blanket. Some pretty substantial spiderweb lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla.

T: Tastes like it smells. Roasted coffee is prominent balanced out well with just a slight unsweetened chocolate bitterness, and a subtle sweetness from the vanilla.

M: Full flavored, and a hearty robust body. Grainy in the front, transitions to a slight bitterness, and then to a dry subtly sweet finish. A bit of a peatiness clings to the palette...but not too much.

D: Sip and enjoy....if you can; because this thing goes down easy.

Atmosphere is really good. Deep brown hue, with a foamy head, and persistent lacing. Nose is a great combination of espresso, dark chocolate, and vanilla; all roasted up together. Flavor is a very well-done balance of dark roasted coffee base, and bittersweet baking chocolate evened out with a subtly sweet vanilla finish. None of the flavors overwhelm the other though. Great balance. Overall, this is a very good quaff.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: So this is supposed to be a strong ale, interesting. Bold dark malt character, not burnt or roasty. Toasty chocolate and crystal malts. Worty. Some chocolate, little or no vanilla. Mild floral hops. Lots of sweet, not much bitter.

Appearance: Very dark brown. Appears to be opaque... holding up to a bright lights shows a very dark brew with high clarity. Head pours tall and is medium brown in color. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Flavor: Tastes more like a light stout at first. Lacking the moderate dark fruity esters typical of this style. Only mild raisin and plum. Nice dose of chocolate and mild crystal malts. Very smooth flavor throughout. Aftertaste is savory yet mild. Hops are mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slick and creamy. Very little carbonation. Finishes just barely dry.

Overall: Good brew. Different yet conservative and mild enough to be extremely drinkable. I typically love the strong and bold varieties, but this wins out regardless of being quite mild. Savory from start to finish.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown hue, almost a nutty color. Fairly opaque and a small foamy head. The head retains a little and reduces down to a thin film on top. Good lacing.

S- Smells slightly nutty and a little acidic. Not a very strong scent overall, just a little faint with malts and nut flavors being prominent.

T- A very solid porter taste right up front. Solid malt backbone with a slight burnt flavor. Hints of toffee and nutty flavors intermingle with a very slight coffee profile. Slight sweetness throughout from the vanilla. Finishes very cleanly.

M- Middle of the road for weight/thickness. Carbonation is about spot on for the style. Easily drinkable over a long session.

Overall, not as sweet as I expected, but still a very solid beer. I'd like to see a slightly more prominent vanilla flavor, but when compared to the most similar brew I've had (Breckenridge Vanilla Porter) it compares fairly.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark brown with off white head and amazing lacing.

The smell is nutty, vanilla, and some dark fruits.

The taste is vanilla, cinnamon, and plum on the front. This beer has a pretty amazing back with a roasted nut and Vanilla on the back.

I dug this beer for sure and would suggest picking it up.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Similar to the turbodog - dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head and some lacing.

S - Roasted Malts and Vanilla. Some cocoa and toffee. Somewhat sweet.

T - Big chocolate and vanilla flavors up front. Comes on pretty sweet and bold. Vanilla is always an odd taste for a beer - it either comes off as too boozy or too cloying, but Abita does it right here.

M - Medium bodied, a little thinnish than expected. Very smooth and drinkable.

O - Vanilla beers are hard to do right, but Abita has made a great drinking one in the Vanilla Doubledog. Well done!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: cola brown, creamy tan half-finger head that dissipates quickly; light lacing.

Smell: malty as hell; bits of vanilla (or was that just my imagination?)

Taste: malt comes on like a big dog followed by smoked cedar, toffee and light chocolate. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light, creamy; medium carbonation.

Overall: An excellent brew. Abita's best by far. I wasn't expecting much and this made my taste buds proud. I'll definitely be getting more. A bargain at $4. Well done, Abita!

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Photo of paulcdejean
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of Arborescence
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Thads324
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a dark brown with the slightest ruby highlights. Thin tan head of tiny bubbles, dissipates almost immediately. Frothy lacing that clears slowly.
S : aromas of chocolate. Dark bread, bubblegum and sweet dark Belgian candied sugar. A faint hop bitterness is present with some faint roasted malts. There is a noticeable alcohol aroma that is pleasant and brings everything together.
T : starts sweet with some brown sugar, caramel and toasted oats. A slight pink bubblegum flavor and finishes with a tiny bit of sharp pine hop bitterness. There's a roasty middle that comes out as it warms. The bubblegum flavor turns to a very nice vanilla as it warns as well.
M : full body that hides the alcohol that is present in the nose. Nice smoothness with a crisp finish.
A really nice beer that is much better after it warms a bit in the glass.

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Photo of Offa
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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 JayS2629
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head that fades fast but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is full of rich, burnt toffee and loads of vanilla. Notes of baker's chocolate and mild coffee notes.

The flavor is not as rich as the aroma. The toffee notes are much more mild than the nose leads you to expect. Vanilla is spot on with chocolate backbone and mild coffee tones.

Smooth, medium bodied

Awesome, delicious, and nicely balanced beer. Much better than turbodog. Vanilla is bold and just enough.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown. Black in glass with a touch of brown at edges where light comes through. Nice foamy tan head with great retention and lacing.

