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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.93/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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...

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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.39/5  rDev -14%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Señorita, Horchata Imperial Porter from Elevation Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.