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

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Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.)Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.)

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86
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-29-2009)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and vanilla extract aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and vanilla bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but fairly thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the vanilla presence in this one is extract-like in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:13:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-28-2013 17:11:11 | More by jaydoc
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-29-2014 04:17:22 | More by oriolesfan4
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

10-19-2013 03:20:14 | More by drewone
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-10-2013 22:34:29 | More by LXIXME
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-17-2013 03:33:28 | More by dmorgan310
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billab914

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very cool extra in a great box of Pacific northwest beers I just received. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my mad Fox pint glass. It poured black in color with a modest tan head filling the top half inch of the glass. It looked very deep and perfectly still in the glass. Very inviting.

The aroma shows some roasted malt, coffee like flavors to it. I also get some dark chocolate in it. The vanilla is there, but seems a little more reserved in the aroma. Pretty nice and smooth porter character to it overall in the aroma.

The taste is where the vanilla really comes out. It has a roasty, coffee like flavor mixed with some chocolate and a good dose of vanilla. The vanilla is very nice, it definitely tastes real and fresh instead of extracty. It's a little like the flavors in a vanilla ice cream and beer float. Very nice flavor overall, love the vanilla.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with carbonation being low. The mouthfeel really fits the beer nicely. Overall this was a very good beer, it definitely did the vanilla thing very well. The porter flavors were also very solid in it, and the roasty flavors complimented the vanilla sweetness well. Really enjoyed this beer, this is a porter I could drink very frequently.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:59:28 | More by billab914
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-05-2014 08:08:17 | More by tobelerone
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-13-2013 02:54:13 | More by Cynic-ale
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Duff27

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-24-2014 00:47:26 | More by Duff27
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lush vanilla enhancements on an otherwise stellar standalone porter. Soapy head, splayed lace, medium body, and a particularly entrancing aroma. Makes for a very fine dessert beer. Finished with organic vanilla beans added to the conditioning tank. 50 IBU.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 01:49:49 | More by RedDiamond
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $3.50 Pours a good porter dark brown with a lovely thick,creamy and bubbly tan head. Aroma a little subdued but it has the typical porter roasted malts and a touch of vanilla essence. Flavour is well balanced with more of the roasty,burnt malts and the vanilla well mixed in but not too forward ( like many vanilla porters). Good. Mouth feel is nice and smooth ..no trouble getting this over the tongue! Very nice beer..better than the usual vanilla porter for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:58:28 | More by Reidrover
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ste5venla

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-19-2014 03:03:19 | More by ste5venla
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-04-2013 22:26:31 | More by jera1350
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque with a great 1 inch head and good retention and some circular lacing

Smell: A nice vanilla bean note and not much else

Taste: Follows the nose upfront is the vanilla bean and it is not overpowering which is nice but I feel like it could use just a touch more vanilla. In the background there is a nice note of chocolate. The vanilla and chocolate blend together perfectly and create a nice drinkable porter

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: A beer with great use of ingredients and great balance. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:10:46 | More by DarthKostrizer
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-31-2013 01:36:45 | More by hilgart1
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notchucknorris

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a thin light brown colored head.

S: I was expecting a ton of vanilla on the nose, but you really have to dig for the vanilla here. Nice notes of roasted malt and coffee with a thin hint of vanilla in the background.

T: I'm really digging this one. Lots of roasted malt, some hints of grain, coffee, hints of dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla sweetness which makes up for a slightly thin mouthfeel. Really easy to drink and pretty tasty to boot.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 21:57:50 | More by notchucknorris
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grittybrews

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-30-2013 02:59:24 | More by grittybrews
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vkv822

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with very dark brown edges when held to the light. A foamy light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Sweet vanilla upfront blended roasty malts, and a light coffee character.

Light vanilla and roast notes.

A medium-light body with average carbonation.

A decent porter, with the vanilla adding a small layer of complexity, but overall, while it is enjoyable it is still fairly standard.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 06:47:12 | More by vkv822
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has similar retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown that shows a good amount of garnet when held up to the light. Considerable lacing left behind- some of which is sheeting.

Nose- Starts off with a rich array of typical porter aromas- caramel, cocoa, and some chocolate. Noticeable vanilla but not overwhelming. There's a little less presence from the glass which tends to show more milk and cream. Slight roasted notes with a tinge of a sweet coffee note. Swirling shows this but more pronounced.

Taste- Pronounced sweetness on the front which is also a bit tart- very similar to the sweet/sour I get from a lot of coffee. Moves into heavy cocoa which has hints of dark chocolate flitting around the edges. Sweetness has some inclination toward sour cherry or tart (maybe green) raisins. Some bitter coffee, light oak, light vanilla. Some milk and cream on the finish. Nothing bad about most of the notes, they just seem to be in the wrong order. Pretty typical of my experience with vanilla beers- no substantial vanilla. If anything, I get more oak than vanilla. This porter is defined by coffee more than anything else. A little thin as well. Between above average and good at the moment.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied, so a little thin for a porter. Carbonation is tame but there is a slight zing at the end.

Drinkability- Fairly drinkable but sort of mellows out to become less than interesting. Price is good (just over 4 bucks)- just wish the actual beer was better.

Overall- Above average to good beer. No real flaws but the flavor profile does seem a little off balanced. Worth a shot if you don't expect to taste too much vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 01:33:57 | More by artoolemomo
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Docer

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Pours a nice super dark brown, light brown seen through the edges of the glass. Nice healthy pour yielded a couple of fingers of a light latte beige head. Very creamy head that has left lace all about the glass, and is leaving a nice thin creamy layer above the brew. The look of this brew is making me very thirsty.

Smell: (4.0)
- A melded mix of all the greatest things is a porter. Nice husky grainy notes with a thin sweet blanket of cocoa. Light vanilla is present, with some very grassy and herbal hops. Smells wonderful and solid.

Taste: (4.0)
- Yum. This porter is very solid. Nice smooth creamy cocoa and sweet grains with a nice touch of vanilla that isn't overpowering by any means. Great bitterness shines afterwards with great grassy hops. This porter is a little more hop forward than most which might open the eyes a little of some. I like it. Light citrus notes as well.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium to light bodied, very smooth and creamy, and a bit drying from the bitter hops. The hops throw the feel off a bit from what one would expect from a porter. Touch cloying and chalky.

Overall: (3.5)
- Overall this is a great porter. I would have liked a little more robust cocoa, grain, and vanilla.. but then I'd have a robust porter. I think the hops used would work well as they are in a robust. This is a hop forward, and nicely bittered porter that I think most would like quite well. Worth grabbing a few bottles here and there.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 03:53:46 | More by Docer
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sharpski

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-15-2012 21:53:14 | More by sharpski
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Wowcoolman

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-19-2013 03:13:43 | More by Wowcoolman
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Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-05-2013 16:25:11 | More by Braz
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Murrhey

Montana

2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed from notes.

A- Not a very impressive head. Quarter inch mocha color with medium retention. Dark brown, not quite black in color. No clarity.

S- Vanilla and chocolate. Sweet and appealing. It's got my mouth watering.

T- Roast malts, a touch of vanilla and an odd metallic taste. Rather light for such a dark porter.

M-Thinner and lots of carbonation. Mediocre at best for a porter.

O- Has good parts, but tries to rest its laurels on the vanilla and doesn't stand out in other ways.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 22:58:01 | More by Murrhey
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Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.) from Hop Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.