Graham Cracker Porter
Denver Beer Co.

Graham Cracker PorterGraham Cracker Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #540
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,950
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 11.23%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
249
From:
Denver Beer Co.
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  27
Gots
  60
SCORE
86
Very Good
Graham Cracker PorterGraham Cracker Porter
Notes: Like a campfire in a glass, this robust beauty has seductive notes of vanilla, smoked cedar, and mulling spices on the nose. A dark pour with mild lacing, she is a rollercoaster of lush chocolate and fig fruits diving into a semi-dry finish of toast and biscuit.
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Coffee black with a short tan head.

This does indeed have a graham cracker nose, with a hint of milk chocolate. However, first taste is quite bitter and either ashy or woody.

Its cola feel is tingly crisp with a medium body that finishes semi-dry and kind of stinging, like cacao nib but more acidic and bitter, closer to burnt wood.

Aug 03, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely solid, malty and overall what I was looking for. However I'm not sure I'd get another sixer in the foreseeable future. So many others to try.

UPDATE: had this on tap recently and was a much better experience for some reason than the 6 pack I had, got some good sweet vanilla amd Graham cracker flavor. This was way better this time so I'm upping rating

Mar 19, 2021
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MAB from Canada (AB)

2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 2020 Advent Calendar

I had high hopes. Nice dark color, sweet aroma.
The flavor is all sugar, with a weird industrial nut oil and vanilla adjunct. Cloyingly sweet, although I can see the graham cracker comparison.

Not for me, I'm afraid.

Dec 18, 2020
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stcules from Italy

3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black, cappuccino colored foam, beautiful.
In the smell, a lot, but a lot, of cocoa and vanilla.
Same for the taste. A bit too sweet, almostr pastry. But not bad.
Light body, light toasted, peanut butter.
A bit boring.

Dec 15, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Terminal Bar, Denver, CO

A: The beer appears black when viewed from afar and when held up to a light there are traces of dark red near the edges of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla are present inn the nose along with notes of graham crackers.
T: The taste follows the smell, although the graham crackers are stronger than those of the vanilla. Notes of dark malts are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lit more flavorful than other porters with all of the graham crackers in the malt bill.

Serving type: on-tap

Aug 25, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Rastal Craft Master Grand.

Appearance: The pale tan, two finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a deep, dark brown, almost black color.

Smell: It's a warm and sweet scent of graham crackers, milk chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of coffee.

Taste: There's some bready, graham cracker at first and a hint of milk chocolate and sugary marshmallow. It finishes with an almost imperceptible hint of bitterness in the background of dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, slightly creamy and medium to light bodied so it stays easy to drink. Carbonation is medium, it's not cloying at all and it finishes dry.

Overall A rich, easy to drink porter that's sweet but not in an overwhelming way. There's balance between the different elements and the 12 oz. can serving size is just right.

Jun 10, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On draught at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

It pours almost black, got some red highlights, decent head of foam and lacing.

I get a cookie smell, I guess it is graham
Crackers. Pretty much over powers the Porter qualities. Little roasted malt peeks through.

Taste wise, I do get more roasted malt than in the smell. Graham cracker is an okay flavour but it wears on me as the session goes on. Even in a 6 ounce taster glass.

Good mouthfeel so there's that.

Pretty gimmicky brewery.

May 09, 2019
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Ahypercube from California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Now I wouldn't even have picked this up, had I not found the opportunity to sample it on tap at a bar in Vail. But I did, and I was severely impressed, so I picked it up about three times this winter.

Now, as promised, this porter absolutely tastes like graham cracker... but I like it.

L: Super dark body for the ABV. Thin consistency, as expected, but dark like an imperial coffee stout. A faint cola red glow graces the edges of the body, but it is otherwise opaque. A fine khaki head leaves lots of speckled lacing across the pint glass.

S: Smells clean and simple, like toasted wheat bread, but there's a sawdusty dryness to it, like a hint of pretzel, and a clean woody aroma, with just the slightest hint of brown rice syrup. (FYI, I'm going very far out of my way to describe this aroma as something other than graham crackers.)

