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 obywan59
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown with some ruby highlights, and a light tan 3 finger head that leaves moderate lacing.

Tart toasted grains on the nose. Vanill appears as the beer warms.

More toasted grains here, and vanilla as well, but there is a somewhat off-putting bitterness. A bit unbalanced.

Medium bodied with a light tingle of carbonation and a bit of warmth in the throat.

Not that hard to drink, just not very tasty to my perception.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3.5 finger frothy tan head on a dark brown body. Nice lacing.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, toffee and toasted malt. Mild cherry note.

T: roasted malt up front with a nice vanilla bean, toffee and confectioners chocolate sweet finish.

M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a good vanilla flavored brown ale. Not sure about the given style for this one. I think the ratings are a bit harsh. Its drinkable but simple however not terrible.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap once. Thought it was awesome. So I had to revist via 22 oz. bomber.

Cola brown and ruby colored. Good head and strong with a little lacing even. Pretty good bubbling too.

Light roasty malt, but heavy toast malt aromas. Makes me thnk of black rye bread crust from Poland. Minus the carraway seeds. Just a hint of caramel sweetness and vanilla in the aroma.

Dry, pastey palate from start to finish. Maybe some warmth on the linger. Toasty bread crust and powderyt palate to match. A little caramel and toasty barley malts make up most of this brew. Simple, moderately priced beer worth trying.

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Photo of sergio1va
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark amber color with a reasonable foam head. Malt, vanilla, and coffee aromas emerge on the nose announcing a high alcohol beer with a definite special flavor.
Taste is definitely vanilla and roasted malts with a certain "bite" of the hops and alcohol in this beer.
Think Newcastle or Smithwicks as you enjoy this beer.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A - Deep swampy brown, one finger tan head and no lacing

S - Sugar, a boat load of vanilla and malts, a bready yeast, some serious soil and wood notes and more malt sugary malty goodness

T - Huge sweet malts, tons of vanilla and vanilla bean, wood, a slight foliage hop, serious chocolate, a strange root beer note and some big soil notes

M - Medium bodied, Medium minus acidity, low balance, low complexity and a very long nice sweet finish

D/O - This guy is pretty refreshing. A good all year around beer. Not much going on here if you are looking for something new a different. Just vanilla beer basically. Sad that this is their 25th anniversary ale. I mean it's not bad, just not that good

Final thought - For me, another disappointing Abita beer. Nice $4 price and 7% abv

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Photo of jordanblaskey
2.18/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter.

Pours a cola colored brown with a decent off-white head that recedes down to nothing but leaves nice lacing.

Sweet. Roasted hops.

Very sweet. Very one dimensional. Honestly, the more sips I take the more disgusting this beer gets. There's just no substance here. It tastes like you put a few spoonfuls of sugar into Bud Light.

Decently thick. Feels like carbonated water.

Yuck. This is the best Abita could put out for their 25th Anniversary?

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a cola brown color capped by an inch of foam that leaves some shards behind

Smell: Vanilla, toffee and hazelnuts

Taste: Toffee flavors lead the sweet parade, followed by the vanilla and rounded out by the hazelnuts; after the swallow, the vanilla flavors really dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A vanilla-lover's delight, this beer is rather one-dimensional; rather sweet, unfortunately, for my palate

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Photo of DCon
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 1 PINT. 6 FL.OZ. Bottle of this from Gateway Liquors in Charleston, IL for $6.49. Poured from the Gold/White labeled bottle w/ 25th Anniversary & 1986-2011 on the front into my 12oz Surly Darkness Tulip Glass. Has BEST BY 10/12/12 on the back of the bottle.

Aroma- The aroma starts with tons of malt sweetness and caramel. Very average for the style and even could use more strength and character.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Hey, I'm older than Abita. It's official. ... Now that no one cares, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, light cocoa powder, vanilla, and sweet caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a darker sense of roast, a bit of coffee, a weaker strain of vanilla, and a bit of flowers tossed in for good measure. There's a vague breadiness pervading the background, as well. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough sweet thing of a beer, nothing special, but one of the better beers I've had from Abita thus far.

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Photo of Strix
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, decent head, minimal lacing.

smells of earthy hops and caramel.

