Vanilla Porter Nitro - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Metalmaniac915 on 03-12-2014

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Photo of kw_pip
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick yet light on palate. Flavorful nutty and vanilla. Awesome head.

Photo of SamN
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A smooth beer, thanks to the nitro. Pours like a Guinness with the lovely cascade. Not quite opaque, a very dark brown porter. Nose is loads if vanilla and cookie malts. A bit fake smelling. Taste is not so robust. Sort of bland beyond the initial blast of vanilla bean, black malts with mild roast. Slight bittering hops. Meh.

Easily sessionable, though a bit sweet. Like its little brother, suffers from an artificial character. Decent enough.

Photo of T-34-85
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not typically a big fan of nitro beers, but I had this one on tap at a local bar, and it did not disappoint.

Photo of Wasatch
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

23 Jun 15
On-Tap 12oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice two-finger thick creamy head, Leaves some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty with some nice chocolate note, very nice vanilla note. The taste is malty, very nice chocolate note, with a slight vanilla touch. Medium body, nice slightly bitter/dry finish. Overall a pretty tasty brew for the ABV.

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Immediately, you’ll notice how perfect the head is. Fine, thick, and persistent; you can literally spoon it out of the glass like whipped cream. Beer color appears to be black, but light reveals very dark brown in the body, with deep ruby highlights around the edges.

Aroma: Aromas here are very gentle, and consist of light, earthy, raw vanilla bean and a touch of chocolate. The chocolate aroma is chalky, like a piece of dark chocolate past its best-by date.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The texture of this beer complements the chocolate and vanilla flavors; it’s smooth, not too thick, and very drinkable. Flavors consist mostly of vanilla bean and light coffee/bitter chocolate. The finish contains the same flavors, with the balance leaning away from the vanilla, and more towards the coffee character of the dark roast malts. It’s simple, but well balanced and not too sweet. This is largely because the vanilla used is actual vanilla bean, which gives a pleasant, earthy quality to the beer, and not a vanilla extract syrup, which presents only the sweet side of vanilla.

Final Word: This is a good go-to beer when you feel like something on the sweeter side, and the nitro version is far superior to the standard Vanilla Porter. I know that technically this should almost always be true, but the difference is much more noticeable here than with some other nitro beers, as the smoother texture is perfectly suited to the vanilla and chocolate flavors. The standout aspect of the Vanilla Porter is the aforementioned use of authentic vanilla bean (from New Guinea and Madagascar), as without it this beer would be too simple and less satisfying. Your brain knows the difference between an extract/syrup and the real thing, so use of the latter makes this seemingly simple beer very satisfying.

Photo of seedyone
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I'm a big Breckenridge fan & was expecting a lot. The look & feel are solid (the nitro helps) but the aroma & taste were nothing to write home about. Maybe as it warms...

The vanilla showed up in the warmer bottom half.

Enjoyable, but when I'm sitting in front of 40 taps, I'll be giving this one rest.

Photo of dcscientist
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

When you take a good porter and put it on nitro, you should wind up with a really good porter. This wasn't quite the case, since I didn't really notice that much of a change from the original, which is still one of my favorite porters anyway. I rated this version the same as the original for that reason.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this truly is a great beer, and the nitro taps are taking over denver, good for these guys, the left hand ones are getting a little tired i think. i love how creamy it is from the nitro tap, really expansive and delicate feeling, rich though and sturdy too, a nice mix of textures, way different from the sweet liquid in the bottles. the sweetness of the beer is cut down a lot in this format, but so is the vanilla. some say its too much vanilla in the normal version, but i tend to enjoy this one for that reason. i get less intense vanilla in the nitro experience, which is reducing my favorite aspect of the beer, i think its less original this way, but the mouthfeel is fantastic. chocolate notes come through from the malt, and there is a caramel sweetness in the middle that i really like before it dries out a bit in the finish. its a colorado classic, not sure the nitro makes it any better, perhaps just different enough to stand out for them. i will keep drinking it either way.

Vanilla Porter Nitro from Breckenridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.