T: Let's face it. This tastes like charred oat bran muffins, pretzels and graham crackers. But somehow it's really nice. Lots of toasty bread and woody notes. Extremely minimal sweetness. Comforting.

F: Light and soft, with an ashy finish. As crushable as any dark beer could possibly be. Way better than Black Butte Porter.

O: And so much tastier than a graham cracker. Highly recommended. A-

Mar 16, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with very little light transmission in the glass with a quarter finger light khaki head that dissipates to a thick film with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is dark toasted malt, graham cracker, light vanilla and cocoa with a little cinnamon with cocoa in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I have to hand it to them, the graham cracker flavor is spot on. I'm positive if I dipped a graham cracker into an export porter, it would tasted just like this. And it is a great flavor with the malt. Not as sweet as a graham cracker, mild sweetness on par with the porter base. The malt is somewhere between an export porter and American style. The flavor is a little laid back, could use some more assertive malt, but perhaps the unique flavor of this would not work as well. Very clever and fun to drink. Well done and nice introduction to the brewery.

Sep 23, 2018
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark Tootsie Roll brown with a khaki head that leaves a thick bubbly film and world map lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, dark toasted bread, light chocolate malt, sweet graham cracker.

Taste: Tangy opening leads into dark coffee roast and slightly bitter hops. Subtle notions of graham cracker. Finishes tangy. 3

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Overall: A little too tangy and not as crackery or bready as I wanted. Smells more true to name than the taste.

Jul 26, 2018
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours Brown. Foamy, medium, tan head that Fades slowly.

Smells graham cracker, caramel, light chocolate, roast and a hint of vanilla.

Taste roast and toast and malts, light caramel, light graham cracker and hints of chocolate and vanilla. Finish is semi dry with a malt and light Char linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Feb 03, 2018
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GrumD from Japan

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great balance and a slightly unusual but tasty take on the porter. Pours with a small beige head that soon disappears to leave an inviting glass of darkness. The nose is a heady mix of chocolaty malts and hops, with hints of coffee and vanilla. The taste brings it all together, with Graham crackers melding well with deep rich (and a tad spicy) coffee notes. The mouthfeel is relatively thin, as you would expect with a porter but the overall impression of this beer is long-lasting. Sweet as Graham crackers but not too much so! Go get some.

Jan 14, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours coffee brown with a massive beige head; strong retention and copious lace

Smell: Graham cracker dominant with just a hint of chocolate

Taste: Graham cracker, up front, with modest chocolate malt and marshmallow tones building through the middle; the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not quite sure what to make of this as the graham cracker dominates but the overall impression is a bit too sweet

Jun 14, 2017
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williamphelps from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thin head with minimal lacing. Aroma of delicious, deep bittersweet chocolate; and fatty walnuts, not much coffee or bitterness. Palate confirming bittersweet chocolate, graham cracker, cinnamon toast into bitterness finishing with roasty sweetness. Less roasty notes, coffee, much more spice and malt then yeti Great Divide we had earlier in the night. 93/100. Pros delicious, spiced, complex, graham crackers! Cons varying balance- bitter than pretty sweet (too sweet).

Apr 15, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla. The taste is malty, chocolate/toffee, with some vanilla. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 03, 2017
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BrownAleBollocks from Kansas

3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light black with brown and red highlights and a one finger khaki color head that disappates quickly. Aroma is vanilla, roast, chocolate, smoke, and biscuit malt with a definite grahm cracker note. Taste follows with vanilla, light roast and smoke, some chocolate, general sweetness, and graham cracker. Mouthfeel is thin and could use more heft for a porter. Overall, this is an average porter that comes through on its name, but could use some work.

Nov 18, 2016
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John_M from Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For such a low akcohol beer, this is remarkably tasty.

The beer pours a fairly black brown color, with decent head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty attactive, as I get milk chocolate, coffee, a hint of burnt toast, and I guess some noticeable graham cracker. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, and the finish is light, clean and relatively dry. Still, for such a low alcohol beer, there's a surprising amount of flavor. The Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but that's to be expected in such a low abv. beer. Otherwise, drinkability is terrific, and this beer is quite enjoyable and easy to drink.

