25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog | Abita Brewing Co.

25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog
550 Ratings
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 tjbaretta
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jono311
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mynie
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The weather had put me in the mood for something rich and malty, so a bomber of this for less than 6 bucks was a no brainer. Thanks, Abita, for not price gouging.

Smells like an English brown. Chocolate, biscuity malts and prominent Willamette. Pretty weak smelling, considering the ABV, but nice and mellow.

Tastes likes it smells only with the slightest hint of vanilla at the very back end. Starts off rich, lightly bitter, and creamy. Gets sweeter and thinner as it progresses, and the thinness is a little bit of a problem, makes the finishing nodes seem a little too weak.

Turbodog is a very well brewed, mellow English Brown. The kind of beer that's amenable to the addition of vanilla, certainly, but I couldn't figure out where the "Double" would come in. It's hard to make a strong brown ale without having the malt get too thick or syrupy, and since this style precludes the usual brewer's end-around to this problem (adding a ton of American hops), I had no idea where this one was going.

Vanilla Doubledog maintains the smoothness of regular Turbodog, but the promised intensity doesn't really materialize. I'd never guess this was above a 5.5, and you can call me old fashioned or whatever but I expect a little more oomph out of something that's billed as a strong ale. Still pretty tasty, though.

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Photo of Mappies
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of stbo101
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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

Out of a bomber bottle I just couldn’t resist this beer was a rich, dark brown color with a towering head of brown tinted foam. The retention was good and the lacing in chunks. The aroma was of chocolate, vanilla, nuts, toffee, toasted malt and sweet malt. The flavors were quite pleasant, lead by the sweet malt, toffee and caramel first I then tasted vanilla, nuts and booze followed by the more subtle notes of whip cream and chocolate malt followed by a roasted/toasted note on the finish. A sundae in a bottle sans sugar and plus alcohol. My kind of dessert! The body was full, the mouthfeel smooth and the carbonation medium/low. A rich, slightly punchy treat that is one of the better beers I believe this brewery has produced. Nice to see an anniversary beer worth celebrating!

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm always a sucker for anniversary beers. Saw this and saw vanilla. I was sold. However, I let it sit in my fridge for a while before drinking it. I think I was a bit hesitant to drink a Abita beer since I haven't loved them in the past. This was pretty decent, though. Served from a bomber into my Great Divide balloon glass.

The look is deep brown - bordering on black - with a rocky light tan head. It recedes pretty quickly, but has great character and depth. I like the looks.

The nose smells a bit dry and thin. The vanilla is weaker than I would have liked. The chocolate is subdued and in the back. There's a somewhat strange flavor that I think comes from the yeast. Some good complexity, but it's not making me think I'm gonna love this thing.

The favor is much better. The beer comes across as completely smooth. Very inviting mouthfeel. The vanilla is a hint, but it's very well incorporated. I don't pick up as much of the strange yeasty flavor. There's a slight chocolately backbone, but it's not big or bold.

This is a "big" beer that's subdued and enjoyable. Nothing special, but drinkable and definitely not bad. I guess you could say it's Big and Easy. 25 years of tribute to New Orleans.

EDIT: As I finish the bottle, I'm starting to grow tired of it. Points off for that.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a dark brown color with ruby hues and nice clarity. There is almost a fluffy 3-finger light tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of roasted malts and dark fruit. There is a big vanilla aroma, as well as some caramel, toffee, marshmallow, and a little bit of chocolate.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well, but it also seems a bit muted. There is some roasted malt and a pretty good vanilla presence. Also, I am getting some dark fruit, caramel, and toffee. There is a tiny bit of a hop presence that comes through a bit on the back end. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla flavors behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body, and it had average carbonation. It goes down easy and it has a really smooth feel to it. There is a good amount of sweetness here, as well as some roasted malt to balance it out. There is a little bit of hop bitterness on the back end, but just a very small amount.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a good beer, and I could easily have a few glasses of it. The only thing is I really expected the flavor to be bolder and stand out more. Also, the body was a little lighter than I thought it should be. It is a tasty beer for sure, but I don't know if it is worth being their 25th anniversary beer. It is worth trying though, and the price tag isn't bad at all.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on January 17, 2012. This pours nice and dark amber with reddish hues and a sunstantial, fluffy head that sticks around. Aromas of malts, slight chocolate, vanilla, yeast, and brown sugar. The body is medium. The taste is very bitter with toffee, vanilla, and clean hops at the end. The taste tends to be a bit more boozy than its 7% ABV might suggest but that is not surprising for a strong ale. Robust for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured cloudy dark brown. Very slight ruby glow around the edges. Two fingers of bubbly light brown head formed and slowly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Sweet toffee and brown sugar up front with a faint touch of vanilla in the background. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

T - Sweet toffee and brown sugar up front. Light chocolate and vanilla flavours in the background. The vanilla is much more subdued than I expected. Extremely sweet and got sweeter and sweeter with each sip. The ABV is slightly noticeable but is dominated by the sweetness. This became difficult to drink after a while.

M - Medium body; light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Pencible
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and bready yeast, with some copper hops and a little caramel and vanilla.
T: It tasted like copper hops and burnt barley, with some bready yeast and a little sweet caramel and vanilla. It had a bittersweet and mostly clean aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: This was really nothing impressive or delicious. The scent and taste had a weak base with weak vanilla accent. The body was also fairly weak. The alcohol was well hidden, so at least it was easy to drink. But it just wasn't nearly as enjoyable as I was hoping based on the description.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a dark pour, with a sort of diluted claret color against light. A large fluffy mocha head of two fingers. It melts away, leaving a high water mark of lace as well as a few sudsy pockets and slants.

