A: Rich mahagony brown. Tiny bubble, tan foam head with low retention.
S: All vanilla, and then work to get some roasted malts. Some other notes deep in the back.
T: Very interesting because of a bunch of different flavors that emerge. Ok, you've got to like vanilla, but that's far from the only thing going on here. It's dry and soft presentation sets the stage for a much more subtle, yet complex taste profile.... than I would have thought this brew might have. There's some semi-sweet chocolate notes with the really tastey roasted malts. Ok carbonation level. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth.
D: I was worried this brew wouldn't taste right, and I was totally wrong. Love this brew for it's complex personality, yet all elements are held in restraint. For a porter it surprisingly refreshing. The low abv makes it most sessionable, but you think you're drinking a heavier brew. I like a good surprise, and this brew is that.
Reviewed: Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 22:15:42
Poured clear with about a half inch of off white foam. Retention was gone in a dash with some minor spotty lacing.
Aroma lets you know that there is vanilla in the beer. Past the bean there is roasted malt. Toasted malt, even burnt malt, with a very hard to detect citrus hop profile.
Taste is roasted, sweet, and toasted malt. Vanilla peaks its head out in the middle and last to the finish. Some bitterness is present at the end but not much. Nuttiness is in the end too. Nicely complex.
Surprisingly light bodied while the carbonation is medium.
The underneath porter is quite good while the natural vanilla adds a nice complexity that is always appreciated. Very nice balance of vanilla as I think at times it can be overdone. A porter that isn't filling, easy to drink, and reasonably priced. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 22:12:22
Tasted: Thursday, September 23, 2010
$1.69 for 12 oz. bottle
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Real vanilla beans from Paupau New Guinea and Madagascar.