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Urca Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 25
Gots: 19 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

MinorThreat, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

cvm4, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of MeisterMayhem
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

MeisterMayhem, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of beerdrifter
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

beerdrifter, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of AlaskanYoung
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

AlaskanYoung, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Beaver13, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Dry Dock. Heavy vanilla. A LOT of vanilla. Quite nice. Milk chocolate underneath. Medium body. Pretty good, but I expect a bit more from a vanilla beer.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

tswater, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

CAcker, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

eawolff99, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

DrIPA, Nov 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

andrewkgray91, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

gr8dvide, Nov 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

fishguyac, Nov 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

GRG1313, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

PthPndr, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber.

Super dark brown body, little to no tan head fades and leaves only slight lacing.

Aroma of strong vanilla, very sweet, some coffee, a hint of the roastiness but the vanilla is the star here.

Vanilla is at the forefront again, more roastiness and coffee flavors come through than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, right for a porter, but maybe a little too watery. Carbonation is fine.

Tasty, I would love to try an imperial version of this. Seems like it as is would be better in sixers.

zachary80, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tlazaroff, Sep 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

harrymel, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

GehenHerzog, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Massbmx, Jul 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

cbcrunch, Jul 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

carteravebrew, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

siddhartha, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Low B-

kojevergas, Jun 07, 2012
Urca Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.