With Colorado being a hot spot for some of the best breweries in the country it creates a tough line up for those new comers in the proving ground to show what they have got. There is a small middle class in the Colorado brew world consisting of established breweries that have proven time and time again what they are made of and have a following that has been with them since the beginning. Dry Dock Brewing Company in Aurora Colorado falls into this category with numerous brews winning gold medals from all over the world. Among these award winning brews is the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Gold medal and 2010 silver medal of the Colorado State Fair winning Vanilla Porter. This uses Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans to create a unique flavor match with its light 5.5% ABV.
This Vanilla Porter pours a dark brown holding up an off white creamy head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer offering thin sticky lacing after each sip.
The vanilla comes right away to the nose and remains the dominate note throughout the entire beer but does allow for a roasted coffee note to shine followed by a slight chocolate.
Much like the aroma vanilla is the main and largest flavor in the brew. Although the vanilla has strength a wonderful roasty porter background is still very apparent with wonderful notes of coffee and slightly sweet chocolate.
A medium bodied porter style is accompanied by light carbonation making for a very smooth creamy texture for all the full flavors to rest on the pallet along with the brews roasty lingering finish.
This Vanilla Porter from Dry Docks Brewing Company packs a large punch of great vanilla flavor. But that is not all, this brew also has a true and excellent porter flavor behind it that will satisfy all those needs of roasty goodness. The light ABV and creamy texture make this brew easy to drink over and over again no matter the level of beer enthusiast the drinker may be. If the day is calling for something different this is truly the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or in this case hidden in the bomber section of a growing number of Denver area beer stores or at its home docking station that is Dry Dock Brewing Company.