The Search for Vanilla Beer

imageAs I mentioned in the last beer related post, I’ve been searching for a replacement for Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale since it disappeared from the market. I tried two vanilla beers during my last visit to Total Wine, but they were porters ( Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter and Leinenhugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter) and just didn’t give me the taste I wanted.  I still need a vanilla ale in my life and the quest continues!

After a lengthy walk around Total Wine and help from their website (which actually works quite well), Dr. Girlfriend finally spotted my prey:  Ass Kisser Vanilla Pale Ale.  (Note that vanilla-beerthe label says “Zeedonka” in large letters (Not Ass Kisser Vanilla Pale Ale) – this should save you a lot of time!)  This beer is – you know, fine; it has a heavy vanilla aroma, but it doesn’t have much to offer in the flavor department in terms of vanilla.  Not bad, but not what I was looking for.

I just happened to come across Innis & Gunn’s Original offering in a market and snapped it right up.  “‘Hints of Toffee, Vanilla and Oak?’  Yes, please!”  This did not disappoint.  As it’s the closest in terms of concept to my beloved Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale, it hit the spot.  It’s not exactly the same, but I think this is as close as I’m going to get.  I plan to grab a bunch more as soon as I can.

Shock Top Shockolate Wheat

As a change of pace, we also sampled Shock Top Shockolate Wheat and I have to say, it exceeded my expectations.    It has just the right amount of chocolate… or maybe something else, I can’t say, but I really enjoyed it.  The label says it also includes Vanilla Beans in the brewing process, so that might have something to do with why I liked it so much.

Until next time, keep drinking!  (Responsibly.)

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