Noche Dulce Vanilla Porter | Borderlands Brewing Co.

Noche Dulce Vanilla PorterNoche Dulce Vanilla Porter
BA SCORE
42.4%
Liked This Beer
3.63 w/ 59 ratings
Noche Dulce Vanilla PorterNoche Dulce Vanilla Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Borderlands Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States
borderlandsbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
One way to describe this beer is “a dark beer for people who don’t like dark beers.” Another way is “delicious.” Notes of cocoa, espresso, and delicately roasted barley blend nicely with real Mexican vanilla from Arizona Vanilla Company. This medium bodied, highly sippable beer is quickly becoming a local favorite.

15.5 IBU

Added by Gueuzedude on 01-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,213
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
59
Liked:
25
Avg:
3.63/5
pDev:
15.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with rich foamy tan head and good lacing. Smells of fresh vanilla with chocolate, coffee, and barley. The taste follows the nose, very fresh vanilla mixed with coffee, chocolate notes, and creamy barley. Very smooth finish and zero bite, for 7.10 ABV I would never know it was. Awesome beer, gets even better when warming up, a lot more flavor, next beer will be room temp.

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Photo of Fee
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. The vanilla is not overwhelming at all. It has a robust taste and is worth the trying. Nice smooth mouth feel - very flavorful. Very smooth.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tons of sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors with an incredible mouthfeel. Great american porter. My favorite Tucson brew that I've found so far and they're a sustainable brewery.

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Photo of crobinso
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can this is a sweet beer. Smells and tastes much sweeter than say Victory at Sea ( a personal favorite)
That said this has an interesting malt-caramel -vanilla taste. It is hard to pick up even 15.5 IBU worth of hops. This is so sweet a pint seems a lot.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned 4/11/16

Pours a huge frothy dark 2 finger head that fades slowly, some sticky lacing, super dark black beer, touches of brown light sneaking through.

Nose brings loads of vanilla, fresh vanilla and extra, some dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate, mild roasted coffee and roasted malts, a faint acrid roast, some caramel, light creamy a little lactose like, and so much vanilla but not fake.

taste brings plenty of vanilla again, and again more like fresh vanilla and extracted but not fake, then bitter dark chocolate, baker's choc and bitter roast as well, a little acrid roasted coffee, into burnt coffee and acrid roast burnt, a little burnt caramel as well, touch yeasty with the acrid roast, sticky but dried lactose as well, also that slight metallic taste from bitter roast, and yeasty icky taste of beer that was initially under attenuated when it went into the bottle and fermented too much after. Finish is sticky dried lactose, more acrid roasted malt and burnt coffee burnt caramel, plenty of vanilla lingering.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, creamy lactose and caramel feel, too much carbonation, touch slimy.

Overall it started nice, great vanilla, caramel, and dark chocolate, but the metallic and roasted acrid flavor was not nice either, and especially the yeasty continuing to ferment too much in the bottle with the mild slimy and over carbonated feel.

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Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FernieAZ
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Started off bitter on the palate, followed by an overly alcoholic/malty flavor. The sweet vanilla comes through at the end and on the aftertaste. Overall possibly one of my worst beer experiences. Line them up in the desert and practice your shooting, at least the end will be swift.....

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBen5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopstout
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jpuetz
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of trytoketchup
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tucson_brewson
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured on tap at Reforma into a pint glass.

L - Nearly jet black, no head, thin caramel-colored lacing

S - Vanilla, cocoa, spice, roasted coffee

T - They really take pride in using real Mexican vanilla. Very sweet up front, not much bitterness from the roasted malt to balance it out. A very sugary beer, but I've been on an IPA kick lately, so I am biased.

M - Not quite a knife-and-fork Guinness-thick, but sticky and not much carbonation, if any. Probably a characteristic of porters, but just an assumption.

O - Wanted something with a little more depth and warmth for the "cold" Arizona winter. The 7% ABV is present even though you barely taste any alcohol. A bit too sweet for my taste, but a decent attempt at a darker beer that boasts its use of Mexican vanilla. Probably would go with other porters/stouts.

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Photo of nmann08
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Received in a trade. Beautiful dark pour, no head. Wonderful aroma of vanilla, chocolate and spice on the nose, unpleasant prominent plastic and chocolate with coffee taste.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Too much candied sugar then an odd vanilla flavor. The finish is followed by a bad burnt flavor. The beer does not come together well.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of teraflx
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of toolbrew
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Noche Dulce Vanilla Porter from Borderlands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 42.4% out of 100 with 59 ratings
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