Pretty good nose with notes of dark malt, vanilla, oak and nuttiness.

For a brown ale I think the flavor is good as well. Good balance and flavor. Mild cocoa, nuttiness, dark malt and vanilla.

Mouth is medium bodied. Just right for the beer and style. Nice creamy, smooth carbonation.

Overall it's a good brown ale, especially for the price. It's not gonna blow any minds or anything but it's extremely drinkable and for under $5 a bomber and 7% abv. It's a steal.

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Photo of matjack85
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this 22oz brown 25th anniversary edition bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. for the sale price of $5.99 a bottle. No freshness or expiration date anywhere on the bottle. No label either as all of the art design and words on the bottle are painted on like Corona bottles and many of the Rogue Ales.

The beer poured a clear brown color that turned crimson red when held to light. Nice 3-finger beige head with great retention and good lacing.

Lots of vanilla in the smell with some chocolate notes underneath.

The taste is vanilla, chocolate, toffee, nuts, and alcohol - in that order. Low bitterness from the Willamette hops.

This beer has a creamy smooth mouthfeel with medium body and medium carbonation.

One of the better Abita offerings and well worth trying at this low price.

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Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in honor of Abita's 25th Anniversary.

Poured dark brown in color and is topped by one finger of beige colored foam. If you hold it up to the light, there are definitely some reddish hues shining through. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Smells of cocoa powder, toasted malts, and caramel.

Taste: Good malt body up front gives way to an appealing chocolate flavor. I'm also detecting some vanilla about midway. Chocolate flavor is so big on the finish, you'd swear that they used chocolate somewhere during the brewing process.

Medium bodied boarding on full at times. Rounded chocolate malt flavor (which almost has a chalkiness to it) on the palate with the carbonation sitting on the low side.

An above average Brown Ale without a doubt.

Morey's Bottom Line: Among the best Brown's that I've ever had (maybe the best). Definitely the best beer that I've had from Abita. Worthy of an Anniversary beer. Nicely done.

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Photo of acevenom
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer a few times since its release, but never got around to giving it a fair review. Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours almost opaque dark brown with a two-finger length light tan head that dissipates slowly. Some bubbles can be seen rising along the side of the glass near the head. The aroma is of dark roasted barley malt and the alcohol can be detected easily in the smell. There is some vanilla in the background, but it is not a strong aroma. Chocolate is detectable as well. The taste is smoother and more pronounced than the aroma. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses all blend together well in the mouth. The flavors are sweet and rich. There is some alcohol heat in the background, but it is not very strong. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation to clear the mouth. The beer is smooth and creamy. This is also fairly easy to gulp for such a big beer. This is an excellent beer that is fitting for this brewery's 25th anniversary. This is a reasonably priced beer, so definitely give it a try if you find this in your area.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Vanilla Doubledog

Appearance: light brown, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: toffee, roasted malts, and hops.

Taste: roasted malts, slight vanilla extract, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This has some good flavor. It goes down very smooth without being watery.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a dark black body with microbubbles trailing up the sides. There is a thick tan bubbly head on top that last a good bit.

S- The soft flinty pale malt blends with chocolate notes and a touch or black roasted malt underneath. The finish has vanilla hints with a gentle green hop character that starts to push through as the beer opens.

T- The taste of chocolate tootsie rolls is rich with some vanilla cream note to follow. There are some chocolate malt flavors but they remain in the background.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz finish but no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has some nice light character with a good chocolate and vanilla flavor making it very sessionable even for the 7 % ABV. It reminds me of a chocolate cream soda without as much carbonation.

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Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of a rarity in these parts, I find this Anniversary beer upon my desk. This, the double dog, I'm intrigued. If this were Firestone Walker and a Double Jack then things might be different. But alas, doubling anything is good, right???

Pours a deep and clear burgundy with a robust inch of foam. Offers decent clarity and just a light haze. Aroma of dark and yet muddled malts. Bit of black cherry and a touch of chocolate and raspberry. Gladly the off flavors I've found in other beer from this brewer and it's yeast are lacking.

Offers a firm sweetness with a tad bit of brown sugar and some more milk chocolate. Offers a light touch of alcohol but it is well kept. Overall this brew offers an almost Belgian complexity in the malt profile while having a limited yeast exposure in that regard at the same time. Quite Baltic in style at times..

Perhapas an odd cat, but quite nice..

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a rich buff head with moderate lacing and dark brown color. Aroma is creamy vanilla and chocolate malt. Flavor is...creamy vanilla and chocolate malt--what else? Ok, there are some caramel notes and a bit of alcohol sweetness in there too. Mouthfeel is medium and there is a nice low co2 presence and slight alcohol warmth. Overall, this is a tasty, interesting beer for those who like strong, vanilla flavored beers.

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Photo of Shagtastic
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A: Darker than usual for a brown with a little head that actually held for awhile.

S: Lots of vanilla on this and I get traces of nuts in the background.

T: I'm really enjoying the strong vanilla in this one. Usually I'm not a fan of browns but the strong vanilla masks some of the usual faults.

M: Love the amount of carbonation on this and alcohol is no issue at all. Very high drinkability

O: I love this brewery so I had to try it when it became available. This was just a fun beer all around and thoroughly enjoyed on a chilly night in Indy

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