RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter) | Great North Aleworks

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RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter)RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter)
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3.92/5
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RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter)RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great North Aleworks
New Hampshire, United States
greatnorthaleworks.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WillieThreebiers on 08-10-2015

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#12,860
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
86
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by GotWad629:
Photo of GotWad629
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had last night at Queen's Pub in Manchester, NH. Poured into a pint glass it comes out black with a small tan color head that fades fast and doesn't wake back up, no lacing.

Smell is pretty faint, some chocolate malts in the forefront with a hint of vanilla extract. Taste is pretty sweet at first, chocolate notes in the middle and a hint of roasted grain, finishes with a touch of vanilla, barely perceptible. Hint of earthy bitterness at the end.

Nice feel to it, lighter side of medium bodied. Overall a nice, balanced porter, nothing to crazy. Very easy to drink a few of these, though.

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Photo of Tom_the_Sad_Sailor
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great North Aleworks "RVP"
12 fl. oz. can, "PKG 06/12/18 11:58:05 :]" and sampled on 10/17/18
$10.99/6-pack @ Candia Road Convenience, Manchester, NH

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well it looks like a porter: brown-black body beneath a three-finger thick head of tan. I'll probably have to wait for the head to settle. The aroma is lightly chocolatey like dark candy bar chocolate, and mildly vanilla-ish. There's also a little bit of orchard-like fruitiness in the background. The head has dropped now and compacted into an inch thick cap of densely creamy foam, and there's plenty of thick lacing where it once was. On to the flavor... it's not as chocolatey as I thought it would be, and the yeasty fruitiness is nicely mixed in. I'll stick with my description of dark chocolate, but the candy bar kind of dark chocolate, not the really rich stuff, but there's also some fruity and floral character to it from the yeast and that gives it a Belgian chocolate flavor. Or is some of that coming from the vanilla? Probably the floral aspect. Regardless, it works. It's not too full, and the vanilla isn't overdone. It doesn't come off as a dessert beer but rather something you could drink on its own just like you would a non-vanilla porter. It's not that bitter, there's just enough to balance it and then stick out a bit in the finish as the fruitiness and chocolate and vanilla slowly fade. Nicely done. In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and a delicate, fine-bubbled carbonation lends a gentle caress to the tongue before warming to become smoother. Overall it's a pretty decent porter with a little bit of added character from the vanilla.
Review# 6,298

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Photo of ricknelson
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had not heard of this brewery in New Hampshire; but saw it on tap at Nonan's Bistro in Wolfboro, NH today. So my brother and I both tried it. Can't really say anything good or bad about this brew. just that it seemed like a very average Vanilla Porter. Think it could have used a little more vanilla or maybe some added flavor to give it more of a kick to make it stand out more. But it was new to me and worth a try. Since my first review I had it again at New England Tap House & Grille and it was somewhat better so I've adjusted my rating.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery on August 25, 2015.

It is a dark brown pour with a medium cream colored head.

You want vanilla? You got vanilla on the nose but I also picked up something akin to cherry. Roasted malts as well.

Light to medium body.

Vanilla and chocolate battle it out in the taste which is at once sweet and smooth.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjp217
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mike
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with a large bubbly, caramel-colored head that leaves some pretty good lacing.

The aroma is a bit subdued and frankly, disappointing. There's a subtle, nutty roasted presence with just the faintest hint of vanilla lingering on the back. A touch of milk chocolate adds some balance to the aroma.

The taste is a vanilla bomb. Like, this is what you imagine vanilla extract tastes like as a kid before finding out the hard way that it does not, in fact, taste like vanilla. Some slight roasted malt is present on the back end. Not a complex flavor in the slightest but damn I love the vanilla flavor.

The feel is medium-bodied with light carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. My mouth continues to be assaulted by vanilla.

Overall, a very enjoyable porter. It's very sweet, but not cloying, nor is the roasted character overpowering. The nose is a bit disappointing but the flavor more than makes up for it.

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Photo of PolishHurricane
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: Smells of light coffee (first), with some sharpness/skunk (second). Very slight metalicness.

T: Definitely a chocolate at first (or minimum), with a bit of slight hopness, then chocolate-strong vanilla taste, followed by a bitter, then metallic end (5/10), sometimes another sharpness at the end. A porter for sure, NOT a heavy cream porter though, more light like almost slightly watery.

F: Average fizz factor, if anything a bit higher (6.5/10). Generally light, a bit watery, but not too light. Not

(Skipped L)

Overall: Good drink, not too sweet, excellent tastes. Very drinkable, not too heavy, but not light either, I'd give it a 6.5/10 for heaviness. I would buy it again. If you're going for semi-chocolate skunk porter without getting too full, this is a 4.5/5, otherwise, 4 or less.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black pour with a finger of tan head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild, with only a slight vanilla whiff. Some more vanilla and a decent roasted flavor on the palette. Finishes pretty clean. Decent offering.

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Photo of smanson56
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Also brought home a six pack of this from Bert's. Poured a dark black color with great vanilla aroma to the nose. Lots of nice toasted malts in the taste with the strong vanilla in the finish. An enjoyable porter and a great new addition to the local beer scene.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IBUBrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyB
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheilerW
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichBru
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wingnutter
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter) from Great North Aleworks
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 86 ratings