Urca Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
APPEARANCE: Black as night. Light is not penetrating this thing at all. A little off-white head topped the beer at first, but faded in about 30 seconds leaving some wispy bits of foam on the surface.
SMELL: The smell is dominated by roasted malt flavors and a bit of coffee. There is also some dark chocolate lingering in the background, but that aroma seems to grow as it warms.
TASTE: The subdued taste of chocolate leads the way in this porter that leans towards the lighter side of the spectrum. The vanilla kicks in for a moment right before the finish and lingers on the tongue as the liquid disappears. Roasted malt and a touch of coffee serve to cut some of the sweeter flavors and provide some bitterness. Not much hop character to it at all, although, the finish leaves a hint of lemon.
MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and easy going down is the best way to describe this feel, it is very pleasant. It is also a bit creamy and very light with just the tiniest hint of sparkle.
OVERALL: This is a solid Vanilla Porter, but I’m not sure it is worth bomber prices. I would be more likely to buy this as a six-pack or on draft somewhere. It certainly improves as it warms though. If it comes straight from your fridge or a beer cooler, give it a chance to breath and the true complexity of this beer will reveal itself.
03-05-2012 06:23:26 | More by StoneTSR
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
3.55/5 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
4.1/5 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
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
3.73/5 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
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Aroma is of a vanilla and hot chocolate. Appearance is opaque black with a tan leather head that stays for the experience. Taste is that of vanilla bean, coffee and hot chocolate. Palate is full bodied, creamy thick texture with a soft carbonation. Long tasty finish
10-17-2011 20:36:20 | More by stabzmcgee
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
4/5 rDev +1.5%
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. No freshness date to be found.
A- Pours black with no highlights. One finger head that dissapears pretty fast leaving a nice film. Leaves some nice lacing, nothing to spectacular.
S- Vanilla bean, vanilla ice cream, white chocolate, marshmellow.
T- Vanilla cream dominates the taste. Malts only come through lightly. A little chocolate and graham cracker. It's a pretty sweet beer, makes for a great dessert.
M- On the light side for a porter. Very creamy mouthfeel. Ample carbonation, sweet but not cloying. Drinkability is great if you like the vanilla.
O- Interesting beer. A little one dimensional in the taste department but enjoyable none the less.
09-22-2011 01:37:57 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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
Urca Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.