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Señorita, Horchata Imperial Porter - Elevation Beer Co.

Señorita, Horchata Imperial PorterSeñorita, Horchata Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%


Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer pours a deep dark brown with a snow-white head. Aroma notes of Vanilla, Cinnamon and sweet milk hit the nose bringing up images of the delicious Mexican drink this beer is styled after. The beer hits the palate with Vanilla, sweet chocolate malts, and a hint of cinnamon; all with a medium body and a balancing hop bitterness. Enjoy this beer next to a roaring fire with your amigos in a cozy cabin after a long day of skiing the deep powder of the Rocky Mountains.

This beer fits better into the Herb/Spiced Beer Category, as it is spiced with a ton of Cinnamon and Vanilla and also uses milk sugar. It recently took home a medal in this category and we believe it is a more accurate description then an Imperial porter.

Thanks and Cheers.

The Elevation Team.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 01-23-2013)
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mactrail

California

3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like porter strained through vanilla wafers. Dark brown in the Orval chalice with a low head. No trace of lacing in the glass but spritzy enough in the mouth. Sweet and sugary. A little oily.

This is some funny stuff. Surprisingly light body, but maybe it's just not all that malty. It's not really powerful enough to carry off the milky, spicy sweet flavors. I'm not sure I want a session vanilla beer. Still it's drinkable enough once you get over the sweet nonsense of it.

The cinnamon is not overly powerful, but this does taste more like cookies than beer. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:40:45 | More by mactrail
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champ103

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Basically no head forms and no lace. Pretty still and lifeless.
S: Roasted malt, some coffee, and big milk chocolate aromas. A big sweet vanilla and toffee aroma as well.
T: A bit less roast in than in the nose. Plenty of sweetness though. Big milk chocolate, vanilla, and toffee again.
M/D: Under carbonated for my tastes. Pretty thin, watery and lifeless. Plenty of alcohol here. Kind of fusel like, add the big sweetness and it takes me a bit longer to sip on than I would like.

An OK imperial porter. A big sweetness from the vanilla, but not much else. No bad, but just kind of flat overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 02:53:00 | More by champ103
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. Dark black, decent head, looks like a tasty porter. Aroma was cinnamon and malt. Flavor was as advertised: cinnamon, vanilla, malt, hint if chocolate. On the face of it it sounds awesome but it was really just ok. Glad I did not purchase a bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 18:24:50 | More by ArrogantB
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blakelive784 for this, the last surviving bottle from a summertime trade. Big 750ML bottle with a minimalist label. Bottle #2329 from the winter of 2012, for what that's worth. Split with my wife; gonna be an early night after having a 12 year old sleepover explode into mayhem at 2AM last night. Morning. Whatfuckingever.

Pour is dark, brown, looks like it might turn red towards the bottom. Nose isn't prominent, no need for surgery here, vanilla is the only component that pops, with a faint side of spicy that must be the cinnamon. Decently nice.

Seniorita Horchata is like a technically sound painting created from a Paint-By-Number set. Everything advertised is here. Nice shot of vanilla for the opening volley, backed by sweet malts. The spice/cinnamon is subdued, but answers when called. Gentle, faded, milky chocolate on the back end. Mouthfeel is light to the point of distraction; I'd have guess this to be a very low ABV porter. Pretty easy to drink mindlessly.

Decent enough, but another beer that's remarkably unremarkable. Nothing to set it apart from dozens of other decent porters on the market.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:51:50 | More by maximum12
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color - faint hints of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of vanilla are present in the nose along with some notes of chocolate.
T: Like the smell, the taste has an interesting contrasting mix of chocolate and vanilla flavors along with a light amount of bitterness. The chocolate is stronger than the smell and tastes more like the flavors added to liqueur and not lime chocolate malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has nearly a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: As a porter, this beer is quite easy to drink as it has a relatively light body but the interesting flavors almost make this a beer that you can pleasantly sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 01:24:03 | More by metter98
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riored4v

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip. Slightly opaque. Dark brown with a tan head that faded fairly quick.

Aroma was roasty and chocolatey. A bit earthy with some light vanilla and cinnamon/spicey notes. Was really hoping the cinnamon and vanilla would be more pronounced.

Taste was roasty and very chocolatey. A bit earthy hop flavor with a mild bitterness. Much like the aroma, the vanilla and cinnamon flavors are very subtle. Bitterness in the finish dominates the sweetness you 'almost' get in the finish from the vanilla/cinnamon combo.

Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carb, slightly slick mouthfeel.

The Horchata Porter lacked the reason I bought the beer... the horchata. Vanilla and cinnamon flavors were very light and almost unnoticeable. The porter itself was decent although a bit bitter. The 8.2% was smooth though with no signs of ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:33:04 | More by riored4v
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Winter 2012.

A: Pours pitch black with a dense milk chocolate-colored head. Head fades slowly with great retention but only moderate streaks of lacing.

S: Very nice. Sweet with lots of cream and vanilla. Nutty like a brown ale. Some chocolate and char from the roasted malt pokes through. It's like a porter/brown ale hybrid, brewed with lactose.

T: Sweet cream and vanilla up front again. Smooth and creamy. Sweet milk chocolate follows in the middle with just a touch of cinnamon. Hints of char along with more chocolate in the finish. Chocolate, very mildly bitter now, lingers in the aftertaste with a little nuttiness.

M: Smooth, creamy, wonderful. Medium body. Goes down very easily.

