Vanilla Bourbon Porter – Pi Brewing
ABV: 6.5% IBU: 35
A light summer porter with a unique vanilla flavor.
Reviewed by BeerMan, Bierhead, & MrHoppy
Overall Rating 4 of 5 Mugs
BeerMan 3.5 of 5 Mugs
The Vanilla Porter at Pi Brewing has an average head that dissipates normally and carries the aroma of biscuit, coffee, chocolate, and molasses. The taste is slightly sweet, with a light vanilla flavor that persists throughout. It is lighter than a typical porter which can be taken as either good or bad depending on your tastes. There is a smoothness to this porter almost like that of a cream stout.
The porter currently on tap is Pi’s first batch which is impressive because it’s already very drinkable. Word has it that future brewings of Vanilla Porter will have more body and flavor than this one. If this version is any indication of the quality of the beer to look forward to at Pi’s official opening later in the year, Pi is in good shape. For now you can find Pi Brewing’s first offerings at Nicki V’s on Coors.
Beirhead 4 of 5 Mugs
Bierhead visited one of the newest breweries to peak there head out from behind the city’s red tape. This time it was a Vanilla Porter from Pi Brewing. Like all flavored beers it starts with a base beer and this was a Robust Porter with Vanilla. When the beer was put in front of me it had a nice foamy head that dissipated quickly. There is coffee, a low burnt and slight caramel aroma. Hop aroma is very low with such bold grains showing through. The flavor just as with the Aroma was very bold and more of a coffee then chocolate flavor. Also the vanilla tastes more like creamer then vanilla in this batch. Come to find out the Vanilla Bean was put into the boil. It has a medium bitterness to it’s finish probably due to the roasted malts. All in all for their first batches of beer on the new system I thought it was a Very Good Beer and I will have to give it 4 out 5 mugs. Great Job Charles! CHEERS!!! “The problem with some people is that when they aren’t drunk, they’re sober.” — William Butler Yeats
MrHoppy 4.5 of 5 Mugs
My beer had a small foamy head and a soft carbonation consistent with most dark beers. This porter has a nice dark ruby red to light brown hue and is surprisingly clear. The first sip was very sweet followed by a nice roasty malt flavor but a slightly bitter finish. The vanilla bean is not as strong as I had expected but still adds an underling taste of vanilla throughout the beer. This beer is a little bit lighter than the typical porter which makes it great for summer and for those who don’t usually prefer to drink dark beers. Me being one of those people who tends to shy away from the darker beers can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and it’s unique flavor profile. I recommend this one for both dark and light beer drinkers alike, as it offers something for everyone!
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