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Urca Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

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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Mtnbeerman

Colorado

5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-06-2011 04:02:41 | More by Mtnbeerman
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RichBeer

California

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-16-2011 09:09:17 | More by RichBeer
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MeisterMayhem

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

03-25-2013 22:55:41 | More by MeisterMayhem
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HeroJH

Colorado

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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danwho

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-15-2012 21:47:06 | More by danwho
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-15-2012 21:46:04 | More by carteravebrew
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siddhartha

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-10-2012 16:36:33 | More by siddhartha
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claytong

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

one of my favorite porters to date.

appearance - is pretty typical, small head, black and opaque

smell - beautiful, vanilla chocolate, so rich and creamy smelling

taste - similar to a chocolate malt with vanilla

mouthfeel - creamy and thick and very drinkable, i wanted more.

06-21-2011 16:08:26 | More by claytong
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WillRadar

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-29-2011 17:36:55 | More by WillRadar
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tswater

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-08-2013 19:45:39 | More by tswater
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andrewkgray91

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-20-2012 18:55:57 | More by andrewkgray91
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Dark brown pour..looks black at first. The head was off white and demonstrated good retention.
Vanilla in the smell, along with faint coffee and chocolate. Some leather and tobacco in the back of the nose. could be the atmosphere, but it's a non-smoking place.
Some vanilla porters seem to be made from extract. This tastes like vanilla bean. It has that 'husk' portion of the vanilla, a bit more earthy and less sweet. Some Bryer's Vanilla ice-cream would make a good float with this one.
Very easy drinking.

10-26-2009 20:13:58 | More by Mebuzzard
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sevopie

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Appearance - Dark brown with lighter hints at the edges. Tan to brown head, little lacing.

Smell - Vanilla is prominent, along with a sweet chocolate and not much else.

Taste - Vanilla again is at the fore, but is more balanced out by some coffee and chocolate flavors, some maltiness, and finishes with a bit of a hop bite, again with the vanilla rounding it out.

Mouthfeel - Decently thick with a healthy amount of carbonation for a porter.

Drinkability - Oh man, I love this beer. I went in with high hopes and was not disappointed. I *will* be getting this one again, even the girlfriend likes it!

11-14-2008 00:29:44 | More by sevopie
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Big thanks to Kevin for the bottle.

Brewed with over 2 lbs of Tahitian and Madagascar Vanilla beans.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black body with a mocha head.

The aroma is an amazing dose of vanilla. Like the smell of a premium Madagascar vanilla bean at a gourmet spice shop. Intense, complex, natural vanilla.

You can taste some chocolate and toffee on the palate, but the story of this beer is the vanilla. With beers brewed with fruits or spices added, it is typically inappropriate to allow the fruit or spice to overwhelm the base beer. It should merely add an accent. The exception to this, is when the flavor contributed by this addition is so extraordinary, that balance no longer matters. This is one such beer.

The vanilla flavors are so amazing, so natural, so complex, that I don't care about balance. Rather than a Porter that uses Vanilla as an accent, this is a Vanilla beer with a touch of Porter roasty character rounding out the edges. Not sweet, not bitter, just genuine vanilla flavor and a hint of porter.

Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy on the finish. Maybe a little thin, but it really helps the drinkability.

I have tried this on tap a few times and I enjoyed it, but for whatever reason, it seems to taste much better out of the bottle. Hopefully, we will have bombers of this on the shelf soon.

09-09-2010 01:59:32 | More by BradLikesBrew
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a growler into a Dry Dock tulip glass.

Beer was black in color with a small, dark brown head. Head quickly diminished, but left heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy malt, strong vanilla, coffee, roasted oats, alcohol and brown sugar.

Taste backed up the aroma. Nice, full vanilla flavor, with a hint of coffee. Really tasty beer. Finish was long and slightly bitter.

Drinkability was pretty high, even with such a full flavor. I love this beer and highly recommend it.

09-11-2007 03:11:45 | More by drumrboy22
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

a real nice vanilla porter. beans no extract make this one feel very natural, not artificially sweet. pours a glorious sludgy brown/black with a small off-white head. smells heavenly, vanilla is strong to very strong, with espresso notes and a sappy sort of sweetness. tastes like the essence of vanilla, but with a nice roasted malt backbone and even a touch of hop in the finish. this is the best flavored porter i have had, too sweet to drink a ton of, but memorable and delicious. mouthfeel is closer to a stout than a porter, on the heavier side, and the carbonation is light. another fantastic dry dock offering

11-19-2011 17:24:12 | More by StonedTrippin
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from newly bottled bomber to pint glass! I've had this several times off tap by Dry Dock just started bottling it so I figured I had to buy it today the first time I saw it on the shelves.

A - Beers pours a dark brown, not black, with a solid 2 finger dark tan head with excellent retention and gobs of lacing.

S - Hi Vanilla! The aroma is a powerful vanilla. There are hints of roast as well but overwhelming vanilla!

T/M - The aroma carries over to the start of the beer where you get a hige palete of vanilla. It melds nicely to a blend of vanilla, chocolate, and roast. In fact it is suprisingly smooth and creamy! Beer ends with a sweet note and the vanilla lingers. Unbelievably smooth for a medium bodied Porter.

D - Absolutely.

Overall this is hands down the best vanilla porter I have had to date. Nothing else can match the vanilla aroma and flavor while still bringing extreme creamy smooth deliciousness. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-21-2011 18:59:29

01-27-2012 22:31:00 | More by hopfacebrew
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RDW

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-19-2013 04:05:01 | More by RDW
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shadlock

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-21-2013 23:18:05 | More by shadlock
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

12-30-2013 00:10:59 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

12-08-2012 14:03:54 | More by eawolff99
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MumboJumbo

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-04-2012 19:12:55 | More by MumboJumbo
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-23-2012 18:34:25 | More by steamboatbrewer
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gr8dvide

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-10-2012 00:48:49 | More by gr8dvide
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

08-25-2013 04:46:34 | More by MarkyMOD
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Urca Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.