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Señorita, Horchata Imperial Porter - Elevation Beer Co.

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Señorita, Horchata Imperial PorterSeñorita, Horchata Imperial Porter

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87
very good

26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 151
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 4.35%
Wants: 32
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: denver10 on 01-23-2013

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.
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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,312 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
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... (815 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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. (636 characters)

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, passing light only at the edges of the glass and a thin, light brown head that dissipates to patches with slight, slippery lacing. Aroma of mild toasted malt, vanilla, Mexican chocolate and cinnamon. Flavor is milk and Mexican chocolate, toasted malt with light char, light vanilla and cinnamon, well integrated, like a milk shake. Medium bodied with light creaminess and maybe a hair less carbonation than expected. A very nice dessert porter, like drinking a chocolate shake made with Mexican chocolate for light sweetness, cinnamon and vanilla. Balanced and very tasty. I enjoyed this a great deal. (673 characters)

Photo of champ103
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. (668 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of maximum12
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.42/5  rDev +13%

Poured into a Teku glass from a 750mL bottle.

It's got a pitch-black body and a dark-khaki with cream-colored head that is frothy and two fingers thick. 4.25

This aroma reminds me of a Yoo-hoo. It's chocolatey, milk-like and has a big dose of vanilla. There's some oak and barrel aroma and maybe even some sweet caramel. 4.5

Continued heavy oak and vanilla, the chocolate is subtler but now there's a cinnamon dose that adds another element to this brew. 4.5

It's creamy, smooth and a little lighter in body than I'd expect, but I like it. A wealth of flavors, some spice and a touch of hop bitterness. 4.25

This beer is effing tasty. Tons of flavor, aroma, and sensations. Outstanding beer. I'll have to buy more. 4.42 (724 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An imperial porter brewed like horchata, made with milk sugar, cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla bean. Bottle 02077.

Watery yet dark, a burnt black-brown. Opaque with a half-finger head of light tan.

Roasty-sweet, with a good balance between the two. Crumbled dark chocolate, vanilla, a touch of floral hops. Cinnamon, lactose. Smooth and subtle.

Even smoother and subtler. Milk chocolate, cinnamon sticks, milk. Bitter roast is well-balanced with the lesser flavors.

Creamy medium body, mild massaging alcohol. Just a shade under what I'd like from the style. A touch of alcohol heat, but lower than what I'd expect.

Incredibly easy to drink. Dangerously, even. (669 characters)

Photo of denver10
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. (587 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Dec. 31, 2014

L - Pours about how I'd expect with a dark black body and light tan one finger head. Not much lacing or retention.

S - Light vanilla, mild roasted malts, milk chocolate and light cinnamon spice.

T - A harmonious mix of vanilla beans, cinnamon and milk chocolate with roasted malts as the backbone. No real flavor is dominant or shines above another.

F - Medium bodied and light carbonation. The body is creamy/silky. I would have liked to see a bit more carb.

O - Well balanced beer that lets all the flavors shine. (542 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big ol' bottle that pours black as midnight with a creamy slight tan head. Smell is vanilla, cream, cinnamon, and the local Starbucks. Taste is cinnamon, burnt biscuits, some vanilla, and a bit of cream.The mouthfeel is creamy and slick. This review seems to be holding the record for use of the word "cream". Not including that one even. Overall, its interesting. A bit heavy handed with the flavors for me but probably this not being my favorite style is affecting my judgement. If you like the style, give it a shot. If you don't...well, you probably wouldn't have anyway. (577 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why isn't there a beer style called "dessert beer"? When I look at the other reviews for this beer, they are all over the map ... a big divergence of opinion, caused in part, I think, by different expectations as to what this beer should be. Well, here's what I saw: it's a sweet chocolatey dessert beer, very creamy, with plenty of vanilla and some cinnamon. It's pretty close to a horchata! Beautiful appearance, dark with a big tan foamy head that lasts.

When you try to fit this to a standard beer style, you've got problems. It's not really a herb/spice beer, at least as I think of that style. It's not got as much punch as an Imperial Porter, despite what's on the label (the 8.2% ABV is quite well hidden). It's got the body and mouthfeel of a porter, not nearly as heavy as some stouts. I'd compare it to Southern Tier Choklat or Caldera Mogli, among others. Among chocolate dessert beers, this one is right up at the top. Skip worrying about the style, and you may enjoy this as much as my wife and I did.

750 ml bottle, bottled on 12/9/2013. (1,068 characters)

Photo of bcostner1
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was an excellent beer. Not your typical vanilla porter - the cinnamon really adds a great flavor to it. Obviously it pairs well with Mexican food, but it's really good just on its own as well. Seek this one out if you want a little something different. I'll look for this one again for sure. (300 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- black ruby. Head- full light chocolate head.

Aroma- hints of chocolate but alcohol esters apparent.

Taste- starts roasty and sweet like a Starbucks fancy coffee, hints of cinnamon and vanilla confirm the label, finishing with a mild hoppy bitterness which complements coffee and dark chocolate tones. 25 IBUs. A great winter time beer. Why did we open this in the heat of July????

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted July 2014. (525 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin brown head. Smells of dark malts, chocolate and vanilla. Tastes of dark chocolate, dark malt, some spice, vanilla, a little astringence. Medium body light carbonation with chocolate malt aftertaste. (225 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Jet Black that pours with a latte like head to it. The head leaves quickly, but it was quite a nice pour.

Smell - lots of cinnamon and a nice chocolately malty finish

Taste - Creamy chocolate into a nice caramel and then a cinnamon finish. Quite fun

Mouthfeel - very smooth with a strong cinnamon after burn

Overall - glad I got to try this one and looking forward to next year's version. (405 characters)

Photo of seabeetastetest
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

let me start by saying i got this beer after failing to get my hands on xocoveza.... after saying that im glad i didnt find it and got this. its smells great taste amazing feels ok overall i give it a 9.8 close to perfect... another great brew from our friends at elevation beer company. (287 characters)

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Señorita, Horchata Imperial Porter from Elevation Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.