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Graham Cracker Porter - Denver Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

26 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 28.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Denver Beer Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 08-13-2011

Like a campfire in a glass, this robust beauty has seductive notes of vanilla, smoked cedar, and mulling spices on the nose. A dark pour with mild lacing, she is a rollercoaster of lush chocolate and fig fruits diving into a semi-dry finish of toast and biscuit.
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Reviews by Oxymoron:
Photo of Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Denver. A midnight black color with good viscous when swirled. A soft tan had with good retention but a bit thicker bubbles.

The nose is a bit unique. The graham cracker/bready quality comes out very nicely. Some noticeable darker malts, chocolate and a hint of toffee. Some what a light yeasty note with a light rose peddle quality (im sensitive to that). Some minor alcohol notes but over all pretty clean.

The taste was balance between the graham cracker flavor and a nice astringency from the darker malts. Came out more of a malt ball-esk type of taste. Some biscuit/nutty notes that was a bit of a distraction. But good chocolate notes. Some yeast notes, maybe a minor coconut flavor. Some rose peddles, but less so versus the nose. For the most part very clean

The body is moderate but leaves a lingering sweetness. Not necessarily under attenuation, but sweetness lingers. This does balance though with the astringent notes from the dark malts. Very drinkable. Carbonation is a bit light. Overall pretty good, with some minor changes that are probably more personal than anything else.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Todd
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graham, Cracker, Graham, Cracker!

Graham Cracker Porter smells and tastes exactly like a Porter brewed with graham crackers. And it's delicious. The dark pour with this foamy, coffee colored head sets the mood. Loads of graham cracker in the nose, with a smooth and silky lacto body and flavors that open up with hints of molasses, chocolate, char, roasted and toasty malts, and suggestions of vanilla and spice. Denver Beer Co. nailed it. Graham cracker fans need to seek this out.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #107 (December 2015).

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light black in color with almost no penetration to light. A half inch of khaki colored head blankets the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is dark malt with a hint of smoke. The taste is comprised of bitter dark malt with a hint of sweetness in the finish. The mouth is smooth and silky.

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Photo of Catphish
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful , completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, the eponymous graham crackers, followed by some brown sugar, cinnamon and honey.

Taste: Very nice! Strong, bready flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of bicuits, graham crakers, honey-bicusuits, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of vanilla, and a touch of milky, lactose.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth and creamy as there is not carbonation, and quite a bit of milky, lactose. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What a great, creamy, malty, sweet, porter! Delicious! I wish we could get this on the east coast!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging. The head is dark khaki in color and peaks at a finger's width before dissipating in a relatively slow, fizzing manner. What's left is a mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the barrier. Lacing is virtually nothing, with less than a handful of tiny spots sticking around.

Smell - Hits on notes of chocolate and vanilla with a touch of graham cracker's sugary toasted sweetness. There's also a hint of smoke and roasted malt that emerges as the beer warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate with a touch of vanilla hits first. Graham cracker-like undertone. Faint smokiness in the finish, which is sweet but never becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with light, fizzy carbonation. Goes down easy, but slightly watery finish. Probably the weak point of the beer.

Overall - Not quite as 'Smore-like' as Highwater's Campfire Stout, but by that same token not as rich and makes it better suited for multiple servings. It does seem a bit light, especially out of a glass than vs the can. If I bought another sixer, I'd be drinking it purely out of the can. Overall, it's a pretty good porter with some interesting though slightly underdeveloped flavor, and the body kind of kills it.

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Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at the brewery. Yup, the first sip is chocolate and graham cracker. There are vanilla and sweet lactose notes as well, and while it's a tasty beer, I wouldn't follow it with a second pint. It's a little thick for summer heat. Cool beer.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with small tan head, little bit of lace.
Smells excellent. Sweet, spicy graham cracker, hints of nutmeg, cocoa powder, vanilla, tootsie rolls and malt. A+
Tastes like a beer version of a chocolate malt. Smooth bready vanilla and chocolate flavors balanced by subtle hop bitterness and hint of roastiness.
Would be nice if this beer was a bit richer and fuller in mouthfeel.For a regular porter its nice, but I'd love to see an "imperial" version of this brew.

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Photo of 40ontarget
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Highbury09
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drone
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of 14erFan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked the accent on the traditional porter flavor! Very easy to drink, this was my first Denver Beer Co brew and I will see what else is out there.

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Photo of apasternak
2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Didn't taste like graham cracker or a porter

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Photo of randomn8
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HighonHops42
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rsdaugherty
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ricoslim
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.