Graham Cracker Porter
Denver Beer Co.

Graham Cracker PorterGraham Cracker Porter
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From:
Denver Beer Co.
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #316
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,438
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Ratings:
252
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 30, 2022
Added:
Aug 13, 2011
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  61
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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Ratings by Mesaboog:
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4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mesaboog from Colorado

Mar 02, 2019
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4 by richj1970 from Alabama on Apr 30, 2022
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Denver Beer Co. "Graham Cracker Porter"
$8 / pint on tap @ Timberline Steaks & Grille, Denver, CO

Notes: Black in the full pint with ruby highlights when held to the light. Short head of tan foam. Decent enough head retention and lacing. Aroma of graham crackers and chocolate. It suggests brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, and golden caramel. Not surprisingly, it tastes very much like it smells. It's more chocolatey but the brown sugar and vanilla remain. It's moderately bitter but balanced, and it finishes mostly dry and lingering. It's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. Overall I'm quite impressed with this. It's got enough Graham cracker character that it could serve as a dessert beer, and at the same time not so much that you couldn't have two or three of these in a row just hanging out with your friends.

Dec 29, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jadpsu from Georgia

LOOK: Pours black with some brown hues with a light brown tight head. Retention is decent as is the glass lace.
AROMA: Pretty sweet, also get some graham cracker, followed by coffee, and chocolate milk.
TASTE: Still sweet, chocolate milk more prominent in the taste than the graham crackers.
Overall too sweet for my pallet.

Dec 29, 2021
 
3.99 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2021
 
3.91 by STOOOO from Wisconsin on Oct 01, 2021
 
3.84 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut on Aug 11, 2021
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3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
 
4.31 by Mustela_Man from Rhode Island on Jul 22, 2021
 
3.74 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Jun 18, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

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
 
4.44 by summitsippin from Colorado on Feb 28, 2021
 
4.04 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Dec 31, 2020
 
3.78 by 22Blue from Kansas on Dec 19, 2020
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2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by MAB from Canada (AB)

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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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by staubot from Canada (MB)

Day 15 on the beer advent calendar

Dec 16, 2020
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3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by stcules from Italy

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
 
3.82 by funku2 from Colorado on Dec 13, 2020
 
3.53 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON) on Nov 03, 2020
 
4.1 by Eltrandos from France on Oct 08, 2020
 
4.44 by MacStinson from Michigan on Sep 19, 2020
 
4.12 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Aug 08, 2020
 
3.25 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Mar 25, 2020
 
4.83 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas on Dec 28, 2019
 
3.81 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania on Dec 15, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by metter98 from New York

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
 
3.94 by Bandi from New York on Aug 25, 2019
 
3.85 by OKbrew89 from Oklahoma on Jul 25, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

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
 
3.87 by Blazer22 from Colorado on May 24, 2019
 
3.8 by kmanjohnson from California on May 24, 2019
 
3.96 by zotzot from Vermont on May 24, 2019
 
3.42 by jeschaefer from Texas on May 20, 2019
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3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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
 
3.85 by BobsBrewReview from Missouri on Apr 30, 2019
 
3.67 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 25, 2019
 
3.39 by ryan_sprayberry from Texas on Apr 15, 2019
 
4 by Marvicsin from California on Apr 05, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Ahypercube from California

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
 
4.14 by johnlowe from Colorado on Jan 18, 2019
Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 252 ratings