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Graham Cracker Porter | Denver Beer Co.

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Graham Cracker PorterGraham Cracker Porter

Brewed by:
Denver Beer Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by Oxymoron:
Photo of Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Denver. A midnight black color with good viscous when swirled. A soft tan had with good retention but a bit thicker bubbles.

The nose is a bit unique. The graham cracker/bready quality comes out very nicely. Some noticeable darker malts, chocolate and a hint of toffee. Some what a light yeasty note with a light rose peddle quality (im sensitive to that). Some minor alcohol notes but over all pretty clean.

The taste was balance between the graham cracker flavor and a nice astringency from the darker malts. Came out more of a malt ball-esk type of taste. Some biscuit/nutty notes that was a bit of a distraction. But good chocolate notes. Some yeast notes, maybe a minor coconut flavor. Some rose peddles, but less so versus the nose. For the most part very clean

The body is moderate but leaves a lingering sweetness. Not necessarily under attenuation, but sweetness lingers. This does balance though with the astringent notes from the dark malts. Very drinkable. Carbonation is a bit light. Overall pretty good, with some minor changes that are probably more personal than anything else.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sjdevel
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very opaque black. This was low on the carbonation (even lower than expected from a porter). Less than a 1-finger head. There is a nice foam ring that lingers and a bit of lacing.

Slight tart fruitiness. Scents of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and graham crackers!!!!!. There is a slight smokey scent as well.

A slight hop bitterness upfront. Then there is a rush of chocolate and graham crackers. It gets sweet and caramelly just before fading into roasted nut, roasted grain, and charred wood. The beer abruptly becomes dry on the tail end.

Full bodied and thick. Quite syrupy and oily. Not much effervescence and it seems to flatten very quickly.

Very flavorful. Tastes like liquid smores in a can. I do wish that there were more carbonation as it would improve mouthfeel. The flavor is enough to overcome that shortcoming and keep you drinking though. A definite buy again beer.

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3.44/5  rDev -9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graham, Cracker, Graham, Cracker!

Graham Cracker Porter smells and tastes exactly like a Porter brewed with graham crackers. And it's delicious. The dark pour with this foamy, coffee colored head sets the mood. Loads of graham cracker in the nose, with a smooth and silky lacto body and flavors that open up with hints of molasses, chocolate, char, roasted and toasty malts, and suggestions of vanilla and spice. Denver Beer Co. nailed it. Graham cracker fans need to seek this out.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #107 (December 2015).

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Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light black in color with almost no penetration to light. A half inch of khaki colored head blankets the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is dark malt with a hint of smoke. The taste is comprised of bitter dark malt with a hint of sweetness in the finish. The mouth is smooth and silky.

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Photo of Catphish
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful , completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, the eponymous graham crackers, followed by some brown sugar, cinnamon and honey.

Taste: Very nice! Strong, bready flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of bicuits, graham crakers, honey-bicusuits, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of vanilla, and a touch of milky, lactose.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth and creamy as there is not carbonation, and quite a bit of milky, lactose. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What a great, creamy, malty, sweet, porter! Delicious! I wish we could get this on the east coast!

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging. The head is dark khaki in color and peaks at a finger's width before dissipating in a relatively slow, fizzing manner. What's left is a mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the barrier. Lacing is virtually nothing, with less than a handful of tiny spots sticking around.

Smell - Hits on notes of chocolate and vanilla with a touch of graham cracker's sugary toasted sweetness. There's also a hint of smoke and roasted malt that emerges as the beer warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate with a touch of vanilla hits first. Graham cracker-like undertone. Faint smokiness in the finish, which is sweet but never becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with light, fizzy carbonation. Goes down easy, but slightly watery finish. Probably the weak point of the beer.

Overall - Not quite as 'Smore-like' as Highwater's Campfire Stout, but by that same token not as rich and makes it better suited for multiple servings. It does seem a bit light, especially out of a glass than vs the can. If I bought another sixer, I'd be drinking it purely out of the can. Overall, it's a pretty good porter with some interesting though slightly underdeveloped flavor, and the body kind of kills it.

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Photo of Omisco
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at the brewery. Yup, the first sip is chocolate and graham cracker. There are vanilla and sweet lactose notes as well, and while it's a tasty beer, I wouldn't follow it with a second pint. It's a little thick for summer heat. Cool beer.

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Photo of BigAl18
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerZack
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with small tan head, little bit of lace.
Smells excellent. Sweet, spicy graham cracker, hints of nutmeg, cocoa powder, vanilla, tootsie rolls and malt. A+
Tastes like a beer version of a chocolate malt. Smooth bready vanilla and chocolate flavors balanced by subtle hop bitterness and hint of roastiness.
Would be nice if this beer was a bit richer and fuller in mouthfeel.For a regular porter its nice, but I'd love to see an "imperial" version of this brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Highbury09
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of needMIbeer
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Co.
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