Pretty impressive beer, all things considered.

Nov 10, 2016
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours amber brown with a big fluffy light tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet acidic smokey roast chocolate malt.

The flavor is very sweet roasted chocolate malt with some metallic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.

Overall, too sweet and kind of flawed.

Oct 23, 2016
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a beer that I just had to have based off of the name itself. I love porters and I love graham crackers, so to put those two things together into one beer just sounds amazing. This beer is a beautiful opaque black color with a dark khaki head that is creamy in appearance and dissipates nice and slowly to a thin lacing that is retained throughout the entire experience. 4.25/5 The aroma is heavy on the sweet side of things with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and graham cracker. There is really nothing noticeable in the way of hops due to the amount of sweetness present here. 4/5 The taste, just like the aroma, is very sweet and features a nice cookies and cream opening before moving to stores, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Once again, there is nothing in the way of hops and there is subsequently next to no bitterness. 4.25/5 The mouthfeel is full bodied and wet with a very light dryness but this dryness does not linger. Surprisingly this beer is not as viscous as I expected, rather targeting more of the English porter style of mouthfeel. 4.25/5 Many times I order beers that sound amazing but just don't live up to the hype in my head. Luckily this one is not one of those. I expected sweet and dark and received sweet and dark. The flavor profile really lives up to the name as well which is very nice. Very flavorful and layered. Really an enjoyable drinking experience. 4.25/5

Sep 18, 2016
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Omisco from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Forgo the typical review as I did not write it down during any of the times drinking this beer. I don't understand the hate on this beer. It's a finely crafted though semi watery porter. It has some awesome flavors that I believe come artificially albeit they are tasty. This beer is not super huge on the chocolate/roasted malt/bitter characteristics but more along the lines of a sweet tasting subtly smokey slightly malty stout. I must admit I've had this beer a number of times as it is very session-able compared to what I usually partake in, and either it was the state of mind(which a friend suggested does alter the taste of beers sometimes) or they don't have something perfectly dialed in at the brewery because I do feel sometimes this beer can taste better than other times but alas it is still a great beer in my mind if you know what to expect from it. Which in my mind is a nice sweet, slightly malty, slightly watery, awesome for pounding porter. I'm gonna be sad when I move back to the east coast and can't find it anymore



- Omisco

Apr 25, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown body, cola coloured with a one finger brown head, good retention, bits of lacing and a decently thick collar. Smells of roasted malt, a bit of toffee and milk chocolate, touch of char. No graham cracker sweetness or much smoke to it, but that's OK. Flavour is standard porter, with milk chocolate, roast, dollop of espresso, touch of char. Smooth slightly sticky sweetness on the backend, perhaps that's where the graham cracker is. Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied, good carbonation, drinkable with a lot of flavor for a sub 6% ABV beer. Mild char and milk chocolate sweetness rounds things out on the finish. Solid standard porter, nothing too different than Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte which are more widely distributed.

Apr 21, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma is mainly chocolate, cola, and roast. A nice dark chocolate taste. The taste also has cola, vanilla, nut, bread, and a little bit of hoppiness. My only complaint is the weak head retention. Creamy feel. Overall, a flavorful brew, a bit different than the rest of the porters. Like the can claims, it would go great with a campfire.

Apr 03, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a deep, dark brown with a tan, fast-fading head.
The aroma is chocolate with some brown sugar, a little smoky char and sweet whole grain.
Taste is chocolate and graham cracker, a little smoke and a bit of an acidic sharpness on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth and creamy finish.
Really tasty.

Apr 02, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head with a lot of lace. Dark brown color.

Taste is like a campfire with a decent amount of roast. Silky chocolate. Smooth and creamy. Lactose like flavors. Caramel.

Lighter bodied. Easy to drink. Decent.

Mar 02, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark black color with hints of maroon where the light hits the beer, brown head with little lacing.

S: Hints of chocolate, marshmallow and grahm crackers.

T: Chocolate, some marshmallow, Graham and a nice roastiness.

F: Mouthfeel is a little light with carbonation.

Feb 17, 2016
Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 249 ratings