Urca Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Nice moderate vanilla aromas over light mocha coffee. It's a nice aroma over all, and very inviting.
Very dark brown in color with a bubbly, and somewhat frothy tan head with pretty lacing. If anything, I would wish the head would stick around more.
Blasts of vanilla right up on your palate on the first sip. Mid palate is full of a lightly roasted coffee and little bits of chocolate. Bitterness comes through on the finish, but just a little bit. This isn't a sweet beer, it's just really vanilla-y. Dry finish brought on by a crisp medium bodied beer offering medium-light carbonation. It's a great after-coffee beer.
09-08-2012 18:07:47 | More by tlazaroff
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours dark chocolate brown, pretty close to black, with a big active tan head that leaves good lacing.
Aroma is excellent and dominated by fresh vanilla aromas, not extract smells but real vanilla beans. There is roasted malts and some cocoa powder as well.
Taste is almost as good as the aroma. The initial taste isn't all that impressive with a lightly roasted malt and chocolate flavor, but as it warms the vanilla really starts to shine and each sip ends with a nice vanilla finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation and less roasty and sweeter than most porters.
I really like this beer as the vanilla is distinct and flavorful without becoming too sweet. Excellent porter.
11-30-2011 03:42:00 | More by gford217
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Dry Dock does a fine job with their fruit and spiced offerings. This is another great example.
This is in permanent rotation at the BJ's on Alameda and I225 as well as at the brewery itself.
Arrives a pretty deep brown to black color. There's a pretty thin head on top, but it does stick around for the life of the beer. Looks thicker than it really is.
The nice thing about this take on a vanilla porter is that the vanilla doesn't taste artificial, AND the beer has a backbone beyond the vanilla flavoring. Sweet, malty, & roasty with a generous warm vanilla flavor that compliments the beer instead of covering it up. Even a hint of hops in there to keep everything honest.
Even though it isn't a nitro tap, it has that sort of texture. Not too thick or thin - spot on for what you want.
This is the best vanilla porter I've had to date. Makes for a great dessert beer, too.
Dry Dock's got something huge on it's hands with this.
NOTE: If you're not a big vanilla fan, they also offer a "naked porter" which is essentially the same beer sans the vanilla beans.
04-03-2009 20:22:02 | More by Domingo
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Aroma is of a vanilla and hot chocolate. Appearance is opaque black with a tan leather head that stays for the experience. Taste is that of vanilla bean, coffee and hot chocolate. Palate is full bodied, creamy thick texture with a soft carbonation. Long tasty finish
10-17-2011 20:36:20 | More by stabzmcgee
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
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours a nice one finger beige head. Body is black in color with auburn brown highlights. Head retention and lacing were above average.
Smell is awesome. Similar to Southern Tier Choklat, smells like a banana split. Very heavy on Vanilla Beans with sweet chocolate also present. Hops and alcohol are not detected.
Taste is similar to smell, lots of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts but this beer is all about the sweetness, like liquid desert.
Like smell, hops and alcohol are non existent.
Mouthfeel was rather light with a chalky finish. Beer is aggressively carbonated and head was gone halfway through beer.
Overall this was a good beer, pretty sweet but not cloyingly sweet like some vanilla porters. Kind of a one note beer but thats not necessarily a bad thing. Would buy again, definitely would buy one at a restaurant with some brownie a la mode.
04-26-2011 04:04:43 | More by angelmonster
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
Urca Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.