Nitro Vanilla Porter

Colorado
United States
Nitro Vanilla Porter
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20
Description 

Silky, Smooth, & Sessionable

Our remarkably complex, wildly popular ale combines hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee with an inventively delicious twist, for good measure. A vortex of flavors made even more alluring by a blast of nitrogen.

Profile

ABV: 
4.7%
IBUs: 
16
Hops: 
Chinook, Palisade, Perle, Golding
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Caramel, Bonlander, Black, Roasted Barley
Judges Review 
Sal Mortillaro II's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This Nitro Vanilla Porter pours a very dark brown color with clear clarity.  The pour creates beige colored beautiful, creamy, and everlasting head.  The overall aroma of this beer is very muted with the most prominent note in the aroma is a candy like malt sweetness at the front.  Wisps of vanilla and chocolate blend with the sweetness and are grounded out by very slight roast note.  No hop aroma or fermentation characteristics are detectable.  The flavor is comprised of moderate-low malt sweetness with very slight malt derived chocolate flavor, which blends well with an equally proportioned vanilla addition as well as a touch of roast, similar to the aroma.  However, the overall malt flavor is very thin and “neutrally sweet.”  Very low hop bitterness is present in this beer with no hop flavor.  No fermentation or yeast character is evident.  Balance is towards the malt sweetness, however the finish dries out about 7 seconds after the swallow leaving a fairly neutral aftertaste.  The body is thin with typical gentle nitro style carbonation.  There is no detectable alcohol warmth.  This beer is creamy due to the body and use of nitro.  There is a slight astringency apparent after the sip due to the use of roast grains, which appears to be accentuated by the low ABV and apparent low final gravity of the beer.   Overall, this beer could benefit from a more depth in its malt flavor profile as well as more complex residual sugars to carry into the finish to balance out the neutral aftertaste and eventually manifested astringency.  Despite its thin malt flavor character this beer is disproportionally sweet and could also use a firmer bittering hop presence as well.  However, the overall light qualities and characteristics of this beer make it sessionable and thirst quenching.

Brewery Introduction

Back in the 1980s, our founder Richard Squire was your typical ski bum – with one significant difference. He had a knack for making extraordinary home brews. For years, only his closest friends were able to enjoy his creations, but it didn’t take long for Richard to realize that his talents... Read More

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