Urca Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
Solid porter pour: 90% opaque with a large, tan head.
Smells surprisingly robust, for the style. Fairly strong vanilla mingles pleasantly with sweet'n'sour porter malt. No hang ups, no roughness. The vanilla is aggressive without seeming ersatz (nothing is worse than when a vanilla beer smells like vanilla-scented candle wax).
Tastes a good notch below how it smells, and that's entirely attributable to a body that's just way too weak for this style. The nodes are basically the same--very nice vanilla, very solid porter barley--but they don't come together nearly as well. There's a strong flatness in the back end. Nothing gets tied together.
Overall pretty good. With some refinement, it could be great.
11-17-2011 04:31:00 | More by mynie
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours black with a tan head that lasts and laces.
Smells of vanilla and malt, almost dairy/milk character.
Has smoky undertones, some nutty character, and, of course, vanilla in the front.
It is smooth and creamy, vanilla ice cream comes to mind, lower carbonation.
This is a good beer with vanilla distinctly in the forefront, but there are some more subtle, smoky aspects that makes this not just a vanilla bomb. I would buy it again.
06-12-2011 01:33:48 | More by TenHornsProud
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
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
On tap at Dry Dock.
A-- deep, dark, murky brown, or near black. Looked sort of nitro really. No head at all just a bit of film here and there. To me the weakest part of the beer.
S-- Vanilla bean, chocolate, and more vanilla. A little muted at first but good vanilla notes.
T-- Rich vanilla. Beans and Extract taste though they used beans with this. Chocolate and coffee in the background. Very nice taste and how the coffee and chocolate play off the vanilla.
M-- Touches of coffee acid in the mid and back palate. Vanilla at first, followed by chocolate and then coffee. Like how it builds to coffee. A little bit sweet but workable. Medium feel and medium high carbonation.
O-- Good desert beer. A little sweet at times but a good vanilla porter. Liked it a lot.
06-24-2011 07:39:52 | More by mulder1010
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
A - Pours dark brown with light around the edges. The cream tan head dissipates quickly.
S - A refreshing hit of vanilla and light roasted malts.
T - At first it's like a hit of cream soda, just like the reviewer below me. Then the vanilla comes on in full force.
M - Just what I'd expect from a porter, lighter body & medium carbonation.
O - This beer captures the style of a vanilla porter in spades.
03-28-2013 23:11:36 | More by cvm4
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
So vanilla equals clothes (non-naked)? Sampled on site, the appearance was a midnight black color with brown hues that rim around the side of the glass. Very dark with limited transparency. Soft brown head with good head and retention.
The nose is a blend of roast and vanilla. The vanilla is up front with more of a extra quality. This is quickly blended with more of a coffee roast aroma. More of a coffee nose than the Naked Porter. There is a light milky finish on the back end.
The taste is nice as it blended very nicely. Typically the vanilla is too strong in most vanilla porters, but this is balanced well. To start, there is a sweetness with a vanilla flavor and a mild honey undertone. This is blended nicely as the roast comes out more. The vanilla is noticeable but not over bearing. There is a slight earthy hop bite that could be boardline spicy. The finish has a lactic finish as well.
The body is moderate but the vanilla lightens it up a bit. Overall I enjoy the balance. even though I'm not a big vanilla porter fan, I can see how people could enjoy this.
06-25-2008 18:30:29 | More by Oxymoron
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
3.9/5 rDev -1%
n8dietz is the man for picking this beer up for me.
Dark brown to black in color with a smallish head after the pour and a ring of foam that lasts for all 22 ounces.
Good mix of vanilla and roasted malt aromas of coffee, chocolate, and roasted bread crust.
Creamy texture through and through adds a chocolate, vanilla, cream soda kind of flavor to this roasty sweet vamilla porter. Sweet, but not too sweet session porter IMO. Good vanilla flavor takes center stage it seems, but doesn't dominate. The finish is a little flat and quick, other than that. Glad I got to try this unobtainable CO beer for people from IL.
10-16-2011 22:05:36 | More by scruffwhor
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Dark brown; black in low light. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a half finger skim. Laced in wavy rings.
S: Vanilla, lots of vanilla. Faint hops, earthy.
T: Toasted malts along with the vanilla (like the beans, not the flower). The flowery part of the vanilla lingers in the finish that, while a little dry, is not bitter.
M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Surprising crispness for the style which diminishes the smoothness and richness.
O: Definitely vanilla. Extreme as it masks much of the malt character. The feel was not quite right for a porter. All that said, a beer I enjoyed and will have again.
04-18-2011 18:57:48 | More by Haybeerman
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.