Adding Vanilla to Founders Breakfast Stout

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  1. HoyaSaxa7

    HoyaSaxa7 Initiate (122) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Would it be good? Has anyone tried this?

    Maybe to make it more general, anyone ever added vanilla (or another flavor/spice) to improve a beer?

    This is my last FBS.... so maybe its not worth the risk?
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  2. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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    I added vanilla to a Victory at Sea and to Ten Fidy a couple of times maybe some other stouts/porters too...just cause i had so many. it was awesome.

    But I've been known to add all sorts of crap to beers....(I'm sure there some thread with me posting brashly about this....somewhere)....once I've had them a few times and i know that i know what they taste like by themselves.

    FBS is pretty great by itself but if you've already had it a few times and/or can get more...why not? You are drinking it to enjoy it. I personally wouldn't do it for any beer i wasn't pretty familiar with/couldn't easily get again ....unless i disliked the beer and thought it would have improved it.
  3. mverity

    mverity Defender (669) Oct 6, 2012 Florida
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    I've done similar things with beer. Nutmeg in some pumpkin ales or Christmas ales; ginger in Sapporo or Kirin Ichiban; mixing lemonade or a lemon-lime soda for a shandy; and a personal favorite that a bartender told me about: Xingu with two dashes of chili powder. But I agree with
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  4. HoyaSaxa7

    HoyaSaxa7 Initiate (122) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Awesome, thanks all. I vaguely recall a thread about this but I couldn't find it. I ended up going w/o vanilla. It was tough - I'm familiar with FBS but it is one of my favorite beers and I probably won't have it again soon. Still amazing as always.
  5. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (4,171) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Using real vanilla?
  6. bonghitta

    bonghitta Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2012 Washington

    Vanilla......... Ice Cream.
  7. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,348) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Sounds like a job for a Randle. Its not a big risk... FBS will be brewed again next year & you can probably buy a full case if you love the beer that much. i would love to know how this "beer experiment" goes! Please post your results if you decide to give it a go!
  8. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,348) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    thats a great idea too... besides using a randle with vanilla beans. think of the possibilities...
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  9. antlerwrestler19

    antlerwrestler19 Disciple (363) Nov 24, 2010 Nebraska
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    Are we talking vanilla extract? Vanilla bean(s)? Vanilla what? I've added bourbon to plenty of beers in order to add a bourbon barrel aged effect - sipping one right now actually - a Crow Peak Pile O' Dirt Porter (excellent) with a spritz of Four Roses to crank it up, but never vanilla. Cinnamon has been a nice addition to some beers as well; I've got a few cinnamon sticks soaking in bourbon in the fridge for home brewing purposes but have used a little to spice some beers up every now and the right ratio it's a nice touch.
  10. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,026) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    malted barley

    works for me every time
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  11. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    What beers do you add these ingredients to? Sounds like a suicide mission to me.
  12. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin makes a milkshake using (512) Pecan Porter. Yeah, that's good stuff.
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  13. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (484) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Add some eggnog and bourbon to it. That's something I want to try but I only have one bottle and I never drank FBS before.
  14. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    I've got loads of Bell's Cherry sitting around, and never before have I felt the urge to doctor up a beer. Any suggestions? The cherry is far too tart and in your face.
  15. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    One time I made a milkshake with Hooker Chocolate truffle and vanilla ice cream. That shit was amazing.
  16. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    Was talking to a chef friend of mine and after tasting he said Stone's Mint Chocolate Chip collaboration would make a tremendous ice cream... if only I had enough to get this done.
  17. huysmans

    huysmans Disciple (351) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    I have been known to pour some B. Nektar Zombie Killer in FBS, vanilla sounds like a good idea, especially if it is quality Mexican stuff. I am all for experimentation as long as it is a beer I know the fresh flavor of. I paid for it, I tried it fresh and "plain", as not to disrespect the brewer, after that, anything is fair game. I respect purists who think this is nonsense and I would hope they respect me.
  18. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Thought I saw some chatter/news about FBS going to 6pack next year with MSRP being what current 4packs go for...if true, the risk becomes even less significant.
  19. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Not sure you're referring to vanilla :wink:
  20. iwantmorehops

    iwantmorehops Aspirant (232) Sep 25, 2010 Vermont
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    My case of FBS has dwindled down to two 4pks since trying this for the first time a few months back. Go light on the beer, a few ozs in a pint stuffed with vanilla ice cream is perfect.
  21. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    True, true. 6 packs baby.
  22. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

  23. imduffman

    imduffman Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    if your going to foul things might as well use some baileys
  24. unclejazz

    unclejazz Defender (639) Oct 24, 2011 New York
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    I have coated my glass with Woodford Reserve before pouring in my FBS and it is quite nice. I am sure vanilla would be nice too, just realize that most vanilla extract is mostly alcohol.
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  25. canadianghetto

    canadianghetto Disciple (384) Oct 15, 2011 Texas
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    Haven't done it yet, but I am planning to add some Crown Maple Finished to FBS to make some Pseudo CBS.
  26. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Why not use Southern Tier Creme Brulee?

    Sweet jeebus, I might have to do just that myself.
  27. jbck109

    jbck109 Aspirant (267) May 30, 2010 Michigan
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    If you want to do it, then do it, or you will always wonder how it would have been. If you cant find more FBS, there is plenty here and I could trade you some for locals.
  28. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (4,171) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    If you're in the distribution footprint, you should be able to snag FBS just about anywhere. If not, anyone can trade you some pretty easily I'm sure.
  29. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Meyvn (1,374) Oct 30, 2005 Arizona
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    Just. Don't. Do. This.
  30. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Have you done this, or is this just a suggestion? Either way thanks
  31. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    A local place is doing a vanilla infusion and extra coffee infusion for FBS tonight, I'm pretty excited. They also did it with BCBS last week and it was one tasty experiment.
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  32. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Because then you have to drink the rest of the creme brulee by itself :wink:

    (I would also like to note that my iPad just autocorrected creme brulee to crime brulee, I guess it's not a fan either)
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  33. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I've done it. Loved it. Just be careful not to add to much.
  34. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    I have done this, I have also gone with a bourbon side car. I think the bourbon compliments the beer nicely.
  35. tony32408

    tony32408 Initiate (165) Sep 21, 2009 Washington
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    I want a list of all of the crap you put in your beers. Iv'e only really tried mixing beers so far. I want some new ideas. Ten Fidy is one of my favorite beers, adding vanilla to that beer does sound good!
  36. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
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    I've had a version of FBS on tap at founders that they used hazelnut with and it was amazing, a bit off topic but...
  37. DrJosephOBoogie

    DrJosephOBoogie Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    I had an FBS firkin at Founders with Vanilla, Oak, Chocolate, and some peppers. It was one of the best beers I have have ever tasted.
  38. DanGolfs86

    DanGolfs86 Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2010 Illinois

    With the talk of FBS and vanilla ice cream running about... I have had Zombie Dust and Orange Sherbet...delicious and much healthier than a bowl of cereal for breakfast...i think:astonished:
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  39. redsand22

    redsand22 Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Illinois

    I have a 1/4 barrel of this in my garage, I've made bfast stout french toast, bfast stout beer bread, bfast stout BBQ sauce and pulled pork... guess I should start adding bourbon and/or vanilla to it.
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  40. Icarus

    Icarus Initiate (175) Oct 6, 2012 Minnesota

    I like to add more breakfast stout in my breakfast stout... :slight_smile:
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