Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.) - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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85
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-29-2009)
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Photo of Jeffsta1
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a so-so beer.
Dark color and thick head inspires confidence, which dissipates on first taste.
There's a whack of cheap American lager on the approach. Sad face at that point.
On the tongue, this doesn't have the richness I want in a porter.
I don't get vanilla from it - so that's very subtle (or an old bottle).

Trade dress of the bottle I had doesn't match the photo - the one I got was pale olive green.

Photo of PG2G
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for this bottle, part of a fantasy baseball league haul for my long-suffering team of almost-Cubs. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Always interesting to pop open a bottle with no earthly idea what to expect. This one is black, low carbonation. The nose is reticent, spare vanilla with some malty sweetness. Was expecting a bit more from the pale beans.

Vanilla Infused Porter (VIP) should be pre-heated like warmed milk before drinking. Cold, this is dull, thin, and could be used as a sleep aid. As it warms, so do I. First evidence presented is pure Tootsie Roll, touch of lactose, & low concentration of vanilla. Definitely on the thin side, which can be forgiven given the low ABV, but that also contributes to the drinkability.

Pretty good beer: very simple, very easy to drink. Not much to see here. Move along.

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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a bottle into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches, leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, a hint of lactose. Flavor is light sweet toasted malt, vanilla, hints of chocolate; finishes with a slightly astringent coffee and hop bitterness and roastiness. Medium bodied. A somewhat subdued porter, there are some good flavors and they are well balanced, but seem to need a bit more robustness, exposing the noted astringency in the finish. The vanilla redeems this, otherwise it would be a fairly pedestrian porter.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.) from Hop Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.