As a fan of brown ales I was looking forward to this one especially with it being a 25th Anniversary offering.
It poured a nice, rich brown with very little head. Smell was malty and slightly sweet with hints of cocoa and the promised vanilla.
The taste was nice and rich, much like the regular Turbodog but with an extra level of depth and complexity. The vanilla comes across more as a wood spice like that of a whiskey than that from a vanilla bean.
Overall it was a very good, but not great, offering. I would definitely drink it again. The taste is nice and the price is right.