Urca Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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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
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
3.66/5 rDev -7.1%
Great mound of fluffy tan head grown on thin black fluid. Lacing is voluptuous.
Vanilla , smoke, nutty, milky, chocolate. Slightly too hazelnutty.
Thin, sweet, underwhelming. Carbonation is much lighter than I expected. Milky, nutty, vanilla is not in sugary quantities, Chocolate flavor is dry and lasting and well buried in the vanilla. Nuts are nice, just not hazel varieties. (see aroma, too much hazelnut)
Cheers, this one is worthy @ $7/22oz. Recommended for the hazelnut lover.
04-16-2013 02:50:21 | More by chugalug06
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
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
A: A huge brown head appeared as I poured it into my tulip glass. Took a couple minutes to drop and a nice coat remained on the surface. The beer itself was a nice, consistent black liquid.
S: A very nice sweet vanilla is the focus with some coco hidden underneath.
T: The vanilla iintroduces itself at the beginning and is very sharp and distinct. That the vanilla flavor is generated naturally from beans rather than an extract is obvious.Roasted malts kick in towards the middle and makes for a nice pairing with the vanilla. The one thing I would have liked to have found here was a little bitter coffee flavor to it to help cut the sweetness a little.
M: Maybe the highlight of the drink for me; super silky and creamy. Medium bodied.
O: A very nice porter and one I would gladly go back to. It is quite sweet so this is definitely best appreciated in moderation, as I definitely couldn't drink any more than this bomber's worth and might even prefer a little less than that (l16 oz's is probably ideal), but in the proper allotment this beer is definitely a winner.
12-25-2011 23:59:23 | More by denver10
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
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
3.83/5 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
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
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
Urca Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.