StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2013
650 ml bottle courtesy of Denverdiv. Thanks. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a small beige head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is sweetened cocoa, vanilla and a bit of dust. The taste is more of the same, lots of sugary cocoa laced with vanilla and a trace of earthy/dusty hops. The palate was just a bit thinner than I prefer and the carbonation was soft. Finishes medium in duration and sweet with a pasty after-mouthfeel. Overall: Not bad, but not great either. The sweetness was too much for me and had a saccharine feel. That quibble aside its flavorful and easy drinking. DaBearSox (7) - Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2013 does not count
• body- med-high body, low carbonation
• aroma- Fresh vanilla, cocoa
• flavor- vanilla, chocolate, sweet roast
• finish- rich and creamy
Beaver (1886) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small creamy light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.mfrato (110) - - JAN 28, 2013
The aroma is sweet perfumey vanilla, some wood and some roasted chocolate malts. Smells a bit like lodgepole pines.
The flavor is lots of sweet vanilla with some roasted malts. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.
Overall, a bit thin and too much sweet vanilla for me. Better than Breck’s though.
On tap at the brewery. Uberstrong vanilla aroma, smells delicious. Taste is malty with very strong vanilla finish 48FanInCali (857) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Meh. Vanilla not as pronounced as one is lead to believe on either the nose or taste. Carbonation is too high for this style IMO. Otherwise just ok.
wilnatp (723) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Tap @ Dry Dock on 1/14. Pour is dark brown with a hint of amber. Caramel, smoke and vanilla on the nose. Taste is wonderfully balanced with an almost bittersweet aftertaste. jtclockwork (17771) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle thanks to Perrin515. Pours darkest brown with tan brown head. Nose and taste of vanilla beans, chocolate malt, roasted black malt and sweet vanilla cream. Medium body. Slightly dry finish. GarrettB (1719) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
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_ (5009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2012
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 (7326) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
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.