Cypress Alva Vanilla

Tonight’s beer is another Jersey beer. Since it’s getting colder, I’m getting more into porters and stouts.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to, “Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He is often credited with establishing the first industrial research laboratory. Edison was raised in the American midwest and early in his career he worked as a telegraph operator, which inspired some of his earliest inventions. In 1876, he established his first laboratory facility in Menlo Park, New Jersey, where many of his early inventions would be developed. He would later establish a botanic laboratory in Fort Myers, Florida in collaboration with businessmen Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, and a laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey that featured the world’s first film studio, the Black Maria. He was a prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as patents in other countries. Edison married twice and fathered six children. He died in 1931 of complications of diabetes.”

Random: Even though I lived right next to West Orange as a kid, I never went to visit the laboratory.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, brownish-red color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with roasted malts and vanilla. It had a significant sweetness to it as well. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of roasted malts and quickly went into vanilla sweetness. There was also some sweet, sugary coffee as well. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with vanilla sweetness. The tallboy set me back $3.50, which came to $.22 per ounce. This beer was good, just a touch too sweet for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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