Brew Review

Beer Review – Knee Deep Tanilla Porter

On the return trip from a recent 9U baseball tourney with My Benevolent and The Urchins, we had a hankering for a quick meal before we began the hour long ride home. To satisfy our cravings, we stopped at a shopping center that was located between the field and the highway. This center was complete with all the necessities: a Wawa, a barber shop, a Wendy’s, and of course, for upscale dining, an Uno Pizzeria & Grille.

Over the years, we have made many a stop at Uno’s in our travels through the Northeast and have come to respect them for two things: food everyone can agree on and a more than adequate beer list. I never underestimate the importance of the beer as I find that after a long car ride, or in this case, a ridiculous amount of time spent in the hot sun (as a fair skinned gentleman of Irish descent, I should probably spend as little time in the sun as possible. It burns! It burns!) watching 9 year olds play baseball and 40 year olds go berserk watching 9 year olds play baseball, a beer might be just the thing to cut the dust.

During this visit, the Uno’s beer list was more than satisfactory as I found a new beer, the Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company. Knee Deep is a brewer that had rather humble origins in 2010 as a contract brewer quenching the thirst of beer enthusiasts in the Lake Tahoe area. After a rapid growth, Knee Deep renovated what was the former Beermann’s Brewery in Lincoln, CA in 2011, and as the quality and demand continued to grow, moved to a new 28,000 square foot facility in Auburn, CA. Besides the Tanilla Porter, Knee Deep produce 9 other year-round beers and their Aviator Series.

Here is what Knee Deep has to say about the Tanilla Porter…

Made with only grade-A Tahitian vanilla  beans, Tanilla carries a smooth chocolate flavor complemented by the delicate intensity of vanilla beans, and a rich aroma of coffee.

Now that we know a bit more about this beer, let’s get on with the review…

  • Appearance: Black with quickly dissipating foam.
  • ABV: 6.3%
  • Aroma: Wet bread, coffee & cocoa nibs .
  • Taste: Medium mouthfeel, creamy with mild flavor. More chocolate than coffee with just the slightest bitterness in the finish..

The Verdict

After 4 hours in the hot sun, sitting in the bleachers at a 9U game, I needed a beer. While this one had somewhat muted flavors, it was cold, and it was most definitely refreshing. I liked it enough to seek out other offerings from Knee Deep. Their Breaking Bud IPA sounds like it might be a winner.

3 replies »

  1. That’s an awful lot of time spent sitting in the sun. If this baseball thing is gonna continue over the next couple of summers, you may want to invest in one of those portable canopies to make your own shade.

    As far as the beer, sounds deelish. And Breaking Bud was quite good from what I remember. I think I saw it at Wegman’s.


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