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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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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 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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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 Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of akolb
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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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 mothman
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body; one-finger thick, dense, creamy head. Malty, chocolate aroma. Taste easily resembles the flavor of s'mores; chocolate and peanut butter; nice bitterness sneaking through the sweetness. Heavy body; fairly smooth and rich; overall sweet finish.

A very nice, well-balanced and complex flavored beer. It delivers plenty of sweet, chocolate goodness yet also provides a nice balance of bitterness. Good stuff...

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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 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 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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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is roasty, with a chocolate, fudgy undertone and modest sweetness.

Flavor is roasty, as well, and the diacetyl I thought I may have found in the nose is definitely present in the flavor. The ginger is comparatively subtle.

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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 14erFan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked the accent on the traditional porter flavor! Very easy to drink, this was my first Denver Beer Co brew and I will see what else is out there.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour is deep chocolate brown with a tan colored head and solid retention. Nose has a bit of creamy chocolate and vanilla, light roast, over cooked barley, and stale bread crust. Taste is similar, actually much more roasted, some over cooked barley, less creamy chocolate, still some notes of vanilla mix with the light chocolate. Light body, a touch thin in the finish, moderate carb.

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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 estelja
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Incredibly smooth. Not as sweet as the title would suggest. Similar to some vanilla porters like Psycho Penguin. Silky mouthfeel. Great winter beer without all of the usual holiday spices. Highly recommended.

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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 TreyIsWilson
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours black with a two-finger foamy tan head. The head leaves some light sticky lacing.

S - Faint aromas of vanilla and roasted malts.

T - Taste of vanilla, marshmallow, and roasted malts. The finish is sweet with a vanilla and light coffee adding some bitterness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

O - A little disappointed in this beer. I expected more from a GABF medal winner. This would make a good winter session beer.

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Photo of SamN
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very lovely looking porter, black with a dark mocha head of creamy foam. The smell in the glass is mildly sweet; vanilla, dark roast malts, mild smoke. Tastes of more vanilla, spices, slightly metallic hops, lots going on and some interesting flavors i can't put my finger on. Equal parts dark malt, spices, vanilla and hops. Interesting porter; not quite what I expected, but still a good beer I'm glad I get to try.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I wasn't as enthused about this beer as I expected to be, given how many people enjoy it and that it's on tap at a lot of places around Denver. Something just seems to be missing from it. As such, I haven't gone over there to try any of their other beers, but maybe I should because they probably have something else I'll like more. The brewery itself is always packed, so there must be something to that.

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Photo of AdamBRalston
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark stout, but more on espresso americano than a dark brooding storm, very thin lacing, but not really expected for this beer.
Smell - TO be honest, there wasn't much of an aroma at all. This is the problem with most of the beers at DBC that aren't IPA's. You would expect a hearty, spicy, of even smokey smell based on the name. Don't buy the hype. None of that is present. If anything, coffee aroma is present and I agree with somebody that said burnt toast.
Taste - Taste is flat. And let me give a date (5/18/2014) I feel that the batch beers might be extremely inconsistent. Alcohol levels are not listed for the individual beers for example, and I think it is because they don't know. Their process is not that refined. The taste is not robust, it is soft and feels like an introduction to porter. Kind of an apology at best. Accessible to those that want to say they drink more than IPA's and they really like beers of all kinds, when in truth they don't. Comparisons: lighter than a Pipeline Porter (Kona Brewing), not an espresso or coffee or smoked porter at all. Very water and thin taste.
Feel - watery, thin, and flat. Very little after taste, but the bitter does come through.
Overall - For what seems to be one of their most established beers, I would say this lacks punch and flavor. Overall disappointed and would not order it again.

Side note: this location is a place to have a beer outside on a nice day, and to bring your dog and hang out. It's not so much about the beer. BTW, this beer is their only GABF awarded beer. Can't really tell you why. If visiting Denver, be sure to stop at Great Divide first and don't judge us on this one. (Denver Native)

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A peculiar flavor that goes downhill, and not in the usual Colorado way. Dark brown, not much of a foam, though adequate carbonation in the mouth. Interesting aroma of burnt toast.

This starts with a slightly sweet mellow note and descends into a darker, dishwatery region. I guess you can tell your taste buds it's graham crackers. Seems to get oddly bitter like juniper twigs. Surprising winey flavor full of tannins. Not pleasant, and leaves a medicinal aftertaste. On tap at the brewpub in lower downtown Denver.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- nice, dark stout-like brew. Decent head and lacing.
Smell - roasted malts, a hint of the graham cracker, hence the name.
Taste - robust porter, some hint of graham cracker, but nothing that screams "name this graham cracker porter".
Feel - nit picking a bit, but as you continue to drink the beer seems a bit flat.
Overall - pricey, but expected. Admittedly, I'm not much of a porter drinker until Fall/Winter, so the timing of this review may be skewed.

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