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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Damn right this is awesome! Nice dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma of vanilla, brownie batter, chocolate. Flavor is sweet, brownies, fudge, cocoa, just badass. Awesome stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
12/2/11 borderlands vanilla porter at sonoran glass studio charity event... and many more after. Super dark. Nice mellow vanilla notes on top of a rich roasty porter. Light ash. Very nice. Rich but dry. Not sweet=nice in a vanilla porter! 8/4/8/4/16+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Brown pour, tan head with some nice vanilla aromas with perhaps a small amount of chocolate fudge. Taste is very similar with a touch of roast. It is a very tasty vanilla porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5978) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Can at the DC Gathering. Black with light tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, light coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, burnt sugar. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bignate (5) - - JAN 16, 2012 does not count
Pint on tap at Borderlands tasting room in Tucson, Friday the 13th of January, 2012. Thin, tan, relatively short-lived head on dark, low carbonation beer. The nose promises a lot of vanilla (not much else is present there), and brew delivers. There’s so much vanilla in both the nose and the taste that calling the brew one-dimensional might be a valid criticism. If you love vanilla beers as much as I do, though, then this is more of a strength than a weakness. More on the taste: after the initial, somewhat mineralic open characteristic of most porters, the vanilla breaks through, and dominates the rest of each sip, complemented by subtle coffee and roasty notes. Smooth, but not remarkably so, on the palate, without any remarkable lingering notes. I’m a big fan of vanilla porters and other sweet dark beers. That said, this beer has dethroned Breckenridge’s Vanilla Porter as my favorite porter. Here’s to hoping that I get another look at Noche Dulce in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Sampled at the AZ Strong Beer Fest. Brown bordering black pour with a chestnut head. Nose of heavy vanilla, cocoa, roasted coffee, and brown sugar. Flavor also shows freshly split vanilla bean, brownie, fudge, and coffee. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2012
On tap in a pint at Flanny’s. Pours black with smooth, even cocoa head. Aroma of strong vanilla and almost nothing else. Taste of toasty vanilla and hints of hazelnut coffee. Very smooth palate with a slightly abrupt finish. It’s appropriately sweet without being cloying. Quite nice, an excellent example of a vanilla porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Draft. Poured a black color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate roasted dark malt and vanilla aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate long duration. This is the good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2650) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Deep coffee color with light sudsy tan head. Strong vanilla aroma and flavor over decent roast character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2015
16oz. can. Black pour with hardly any head. Lite aroma of vanilla and cocoa. Medium sweet chocolate and vanilla with some coffee in the background. Low carbonation, smooth semi sweet finish. A desert beer. Good beer.

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