Barrel-Aged Henna - Vanilla Caviar
More Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
14.3%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 6.76%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
42
From:
More Brewing Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  15
Gots
  5
SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: Rye whiskey barrel-aged vanilla imperial stout
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Egotist
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Egotist from Illinois, Oct 24, 2018
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4.66/5  rDev +5%
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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skiking70 from Maryland, Jun 18, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
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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M_chav from New Mexico, Jun 18, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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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eppie82 from Illinois, May 27, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
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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Sabtos from Ohio, May 23, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Stevedore
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention and no lacing. Smell is rich marshmallow, a bit of hot whiskey, milk chocolate, a bit of raw vanilla bean, slight smoke. Smells good, and follows through on the palate with a fluffy marshmallow soaked in whiskey, a bit of milk chocolate and smoke. It's a simple and straight-forward vanilla bomb. I think this pushes forward the marshmallow and you don't taste much of the base beer, which is really just a delivery vehicle for the vanilla (this is compared to BCBS Vanilla Rye; and if compared to Handjee, I would say that Handjee broadcast more of its base Dark Lord as well). That being said, it tastes authentic and not an undrinkably cloying extract bomb. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, good carbonation, smooth with a somewhat boozy rye heat on the otherwise marshmallow-soaked finish.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, May 21, 2018
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4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer #3000, poured from the bottle into a Teku, shared by @kevinmusprime
A: pours a thick dark chocolate brown with only a thin whisp of light brown head, which disappears quickly and leaves virtually no lacing
S: aromas of chocolate, charred marshmallow and vanilla, hit of alcohol on the nose
T: dominated by vanilla and toasted marshmallow with some chocolate brownie as well as a hint of spiciness from the rye barrel and some fusel alcohol on the backend.
MF: fairly low carbonation, oily, coats the palate
O: Other than lacking a little on the carbonation, this was a very well made beer that rivals Marshmallow Handjee. Definitely glad I was lucky enough to get a bottle

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ADTaber from South Carolina, May 18, 2018
Barrel-Aged Henna - Vanilla Caviar from More Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 42 ratings