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Urca Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Urca Vanilla PorterUrca Vanilla Porter

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drumrboy22 on 09-11-2007)
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Reviews by session1979:
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Had this on tap at the brewery over the weekend. I initially ordered the Imperial IPA but decided to get a sampler so I could try out some of the other beers. Being a dark beer whore I of course tried this one right away and was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it as the style isn't a favorite of mine.

Appearance: Jet black with a slight beige head.

Nose: Chocolate, roasted/burnt hops, coffee and of course a healthy nose of vanilla.

Taste: Lots of vanilla in the forefront followed by roasted barley and coffee. Capped off with a very nice slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light in texture with only a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, have a few!

Overall: I tend to stay away from spiced beers but this beer is very well done and although the flavors are all prominent they are all very well balanced. Very nice.

01-22-2008 21:46:14 | More by session1979
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3.03/5  rDev -23.1%

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small creamy light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet perfumey vanilla, some wood and some roasted chocolate malts. Smells a bit like lodgepole pines.

The flavor is lots of sweet vanilla with some roasted malts. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a bit thin and too much sweet vanilla for me. Better than Breck's though.

02-07-2013 05:23:14 | More by Beaver13
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-19-2013 05:18:39 | More by timontheroad
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-19-2013 04:05:01 | More by RDW
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-21-2013 23:18:05 | More by shadlock
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Dry Dock Vanilla Porter has lost the Urca from it's name in going from tap to bomber? Sad, really, since Seven Cs has become Seven Seas and the U Boat is now simply Hefeweizen.

Served cold into a goblet on St. Patrick's Day.

The vanilla porter is a very dark brown color with thin, short-lived, creamy off-white head.

Aroma is immediately recognizable as vanilla. There is a little bit of roasty malt but it is easily dominated by the fresh vanilla bean.

My initial response to the flavor is "cream soda" followed by "a good porter overwhelmed by vanilla flavoring." Either way you look at it, this is a unique beer that seems to have nailed the concept. If a vanilla porter is what you're after, this is the one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low/gentle carbonation. The alcohol is low so it's not surprising that it hides well in this full-flavored beer.

Overall I think they hit the nail on the head. Whether this is your kind of beer or not will determine if you enjoy it. I think it's good for what it is but not something I would drink on a regular basis. A good dessert beer.

03-18-2011 00:32:18 | More by GilGarp
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3.9/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to SteveO for this one!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Carob, vanilla & coffee

T: Vanilla & carob, some roastyness & dryness up front. Dryness & coffee, plus more vanilla as this warms. Finishes with roastyness, vanilla, a touch of woody hops & coffee

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation

A drinkable & enjoyable porter, but I've had a few that best it, the best thing about this how natural the vanilla tastes. I've had plenty where it seems like extract is badly added...

05-30-2013 04:12:27 | More by russpowell
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-30-2012 01:57:11 | More by DrIPA
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

10-16-2012 07:21:12 | More by GRG1313
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-02-2013 01:38:15 | More by dvmin98
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-26-2012 16:29:55 | More by clayton
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a dark tan head. Slowly settles leaving a thin lacing on top and semi-sticky on the drink down. Nearly opaque with some mahogany hues.
S) Robust vanilla aroma mixed with chocolate and coffee notes.
T) Vanilla. Coffee. Cocoa. Hints of smokiness in the finish.
M) Full body yet with the slight thinness that accompanies porters. Gritty. Creamy.
O) A well crafted brew. Not too outrageous on the vanilla; a good balance. I'd have another...if only I had another!

08-03-2011 03:00:16 | More by u2carew
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-14-2013 04:37:24 | More by jaydoc
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-18-2013 03:12:15 | More by Mike
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

04-29-2013 21:20:32 | More by bsinger45
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-15-2013 03:18:55 | More by tommy5
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4.55/5  rDev +15.5%

WOW, so good! I am always skeptical of any beer that has anything added to it in the way of herbs/spices/fruit. This one was executed so well, I had no complaints. I can't wait to have some again, I might have to get a growler of this.

A - real dark, black - nice head, small in size does linger around

S - rich and full with a full vanilla scent

T - wow, delicious vanilla flavor but executed way better than I've ever had before. It tasted like REAL vanilla, nothing fake or weird tasting as a lot of flavored beers can be. There is an overall richness to the beer, though I was having trouble picking things out individually, but that was fine. Just this really creamy full flavor. Probably coffee and chocolate flavors would be the most obvious with a slight feel of roastyness in the finish.

M - so smooth, very creamy. Tastes so good and leaves a nice flavor in the finish.

D - Excellent I had 2 pints and could have had more if I had the time and didn't have to drive.

06-21-2009 20:38:11 | More by HeroJH
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-15-2012 21:47:06 | More by danwho
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

Picked this up while on vacation in Denver. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a quickly fading one finger caramel colored head with decent lacing. As expected, the vanilla dominates the nose along with hints of coffee, subtle cocoa, and hazelnut. The taste is also dominated by the vanilla along with hints of maple, hazelnut, caramel, coffee, cream, and subtle chocolate. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and smooth, but at the same time a bit thin. Overall, I love the fact that the vanilla is very natural tasting as opposed to the artificial taste you sometimes get with vanilla beers. Unfortunately, it's a little too sweet for my tastes, but still enjoyable.

02-24-2013 16:15:07 | More by beerdrifter
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-30-2013 14:15:43 | More by MinorThreat
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

07-30-2012 00:18:09 | More by Massbmx
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-16-2012 23:29:09 | More by cbcrunch
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-23-2012 13:33:19 | More by CAcker
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-24-2011 22:06:02 | More by crobinso
Photo of Thorpe429


3.84/5  rDev -2.5%

On tap at Dry Dock. Heavy vanilla. A LOT of vanilla. Quite nice. Milk chocolate underneath. Medium body. Pretty good, but I expect a bit more from a vanilla beer.

01-09-2013 03:39:01 | More by Thorpe429
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Urca Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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