Double Barley Brewing out of Smithfield, NC is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Aside from the obvious puns in the beer titles, there’s also a fun story on every bottle. You can always learn something new while you’re drinking to forget! Thrilla In Vanilla porter is no exception to either of these rules. I won’t spoil the story for you, but the fighting vanilla beans on the label are exquisite.
Thrilla In Vanilla pours a deep, dark brown with a thick, creamy head. It’s nearly black in the center and fades to brown around the edges. The vanilla kicks off early in the aroma accompanied by hints of bourbon and light chocolate. If you’ve ever had vanilla pudding and bourbon together, you know what I’m talking about! Soooo… no one knows what I’m talking about.
The flavor, like the fight, is as advertised. Strong vanilla and cream are supported by notes of bourbon, cocoa, oak, and some very light underlying citrus from the hops. The body is on the lighter side of medium and right on target for the flavor level. This porter is dangerously easy to drink and the flavors are strong but not overbearing.
I can honestly say that I was truly thrilled by the Vanill. Overall, this porter offers a pleasant drinking experience with the robust vanilla flavor punch that you would expect. Although I am a HUGE fan of the fighting vanilla beans on the bottle, I had this on tap recently, and the flavor was just a touch better. This may also be because I just generally prefer draft beer. Draft or bottle, this porter is a KNOCK OUT! (Ba-Dum-Psht)
- Appearance: Dark brown
- Aroma: Vanilla, bourbon, light chocolate
- Flavor: Vanilla, oak, cream, bourbon, cocoa, light citrus
- Mouthfeel: Medium
- ABV: 8.0%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $8 – $9
- Score: 89