Madagascar Vanilla Mild Ale | Octopi Brewing / 3rd Sign Brewery

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Madagascar Vanilla Mild AleMadagascar Vanilla Mild Ale

Brewed by:
Octopi Brewing / 3rd Sign Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 25
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light coffee brown with some hints of kidney bean. Head is a solid 1/2 finger and stays frothy on top.

Aroma of coffee bean and slight imitation vanilla (no offense to the brewers, just what I'm picking up), slight caramel and caramel malts.

Flavor is much of the same, with polite and mild coffee bean with suggestions of vanilla and a slight herbal hop burn. Some nice delicious wort finishes out the profile.

Carbonation is very carbonated which is a big help in this case, and dries out a bit to leave a coffee-like feel in the mouth.

Overall, a great little session ale that's perfect for brown ale lovers, blonde ale lovers, coffee lovers, and vanilla lovers. It seems to tie all of that together and keep the flavors alive.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This pours a not very dark brown, with a small wispy head, and no lacing.

It smells only faintly of vanilla, with some mild toasted bread in the background. There isn't a whole lot here.

This feels like vaguely beer-flavored water. It's just way too watery and bland to enjoy. It's definitely drinkable- it was easy to finish. But that's only because there's barely anything here. The vanilla is restrained- which normally would be fine, but the flavors itself of the Dark Mild base are also restrained. I understand the dark milds aren't the boldest beers traditionally, but they're still generally way more robust than this rendition here. There's just a hint of brown bread, and maybe a hint of cocoa powder, but there's just not much there.

This has an extremely watery mouthfeel, with a normal level of carbonation.

Very disappointing stuff here, with absolutely nothing to recommend it for.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a medium brown body, creamy one finger white head with fair retention, some lacing. Smells of nuts, toffee, a bit of caramel and a mild amount of vanilla bean. It's on the nuttier side. No roast or coffee. Balanced, but nothing crazy. Flavour is really nice though; very balanced between nuts, toffee and vanilla bean. Very flavourful, good balance of these competing flavours. Not too bitter or too sweet. It's one of these cases where the vanilla bean is a great complementary adjunct rather than a straight up vanilla marshmallow bomb. It seems to add more of a mild bitterness or astringency to it. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied and appropriate for the style, sufficient carbonation, easy to drink, balance of vanilla and nuttiness on the finish. This surely won't get super high ratings, but this is a very nice concept with good execution. I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Madagascar pours a dark brown color, with a small non lacing head. There is a mild aroma, filled with vanilla notes. Taste has a sweeter crisp backbone with big vanilla flavors. Body is very watery and light. Overall big on vanilla flavors, unfortunately its too watery.

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Photo of Ri0
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. A dark brown color with a 1.5 finger tan head. Fades into a collar and leaves blotches of lacing on the glass. Aroma is vanilla bean and roasted malt along with hints of toffee and bread. Flavor is pleasant vanilla with some nutty, toffee, and bread. Feel is lighter as expected for this style with a softer carbonation. I enjoyed the vanilla take on this beer.

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Madagascar Vanilla Mild Ale from Octopi Brewing / 3rd Sign Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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