Aroma - has a cereal grain start, some roast and malt coming along with setup, but the cereal element persists. Not as exciting as I'd hoped.

Taste - it's grainy, again with the cereal part of the malt dominating. A hint of vanilla but not enough to include in the name of the beer. I'm disappointed that this beer is coming through with mostly grain and little vanilla. Not much development on the swallow and follow through other than some mild abv heat.

Mouthfeel - I like the smoothness here, the moderate crispness and body are fine.

Drinkability - okay, but a miss for me. Maybe some barreling would have been a good idea for a vanilla brew. You're only 25 once...

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Photo of fortheunheard
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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

A: Dark transparent brown. Finger thick tan head with nice retention.

S: Vanilla beans, toasted nuts, roasted coffee, oak and wood. Earthy hops and

T/M: Full, rich chocolates, vanilla and hops off the initial sip. Wheat bread, yeast and caramel malts. Aftertaste consists of smoked wood and molasses. Smooth, well rounded, medium sized body. Light carbonation.

D: Pretty average, nice flavor overall.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bomber into a chimay goblet.

a- pours deep brown with only hints of light shining through on the edges. about a half inch of thick light tan head rises and lasts for quite a while before leaving some nice lacing.

s- candy chocolate with strong vanilla. seems lighter than what i anticipated.

t- immediately i think of tootsie rolls. first impressions yield slight chocolate and vanilla, then with the swallow that chocolately, vanilla candy flavor just seems to sit in my throat after you swallow

m- feel of the beer seems light. for a "strong ale" i expect a bit bigger thicker feel. seems slightly over carbonated, which might be why it seems lighter.

overall, i was looking forward to this brew, as i like some vanilla in my brew, but this one is so candy like that it comes off as artificial. I have had beers that remind me of tootsie rolls (new glarus chocolate abbey) but none quite as artifical. Sort of a forgettable anniversary brew in my opinon.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip.
Pours a very dark brown, but has an amber hue when held up to th elight. Nice thick off-white head, with good lacing.
Smells of vanilla roasted malts. Taste is again, roasted vanilla malts, hints of toasty chocolate and slight bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than I like, but still pretty good. I was always intrigued with this brew because I really like vanilla anything, plus it was only $5 for the bomber. So for $5, this is a great brew. It lacks any real complexity and doesnt really compare to other Strong Ales, but on its own, its very drinkable and tasty. For $5, pick one up...well worth the price.

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Photo of bum732
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Toasted malts, nuttiness, slight vanilla, but very hidden, very slight coffee roastiness.

L: Clear, dark brown, tight tan creamy head, 1/2 inch retention, great lacing.

T: Toasty and pecan like malt, nutty sweetness. Low bitterness leading to additional toastiness. Vanilla barely detectable. Lost of pecan and praline. Finishes quite nutty and semi-sweet.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Could use a little more body, but not bad. More of a nut brown ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Porter-like in nature, Abita's 25th anniversary celebratory ale rolls in the complex notes of chocolate, vanilla, and toffee for an ultra rich and malty session.

The beer starts with a mildly hazy brown hue that blankets the beer with a creamy tan foam that clings to the glass with random lacing patterns. Good retention reinforces its very Porterish look.

Rich aromas of sweet chocolate, light coffee, butterscotch, toast, and earthy wood-like hops. But the centerpiece of the beer is the overwhelming vanilla dominance. Musty vanilla beans, heavy cream, and charred raspberries all create a decadent desert-like impression.

Flavors also deliver on the earthy and sweet vanilla beans but also follow with bittersweet chocolate, light coffees, walnuts, heavy whipping cream, medium toasted grains, slightly scorched caramel, and a nearly smoky wood sweetness. Cream covered raspberries, chocolate, and a note of smoke create a succulent effect on the palate.

Rich and robust from start to finish, this sweetly balanced beer is velvety smooth with the texture of heavy cream, especially with the way the supple carbonation allows the beer to coat the mouth. But the beer offers little in the way of reprieve from the weighted malt and vanilla sweetness and develops little heading into finish. This leads to a sticky sweet feel even in finish and aftertaste.

The lack of dryness or balance from hops or roasted grains limit this beer and cause the vanilla to dictate a creamy and rich session. But if you are a lush for sweetness, especially that of chocolate and vanilla, then this beer should become a welcome limited release.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown. Semi-opaque. Head is light tan, tight and creamy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Excellent head retention. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Rich caramel malts with a vanilla undertone.

T: Big malt profile, with both natural and caramel notes. Vanilla is moderate. Light hops are discernable. Aftertaste is malt and vanilla.

M: Medium body. Malt profile gives a semi-chewy feel, but the vanilla lightens everything up a bit. Carbonation gives a bit of a creamy feel. Dry finish.

O: A nice beer for sure. If you are a vanilla fan, this beer will do the trick. Very easy drinking, but overall there was nothing that stood out for my taste buds. The vanilla was nice, but light and somewhat underwhelming. Not taking anything away from this beer, it just didn't do it for me. I would not turn this beer down if offered.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm hit and miss with Abita stuff but this one was pretty good in my opinion...

Lots of toffee and vanilla going on in the nose with this... sweet maltiness with a caramel base and hints of vanilla although not too overpowering... I'm sort of glad on this because I was afraid this would be a total vanilla bomb... Very subtle...

Sweet toffee maltiness with vanilla, toffee, coffee, and chocolate tagging along for the trip... Very smooth if a bit watery... It's rather tasty and would pair wonderfully with the right dish... Maybe some spicy chicken tacos or enchiladas? As it warms, the sweetness becomes more pronounced but it doesn't seem to get cloying to me...

I liked this one... Not earth-shattering but a nice little beer that would go well with food and a great bargain to boot...

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Photo of CWhite
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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