Great Lakes Harry Porter And The Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean - Great Lakes Brewery
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Reviews by Molson2000:
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3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
On-tap at Bar Volo. Very flavourful and rich porter, particularly as it warmed. Thick, coffee, some significant bourbon and mostly the vanilla. A little real bean, it was really strong. Was it extract added? The brewers say not. A must try porter.Black bodied.Smooth mouthfeel.
03-13-2011 20:38:37 | More by Sammy
British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
Many thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this beer with such a fantastic name!
Poured in to my souvineer cast glass Lord of the Rings "Strider" chalice from Burger King circa 2001, complete with light up base. Don't be jealous of my bling, haters.
Appearance. Pours a really deep brown-red, almost black with 1.5 fingers of creamy thick tan head that leaves some good lacing.
Smell. Sweet bakers chocolate and some dark roasted malt, sweet real vanilla and just a hint of smooth booze. Smells like dessert.
Taste. Sweet vanilla and burnt sugar, dark roasty malts, some nice bitter coffee, a bit of dark unsweetened chocolate in the finish.
Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.
Overall. A great dessert beer that isn't overly sweet. Deserves to be on the Canadian top 100 list.
06-19-2012 02:20:34 | More by Rutager
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla and light bourbon is quite nice with light vegetable notes. Taste is a mix between some vanilla beans notes with some bourbon with light corn notes and light black chocolates notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Overall this was an enjoyable beer but I would to get rid of the vegetable finish.
11-11-2013 03:19:16 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Fresh Project X bottle to Founders tulip. Stated ABV of 7% and IBU of 45.
A - Deep brown with one finger of bubbly espresso coloured head that very quickly receded to a few bubbles.
S - Roasted malts, chocolate, sweet vanilla and a hint of bourbon in the background.
T - Roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate and the slightest hint of bourbon in the background. A noticeable bitterness that might be partially accentuated by some noticeable ABV. A fairly prominent sweetness is here as well, which is balanced nicely by the 45 IBU.
M - Medium body, somewhat smooth and silky. Light carbonation.
O - A solid and very interesting beer. Would happily buy this again.
04-04-2012 00:28:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
650ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6
Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, chocolate, vanilla
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also some vanilla and a bit of a graininess. Not much Bourbon.
Overall - An above average very drinkable porter. The vanilla is subtle and the bourbon is even more subtle - I couldn't taste it. I'd pick this up again if it was in tall cans or 6 packs etc.
06-01-2014 00:31:08 | More by spinrsx
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
On tap at Volo, Great Lakes/Mike Lackey feature. Into a tulip.
Poured relatively black, with some cola colour at the edges. Mild lace, collar is left behind. Nose holds some milk chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon and is quite nice. Taste has some dark coffee and espresso (which I didn't get any hint of in the nose, but nonetheless..), some bourbon, which is well hidden and subdued vanilla again. Fairly well integrated, but is dominated by some off carbonation which fizzes and disrupts a balance which I thought was quite nice. Mouthfeel is overcarbed, and felt like a soft drink at points. Drinkability suffers from this. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what happened here as everyone praised this one throughout the night. Maybe I'll get another pour of this at some point whereupon I'll re-rate it. 4/4/3/25/3
Re-review on April 28, 2012 - 650ml bottle form the brewery. 7% alchol this time around and only 30 IBUs.
Black body with a brown head of a couple fingers. Good retention and laces real nice. Real smooth chocolate and cocoa on the nose. A good bit of vanilla is in there too, but not much in terms of bourbon. A bit of roast as well. Flavour has cocoa and dark, roasty malts at the forfront, and some flavourful American hops that come through mid-mouth. Still a a bit of vanilla in here as well. Carbonation is completely appropriate and certainly an improvement from my last experience. A very solid porter that's supremely drinkable. 45/4/4/4/45
03-14-2011 02:41:37 | More by liamt07
4/5 rDev +5%
Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and some bourbon.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice rich roasted malt character to it with some chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good solid flavors and aromas.
