Graham Cracker Porter | Denver Beer Co.

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

Brewed by:
Denver Beer Co.
Colorado, United States
denverbeerco.com

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:
183
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of keng1343
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Omisco
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +0.8%
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 iRun2Beer
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +11.8%
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 Akeah
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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 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 SavageHopHead
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Parmesan
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -1.3%
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 +11.1%
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 -1.3%
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 +10.8%
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.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 IckyT2012
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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 yoitsarch
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 183 ratings.
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