Barrel-Aged Henna - Vanilla Caviar | More Brewing Co.

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4.43/5
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34 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
More Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States
morebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rye whiskey barrel-aged vanilla imperial stout

Added by Luscious_Malfoy on 04-27-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
34
pDev:
7.22%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
8
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Egotist
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black pour with minimal head.
S: Vanilla forward but I didn't get much marshmallow like a Vanilla Rye or Handjee.
T: Big vanilla flavors, again not getting much marshmallow just vanilla.
F: Thick and chewy.
O: Great beer.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmcurran
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of leroybrown10
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kreg02
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skiking70
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vanilla is present on the nose and the flavor, with a nice rye flavor. An exceptional beer, that coats your mouth. Not overly complex, but definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of M_chav
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is beautiful black body and the nose immediately intrigues you, deep rye and sweet vanilla, up there with the best nilla stouts I've ever had... taste is complete letdown, its good but doesn't come close to the big boys of nilla.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.55/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eppie82
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Dark, pitch black liquid with very little foam around the edge of glass which dissipated quickly and only black liquid was left. Smell is loads of vanilla. Loads! The rye barrel does make its presence known a bit as it warms. But where the rye barrel really comes in is in the taste. There's still an abundance of vanilla in the taste but the rye barrel booziness starts coming through definitely. Whereas the barrel presence is lacking with BA Double Rainbow, there is no such issue here. The feel is probably the best part of this beer to me. Very thick and very sticky, especially once warmed to room temperature.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's not necessarily complex with a variety of flavors, but if you really like vanilla and rye barrel treatment (like I do), this beer will deliver.

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Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.58/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is solid shiny black with a thin wisp of a dark tan ring.

Smell is exclusively Nilla wafers. This might be desirable to some, but this one-note aroma was pretty shocking to me.

Taste continues that theme and it's just like that vanilla-forward childhood treat: banana pudding, complete with Nilla wafer layers! The resemblance is striking and it's exactly where my mind went to with every sip. Sure, it's tasty, but a bit pedestrian. The palate thankfully adds some spicy wood and an alcohol burn, but the chocolatey or dark malt presence is light, and there's nothing else to speak of regarding the underlying beer, which is otherwise smooth, light, round and dry.

I agree with the sentiment of one review that you don’t really get any of the base Stout…there isn’t much Stout to be had at all really. If my eyes were closed while I tasted this for the first time, I’d picture a smoothly opaque yellow/tan beer. That being said, I disagree with most of the rest of the reviews here--I'm just not finding this very complex or deep. And while not cloying, the vanilla comes across like a mass-produced confection all the same.

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Photo of bcbs4040
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FermentalDisorder
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's a wide range of vanilla beers out there. From the (almost) too sweet, to the woody, not sweet at all, and to the all nose, no flavor, faded (immitation extract?) stuff. I'd say Vanilla Caviar leans more toward the woody side. Maybe the rye dilutes the sweet. But the sweet then kills the rye cuz its flavors aren't really strong either. Don't get me wrong, this is a really good beer. But in the vanilla stout hierarchy, I wouldn't call it a top 5. I'm sure most people will disagree with me, but I think the severe limited availability of something tricks your brain into thinking it's better than it really is. Drink this blind vs shelfies (comparitively speaking) like FO or Vanilla Noir, and I'll bet you rank it 3rd best. I know, first world problems huh? If only there was a world where FO and VN sat on store shelves!

Best vanilla stout ever? Derivation 2 with miles of separation ahead of the pack. Thank you Cory King for occassionally making it available at a reasonable price. I died and was re-born that day!

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Barrel-Aged Henna - Vanilla Caviar from More Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 34 ratings