Urca Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.83/5 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
3.03/5 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%
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.
10-08-2012 00:54:13 | More by zachary80
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
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
Urca Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.