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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Ratings: 550 |  Reviews: 204
Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark brown with bright white head, sticky lacing, some clarity

S: brown malts, a bit of roastiness, artificial vanilla comes through, very faint, some oats

T: some chocolate and roast, some notes of grape, lots of vanilla towards the end but overall very thin tasting... Kind of like a vanilla tootsie roll

Mf: pretty thin, mild carbonation

O: pretty thin and overall the flavors don't balance all that well. The vanilla isn't doing favors for the brew.

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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 RandyBoBandy
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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 peensteen
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown colour, just over one finger of tan head, thick ring of lace around the top of the glass. Smell is of vanilla and chocolate, lightly roasted, some coffee and bakers chocolate and subtle liquorice. Taste is of vanilla and herbal liquorice, mildly bitter, chocolate in finish and aftertaste, mildly sweet and lightly roasty. Med carb, light-med body, medium feel. OK but forgetable, good in its own right but unremarkable.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very nice dark brown top, lighter shade of brown towards the bottom of the glass, started with a nice tall head and worked its way quickly down to a small ring with lots of lacing

S - very mild sweet smell (caramel)

T - very sweet for the abv% you can't taste the alcohol, lots of caramel and vanilla after taste

M - very smooth on the palate

O - very nice beer overall, very tasty and not too overwhelming for being a little bit on the heavy side

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Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of bootsdomino
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerCigar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask pour at the Birdsall Hse. in Peekskill, NY

Pour is dark brown with a minor medium tah head. Leaves some low sheeting and minor bits of lacing.

what little I pick up with the old sniffer is just some sweet malts.

Easy drinking ale, with pleasingly low, typical cask carbonation. Notes of vanilla, more malts, milk chocolate, and some lite smoke. Dry finish, nothing amazing, but decent enough brew. Worth a try.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I drank this, I could not help but think (in the voice of the little old lady who did the Wendy's hamburger commercials) "where's the vanilla?" Overall, a somewhat pumped-up Turbodog, with additiional density and malt, but the advertised vanilla made a brief cameo appearance in the initial aroma and then vanished altogether. This leaves us with a rather bland brown ale that strives to be something more, and fails.

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Photo of matjack85
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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 scootny
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge head that stays and decorates the glass nicely. Smell is light but has notes of chocolate and toffee. A sweet graininess. Nice roasted malt taste with chocolate, toffee, vanilla. A nice nuttiness that broadens the palate. Earthy hops are mild and really make me think of an English strong ale more than an american one. Dry finish leaves some brown bread and mild tea leaf bitterness. Warming light alcohol is felt more than tasted. Feel is medium weight with a light effervescent carbonation. A really nice brew overall. Great to have this time of the year and at 5 bucks a bomber a great value.

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Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This was opened during our New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear mahogany with a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Mild with some dark fruit sweetness, caramel malt, and a strong vanilla presence.

Taste: The taste stands out more than the smell did. Vanilla and caramel are the dominant flavors. The malt is a bit bread like. The only complaint here is that the vanilla seems a little bit artificial.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I thought this was a fairly average beer. I enjoyed the vanilla notes, but it was a bit sweet and artificial. I would probably pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

As a fan of brown ales I was looking forward to this one especially with it being a 25th Anniversary offering.

It poured a nice, rich brown with very little head. Smell was malty and slightly sweet with hints of cocoa and the promised vanilla.

The taste was nice and rich, much like the regular Turbodog but with an extra level of depth and complexity. The vanilla comes across more as a wood spice like that of a whiskey than that from a vanilla bean.

Overall it was a good but not great offering. I would definitely drink it again. The taste is nice and the price is right.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of powerss13
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass

Appearance: Dark with very little to no light coming through

Smell: Good notes of vanilla and roasted malt

Taste: Smooth with a light touch of vanilla. I was hoping for a little more vanilla. AT first there is a little bitterness from the hops, but then the malts hits the palate and smoothes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth feel, not real heavy like a stout, but definitely not light.

Overall: This beer is definitely a good beer. As always to any review of beer/anything there is going to be pros and cons. If you come by one of these, go ahead and buy it because it is worth the money.

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Photo of otto251068
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of TasteTester
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of nh2032
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is patent malt with lots of malt sweetness. Chocolate and vanilla with a little coffee.

Starts out sweet with a crème brûlée taste of vanilla and caramel with milk sugar. Tastes like a milk stout. Little bit of chocolate and coffee but vanilla and caramel dominate.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is OK but nothing super special. This is a try once type of beer, no repeat sale.

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Photo of frenchblood21
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very dark brown with an amber hue at the bottom of the glass. One finger of tan head. Great looking beer.

Smell- Very pedestrian...almost no scent at all.

Taste- Bitter chocolate and toffee, just as the bottle claims.

Mouthfeel- Great coating, kinda like Guiness, but a bit thinner.

Overall- A drinkable beer...A huge letdown for a 25th anniversary beer. This is a one-time affair for me.

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