O: Really nice porter. Wish there was a little more cinnamon to spice this up, it's barely discernible. Sweet and creamy regardless, nice flavors that meld together well. Definitely a sweet beer as you'd expect for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 03:42:46 | More by Dope
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bcostner1

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown; nice head. Transmits some light. I have seen darker porters for sure.

S: A little cocoa, a little roast. Not a ton else. Sort of underwhelming.

T: Solid for sure. Definitely sweet. Some vanilla, cocoa, roasted malts. Barely get a hint of the cinnamon (wish there were more). Sweet milk/lactose sugar. I like the way this tastes...I just wish it were kicked up a notch across the board with more vanilla and more cinnamon.

M: A little too thin for me. However, this makes it a pretty easy drinker. No real heat from the alcohol which is nice.

Solid overall for sure. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:19:07 | More by bcostner1
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

Bottle #01754. Something about watching Iron Chef and drinking a horchata-inspired beer just makes sense... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, light molasses, buttercream, very light cocoa, and the lightest possible kiss of roasted malts. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a vein of straight vanilla bean. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly thin feel. Overall, what is generally a tasty brew is sabotaged by its far-too-thin feel. VDubb86 and I agreed that if it had more heft, more physical substance, more chewiness, it would be an exceptional beer. We just wanted the flavors to hang around for a while, rather than book it like lubed jelly...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:13:09 | More by TMoney2591
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is everything stone's vertical epic series wished it could be, all wrapped up into a single brew. yeah, I said it! a huge porter dressed up with cinnamon and vanilla, it really is a thing of beauty. pours an intriguing dark brown with an obsidian luster and a noted density. the head is mocha in color and quite fluffy, leaving sticky rings as it drinks. the nose is big surprise, whole vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks in equal proportion take front and center with a massive roasted barley and chocolate malt body behind. the alcohol is not at all detectable in the aroma. the flavor is more balanced than the nose, but the prime position of the additives is welcomed yet again. the vanilla is sweet and earthy, almost greasy in its contribution, and the cinnamon is intensely spicy in flavor and fragrance. the bitter cocoa character of the malt calms both down and unites them exquisitely. the alcohol only comes out when the beer warms, and even then only in the very late stages of the otherwise sweet and mellow finish. wow this is lovely! full body, relaxed but noticeable carbonation, and a mouth coating thoroughness to the mouthfeel. overall maybe the best thing ive had from elevation in terms of both creativity and execution. I hope this gets some recognition. truly one of a kind excellence.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 21:41:58 | More by StonedTrippin
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denver10

Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Redoing this review, since I think I missed what this beer truly was that first go around.

Pours black with a nice off white head. Aroma is sweet and lightly roasty; vanilla beans, some milk chocolate, lactose sugars, and a kiss of cinnamon. Flavor pretty much followed suit. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, another solid brew from Elevation. They continue to impress me with what they are capable with. This one isn't my favorite from them, and it kinda pales in comparison to their regular porter (IMO) Little Mo, but I certainly enjoyed what I was drinking as I drank it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 03:14:33 | More by denver10
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spoony

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml (Bottle # 592, brewed Winter 2012) into a snifter.

A-A mildly aggressive pour results in two-plus fingers of light brown head. The head is dense and pillowy, but it drops off at a reasonably quick pace. The brew is pitch black.

S-I like the smell of this stuff. It is a sweet mixture of spices (cinnamon mostly), milky-sweet chocolate, and a touch of boozy heat. There is lightly roasted component, too. The smell is not the most complex imperial stout/porter out there, but pleasing, nonetheless.

T-Taste tracks the smell pretty closely. A sweet, milk chocolate forward mixture of cinnamon spice, mildly roasted maltiness, and medium heat from the alcohol. The bottle says vanilla was added, and you notice it, but the vanilla flavor is not overwhelming.

M-This beer has a smooth feel with low carbonation levels. That being said, I could have used a little more weight.

O-This is an enjoyable porter. There is nothing mind-blowing here, but some good flavors nonetheless. If you like your dark beers on the sweet and mild side, instead of the smoke and char side, Senorita is a good option. Pair this with some dulce de leche or flan (or, just drink it alone, it is sweet enough) and desert is served.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 04:25:48 | More by spoony
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle...#00718, Winter 2012...poured in big Gulden Draak chalice.
Cork broke in half but came out with a wine opener with a nice pop.
Pours a super dark mahogany or black, with large dark head.
Aroma of roasted malts.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of malted milk balls, milk chocolate, vanilla, subtle cinnamon, black pepper, dark chocolate nibs. Quite flavorful, rich, and easy to drink. I'll give it 5 minutes...
Big head and lace remains...aroma of dried out brownie. Rich chocolate flavors, dark roasted malts and vanilla stand out. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:34:16 | More by DenverLogan
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again, impossible cork from Elevation.

Three-finger toasted brown soapy head, very dark brown brew. no lacing.

Chilies, tons of vanilla, milky, chocolate, spicy and bready.

Much thinner than imagined. Carbonation is very high. Vanilla is not overly sweet, well done. Spice (peppery and cinnamon) is also well done and not over the top. Very wet and enjoyable. No heat or alcohol flavors. Lots of milk chocolate too.

Too thin and missing complexity for high ranks... It's nice and drinkable, however, relatively unremarkable. Nice blend of flavors, nothing is over powering. Barely Recommended @ ~$14.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:30:52 | More by chugalug06
Señorita, Horchata Imperial Porter from Elevation Beer Co.
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