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Great Lakes Harry Porter And The Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Harry Porter And The Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean
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BA SCORE
86
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 03-13-2011)
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-23-2014 21:39:43 | More by kevinlater
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jriggins6

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-28-2014 13:15:34 | More by jriggins6
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-25-2012 00:43:45 | More by beerhunter13
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-13-2014 01:49:45 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-28-2013 21:50:05 | More by KeKeKumba
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-02-2014 08:40:00 | More by deonreds
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-28-2014 00:20:55 | More by JohnnyMc
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-21-2014 03:03:46 | More by peensteen
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 03:19:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 00:31:08 | More by spinrsx
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vanilla is normally associated with the colour white but there's absolutely nothing white about this beer - even its head is as dark as some mainstream stouts! Between the blackish-brown body and honeycomb wafer coloured foam it looks something like a liquid Coffee Crisp chocolate bar (which, coincidentally, it also smells and tastes like).

Allow me to clear something up that confused me: Harry Porter and the Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean is brewed with vanilla beans (1001 of them to be exact) that were soaked in bourbon whiskey. The beans may or may not be the bourbon vanilla variety from Madagascar, which takes its name from when the island was under French colonial (hence "Bourbon") rule.

I wanted to clarify this only because, while there's no mistaking the vanilla beans, the bourbon element is frankly so subtle that it goes undetected. Bourbon is a big flavour but without the oak barrel to back it up all the creamy sweetness of the beans obliterates any trace of it (and what little might have survived is squashed by the smokiness of roasted malts).

Indeed, the aroma alone is so saturated in vanilla as to be borderline saccharine at times. Even all the chocolate, coffee and malty notes of the base beer bow to the mighty beans. The smell reminds me of those quintessential tea wafers that come sandwiched with cream (the pink variety in particular). The taste, however, is more like the Neapolitan ones (which have the hazelnut-flavoured chocolate cream filling) and has a lot of vanilla cupcake qualities.

Harry Porter is a robust, smoky, bitter dark beer. The excessive use of vanilla in this spin-off has resulted in a correspondingly sweet mouthfeel that drinks something like a milkshake made of Nutella and condensed milk. These "magical beans" have "magically" turned flavours of dark chocolate into milk chocolate, coffee into hazelnut latte, and also chased all the hops away.

Harry Porter and the Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean is a delicious dessert, perhaps one of the most sweet and satisfying of its kind. (I need to find some way of baking with this!) But it drinks like melted ice cream, and when it comes down to it the original Harry Porter and its other incarnations (i.e., Fair Grounds Coffee Bean) are much better beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 05:12:22 | More by biegaman
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-31-2014 02:24:04 | More by joemcgrath27
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-04-2014 17:14:53 | More by byronic
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-01-2014 03:34:27 | More by polloenfuego
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-10-2014 04:31:00 | More by evil_liver
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-19-2014 05:37:17 | More by yancot
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Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-09-2014 01:43:45 | More by Cycle69
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-13-2014 00:54:35 | More by Bf_89
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-17-2014 13:56:52 | More by TerryW
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A few changes have been made to the new version released recently in the LCBO. ABV is a bit higher and the name is slightly different. Assuming it's essentially the same beer.

A - Black pour with good carbonation coming up. One finger of beige head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Vanilla, chocolate, roast. Really nice vanilla character.

T - Chocolate, less vanilla but still pretty evident. Some roast. Sweet, chocolatey, tasty.

M - Very smooth, medium to full and creamy body, dry and sweet to finish.

O/D - A fairly tasty porter at a respectable ABV. Quite drinkable and enjoyable. While not the most interesting vanilla flavoured beer, it definitely does a good job. No complaints here.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 02:34:49 | More by tbeckett
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 02:41:27 | More by andrenaline
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: cask

03-08-2012 01:55:16 | More by jrenihan
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 03:09:46 | More by wordemupg
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this at the buffalo cask ale fest

Appearance:
Jet black, no head or carbonation.

Smell:
Whoa Christmas cookies, heave vanilla and porter and a touch of bourbon.

Taste:
Tastes like a fresh baked macaroon dipped in chocolate, tons of vanilla, chocolate and almond

Mouthfeel:
Medium body with lots of christmas cookie spices. The beer gets a little overwhelming, but totally potent spices.

Overall:
Great name and a pretty darn tasty beer... Helps that I like macaroons and almond paste cookies so much. Otherwise this beer would he terrible.

Serving type: cask

12-03-2011 03:58:03 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 20:38:37 | More by Sammy
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Great Lakes Harry Porter And The Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean from Great Lakes Brewery
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