Vanilla Cream Ale
Blackhorse Brewery

Vanilla Cream AleVanilla Cream Ale
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American Cream Ale
Ranked #254
Ranked #45,340
3.37 | pDev: 20.77%
Blackhorse Brewery
Tennessee, United States
Vanilla Cream AleVanilla Cream Ale
Notes: This creamy vanilla ale is a wonderful combination of Vienna Malt, American two row and natural vanilla bean.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 60 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with one quarter inch head. Taste is vanilla,cream soda, and pilsner malt. Light bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Delicious light and refreshing.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cream Ale poured from a can into a Sweetwater Hash Session IPA glass. The pour is pale gold and fairly clear, though there are some floaties. It sports only a half finger of fine white head that quickly dissipates. On the nose I get some peppery phenols and some sweet grainy notes.

Light body with a firm feel. Sweet and grainy up front with a hint of lemon. Low hop bitterness throughout. There is a kiss of vanilla at mid-palate. The finish is slightly sweet, grainy, and mild. Refreshing. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz can in a snifter via the little lady's daughter and beau---Thanks Jeanette and Jamie!
This decent little cream ale pours a chill hazed yellow with a nice head of white foam that falls
to a thin ring and sparse pool with scant lacing. Nose of pale cereal grains and vanilla notes with
a touch of corn. Flavors follow but lightly exceed by taste with a mild cream and light cereal grain
ale dashed with light vanilla and a hint of herbal hops. Decent mouth feel; light body, low carbonation,
and a grain laden finish with lightly sweet vanilla.

Overall, a decent little cream ale.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with plenty of head. Smell is next to nothing. Initial taste is definitely vanilla and not much else. Taste kind of watered down. Not hoppy at all but not much flavor except for vanilla.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the tap, it pours a pale gold with a small head. The vanilla scent fills the nostrils and long as you are a vanilla fan...The taste definitely follows the nose. Do NOT buy if you are NOT a vanilla fan!

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Photo of The_Atom
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one tasty ale. Pours an ever-so-slightly cloudy amber/red color with a medium sized white head. Smell is a strong creamy vanilla. This beer is easy to drink, but so strong with vanilla that you really can't taste any other flavors - though I picked up hints of malt in the after taste. This is new for me, but I wouldn't recommend it if you don't like vanilla.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date enjoyed September 20, 2015 in a pint glass

Look - Thick white head. Have to try to keep it from exploding. Thick bubbles. A lot of lacing. Murky grapefruit like yellow body.

Smell - Vanilla.

Taste - Vanilla. Ale. Cinnamon.

Feel - Not too carbonated. Creamy.

Overall - Not complex but a good flavor for low ABV.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy golden, with a rich white head and simplistic tree-line lacing.

Aroma: Vanilla cream soda all the way, straight up!

Taste: Light in body, sweet vanilla accents are definitely up-front yet not overbearing. This seems to be a novelty beer, attempting to recreate a cream soda in beer form but neglecting the beer aspect. This one lacks in complexity for sure.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pale gold with no head. Vanilla, pale malt, and cream soda, don't hate it. Taste is sickly sweet vanilla cream soda lollipop flavor, buttery malts, and macro corn, do hate it. Feel is buttery, smooth, cool, and cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served a pale yellow color with a small head that fades slowly and very little lacing.

S: Aroma is all vanilla.

T: Taste is mostly vanilla, muting the other characteristics. Reminds me mostly of a Cream Ale.

F: Fairly light body, creamy smooth.

O: fairly easy drinker,but for me one and done. I know better than to have fruit or flavored beers but every once in a while...I stay from the path.I beleive this should be listed as a Cream Ale not a blonde as that is how it is listed by the brewery.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served up a clear, pale yellow body with a lasting, white head.

Smell: Slightly sweetish wafts of buttered vanilla with only the faintest background hints of extra pale malts.

Taste: Very light malt profile with only a minute hint of grains. With Blackhorse's glaring issues with diacetyl coupled with the vanilla flavoring, this beer comes across as, well, not a beer, but rather like a tall glass of AW Cream Ale. No real apparent hop character or bitterness, so, it's Cream Ale from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: A smooth, easy-drinking cre--err, beer.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served up in a flight of 2 oz. samples.

Pours a clear, pale straw color, with a very slight white cap that leaves behind very little in terms of lacing.

Vanilla dominates the nose, with nothing else able to be detected.

Light in body with a mild carbonation, the flavors are very reminiscent of cream soda, with big sweet vanilla and caramel balanced by a faint hint of bittering hops, leading through to a dry, clean finish with slight vanilla notes lingering.

I would categorize this more in the realm of a Cream Ale than a Blonde; overall, it is quite distinctive and not too bad, but the vanilla is a little too heavy-handed and overpowers. Vanilla is a powerful ingredient and should be used with caution; in the case of this ale, it is obviously dealt out too freely, resulting in a brew that resembles vanilla ice cream more than it does beer.

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Photo of Misfit138
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Black Horse

A- very light yellow with very little head.

S- Vanilla is pretty prominent, and some malts.

T - the vanilla is there and some malts

M- light and fairly carbonated.

D- I didn't like this one, the other Black Horse beers I had were pretty good though. I just probably don't like the style too much.

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Photo of baxterbrew
1.06/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've tried it several times and it's just disgusting. I will admit that I'm biased against flavored beers but this goes beyond that. It smells like cheap vanilla, the mouthfeel is oily, and the taste is weak and overly sweet. I get this one just to see the expression on people's faces!

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Photo of Brent
1.76/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I'm not sure what it is with this style - many seem to attempt it, and few do it well. This beer, unfortunately, falls squarely in the latter category. Aroma is prominent vanilla, as one would expect, a bit artificial. In the flavor the one-dimensional aspect of the vanilla continues - a cheap vanilla extract rather than a vanilla bean flavor. Sweetness is well balanced for the style, enough to compliment the vanilla, but not so much that it overwhelms. The vanilla character is critical for this type of beer, and here it just does not work.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Just like a vanilla bean
Appearance: A hazy, dirty blonde with a short lasting crisp white head
Flavor: Vanilla milk. I don’t know if such a thing exists, but I may make some. Like a melted vanilla malt shake. Sweet, close to too sweet, but walks the line.
Mouthfeel: Light body, not a creamy as the vanilla milk analogy would suggest
Overall Impression: Too light in color to be a stout, but favor wise, it’s in that range. Balance is strongly on the sweet side, but you don’t expect a bitter vanilla, do you? I liked this much more than the Bohannon Vanilla. Enjoyable, but drinkability is cut by sweetness. A great desert beer.

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Vanilla Cream Ale from Blackhorse Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 60 ratings