05-16-2012 21:03:13 | More by SebD
3.85/5 rDev +1%
Beer is black with a small, bubbly tan head. A sticky and frothy film sticks around for quite awhile.
Smell is faint but nice. Vanilla is the most noticeable element.
As for taste, the vanilla is very nice- but I am a sucker for vanilla. The bourbon is lighter than I expected, though is fairly strong in the finish. A nice malty background gives the beer a bit of a roasted cocoa flavour. The vanilla and bourbon are the main event, however.
Minimal carbonation, medium bodied. A little lighter than I would have liked but pretty good.
Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Vanilla and bourbon together is a good idea!
03-08-2012 01:55:16 | More by jrenihan
4.73/5 rDev +24.1%
Served into a snifter that i bought at the brewery when i picked this beer up.
Appearance - black, small amount of head that didn't last for too long. Looks good for the style.
Smell - the smell is a ton of vanilla when its cold and as it warms it becomes more complex, with the chocolate coming out. Coffee playing a small role and then the a slight bourbon note.
Taste - vanilla and chocolate are heavy in the taste. As it warms, similar to the smell, it becomes more complex with the bourbon coming out.
Mouthfeel - feels nice, medium bodied, good for this beer.
Overall - of course another good beer by this brewery, nice to see an ontario craft brewery doing something different. This is probably one of my favorite porters, along with their Robust Porter. I was on the fence about this style until I tasted these. Wish i could be a little more precise with grading giving more 4.75's. Im not overly familiar with the style but I think its unreal.
05-13-2012 05:15:16 | More by Yeoman9459
3.84/5 rDev +0.8%
Props to peensteen for hooking up this brew...
A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.
S - Solid nose, burnt cocoa, espresso undertones, hints of vanilla and a touch of burnt toast.
T - Much like the nose, loads of cocoa, some bitter coffee notes, and sweet vanilla. Bourbon is incredibly subdued and a tad underwhelming, but noticeable if you focus on trying to identify it.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.
O - A tasty brew with a solid flavour profile, though a tad disappointing from the bourbon standpoint (though to be expected given that the vanilla beans were the only thing exposed). Nonetheless a tasty brew worthy of seeking out.
03-01-2014 02:41:27 | More by andrenaline
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/5/12 sent out West by liamt07 thanks dude
A pretty black with just some red highlights at the edge when held to the light, short lived thumbs width of mocha foam leaves no lace. Second pour leaves some spotty random lace but still little retention
S loads of vanilla and coco powder, faint bourbon with a hint of smoke, some chocolate covered raisins with a little licorice. smells great with everything meshing together in just the right proportions
T charred wood and coco come out strong, the complexity I found on the nose is not quite there, less vanilla but that still leaves a fair bit, some chocolate syrup's in there too, still decent but the smell rocked
M thick, creamy and smooth, a little sticky on the lips and zero heat, aftertaste is charred vanilla but it works really well
O pretty easy too drink and I struggle too find any of the booze anywhere except my head, if it tasted as good as it smelled we'd have something amazing but still very good
mellow for sure and something I'd drink again, this one says 7% on the label but I'd believe it's 5.3% as this ones pretty smooth. Another thank you to liamt07 I'm pretty glad I tried this one
05-29-2012 03:09:46 | More by wordemupg
4.23/5 rDev +11%
Project X bottle into snifter.
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this gem.
A- Totally opaque brown/black pour with a finger width chunky light tan head. Lacing is great.
S- Nice char with fresh pressed coffee. Definite vanilla and chocolate. Subtle bourbon with a touch of brown sugar and oak. I get a bit of marshmallow in this as well
T- Oh momma that is excellent. Right up front dark, bitter black coffee with a big punch of brown sugar and vanilla. Bourbon is hiding slightly but melds well with the dark chocolate finish.
M- Slightly lighter than medium, good carbonation with a lingering bitter finish.
O- This is something I dream about. Bourbon? Check! Vanilla? Check! Dark and roasty? Oh baby yes! This is something I'd like to see on a more available basis.
05-05-2012 00:14:27 | More by korguy123
Great Lakes Harry Porter And The Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean from Great Lakes Brewery
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