Vanilla Porter
Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #128
Ranked #12,380
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Feb 15, 2022
Sep 11, 2007
Very Good
Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter
Notes: A brown porter with a generous dose of real vanilla beans added after fermentation, giving it an amazing complexity and a smooth rich flavor. There is nothing subtle about this beer.

33 IBU
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Bought from Beer Drop in a 12 ounce can (smaller is better for an old man and taster.)
While they have been brewing for some 17 years, this is my first from Dry Dock; so I must have not been observant of Beer Drop's offerings, having received six shipments in twelve months.)

Vanilla Porter has two English porter qualities. First, Dry Dock seems like it blended a tad of the "stale" that we get in the English styling. Second, Vanilla lacks a lasting foam; looking flatter like the E porter. Other than those two qualities, it's an All-American porter. As one of the micro's four flagships, Vanilla Porter has served Dry Dock well. And they handle the vanilla well; it is strong in the nose, but almost absent on the palate. It tastes real. This is good relief from the artificial dessert than many American micros serve up when they lean on the additives too much.

For my micro-review of Dry Dock, I went on their website hoping to find out why they chose that name for a micro on The Front Range. I really didn't get a satisfactory answer. But their history is they (a couple) grew out of a home brewing community operation 17 years ago and Dry Dock soon won a bunch of awards over the years and grew their production. I suppose we here this small business success story a lot. Glad that Dry dock could finally share their beer with someone in Chicago... and glad that Beer Drop has found a way.

Feb 15, 2022
4.51 by Mustela_Man from Rhode Island on Sep 14, 2021
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Parmesan from Colorado

L;. Pours a dark black brown with a medium tan head and some lacing on the glass

S:. Rich milk chocolate intersperses with a nice vanilla and some toasted roasted malt.

T:. Milk chocolate bar, mixes with vanilla and some watery toasted malt.

F:. Cola like carbonation, body little smaller than expected.

O:. Love the smell but taste doesn't live up to smell.

Aug 29, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

Smooth and creamy and the vanilla does shine. Very enjoyable for dessert.

Mar 19, 2021
3.56 by Sjohnson8585 from Colorado on Mar 13, 2021
3.88 by sbuck from New Mexico on Sep 06, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

I like this one. It has a nice vanilla smell, not too overpowering but you can tell it is there. You could definitely taste the vanilla in the flavor too. It had a nice smooth mouthfeel/

Jul 19, 2019
4.06 by kbrown from Ohio on Jul 17, 2019
3.97 by kmanjohnson from California on Jun 08, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Pretty good vanilla stout. Smells strong of vanilla. Taste is vanilla porter. A bit thin mouthfeel. Overall I enjoyed one, but probably wouldn’t do two.

Mar 03, 2019
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Oct 29, 2018
4.04 by sd123 from Georgia on Sep 27, 2018
3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Aug 25, 2018
4.25 by adusso415 from Colorado on Jan 30, 2018
4.28 by GreyGooseStout from Colorado on Jan 09, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Buck89 from Tennessee

2016 can poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque dark brown color with a modest light tan head. Big vanilla aroma with some chocolate and roast. The taste was as expected. The vanilla mixed nicely with roasty and chocolate notes - well-balanced. Medium bodied and a big taste for a 5.4% beer. This one held up nicely, especially in the vanilla department.

Dec 20, 2017
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Oct 22, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by VashonGuy from Washington

This beer has lots of vanilla, some cocoa, and it's on the sweet side. The appearance is normal dark color, with minimal head (from a can). What it didn't have was a lot of beer character. It didn't have much roasted malt character, as most porters would have. The body is on the thin side. Recommended if you like vanilla a lot, but there are much better porters out there.

Sep 23, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hydrate from California

9/21/17. REALLY strong vanilla nose. Taste is very dry and clean for a port. Definitely not a milk stout. Some bitter finish but not really a chocolate or coffee flavor. What I really liked about it was the strong vanilla scent and the dry, clean, dark flavor which was almost more stout-like than porter. Pint glass from the tap at Trailhead Taphouse & Kitchen, Golden, CO.

Sep 22, 2017
3.73 by LukeB from Virginia on May 25, 2017
4.21 by locoformavs from Colorado on May 19, 2017
4.05 by evanwoertz from California on May 16, 2017
4 by jewellrunner from Missouri on Apr 03, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by LinusBohman from Sweden

L: Black as sin with a sweet chocalaty hue. Lacings on the side and the foam remains as a warm blanket on this nectar of Aphrodite.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and plums.

T: It starts of the same as the smell. The vanilla is more apparent in the taste. There is also a subtle acidity and some sweet liqourice. Aftertaste is of chocolate.

F: Creamy yet not too heavy. It tenderly caresses the palate as it makes it's way towards the throat. Carbonation is apparent but not overwhelming. Kind of hits the spot perfectly for what a porter should offer.

Ov: Very drinkable and unexpecedly complex beer considering the abv. A well crafted brew with a perfect balance that makes it stand out a bit from the overfilled ocean that is todays choice of craft beers.

Nov 11, 2016
3.98 by invalid665 from Illinois on Sep 23, 2016
4 by psmith161 from Indiana on Aug 20, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. Nice roasted coffee taste with chocolate and vanilla notes.

Jul 28, 2016
4.67 by NocoBeerGuy from Colorado on Jul 05, 2016
4.1 by Texasfan549 from Texas on May 25, 2016
3.81 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington on May 09, 2016
3.88 by LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado on Apr 10, 2016
4.07 by petersonmatt22 from Wyoming on Mar 27, 2016
4.11 by jack921 from Colorado on Mar 23, 2016
3.81 by rspauldi from Texas on Mar 16, 2016
3.98 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Feb 21, 2016
3.75 by NSXAG from Arizona on Feb 11, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by WyattCBridges from Colorado

This is without a doubt one of my favorite dark beers that I've discovered since moving to Colorado. The Vanilla Beans really shine without being overwhelmingly sweet. I'm typically a hoppy beer drinker, but I enjoy this beer just about every weekend.

Feb 06, 2016
3.5 by Buannaich from Colorado on Jan 16, 2016
3.75 by Beerdudenumberone from Indiana on Dec 18, 2015
3.64 by R3ason from Colorado on Dec 12, 2015
Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 207 ratings