Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery
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3.66/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no dating that I remember seeing on the bottle or label to indicate bottling date or freshness date. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style pint glass. I bought this six pack after a sales rep was handing out Breckenridge samples at the liquor store I stopped by on my way home from work.
Appearance - An aggressive pour yields barely a finger of cocoa powder colored head, and it is very sparse/thin looking. The head has dissipates almost immediately, reducing to a rim of foam around the edge of the glass and a sparse mottling of film before I can even pick up the glass after rinsing the bottle out to recycle. Body is also a bit thin looking, overall a dark walnut brown, but with some translucence and lighter brown, reminding me of cola with less carbonation. Lacing is almost nonexistent.
Smell - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and lots of sweet vanilla characteristic are the three aromatic pillars of this brew with the vanilla being the dominant profile. When I sampled it at the liquor store, I remembered it being more rich, with more chocolate and coffee notes, but that is sadly missing. I can't help but wonder if my sample was influenced by the regular oatmeal stout that I had tried moments before.
Taste - Again, vanilla is the star, giving the beer somewhat the impression of mild coffee with too much cream and sugar. Bittersweet and roasted notes in the form of chocolate and oats are also present, but take a back seat to the sweetness. I honestly like it, but wish there was a bit more bitterness to counter the sweetness. Roasted malt is present, but subdued.
Mouthfeel - This is where this beer falls down the most, imho. Much too thin and lacking in body for a porter. Carbonation is also low, and the aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Overall, it's a beer that drinks pretty well as a whole, but doesn't really do anything amazing on any of the individual components. Definitely a case of the sum being better than the parts. I can't help wonder if Breckenridge would be well served to blend their oatmeal stout and vanilla porter to improve the body and balance between the sweet and bitter components.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 17:53:08 | More by LambicPentameter
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