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Noche Dulce Vanilla Porter | Borderlands Brewing Co.

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Noche Dulce Vanilla PorterNoche Dulce Vanilla Porter

Brewed by:
Borderlands Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

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

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Photo of Phelps
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noche Dulce is the brewery's "Moonlight Vanilla Porter," made with flaked oats as well as vanilla sourced from Mexico. Poured into a snifter, the brew is dead black and completely opaque but thin and topped with an inch of silky, cocoa-colored foam. The nose delivers, in order of the strength of each: fresh vanilla beans, cola, cocoa, and roasted grains.

Noche Dulce's flavor can be accurately described as Vanilla Dr. Pepper with a splash of milk chocolate. In the front, complex vanilla notes blend with oats and the sweetness of brown sugar, cocoa, and maple. It's a fairly saccharine combination, and the mere 15.5 IBUs contributed by the hops do little to counteract the beer's sugars. Subtle toast rises at the swallow, leaving clean, straightforward toast and cocoa notes lingering after the finish.

Breckenridge Brewery makes a vanilla porter that's all over the place in Phoenix and has become something of a standard for the style. This beats it. As an Arizona State University graduate, I've often been of the mind that we should give Tucson back to Mexico -- but Noche Dulce is a tasty and drinkable porter that just might be enough reason to keep it around.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ksi4077
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Auraan
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brownish black with a thin tan head that dissipated to a ring of lacing. Not as nice looking as many porters, but passable. Scents of vanilla, sweet milk chocolate and faint roast malt. A very sweet aroma, not as roasted character as I like in a porter, but fitting a sweet porter. Flavor begins with a big hit of vanilla with notes of milk chocolate. Moves into more pronounced chocolate flavors, mostly semi-sweet chocolate, with a nice strong undertone of vanilla and some faint roast malt. Finish is bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and some roast malt. Aftertaste is roast malt, vanilla and bitter cocoa. A good porter flavor profile that leans towards the sweeter side of the style, but it is quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth feel. A good, classic porter style. Overall this is a nice porter, with a good aroma and vanilla character, with a nice hit of chocolate and some slight roast malt.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark colored beer with a lacing and head that's a bit light or small for an American porter yet the darkness of this beer is on point for the style. Milk chocolate aroma that is quite washed out but yet holds its sweetness with a bit of dark fruitiness that I can not discern. A very light dark chocolate shows up in the aftertaste that is a bit too washed out and not quite dry enough for my liking.

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Photo of FernieAZ
2.06/5  rDev -42.9%
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 Dface
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Felipe_Lovio
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Shafaegalo
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbriesemeister
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of toolbrew
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kerry4porters
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of chefbigjon
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of crobinso
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattSlem
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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 ErinIvy13
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of merryjoulton
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go-to brew at the Borderlands tasting nights on Friday nights, so I may be a little biased. This beer is served with a dark body and tinted ivory head that quickly fades to a ring at the edge of the glass. Nose is all sweet vanilla. Hints of baked goods bring good thoughts. Taste is sticky, sweet, and maybe a bit cloying... but in a good way. This tastes very thick and syrupy on the mouthfeel. Overall a superbly enjoyable beer.

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Noche Dulce Vanilla Porter from Borderlands Brewing Co.
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