Vanilla Hobo Stout
Caboose Brewing Co.

Vanilla Hobo StoutVanilla Hobo Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #695
Ranked #30,111
3.74 | pDev: 8.29%
Caboose Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Vanilla Hobo StoutVanilla Hobo Stout
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 22
Photo of Beerasaurus
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft in a snifter. Look was a very dark brown/Black. The aroma was a little strong on vanilla. Unfortunately the taste was overpowered by vanilla flavor, and was very sweet. The mouthfeel was ok, but again influenced by the vanilla. As with the porter I tried, it was much too cold.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
L - Poured a dark brown with minimal tan head.
S - Smells of vanilla and roast.
T - Tastes of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Also getting some licorice on the finish.
F - Medium body and very lightly carbonated.
O - This is a decent stout, but it feels a little flat.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high and mocha in shade. Very dense and creamy in texture, what it lacks in supreme retention it makes up by leaving soft rings of lacing on the glass.

The aroma offers a nice vanilla note - neither too sweet nor too chemically bitter. Notes of dark chocolate, cream, caramel, and brown sugar also show up. While everything about the aroma works well (creating a nice, dessert-like experience), everything seems a bit muted and one-dimensional. There isn't much to this beyond "dessert stout with lots of vanilla".

Initial flavors of vanilla hit the palate big-time. After the mid-taste, it calms down significantly. This is perhaps for the best. In its place appear notes of brown sugar, caramel, espresso, and a subtly hoppy touch. The first few sips don't seem very well balanced, but it integrates itself well after a while. Still, there's too much caramel flavor for a stout, and that's what grows wearisome to the palate (NOT the vanilla).

No two ways about it: it needs more body. While it dries out well for something so initially sweet, it feels dinky and insubstantial going down the palate. Carbonation is finely bubbled yet assertive - maybe this is why. Still, drinkability is good for a vanilla-laden stout. The more I sip it, the more I get used to the thinner texture.

Not bad. It delivers a vanilla-laden experience decently enough. But it's not great - it's too thin, too simple, and too reliant on caramel flavor for any real shot at greatness. I doubt I'd buy this again.

3.17/5: Good vanilla flavors looking for a proper stout base

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Photo of MUTINY
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque deep black with 1/4" tan head that recedes quickly. Retention & lacing are both rather poor.

S: Significant traces of vanilla tempered by a very subtle roastiness. It's relatively muted all-around, but what is there is rather enjoyable.

T: Vanilla-cream & coffee right out of the gates, which leads to a much more roasted (almost burnt) character on the mid palate. It gradually picks up sweetness toward the finish, which is punctuated by another flourish of vanilla along with traces of licorice. It's not especially deep, but makes the very most of what it has going on.

M: Not much carb married to a thin-to-style body. I'd probably argue that the vanilla works better with the thinner consistency than it would with something heavier.

O: For all of its perceptible shortcomings, it actually works quite well as an overall product.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

*From notes*
The beer has a black and opaque appearance that makes it look pretty good.

The smell and taste are good with a strong vanilla presence. The notes come out better in the smell than in the taste. The beer has some light, sweet chocolate notes and complements the vanilla notes well. There is also a slight wheat sweetness from the barley.

The feel is good. It has light carbonation that give it a nice texture and is very smooth. It smooth to the point where it slightly resembles chocolate milk. It has a heavy body.

Overall, this is a pretty good and indulgent beer. Go for it.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, batch #1, dated 3/7/2015:
Pours a little thin, but with a nice mocha head that does eventually recede to the edges. Very little lacing.
Nose is fairly weak and missing some roasted notes I'd like to see. The nose is actually a little more cola-like with the vanilla probably feeding that impression.

Taste is perhaps a little more reminiscent of a porter (maybe a Baltic Porter) - as the vanilla seems to add that sweetness. The flavors again have some cola notes, but there's also a bit of burnt toast in there before the vanilla comes in. In some sips I can get a little weak coffee notes - something not helped by a somewhat watery mouth feel. Carbonation is nice, and the flavors are strong enough to give the body a little boost over that feel.

Not too bad an effort. At 8% (the bottle ABV), I'd like a little more body or boldness (though the latter grows slightly as the beer warms). Not a bad beer, but I'd let it warm and could still see it missing certain expectations for an 8% stout.

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