Benthic - Vanilla
Half Acre Beer Company

Benthic - VanillaBenthic - Vanilla
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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #137
Ranked #523
4.48 | pDev: 6.25%
Mar 16, 2023
Oct 15, 2018
Benthic - VanillaBenthic - Vanilla
Notes: Barrel-aged stout with toasted coconut and coffee. Euphoric cake batter, turtle-neck around a stone hearth after a voracious day sliding down diamonds, biiig smooth silk, Colorado brownie, mega-vanilla bourbon stout exulted by technical brewing practice. Infusing this ocean-inspired stout through Orchid derivative Madascar vanilla beans elevates every end of its reality. It’s your birthday. Chocolate cake, ‘Nilla frosting.

This recipe is blend of select barrels:
Elijah Craig bourbon aged 9 months
Willet bourbon aged 9 months
Eagle Rare bourbon aged 10 months
Woodford Reserve bourbon aged 10 months
Woodford Double Oaked aged 16 months
Bardstown bourbon aged 16 months
Pinhook bourbon aged 16 months
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Rated: 4.18 by hopley from Massachusetts

Mar 16, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 01, 2023
Rated: 4.51 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 4.9 by krl2112 from Illinois

Dec 19, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can at share. Black pour with a thin beige head. Just like the other Benthic variants except with a heaping helping of vanilla. Luscious chocolate, coconut and vanilla all wrapped up in a boozy blanket. Delicious.
Dec 04, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by StoutSnob40 from California

Dec 01, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by q33jeff from New Jersey

Nov 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2022 vintage poured from a 12oz can into a perennial snifter. pours a dense, shiny black with a thin mocha brown foam cap that fades quickly into nothing. coconut, chocolate, vanilla frosting on the nose. not a lot of bourbon presence. flavors of chocolate cake, vanilla frosting and sweet coconut. on the taste, especially at room temp, the bourbon makes its appearance with a warming finish. thick, full mouthfeel. wonderful barrel-aged imperial stout.
Nov 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Beer_Economicus from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2021 Vintage

I have enjoyed two cans of this - the first within 2 months of release, and the second about 6 months later.

To me, this is more enjoyable than Xtra Dbl, although I think the Xtra is executed a little better. It's hard to split apart personal enjoyment of this beer and personal preferences vs. objective complaints. What is too much or not enough vanilla?

To me, this didn't even kind of sort of cross the realm into pastry. The vanilla didn't overpower or extract, as it so often does. What it really did was help elevate the coconut by bringing out the natural vanilla flavors. I'd gladly drink this almost any day over 'regular' benthic. Personally, I could use just a tad bit more vanilla, but we're kind of splitting hairs, aren't we?
Nov 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. can. Black, but not inky black. Smells of vanilla throughout with coconut, oak, and hints of bourbon. Tastes of coconut and vanilla in closer proportions. Roasted malt, nutty malts, oak, alcohol, sweet chocolate, and coconut comes back as bitter and slightly unpleasant. Bourbon and vanilla linger in the finish. Medium heavy, boozy, but not excessive. It's good, but I remember base Benthic being better.
Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

There is a very intense vanlla aroma on this one, creamy, cakey, and sweet, with some toasted coconut, caramel, milk chocolate fudge, and oak.

The vanilla is absolutely the star here- it's intense and in your face, but very well done. It sits on top of the coconut - sweet, creamy, and toasty, with a very slightly oaky bitterness on the finish from the barrels. There's not a lot of actual bourbon character - maybe some caramel?

This is thick, creamy, rich, and pretty sweet, with no real booziness at all.

I think I like the balance of the regular Benthic a little better, but this still pretty ridiculously tasty.
Mar 18, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by EMH73 from New York

Mar 04, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by imperialking from Illinois

Feb 02, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thick, viscous, pitch black. Aroma is roasted malts, light barrel notes and vanilla. Taste has notes of vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, light barrel and chocolate notes. Overall a very nice barrel aged adjunct stout.
Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Interesting beer, but I feel like it’s maybe just too much of some characteristics and thus not well balanced. An 8 ounce mini bottle pour of the 2019 vintage from The open Bottle. Very smoky and oaky, more than anything. Standard stout appearance. Smell is oaky and dark fruit forward. Taste is very big on vanilla, coconut, and barrel. Thick and syrupy, maybe too much. Booziness helps the feel a little. I’ve never had Benthic before. I honestly have to say I’m kind of disappointed.
Nov 25, 2021
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2019 vintage (13.9% ABV) tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on August 22, 2021.
Aug 24, 2021
Rated: 4.58 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 4.64 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Jun 26, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas

Apr 25, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Can courtesy of skochdopotato.
Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Feb 11, 2021
Rated: 4.73 by weavere15 from Illinois

Feb 01, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by DeadWax from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2020 Vintage. Rave worthy- one of the best vanilla BA stouts and best Benthics I’ve had.

Pours deep black with slight tan head that disappears quickly. Slight lacing left behind.

Robust vanilla, coconut and bourbon on the nose. Flavors give wave of lush vanilla building on the coconut yet remaining distinct, with light char and slight roast from the coffee providing depth. Great barrel, thick feel and well balanced, without being overly sweet thanks to the coffee remaining in the mix without overshadowing any of the other flavors.

Xtra Dubl was slightly more preferred but not by much. It’s hard to make a super drinkable ba pastry stout yet Half Acre has at least three of them this year. Fantastic!
Jan 02, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Dec 19, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Dec 17, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Eziel from Ohio

Dec 12, 2020
Rated: 4.69 by cd34 from Illinois

Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Jun 15, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 10/21/19, had 3/14/19.

Pours near black and opaque, with a quarter inch foamy head and some spotty cling. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coconut, malt, some caramel and cocoa, light bourbon, light char. The bourbon steps to the front in the flavor, followed by vanilla, medium roast malt, chocolate, some coconut, caramel, light oak, a little coffee. Smooth, a great full body, appropriately carbonated.

Just delicious, with terrific aromas and flavors. The vanilla is the standout and is complimentary to the base stout, although it does seem to hide some of the coconut. Hope I’m lucky enough to get this anytime they make it.
Apr 10, 2020
Rated: 4.56 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 23, 2020
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
An amazing variant of one of my favorite barrel aged stouts. The vanilla is very forward which is what I love. There’s still lots of coconut, but vanilla is the strongest variant. It’s very full bodied and smooth. It could maybe use a bit more barrel as I love the barrel forward stouts the best. Worth the hype if you can find and you love vanilla stouts.
Feb 16, 2020
Rated: 4.59 by Kmkapalka from Delaware

Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by MeLoynes from Missouri

Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by fthegiants from California

Jan 16, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by stmoorea from Illinois

Jan 11, 2020
Benthic - Vanilla from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 57 ratings