Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery
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3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I found this to be a rather interesting beer, in that it excelled in some areas, but failed to excite in others. Most importantly, it did not excel in the taste category.
The beer certainly looks good enough, with a solid overall opacity to it, dark brown with some garnet highlights. A light cocoa dusting color head manages some tightly scrunched bubbles and scraps of lace. Off to a good start.
The smell is overwhelmingly of Vanilla, but not the real vanilla extract you mind find at the grocery store -- just a little off. The next smell is the chocolate malt, which actually works quite harmoniously with the vanilla. Very little roastiness or sharpness comes off in the nose, which is a letdown.
The taste is where that slightly suspect vanilla flavor meets its downfall. Way overdone IMO, the vanilla needs to be a supporting character, and there is little roasted malt presence or much else to identify the beer as a porter. That said, I will not by any means put this on the negative end of the scale, as no flavors are even close to bad.
I find the taste improperly balanced, simply put.
This certainly knocks the drinkability score, though the miniscule carbonation bubbles make this surprisingly smooth while retaining a sense of crispness.
Certainly worth a try, and I suppose the name has nailed the pecking order on the head. Vanilla, then Porter.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2010 03:32:07 | More by AmberMan22
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