Vanilla Porter | Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
New York, United States
rohrbachs.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 08-31-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.44%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.47/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I don't know why I bought this. It's local and I love porters, but I hate vanilla in beer. And the vanilla is way too strong in this one, and ruined an otherwise great brew.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of indiapaleale
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark as night with a very thin offwhite head.

Smells strongly of vanilla extract, like when Mom was making cookies. A tad too strong if you ask me. Some chocoolate and coffee notes to follow but that strong astringent vanilla is very very present.

Taste is surprisingly that of cocoa and not of vanilla ice cream or cream soda. Lots of sweetness up front with some bitterness at the back of the tongue. Way too much flavor masking what could be a decent porter.

Not altogether bad per se, but there is a strange drying aftertaste with this beer. I couldn't finish more than half a pint. To be fair, I've not been a fan of any vanilla beers...

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Photo of Kegatron
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Rohrbach Brewing Company (Rochester, NY) on 6/10/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, topped with a ½ finger of mocha colored head. This retains with a thin creaminess and some rich edges, leaving back foamy swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, citric hops, and some creamy vanilla flavor. Unfortunately, the aroma is also quite buttery, interfering with what was shaping up to be a decent nose on this.

The taste is chocolate, some sweeter caramel, roasted coffee character, and some green feeling hops for bitterness. A flush of vanilla comes out along the back, lingering in the finish a bit before hops and roast leave things dry and bitter. Butter is present here as well but isn’t quite as noticeable as the nose, as the strength of the flavors are able to mostly mask it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm feel to the carbonation and an all around smooth feel for 6%. No complaints here.

I found this to actually be a fairly well done take on a Vanilla Porter (I thought that the vanilla extract flavor was going to come on too strong but it never did) but that buttery diacetyl off-flavor here really dropped this a notch. It’s a shame to, as other than that, this was shaping up to be a decent glass of beer.

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Photo of morrowd3
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This porter has the deep dark brown color typical of all porters. It's mouth feel is thick and creamy. Overall this is a good tasting porter but the vanilla flavor is too overwhelming for my taste. I would prefer the vanilla flavor to be tad more subtle.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of aranheaney
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Brew Fest on 1/14/12 at Lovin' Cup.

A-Dark brown, some head that hangs out for a bit

S-Good standard porter, roast, malt with some sweetness and nuttiness

T-not much bitterness, ALOT of vanilla, sugary sweet, too much for me, almost a root-beer, sasparilla kind of thing going on here, or maybe more cream soda now that I think of it.

M-kind of thin and watery

O-this was ok, not exactly my cup of tea (er beer), but I have been on a big RIS kick lately and this is way in the other direction from those ..

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jpd026
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of chefduff2
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of scottwurst
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of curasowa
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, dark ruby/black color with a thin cap of tan head that fades quickly to a ring.

Aroma: Roasted malt with some coffee notes and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Fairly thin and mild off the start, with some sweetness and roasted flavors. The roasted notes grow as it goes with increasing spicy bitterness. A little chalky on the finish, then the vanilla really shows up and lingers on the finish.

The Rest: A solid, pretty standard porter with a hefty kick of vanilla on the finish.

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Photo of wattersmike90
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

OK, this is a porter, unlike their regular porter which is a stout. Vanilla extract thrown in a good dose. Just too vanilla aroma and taste. It kept the palate a bit more active but still on thin side. Well carbonated and sugar in the vanilla extract.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz tallboy can.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of foamy beige head. Retention is a touch better than average and plenty of irregular loops of lacing are left.

4.0 S: Powerful roasted barley bordering on charred. Vanilla greater than chocolate, then coffee making a crème brulee type aroma. The vanilla is done very well in this, not too much, not too little.

3.25 T: On the bitter side, of which I suspect a lot of it comes from the roasted barley rather than just the hops. Less vanilla flavor than aroma, but alright. Chocolate and coffee are a bit more subdued. It's not bad, but what this really needs is more sweetness to balance. Actually, this would benefit from being on the sweeter side.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess. This would benefit greatly from a thicker, creamier body.

3.25 D: It's not bad, but it misses the mark in several areas.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had to wait a bit while they changed kegs, so this was the first glass from the new one. 2 fingered head that dissipated rather slowly. The color was a deep ruby brown. Lacing was light on the glass.

S: Vanilla and roasted malts. There is no denying that this is a vanilla flavored beer. Almost too much vanilla!

T: Overwhelming vanilla. This is a dessert beer, without a doubt. The caramel and chocolate malts were also there. After swallowing, you get a similar taste in your mouth after you eat vanilla ice cream. Not bad, but not completely balanced. Was this real vanilla bean they used? Makes me wonder...

M: Great mouthfeel, overall. It was very smooth and sat in my mouth well.

D: As much as this was a dessert beer, vanilla is one of my favorite flavors. I would most likely have this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of VaporDome
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Lethargy99
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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