GarrettB (1145) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
March 25th, 2011 - An afternoon spent at Dry Dock is time well spent, and there’s few better ways to spend that time than playing cards over free popcorn and a pint of the quaffable Dry Dock Vanilla Porter. This is the kind of beer that makes it expensively easy to get drunk, even if that was never your intention. With a hale nitrogen foam with a light tan tan, it reminds me of Guinness in appearance, but the aroma is radically different. Ample cocoa and chocolate solids on a "wet smell", with a distinguished chocolate sweetness, almost like the atmosphere in a Japanese bakery. I also catch the smell of wet stone, or parched earth being sprinkled with rain - an almost transcendental smell here in Colorado. The flavor is mild, but quite good. A moderate carbonation breaks in the mid-taste to split the curtains and reveal a taste of melting dark chocolate, spreading its flavor like molten lava. But it’s not ever bitter, and never burns my throat with brusk high percentage dark cocoa flavors. Holding the leash might be the vanilla notes, but I doubt it. I think it’s just care and attention to a fantastic recipe, sharpened sometime in Dry Dock’s childhood as a brewing supply store. Whatever its personal history, this is easy, well balanced drinking, and will go down quicker than you think.
_angst_ (3235) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample @ Stockholm Beer & Whisky 2012. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small mocha head that leaves a dmall trace on the glass while quickly dissipating. Smell is sweet with toasted malts, milk chocolate, lots of vanilla, wood, hazelnuts and vanilla fudge. Taste is sweet with bread, chocolate, powdered sugar, vanilla fudge, vanilla essence, wood and sweetened coffee. Mouthfeel is round, smooth, tiny watery and light to medium bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, vanilla essence and wood. Pretty much all sugary vanilla and not in a very good way.
larsniclas (5852) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at SBWF12
Almost black with a bubbly head.
Loads of milky chocolate and vanilla in the aroma.
Milky palate with cocoa and vanilla. Too sweet.
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at SBWF 2012. Black beer with ŕ small brownish head. Vanilla aroma, milk chocolate, caramel, licorice, cocoa, milky, roasted, caramel, figs, toffee notes. Chocolate flavor, vanilla, cream, roasted, milk chocolate caramel, hay notes. Decent but a bit too much on the sweet side.
dfinney23 (2048) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of vanilla along with chocolate, figs and brown sugar. Really opens up as it warms a bit.
fletchfighters (1187) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- deep, dark, murky brown, or near black. Looked sort of nitro really. No head at all just a bit of film here and there. To me the weakest part of the beer.
S-- Vanilla bean, chocolate, and more vanilla. A little muted at first but good vanilla notes.
T-- Rich vanilla. Beans and Extract taste though they used beans with this. Chocolate and coffee in the background. Very nice taste and how the coffee and chocolate play off the vanilla.
M-- Touches of coffee acid in the mid and back palate. Vanilla at first, followed by chocolate and then coffee. Like how it builds to coffee. A little bit sweet but workable. Medium feel and medium high carbonation.
O-- Good desert beer. A little sweet at times but a good vanilla porter. Liked it a lot.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cola brown with thin off white head. Nse with light vanilla and brown sugar. Medium bodied and smooth with light toasty malt, vanilla bean, mild cinnamon and brown sugar. Decent.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dry Dock. Heavy vanilla. A LOT of vanilla. Quite nice. Milk chocolate underneath. Medium body.
sonnycheeba (4037) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with average, fizzy beige head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate, earthy hops, figs, and light coffee notes. Flavor is malt forward with some supporting hops and dark fruit esters; vanilla notes throughout with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bomber from Tipsy’s in Littleton, CO. Pours dark brown with a moderate head, even at high altitude. Aroma is intoxicating, a mix of familiar smells including hot chocolate (marshmallows and allow) and vanilla cola. Once it hits the lips, the real vanilla beans take center stage before fading into milk chocolate and finishing with a light charred malt bitterness. This was my first Dry Dock brew and I’ll surely be back for more!