Vanilla Caramel Porter | Mudshark Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Mudshark Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Phelps on 10-02-2012

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 23
Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light hints of vanilla and caramel on this very dark colored beer, pretty much the way I like added flavors. Tan colored head leaves a lacing and a thirst for more.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill at Bevmo. Just the name alone tempted me enough. Nice head with just the right balance of smoky chocolaty sweetness that makes this a very good porter.

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Photo of Auraan
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep brown body with red highlights when held to light and no head to see. Overall impression of appearance is of a decent porter, but without enough head for the style. Scents of rich dark chocolate, sweet caramel, fruity esters taking on notes of red berries, medium-light vanilla and a light aroma of coffee with cream. Overall impression of aroma is of a sweet, malt forward Porter, yet with the dark aromas of the style present enough to add depth. Quite nice. Flavor begins sweet, with notes of caramel, butterscotch and vanilla, along with light notes of coffee with cream and medium levels of sweet chocolate. Middle becomes slightly more bitter with caramel continuing but coffee and cocoa flavors increase, along with a light hop bitterness and more intense vanilla flavors. Finish is medium-dry with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and roast malt coming to the fore, balanced by lighter notes of caramel and vanilla. A light fruitiness is present throughout the sip, most reminiscent of sweet raspberries. Aftertaste is roast malt, dark chocolate and black coffee with hints of biscuit-like malt and caramel. Overall impression of flavor is of a very malty Porter, but one that avoids becoming cloying or overly sweet by having enough bitterness to balance the caramel flavors. Pleasant and quite nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly chalky feel. Overall impression is of a true to form Porter, nothing off. Overall this is the best I have sampled from Mudshark. It takes its speciality ingredients and adds them into a Porter flavor profile, allowing them to shine, but not overwhelm in both aroma and flavor. The bitterness on the finish is welcome and along with the mouthfeel keep the beer from being cloying. While not he best Porter, it is a very solid beer and quite pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Jonesy12
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this twice on tap at World of Beer on Mill ave in Tempe. Only place where I could find it. Mudshark does not list it on their website and everyone who I talked to in the area has never heard of it. Could be a limited brew or just something they are experimenting with.

Its been two weeks since I had it so I'm just going off of memory.

Appearance: Dark pour with a dark cream head.

Smell: Exactly as you would expect from the name, vanilla and caramel. Very sweet with malty bread undertones. Loads of sugar.

Taste: Very sweet just like the smell gives off. A little too sweet for my tastes. The tastes seem to go through stages as you take a swig. First comes the vanilla, then a hoppy taste, and finally a finish of the caramel with a long lingering after taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and dry. Nothing extraordinary or specific that I remember.

Overall: As I said before Its a little too sweet for me. It was my third beer the first time I tried it, which took off just enough of the sweet edge to make it a 4.75/5. The second time, it was my first beer of the night and was just a little too much. Definitely something that I would end the night on but not to start. It did lived up to its name and had plenty of flavor.

Will update when I get it again.

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Photo of Phelps
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at World of Beer, in a snifter.

Black -- dark for a porter. In contrast, the one finger head is a very light silky sand color. Hints of burgundy at the farthest edges of the dark beer universe.

Smells like you'd expect from the name, like dulce le leche. Buttery caramel, vanilla bean, cocoa powder, a hint of earthy hops. Very sweet.

A little artificial in the flavor. Still packed with melted caramel and a touch of bitter dark chocolate. Moderately sweet before a surprising dry finish. More butter flavor and a touch of berries.

Light on body -- a little thin. Mild massaging carbonation breaks the beer into larger fizz. Clean on the palate, not a hint of alcohol. Washes right off the tongue.

Very interesting flavor. Good thing it's dry, as the flavor suggested by the nose would be too much sugar.

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Vanilla Caramel Porter from Mudshark Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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