A friend of mine likes to say that his Friday nights consist of “porn and sadness,” and while I’d love to argue about how sadness and porn don’t generally mix, I think I can say that it should be “beer, porn, and sadness.” Since my Tuesdays are more of a Sunday given my work schedule, we’ll use that descriptor for my Tuesday nights. Now, relax dear reader…I’m not about to scar your fragile little psyche with my unholy tastes in porn, heavens no. I’m here to scar you with my unholy tastes in BEER.
One of the things I hate the most about a lot of beers is that they will quite frequently boast a flavor that draws my attention to them, only to fall short on delivering the actual flavor…and as lame as it sounds, vanilla is one of my favorite flavors/scents. Tempt me with vanilla, that’s fine and dandy, but you better make with the fucking vanilla, pal. We cool on that? Yeah? Ok.
So, if you can’t tell already, I’m disappointed in their lack of vanilla flavoring in the beer. Now, they might have used vanilla beans in the brewing process, and that’s great and all, but I can’t taste it, nor can I pick up on the smell. Now, maybe it’s because I’m a straight-from-the-bottle drinking heathen. Perhaps I should have a nice set of porter/stout glasses, and pour my beers before consuming. Actually, that part I somewhat agree with. After recent experiences at a local craft beer bar, I think a glass might actually be of great benefit. It might not help this vanilla-less beer be any more than what it is, but who knows? Maybe I should try it poured into an appropriate glass at some point in the future and see if there’s a difference, and report back. Sounds like a good plan to me, but let’s move on, shall we?
So…doesn’t taste like vanilla to me. Not as rich as some of the stouts I’ve had in the past month or so. Not bad, not great, just…..there. I hate it when I want to be impressed by a beer and then…nothing. It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong. Try it yourself, I’m just some jackass spouting my opinion, yours may differ. It just didn’t really make me say “Ooh, I’m going to buy that again” or “Wow, you know what this would go well with?” It’s merely OK, and for the price you pay at the store for it, that’s not a good price for just OK. I could have bought a 12 pack of Yuengling for the same price. And on that note, I think nothing more needs be said.