Urca Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Purchased at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO.
Pours an opaque dark brown with a 1 inch beige head that fades to an oily cap. Random patches of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of vanilla beans, vanilla ice cream, and vanilla coffee creamer. Taste is of vanilla beans, vanilla extract, and roasted malts. There is a slight roasty bitterness after each sip that lingers on the palate. Good carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good porter with a better vanilla smell than taste. I am glad I got to try this one.
06-25-2011 04:43:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.35/5 rDev -15%
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a rocky head that leaves a pretty nice curtain of lace behind
Smell: Vanilla beans scraped from the pod; hints of chocolate and grain underneath
Taste: The vanilla is very strong, up front, but by mid-palate, there is a grainy, tobacco-like element that joins the profile; after the swallow, the vanilla really dominates, however
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit light for the style
Overall: Love the smell and love the concept but am not crazy about this beer as the vanilla that smell so good on the nose just dominates everything on the tastebuds; I would like to see more porter flavors to balance out the vanilla
09-04-2011 19:52:29 | More by brentk56
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
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
3.28/5 rDev -16.8%
1 pint 6 fl oz brown bottle glass with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium pilsner glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger head of fairly decent cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Heavy vanilla, some cream, light roast, and a dark malt foundation. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Heavy vanilla, cream soda, some cream, and a dark malt foundation. Some nice layering. Not horribly complex or subtle, but certainly pleasant and enjoyable. It's a nice little beer. I do like it. Well balanced and pretty well built for the style.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick for the style. Apt for a porter. Adequate carbonation. Nicely moderate on the palate.
Dr: A nicely drinkable little beer. I like it, but it does need work. It's a nice little Vanilla Porter, and is pleasant considering its aims. I'd have it again. I'm growing increasingly excited about Dry Dock's beers. This was my first, but I look forward to trying more.
06-07-2012 04:33:27 | More by kojevergas
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
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
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
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
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
This was definitely more brown than black which surprised me since the naked porter was indeed black. The smell was vanilla but the taste was so much vanilla that I thought I was drinking a cream soda (Big Red!). This was interesting but I much preferred the naked porter.
11-15-2009 04:44:56 | More by ArrogantB
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
3.03/5 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
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.