A 10% ABV version of Tanilla. Of course we added more hop bitterness to balance the chocolate, expresso and vanilla malt sweetness. Drink at your own risk. This is a big beer, but drinks way too easy.

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Imperial Tanilla is an American Porter that’s brewed by Knee Deep Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Imperial Tanilla by Knee Deep Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Imperial Tanilla by Knee Deep Brewing Co.

What You Need to Know

The Imperial Tanilla is a bigger and stronger variant of Knee Deep’s Tanilla American Porter. This brew has greater hops intensity to balance the chocolate, espresso and vanilla malt sweetness. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.


The Porter pours an opaque black with no light showing through. It’s topped by an inch-thick cap of dense tan-colored foam that shows fine retention. Patches of residue coat the sides of the glass following the reduction.

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The aroma wafts the nose with a scent of smoky roast malt and is backed by a hint of booze.


A taste of coffee and bready malt leads the palate. The finish is bittered with a mild dose of floral hops, earthy woods, and smoky char. Sweet notes of vanilla and dark chocolate appear on the swallow.

Label art for the Imperial Tanilla by Knee Deep Brewing Co.

Label art for the Imperial Tanilla by Knee Deep Brewing Co.


Its feel has a light grain with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly with a slight warming sensation.


Its appearance is solid and the aroma is simple but pleasant. The aroma is simple but pleasant. The palate is robust and flavorful. This brew packs a lot of booze but it’s masked fairly well. Imperial Tanilla is an all-around fine Porter.

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