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Velvet Elvis Vanilla Stout | Martha's Exchange

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Brewed by:
Martha's Exchange
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by StevieW on 05-31-2003

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by bigman147:
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4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took Monday off and decided to check out Martha's. Saw this on the board and since it was cask, I knew I had to try it.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a nice tan head that lingered for several minutes. Lacing was minimal.

Aroma: This is really the best part. I could have sat and smelled this beer all day. Chocolate and sweet fresh cut vanilla bean is pervasive. A mild coffee note also exists but is masked by the other aromas.

Taste: Dark and roasted malt. Slightly sweet but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Maybe the only thing that was disappointing. This beer was very thin. I think more body would have helped balance the aromas and bitterness without making it syrupy.

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise and very tasty. It was listed as 6.0% ABV but I would still consider this a fairly good session beer. A little more body and it would have been perfect.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a sucker for the cask when it's available!

AP: pretty much totally black, big and thick with a minimal moch-colored head that dissiptes to a scattered cover just around the rim within minuites, which is expected of a stout coming from the cask.

Nose: Oh yeah, it's a chocolaty malt with french vanilla and cream. pretty sweet on the nose overall.

flavor & feel: This is a medium bodied brew that looks heavy but is actually thin and smooth feeling, rather refreshing for a stout that has distinct oak and vanilla flavors topped off with a chocolaty, cream malt. The hops are very hard to detect and play only a subtle role in the flavor here.

DA: I could put this down really easy today!

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ths hits the glass with a very dark cola colour, with edges that are brownish-orange.

The smell has lots of molasses and orange, with just a hint of apricot.

Plenty of roasted, chocolately flavour, with on overtone suggesting cola. The flavour gets a little watery at the end.

The body was also slightly watery in places, and overall thinner than expected. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this one.

Be well

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: Sampler from tap at New England Brewfest.

A: Thick black with a small tan head.

S: Unlike other vanilla stouts and porters I have had, like the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, this did not seem to have any hint of vanilla in its smell. Hints of coffee and even had a similarity to Guiness.

T: Again, the taste seemed to not have as much of a vanilla flavor as expected.There was a softer taste of coffee and this really seemed like a more bitter Guiness.

M: Full bodied, thought it would be a bit more vanilla but it was decent.

D: Medium

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Photo of StevieW
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz draft. Dark, smooth black color. Medium beige thin head, didn't last very long. Big vanilla notes hit the nose, smooth again, and very enticing. Taste was sweet, full of vanilla beans, with some oak and woody qualities to it. Overly thin for a stout, nearly watery finish. Nice tasting smooth sweet stout, but the thin feel disappointed a little, although they do mention on the menu description "it's not a heavy, thick stout, but drinkable" Catchy name, but the beer isn't overly impressive, but worth a try.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't resist this one. On the tap board - velvet elvis on cask. vanilla stout. Let the adventure begin!

A - Steady black colored brew with a small creamy tan head.

S - Light tones of sweet malt, vanilla, oak and coffee. Intriguing.

T - Similar to the smell. Light hints of vanilla and oak dominate the malty body. I'd categorize the malt profile as mildly stout, no one grain seems to stand out as dominant. Nicely balanced.

M - Light bodied and smooth. Very smooth.

D - Oh yeah, this one drinks way to easy. ABV didn't seem to high so I could easily see coming back and having a few with friends.

Enjoy while it's on cask!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cask pour in a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, thick, brown-to-black coloring with a decent cascade and a frothy, chunky, big bubbled, light tan colored head. Aromas of rich chocolate, with hints of both milk and dark, as well as a rich, subtle vanilla scent. Flavors are dry, with a chocolate and roasty forward flavor that rides a subtle coffee backbone. The body is surprisingly light and watery, which deadens the flavors a bit. Rich, bittersweet aftertaste, with a dry, watered down finish. The palate was good, but the body, or lack thereof, kills it a bit for me.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at the source.
Pours a solid black with a thinnish off white head. Smells of chocolate roasted grains and a hint of vanilla. I would have thought the vanilla would be a bit stronger, but it is quite subtle. Taste is roasted grains and milk chocolate with just a hint of vanilla. Finishes with a slight phenolic that shouldn't be there but luckily that was subtle as well. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation and a medium body. I could have done without the phenolic, but otherwise this was a decent brew. Nothing to earth-shattering but drinkable just the same.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ScotNH
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MattGrimley
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of NEhophead
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought the growler of this home after trying it on cask last week.

A creamy tan head once again.Pure black in color.

The chocolate, vanilla, and coffee aromatics are all still there just as sharp as they were on cask.

A nice milkish maltiness combined with the roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is a nice touch of vanilla with a warm bitterness. The same flavors are still there but they aren't as pronounced as they were on cask. The chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors lack a little something, but the flavor is still solid.

The mouthfeel is still the same, but not as smooth on the palate. The warming of the cask is the key to this stout.

Again, a great session beer IMO. Highly drinkable and a nice treat.

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Photo of bigorange
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Velvet Elvis Vanilla Stout from Martha's Exchange
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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