Valleyview Vanilla Porter
Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West

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Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West
Kansas, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #88
Ranked #10,582
4.04 | pDev: 8.42%
Jul 17, 2021
Dec 16, 2011
Notes: Is it a beer or dessert? A pleasant vanilla bean aroma beckons even the timid palate to sample this decadent porter. Dark roasted grains and substantial hopping add coffee notes and additional complexity across the palate. A slight raisiny and dark fruit character in the background help tame some of the bitterness and guides the beer into a long lasting roasted vanilla finish.
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3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 17, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by OK_Denise from Oklahoma

This is a good porter, I think. The taste is rich and full of grain notes and the finish is not heavy at all. They say it has a strong vanilla flavor but I guess I don't taste that too much. I mean, it is there, but it is not that overpowering. I recommend this if you like Am Porters, it is a good one!

Jun 13, 2021
3.94 by dubnation from Kansas on Jul 30, 2020
4 by jewellrunner from Missouri on Mar 11, 2020
3.93 by Jcreek from Illinois on Jan 01, 2020
3.99 by jchanley from Illinois on Jan 01, 2020
4.02 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Mar 22, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

12 ounce can at Old Chicago.

Pours black with a nice head of tan foam.

Smells definitely of vanilla, roasted malt, quite sweet.

Taste is lightly sweet from the vanilla, has a nice roasted malt infusion, body is smooth as silk.


Oct 21, 2018
3.99 by SicemWT from Texas on Jul 29, 2018
3.59 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Feb 12, 2018
4.25 by mwvman from Indiana on Jan 28, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12 oz can no born on or best by date
Black to dark brown with a 1/2" tan head, decent retention and lacing.
Roasted malts, pipe tobacco, faint vanilla.
Malt flavor is same as in the aroma, roasty, some smoky notes and faint vanilla...easy to drink.
Medium body with a decent carbonation and a lingering roasted malt flavor. Never gets sweet.
Good one.

Jan 07, 2018
4.22 by ICTguy21 from Kansas on Aug 29, 2017
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4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Catdaddy55 from Kansas

Exceptional stout. Easily a new favorite of mine.

Nov 25, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

Looks black in the glass, no head. This is a very good vanilla session stout.
Big vanilla, sweet milk chocolate. Very smooth and easy drinking. I would get again.

Aug 17, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Werewoof from Kansas

I do love a good vanilla porter. I actually love most, but you know.

Trying out another local beer that's brewed about 15 minutes away, I'm a little staggered at how good this beer really is. I've nearly gone through a six-pack now, having only bought it via the recommendation of a worker at local liquor store, saying "it's one of the best vanilla porters [he'd] ever had", to poorly paraphrase him. I went on that, hoping for the best, given that most beers brewed around here don't get many reviews. Well, I couldn't agree with him more.

The can looks okay, but I get the slightly odd feeling that Kansas breweries love wheaten-yellow, white, and black color schemes for their canned beers. It's not very thrilling. (I drank this straight from the can, as I do every beer. I have no word on the pour, but I'm sure you won't be sued for doing so.)

I'm not a big beer-smeller, but it does smell nice, and fairly mild, too. Reminds me of wheat perhaps, with the apparent notes of vanilla.

Yes, it tastes very much of vanilla, as it should, but not of a harsh, biting vanilla: a smooth, silky vanilla that works together with everything else very nicely. The overall taste seems to walk the line between a satisfying experience and a fleeting one, where a pleasant taste is left in the mouth after each sip, neither instantly gone with the gulp nor imparting your taste buds with a paralyzing, awestricken glory. And for its nearly 6% ABV, I can barely taste the alcohol content! You can just be sipping it casually and easily forget you're even having a beer. It's quite smooth, too. Not a ridiculously thick smooth, but a nice, clean smooth.

I'm glad I got a six pack of this, because it's becoming one of my favorite go-to beers to just have when I'm doing anything at home. The taste is great taste, it's smooth, it doesn't knock you flat... and it's local! If you get a chance to grab it, give it a go.


When in Kansas...

Aug 16, 2016
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4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ABabbidge from Kansas

L: Poured a nice brown rocky head that with fairly good retention. Black body that lets no light through.

S: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

T: Roasted malt up front, followed by vanilla notes. Leaves a chocolate like after taste. Nothing unpleasant about this unless you are in to really bitter beers. It's pretty sweet, and it is a bit much by the time you get to the bottom of the glass.

F: Pretty smooth and full bodied. Light to medium carbonation. A little bit of dry feeling in the mouth after awhile.

O: I love a good chocolatey stout or porter, so this one is right up my alley. Strong flavors without over doing anything. Well balanced, although maybe a little hint of bitterness to mellow out the sweetness couldn't hurt. A bit too much sweetness to it as you get down to the bottom of the glass.

Aug 02, 2016
4 by kylemckinnis from Colorado on Jun 04, 2016
3.58 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Jun 04, 2016
4.14 by KShophead from Kansas on May 14, 2016
4.08 by hilgart1 from Illinois on May 03, 2016
4 by Amp from Oklahoma on Apr 22, 2016
3.94 by Treycotton from Oklahoma on Apr 22, 2016
2.67 by Groenebeor from California on Feb 17, 2016
4 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts on Jan 20, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

On tap. Poured an opaque, black hue with a small, cream-colored head of foam. It smelled of vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet chocolate taste with subtle vanilla notes and roastiness.

Nov 21, 2015
4.34 by nopunk from Missouri on Feb 25, 2015
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3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GregJ from Louisiana

Pours dark brown with no head. Smells of sweet vanilla and light mocha. Mocha and dark roast malt, a little burnt, and a nice vanilla flavor. Excellent vanilla, mocha and maybe slight pine aftertaste in a medium light body.

Nov 18, 2014
4.2 by PCATD from Pennsylvania on Aug 18, 2014
4 by RHP18 from Kansas on Aug 10, 2014
4 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Jun 14, 2014
3.75 by RichH55 from Illinois on Jan 22, 2014
4 by siege06nd from Virginia on Jan 01, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

The beer is as black as an espresso bean with brown barely coming through the edges. Not much of a head from my growler pour. Light dots of lacing.

The aroma is thick and very full of rich dark chocolate notes. A nice underlying current of vanilla.

The beer tastes rich, with dark roasted malts leading the palate through dark bitter chocolate and vanilla. There's a spicy little kick in the end from the rich chocolate notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid, a bit creamy.

Overall, this is one of the best vanilla porters I have ever had because of it's thicker body and rich taste.

Oct 27, 2013
4.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Sep 20, 2013
4.3 by jaydoc from Kansas on Aug 04, 2013
4.25 by dubmax from Kansas on Mar 25, 2013
4 by poodog from Kansas on Oct 24, 2012
4.5 by 59rockabilly from Kansas on Jun 05, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by KansasBeerLover from Kansas

Draft served in a pint ale glass.

Color is a dark brown with a creamy head that is a light brown, about one finger deep, right up to the brim. Head settled, but never disappeared, leaving a beautiful lacing in the glass.

Aroma is vanilla, malt and roasted grain.

Flavor is vanilla, coffee, roasted grain and raisins. Nothiing overpowers your tastebuds, and they are in good proportions.

Finish is roasted vanilla that has just enough vanilla to enlighten the palate, yet not overwhelm.

Overall, this beer is worthy of a few more samplings.

Dec 16, 2011
Valleyview Vanilla Porter from Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 40 ratings