Total Score: 6.6/10
So I found this one in a small bottleshop in Byron Bay and I was quite… not enamoured… and not unenthused (otherwise I wouldn’t have bought it back to Brisbane with me for the purposes of reviewing it)… let’s just say I was quite polysemous about this beer [thank you thesaurus!]. So yeah, who’s Yulli? And why does he have more than one brew? And what’s with the singling out of nerds who are also overweight? And does this beer even taste good? Is it a vanilla Porter in that it has vanilla added to it? Or does it just taste like it has vanilla? And what’s the deal with airline peanuts? Why are those peanut bags so hard to open? These and many other questions may or may not [most likely not] be answered, so read on!
Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Slightly hazed deep brown, mahogany like so many leather bound books, body with a lovely 1 centimetre beige head that hangs around for a while before dropping down to a blanket on top. Some lace sticks to the side of the glass. This looks all G. 8/10.
S: Roasted espresso coffee, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla… AHA! The can label answers a question: Vanilla bean has indeed been added. Interesting – you’d expect a bit more vanilla in the aroma if you were adding vanilla bean, at least I would. Other than that the aroma is nice and bold, if a little bit singular. 7/10.
T: Smooth flavours of the above: Roasted espresso coffee, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. Yep, that’s it. I’m striving to find anything else but this is just a bit lacking in complexity. Don’t get me wrong though – what this beer does it does well, but yeah, I need a bit more excitement than this Fat Nerd can provide [and that is my winner for weirdest statement I’ve made this week!]. Finish is semi-dry with a roasted char and espresso bitterness coming in. Needs more vanilla too. 6/10.
M: Mouthfeel is decent… ish… mid to light bodied, borderline medium, but a touch watery as well, with a dense/sharp carbonation. That’s got to be a: 7/10.
D: Fat Nerd doesn’t disappoint, but it also doesn’t inspire greatness, it’s a bitza of a brew, the sum is less than the value of the parts, and overall whilst I didn’t not enjoy this I won’t go out of my way to track it down. That said there are plenty of worse Aussie Porters out there as well (there’s a list as long as my arm right there!). So yeah, Fat Nerd Vanilla Porter – a run-o-mill craft Porter that neither pleases or disappoints… add it to the “OK” list. 7/10.
Food match: Hmmm… stew? No, too obvious… chocolate cake? Yes.