Graham Cracker Porter
Denver Beer Co.

Graham Cracker PorterGraham Cracker Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #542
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,183
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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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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sjdevel from Utah

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look:
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.

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

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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.

Dec 05, 2015
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BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 28, 2019
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Todd from California

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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).

Jan 17, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Apr 24, 2014
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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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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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BeerZack from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Oct 02, 2011
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Domingo from Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Nov 18, 2011
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This won bronze (I think) at the 2011 GABF and it's well worthy of it. A dark, dark brown pour. It does look black with some ruby hints on the sides. But it's more brown. Sticky, soft chocolate malt like head. A bit thin on the lacing, but hey I'm being picky

Dark aroma. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit. Spices come and go. Malty

It I think about graham cracker I can taste it. It's toastiness is quite evident. Throw in some nutmeg, black cardamom, maybe cinnamon sprinkled in there. Chocolate and toffee/molasses fight it out. A very slight hint of smoke on the end gives it a campfire feel.

For the flavors, it seems a bit thin.

Oct 09, 2011
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 25, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Nov 08, 2014
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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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tempest from New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jun 27, 2015
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rseidlitz from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Aug 16, 2014
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Oxymoron from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Jan 24, 2012
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belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dec 03, 2015
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -10.2%

Oct 27, 2014
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Eltrandos from France

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

Oct 08, 2020
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 28, 2018
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coop5280 from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Sep 06, 2014
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Fire on the Mountain, $4 a pint. Dark, dark brown but not quite black. Aroma is sort of like a graham cracker with a hint of honey and malts coming together, was ok. Flavor was something different than the aroma, a bit astringent with some maltiness but not great. I can't believe this won a medal at GABF because the pint I had was unremarkable. Maybe these guys are inconsistent?

May 12, 2013
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johnlowe from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 18, 2019
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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
Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 249 ratings