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Graham Cracker Porter | Denver Beer Co.

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32 Reviews
Graham Cracker PorterGraham Cracker Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Denver Beer Co.
Colorado, United States | website

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.

Added by Rifugium on 08-13-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
166
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
26.77%
 
 
Wants:
21
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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
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 cpetrone84
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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 AdamBRalston
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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 dcscientist
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

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 ArrogantB
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
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?

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Photo of mothman
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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 barczar
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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 denver10
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poursd dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma is rich with just a touch of some roast; milky, chocolate (maybe of the white variety), a little vanilla, some cinnamon, a little roasted barley.. Decent aroma but the graham cracker didn't quite come together from it, it did in the flavor though. Flavor really was quite unique. A little roasted barley underscoring things but mostly sweet graham cracker flavors dominate: chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, cinnamon, and cracker. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I thought this was a well executed beer. I did find it got a touch cloying after a while though, so best (for me) enjoyed in small doses.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Mebuzzard
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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 TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tempest
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Parmesan
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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 DenverHopHead
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of SamN
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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 akolb
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 SkeeterBoganski
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love that no one knows what the ABV is on this. Does DBC?

Real dark in color; nice half-inch head; solid lacing; good coffee aroma; very minimally sweet; good light porter flavor; very drinkable, although I desire a bit more taste in a "graham cracker" beer. Accessible beer for newbies that left me craving for something bigger.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

unique porter here from denver beer co. pours a dark chocolate soily brown color with a one inch tan head. smells sort of graham crackery i suppose, with some buscuity malts and honey type sweetness. also lots of roast in the aroma. flavor is good, with a very similar malt profile to wynkoop's b3k schwarzbier, which is funny because apparently this guy used to brew the b3k, but i guess that is beside the point here. some sweetness in the finish, but nothing overbearing. feel is fine, if a bit thin on the body. good carbonation and very sessionable. it isnt as similar to a graham cracker as i thought it might be, but then again the graham cracker was invented by religious conservatives to supress sexual urges, so maybe thats a good thing...

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Photo of 14erFan
4/5  rDev +5%
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 Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of Omisco
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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 BeerZack
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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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Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.
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