Vanilla Benthic
Half Acre Beer Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #195
ABV:
13.7%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,239
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 5.29%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
42
From:
Half Acre Beer Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  3
SCORE
94
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Vanilla BenthicVanilla Benthic
Notes: The Benthic base beer conditioned on Madagascar vanilla beans and an additional helping of house-toasted coconut. German chocolate cake, rich vanilla and marshmallow fluff.

2020 13.7% abv
2019 13.9% abv
2018 14.0% abv
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by mschrei:
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mschrei from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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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ChicagoNick from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jun 15, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/21/19; drank 11/27/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big dark tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Coconut, vanilla & chocolate syrup notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Coconut, chocolate syrup & vanilla flavors; faint booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Sweet as hell, but this wasn't cloying and for someone who likes this profile, it's a winner.

Wish I had about 10 more cans...

Nov 28, 2019
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 23, 2020
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 19, 2020
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smartassboiler from Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dec 26, 2019
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RollDamnTide from North Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 24, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 11, 2019
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Ristaccia from Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 10, 2021
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Bum4ever from California

4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 25, 2019
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brn9000 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 06, 2020
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jonbonfondle from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 08, 2019
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fthegiants from California

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 16, 2020
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Jangoon24 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 06, 2020
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 15, 2021
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kevanb from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 10.21.19, poured into a Half Acre "occult" snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick with a motor oil consistency and a thin finger of khaki head that recedes quickly yielding no lacing. The aroma is lovely, bursting with dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla bean, charred oak, toffee forward bourbon with a nice layer of toasted coconut, rich grains and light stone fruits. The flavors echo the nose, huge vanilla rush at the onset, marshmallow with dark chocolate, brownie batter, fudge, just oozing with chocolate, lightly toasted coconut comes out with the barrel, smooth and welcoming bourbon, brown sugar and toffee and rich grains. The mouthfeel is great, thick and coating, silky smooth with a nice heavy body and an effortless finish.

Verdict: A very nice take on Benthic. The vanilla really shines in this iteration and somewhat dominates the coconut, which is relegated to more of a supporting layer, while in the base Benthic the coffee and coconut offer a nice interplay. For those that love vanilla and pastry stouts in general, this will be a hit.

Dec 04, 2019
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Bammer21 from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 15, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
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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jschott75 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 17, 2020
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Jaycase from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 08, 2019
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cd34 from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 08, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev 0%
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
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bret27 from California

4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of skochdopotato.

Feb 15, 2021
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stmoorea from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jan 11, 2020
Vanilla Benthic from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 42 ratings