Alright, I've been waiting to try this special beer from Abita (@theabitabeer) since I heard about last Spring... initial rumors were around in early March! Hopefully it's worth the wait, I guess they had delays in production because I know they wanted it to be put out long before September.
The beer pours (from a 22 oz. bomber) a dark brown color, with hints of red when held up to the light. The head is a couple fingers of off-white bubbly froth that holds its shape for a few minutes and leaves a little lacing on the glass. It's a pretty good looking beer overall.
The aroma is a little sweet at first with the vanilla coming out, but then the roasted malt aromas of the 'Turbodog' base come through. It's not extremely strong or in your face, but I like the flavors melded together.
The taste is a lot more roasted malt goodness than sweet vanilla. I really enjoy it, but that balance on the nose is lost a little here and it's more 'doubledog' than vanilla. I still think it's an above average brown ale but a little more sweet balance and this would be approaching greatness.
The body is middle of the road... maybe even a little thick for the style. It feels good going down and there are no funky aftertastes or anything.
Overall, I think it's a solid B to B+ beer. It's definitely on par with some of Abita's better select offerings and a notch above the regular lineup.
My Rating: B