Graham Cracker Porter | Denver Beer Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
180 Ratings
Graham Cracker PorterGraham Cracker Porter
BEER INFO

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.

Added by Rifugium on 08-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
180
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of apasternak
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Didn't taste like graham cracker or a porter

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Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
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 Vinithing
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of Caleb
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
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 -22.4%
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 lmaduells
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of willth
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of retry4z
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No graham cracker in the taste, maybe some coffee and roasty malt.

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Photo of alexanf
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of AdamBRalston
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
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 -18.4%
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 BrownAleBollocks
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light black with brown and red highlights and a one finger khaki color head that disappates quickly. Aroma is vanilla, roast, chocolate, smoke, and biscuit malt with a definite grahm cracker note. Taste follows with vanilla, light roast and smoke, some chocolate, general sweetness, and graham cracker. Mouthfeel is thin and could use more heft for a porter. Overall, this is an average porter that comes through on its name, but could use some work.

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Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArrogantB
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
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 drone
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of indianabeerman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yoitsarch
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rseidlitz
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of PabloDerango
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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