I get cola, caramel, cocoa, vanilla, and earthy hops.

Average consistency.

this was solid but I was hoping for a little more excitement from a 25th anniversary.

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Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent taste of vanilla with a little cocoa. Not especially rich and fairly light bodied. Some burnt raisin toast and plenty of butter. Lots of spice along with the roasted barley. Golden brown color in the glass. Adequate head.

Not particularly pleasurable but it is drinkable enough. Kind of a spice stuck in the back of the throat flavor. Still, the vanilla, which seems a little too much at first, mellows out. Some earthy taste and not much bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 25 Oct 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Herren Pils snifter.

Large tan foamy head. Medium carbonation. Aroma is vanilla and root beer with a slightly acrid roastiness. Starts out reminiscent of a cafe latte or chocolate milk (says A). Light roastiness throughout. Some vanilla woodiness, but not quite as prominent as expected. Chocolate malts. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Lingering sweetness.

Overall, not bad but fairly mild.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-edged black with a frothy beige head. Fair retention and lace. Nice silkscreened bottle claims its content best by 10/12/12.

Smells like vanilla and sweet molasses. Tastes like vanilla and the trademark Turbodog sweet molasses and mild toffee. Light and fluffy body. There's a heavy, sweet birch bark/black root umph in back which I'm not a fan of. The kept the Turbodog soul in there rather than blow it out of the park and I like that.

Pretty good. While Abita is always a favorite due to my years of living in NOLA their beers haven't necessarily earned that adoration. This one is pretty good.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass

Appearance- Pours a nice deep brown, nearly black color, with a large off-white head. The head has some nice retention and persists for some time to give some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Chocolate aromas are the most pertinent. These are mixed with a nice vanilla aroma, sweetening up the smell and overall creating a delicious smelling brew.

Taste – Chocolate tastes meet the tongue. The chocolate is a mainly cocoa in nature, but there is a bit of vanilla sweetnsss that is also present brining on a slightly milk chocolate flavor. There are notes of roastiness that come into play in the middle, giving a little bit more bitterness. Toward the end however, a light sweet vanilla comes into fruition rounding out the taste experience. While the vanilla is in the taste throughout much of the experience it is a little bit disappointing as it is very light, and not what the nose would lead on to expect. Even with a “lighter vanilla” it does have a good taste overall.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. For the style, the body is a little too thin and the carbonation is a bit too high. It never really lets the beer linger on the tongue and sooth, like a great chocolaty darker beer will.

Overall- It has a nice nose, look and a good taste, but the mouthfeel is a little off. It’s a nice brew, but one I would likely not drink with any real regularity.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Photo of cagocubs
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours black with a thick off white head that sticks around and laces slightly. Reduces to a nice froth.

S: Roasted malts, some vanilla and caramel sweetness, and even a little alcohol bite mixed in with faint hops.

T: I thoroughly enjoyed taste as I liked the overpowering sweetness. Great vanilla and creamy caramel tastes with the roasted malt and alcohol giving it a nice bitter and warming flavor.

M: Much lighter body than I was expecting. Good aftertaste with the alcohol giving it a warming effect.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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 StoutHunter
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Abita's 25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. I have had a couple beers from this brewery before but have not reviewed any and I have had Turbodog before and thought it was ok, so I am interested to see what the double version is like, so lets see how it goes. 2011 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I like the label on this beer, it looks classy and the two dogs in the background is a nice touch. It poured a nice muddy brown color that turned to a dark ruby amber color when held to the light and it had just about three fingers worth of slightly tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice spotty lacing. This is a nice looking beer.

S- The first thing that I pick up in the aroma is a bunch of pretty sweet malts that impart a sweet bread and grainy aroma that is very similar to an English Brown ale. I also picked up a light cocoa, toffee, and vanilla aroma along with a slight nutty aroma. Not the most interesting aroma but it wasn't that bad.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma. It starts off with loads of the malts that aren't as sweet as they were in the aroma but still has a medium sweetness and imparts some caramel, toffee, brown bread, flavors followed by a light cocoa, coffee, and vanilla flavors toward the end. It had a low amount of bitterness and a sweet and malty aftertaste. The flavor of this beer is pretty simple and straightforward, it's ok but I can't help but think that the flavors were a little muted and that it could taste a little more roasty and robust.

