NOTE: This is another installment of my Shelfie series. However, this Shelfie beer is on shelves in Missouri.
A recent beer trade for some Calusa haze netted this beer. My buddy, Niles threw this one in, and he knows me well. I do love vanilla in my stouts, when it’s done well. How well is this done? Let’s crack it open and find out.
Rock Bridge Brewing is located in Columbia, Missouri, which is west of St. Louis. I’m not familiar with Rock Bridge at all, and this is my first beer from this brewery. The OG version of this beer is named just Option #2 and is brewed with vanilla-hazelnut coffee beans. So, this version is simply brewed with vanilla and coffee beans.
Vanilla Option #2 is all vanilla on the nose. Wow! I love that! It’s such a sweet aroma. So heavenly. I now have high hopes for this one. It pours opaque deep brown with a thick khaki-colored head. Swirling the beer in the tulip reinvigorates the carbonation, reforming the thick, frothy head before dissipating to a nice tan ring around the inside of the glass.
Rock Bridge has created a vanilla monster here. So much coffee on the palate at first. It’s like on those early Monday mornings when you want your coffee strong and black…that’s what this tastes like. Then a wave of vanilla sweetness washes over your tongue in a massive splash of luscious yumminess. Oh man, this is drinking too quick. It finishes with more bitter coffee. The vanilla is so prevalent that it perfectly balances the bitterness on the back end. Very nicely done!
I’m not familiar with Rock Bridge, but I’m a fan of this one! I do love it when vanilla is done correctly in stouts, and they hit it out of the park with Vanilla Option #2.
- ABV: 9.2%
- IBU: n/a
- Untappd Rating: 4.06
- # of Ratings: 1,003