Valleyview Vanilla Porter | Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West

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Brewed by:
Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West
Kansas, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.94%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by KansasBeerLover on 12-16-2011

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Reviews by KansasBeerLover:
Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Werewoof
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of Catdaddy55
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional stout. Easily a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PCATD
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Treycotton
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregJ
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of acelin
2.67/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hellpop65
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of AGoodStout
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of poodog
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ABabbidge
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RHP18
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of hilgart1
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dubmax
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of nopunk
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichH55
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of KShophead
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Valleyview Vanilla Porter from Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria West
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