M- Smooth, dry, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a slightly high amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok but the body and carbonation need to be tweaked a little to make it great.

Overall I thought that this was an Ok beer and a pretty average American Strong Ale. This beer wasn't too bad but I thought it was going to be more roasty and for stressing the addition of vanilla it really didn't make that big of an impression or stick out that much. This beer has ok drinkability, it was a little sweet but it still went down pretty smooth but one bomber of this beer is more than enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the look, the color was nice and so was the head, lacing, and head retention, the combination made for one good looking beer. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor, it just wasn't that interesting and it didn't do a great job at highlighting the vanilla. This beer was priced nicely but I don't think I would buy it again since it couldn't hold my attention and I don't think that it really lived up to it's name. I can't say I would really recommend this beer but if you really like English Brown Ales, this may be worth a try. I wasn't too impressed with this beer and thought it was pretty average in almost all categories, I had Turbodog a long time ago when I was just getting into craft beer and I remember it being pretty smooth and roasty, I didn't get the same amount of roast out of this beer but it may be because I didn't drink to many dark beers back then. So far I'm not the biggest fan of this brewery, I have yet to be impressed with a beer from them, oh well at least this isn't as bad as Purple Haze, I guess I will have to see what else you guys are working with before I fully form an opinion, but so far I'm not a fan.

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Photo of jera1350
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolatey brown look with a thinner body. Some fair foam and lacing.

Light cocoa nose with a touch of maltiness. A bit light with some mild hopping.

The taste is very approachable, but it is pleasant. Mostly a light milk chocolate taste backed by some subtle vanilla bean. The hops are noticeable as well, but not real strong.

Quite dry with a light-medium body.

Very drinkable beer that is enjoyable and doesn't bore or tire out the palate, but keeps the flavor going. I like this beer for what it is. Nothing outstanding, just clean and tasty flavors.

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Photo of Dodt
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this beer up at a local pizza place , decide to finally crack it open.poured from the bottle into a pint glass. a nice cola color with a malted colored head. aroma is a bit of coco and vanilla.
taste is mostly roasted malts and a nice creamy taste. this is a very good beer . i really wish this was available year round.

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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 AgentMunky
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Fluffy off-white head rests delicately atop a dark mahogany beer that glints brilliant red in the light.

S: Loads of malts, brightish fruit; sort of like a brown ale. Not obviously good, but it grows on you. Toffee?

T: Caramel malts first, then soft -- and excellent! -- vanilla on the endtaste. The fruity character is here too, offering a splash of sweet cherry and tart pear, mingling with the toffee-sweet malt-heavy big beer that is the Vanilla Doubledog. Aftertaste has a touch of milk chocolate and the only trace of (Williamette) hops present in the beer.

M: Creamy-smooth, but surprisingly light for a 7% dark ale.

O: A solid beer; well above average. Still, not incredibly compelling or convincingly superb. A middling ale that merits your attention, if not your appreciation. Will not have again.

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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 orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up for a buddy of mine who is a huge Abita lover, he was gracious enough to open it up for us to try.

A - Pours deep dark brown with a nice one and a half finger tall off-white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of toasted caramel malt, chocolate, vanilla, toasted nuts and a touch of earthy hops. Smells kind of similar to turbodog with some added sweetness.

T - Starts off with a bunch of chocolate and vanilla sweetness quickly giving way to hints of toasted caramel malt, toasted nuts and a dash of earthy hops. This one has a ton of vanilla going on. Finish is a mix of sweetness and a touch of booze, lingering for some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Soft, sweet feel that lingers on the pallet for quite awhile after consumption.

O - I enjoyed this one. Throw in the low cost of $5 a bomber and I was really digging it even more. It had some good flavors and was easy to drink my share. Might have to grab another one before it is gone.

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Photo of Giggy
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Chestnut brown with hints of red when held to the light. An off white to grey colored head that forms after the pour but doesn't last.

S: Subtle, nutty, chocolate, malts, earthy

T: Hazlenut, chocolate, coffee. The vanilla comes out after the swallow. Nice aftertaste.

M: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Goes down easy....

O: Good beer but not a great beer definitely worth the money. Love the vanilla.

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 550 ratings.
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