Similar in style to Stone Creek, this smooth American-style porter has a subtle vanilla finish.
Specialty malts: Caravienne‚®, English Crystal, chocolate malt, black roasted barley, Black Patent
Featured hops: Northern Brewer
Other additives: Vanilla Flavoring
O.G. = 1.052
F.G. = 1.012
Approximately 5.2% ABV
Approximately 173 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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Note: Instead of using the vanilla flavoring powder that came with the kit, I added 4 vanilla beans cut lengthwise. The results were great. Very popular both with the dark beers fanatics and those just getting into darker brews.
I brewed this about a year ago. In fact, it was my last extract brew. I honestly forgot about it, and left it in my primary bucket for at least six weeks (oops!). When I finally got around to bottling it, I did use 2 packs of the vanilla powder, and it blew Breckenridge away, IMO. I think leaving the primary for 6 weeks was partially the reason for this, and the extra pack of vanilla powder, too. I'm going to brew this again, definitely. All Grain, this time. I'll probably get 2 packs of the vanilla powder, but I also have a Tahiti Vanilla Bean from beanilla.com (awesome place for beans, guys) that I'm going to put in the primary after fermentation has slowed down enough. Oh yeah, I don't do secondaries. Waste of a good bucket, if you ask me. Could be filled with another brew!!
I ordered this batch hoping it would taste similar to the Breckinridge Vanilla Porter which is just outstanding IMHO. I did not read the comments before buying and after brewing the minimash, I bottled after a couple of weeks in the 2 fermenters. I'm afraid I am not as happy with the flavor as many of the comments have previously stated. I felt the initial taste was very bitter and the last after taste was still too bitter for my tastes. While this batch may have mellowed somewhat, this just didn't float my boat. Don't think I'll try this one again even after the great comments about adding some bourbon to the mix.
I love Porters. This brew is very nice, but it definitely could use more vanilla. I have reordered this kit, but with an additional packet of vanilla flavoring.
I love the beer this kit makes. When the beer is ready the vanilla is still pretty strong. If that is too strong let it sit just a bit longer and it's awesome.