Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rivertown Roebling Nitro Vanilla Espresso Imperial Porter

Fill date: 1/18/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (base style: 20A American Porter)

AROMA: Moderately-strong dark malt aroma without any roasted character. There is a slight dairy-like sweetness. Espresso and vanilla are completely lacking. No discernible hop smell. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque black with brown highlights (44+ SRM). Moderate amount of tan soapy suds mostly evaporate and leave no lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Dark malt flavor throughout, but lacking in any roasty flavor. Not especially sweet until the vanilla emerges (briefly) after the apex. Hops create for slight earthy/piney flavor and moderate bitterness. Espresso is nowhere to be found. Palette is remarkably tame for an "imperial" brew. Clean aftertaste. 9/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderately-low carbonation. Marketed as a nitro beer, there is no widget in the can. Mouthfeel seems the same as any other standard carbonation brew. A bit thin and tepid. Supposedly 7.9% ABV, this drinks like a standard table porter (no alcohol taste or warmth). 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Considering the ingredients, this should be amazing, but is merely "meh" at best. It is not the liquid dessert you'd expect. Very amateurish product. 4/10

TOTAL SCORE: 24/50

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