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 MercenaryChef
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of hyprlt
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a 16oz tumbler glass

A: Dark brown with a light tan head, decent retention

S: slight smell of vanilla

T: very little bitterness, extremely vanilla flavored

M: pretty great, near perfect based on my expectations

O: plenty of people won't like this, for sure with good reason, but many others will like this

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Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of titosupertramp
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cola color, brown with red highlights. Finger of tan head recedes, leaving nice lacing and foamy cap.

S: I'm getting hardly any vanilla out of this. In fact, if you sat this in front of me and said it was normal Turbodog, I would never know. Nutty, caramel/toffee, just a slight bit of vanilla.

T: Same as with the nose, almost indistinguishable from Turbodog. Nutty, caramel..maybe a little chocolate. Oh yeah... the faint vanilla that if I didn't know was there , I'd never notice. With all that said, this isn't a bad tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation..almost creamy.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but I had hoped for something a little more special for their 25th...then again, for $5/bomber, you can't bitch.

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Photo of ralree
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep reddish brown, slightly more transparent than I was expecting, great head with small bubbles, great retention, and beautiful lacing.

S: Vanilla comes through nicely, hops are full strength, smell a little metallic, and just the slightest bit fruity.

T: Vanilla and light hops go together nicely over a very sweet and toasty malt. Definitely some cocoa in there. Caramel and alcohol stand out a little too much. Has a great sweet finish with just the slightest bit of burnt toast. It's a little too sweet for my liking. Flavor sticks around quite a while after swallowing, and the high alcohol throws it off a little bit.

M: Very refreshing, medium-light body. Very dry. Good carbonation.

D: Easy to drink at first, but the sweetness makes it hard to down fast. Definitely in the dessert beer category.

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Photo of ltkaw9
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fatmcb1
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a light, creamy head.

Malty brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla extract.

Taste is not nearly as strong as the nose. Malt is very basic and takes over the flavor. Not a lot of complexity here.

Body is on the lighter side, and it is highly carbonated and prickly.

I was excited about this until I tasted it and just didn't think there was much going on with this besides a basic sweet malt. Too bland for my liking. 

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Photo of bertram
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

black. opaque with ruby highlights. big tan moussy head. fair head retention. fair lacing.

smell is malty and sweet. with notes of caramel, toffee and vanilla. no hop aroma.

taste is slightly sweet upfront. malty in the middle with notes of caramel . hop bitterness in the finish. balance in the finish leans heavily towards hop bitterness. overall flavor is kinda watery. some roasty malt flavor. no real vanilla flavor.

light/medium body. smooth. with a crisp finish. the bitterness of the hops and roasted barley lingers briefly.

overall. i cant recommend this beer to anyone seeking good beer.

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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of kagent777
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber that my dad brought me from Florida during our visit to Las Vegas earlier this year poured into my CCB snifter.

Appearance: A dark brown beer with a white one fingered head. It settled down to a ring around the outside and some foam in the middle of the snifter. Held up to the light, this beer has some murkiness to it. It leaves nice lacing, too.

Smell: An interesting combination of smells. Very distinct vanilla. Some chocolate flavors. Also I smell some woodsy (not barrel) or earthy notes as well.

Taste: The vanilla is present but does not run the show. This is definately a brown ale, as opposed to a porter or especially stout. This one does not have the real bittersweet character that these styles have. Some sweetness is left after the bugs have the run of the house. There are some roasted noted but done in a mellow way. Some hops bitterness on the finish, too. The bitterness match the woodsy smell, it seems to have an earthy or woodsy note. All these flavors are well integrated with the vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with the carbonation on the higher side.

Overall: A nice anniversary beer. I wish that I had a regular turbodog to compare it with to establish a baseline. Someone should probably like vanilla to try this beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First tried this interesting beer on a trip to New Orleans last month; a buddy who's "not really into beer" brought one to our first get-together and had declared it "pretty good". I only had a couple sips that night, but bought a couple 22 oz. bottles and hauled them back to Oregon. Tonight I'll have the first, opened 10 minutes out of the fridge and poured to a pint glass.

A: Pours a muddy dark brown ~ a root beer/cola shade, but a little more opaque. Garnet hues at the edges, beneath a heady finger and a half of foamy khaki, tinged a light golden yellow. Receding head concludes in a slim ring and a crescent of film. Little lace, a few speckles like distant constellations. Good carbonation, steady but not overactive.

S: Colder, I got almost nothing from this. As it warmed, the chocolate and honey-sweet grain notes expanded pretty well... but I caught only the vaguest whiffs of vanilla. Pleasant overall, but really pretty basic considering this could have been so much bigger and bolder.

T: Strange kind of sweetness, a rooty 'sarsparilla' sort of tang. Interesting spicing, vanilla isn't sugary - again it's earthy, ground and has an Oddly appealing zing. 'Brown ale' nuttiness and cocoa is still there (I must admit Turbodog has been a favorite for many years); this is a bit more complicated/enriched version with some adjuncts lending a 'desserty' angle. The result is tasty.

M: A bit thin, especially considering this is ( I thought) meant to be a 'double' version of the standard Turbodog. Otherwise, there's a nice tingle and a lasting spice. Carbonation is smooth.

O: Not gonna be for everyone, I won't kid you. Its curious spiced sweetness and mild feel are apt to turn off some, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. An interesting rework of a favorite standard brew from the Abita lineup. Easy enough to finish; glad I have another one to enjoy later.

Happy 25th Anniversary, Abita!

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Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head falls promptly, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet, with the vanilla tinge giving it a cream soda effect.

Taste begins moderately sweet, which carries through the middle, and melds with a vanilla character at the close. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would have expected, and drinkability is okay. A bit of a yawner, was expecting more pow in the flavor profile.

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Photo of mclowery81
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head after a vigirous pour. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Nutty, brown bread, musty grainl all faded as this warms

T: Follows the nose plus some vanilla cream soda & grainyness up front. Dryness, vanilla & nuttyness (some hazel nut in there to be sure) all mix well as this warms, just a tad of herbal hop bitterness too. Finishes dry, grainy & with much vanilla sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, a bit too sweet balance-wise

A pretty good brown; definetly impeoved as it warmed, a bit dryer than I like my browns as a rule. Tasty but a bit too sweet to have more than one a sitting

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Photo of match1112
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a deep dark brown, almost black. a three finger tan head slowly settles to a spotty frothy cap, leaving a good amount of lacing behind.

s: sweet malts, caramel, toffee and some vanilla.

t: has that usual brown beer taste to it, nothing special. sweet with hints of toffee caramel and some vanilla.

m: decent carbonation with a thin and watery body.

o: just an average brown with nothing to set it apart from the pack. probably done with abita beers after i finish this one.

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Photo of ortie
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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 Thads324
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

A - Deep brown, essentially black but very faint hints of light come through. 1.5 finger yellow-tinged head. Thick and foamy. Some slight lacing as well.

S - Light smell, sweet malts, light fruits, slight roastiness, hints of vanilla.

T - Dominated by a typical brown ale taste, slight roast, hints of chocolate and toffee, nutty flavors mixing in. After that it's difficult to get too much vanilla but it's there.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, slick and fairly thin on the finish. Ends with toffee and nuts with hints of vanilla, but that taste fades pretty quick.

O - I was expecting a bit more. It basically tastes like a decent brown ale with a little added vanilla. Also, it's classified as American Brown Ale, but I definitely get more of a English taste in this.

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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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