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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,486 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,486
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 92
Gots: 521 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

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Reviews by Lauthaha:
Photo of Lauthaha
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Color is a rich, dark mahogany with plum and crimson undertones; a velvety caramel/tan head leaves heavy lacing as it recedes. This beer looks really, really good.

Smell: Gentle (but firm) sweet malt character provides the base for this beer. The vanilla is a touch understated in the nose, and there's a slight wooden-barrel-aged quality to it (even if it isn't aged)...oak maybe. Very understated, I would have liked to have seen just a touch more here, but it's good, nonetheless.

Taste: I'm trying to grasp just what it is here. The first thought I had was buttered popcorn, or more specifically, caramel corn (though it's not corny in the way of adjuncts...this is a mellow and acceptable corniness). Malt is pretty average (just slightly roasted), vanilla is understated. The thing is, it TASTES really good...but there just isn't a lot of taste there. *shrug* Aftertaste is toasty and pleasant, maybe a little coffee or something in there. I can't give it any less than a 4, but maybe I'm being too generous.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is understated, and the beer changes from a soda-like quality to an almost milky quality as the bubbles fizz. I like it...gives me a chance to enjoy the taste. Rinses fairly clean for a porter.

Drinkability: Lower-than-average ABV and more than a few interesting flavors make this beer very drinkable. It's not my favorite, but I wouldn't shy away from buying it again, should the opportunity present itself.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lindley Park Filling Station here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint a deep dar brown with some ruby hue to it,a thinner but well sustained off white head atop.Big sweet vanilla aromas mixed with some roasted notes,flavors are quite sweet up front with vanilla and molasses flavors, there is a decent drying woddy,earthy finish to keep it from being sweeter than it already is.Not bad but the sweetness up front can be a bit much though.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a semi-clear dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts and vanilla beans. Taste is of dark roasted malts, vanilla cola, and vanilla extract. This beer has good carbonation with a soda-like crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter with some unique vanilla flavors. I would definitely get this one again. My first beer from Breckenridge.

Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark Brown with a tan head. Shiny.

N: Vanilla extract, chocolate, toasted grain, fudge.

T: A light, average porter with some basic coffee and chocolate notes that’s had a ton of vanilla poured into it.

MF: Light, slightly sweet from the vanilla. Slightly syrupy.

D: Ok for one but wouldn’t want any more.

Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of iiinterstate
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to preface this with the admission that I don't usually do porters. Overall, if you are looking for a typical porter this brew might not be the best choice.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The head was very thin and disappeared almost immediately, liquid was nearly opaque. I expected more vanilla scent out of the bottle, but there wasn't much. The taste was very smooth with a fair amount of vanilla (not too sweet or overpowering) and a bit of a coffee edge. Its nice and roasty without any bitterness. This feels and tastes like a much lighter beer with quite a bit of carbonation. I wish it were a little creamier, but overall I like it a lot. Would purchase again.

Photo of StoutHearted
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is inky black, wit ha half-inch of foamy head. It smelt of licorice and molasses, which kind of anticipated a sickly-sweet taste. However, the vanilla comes in and saves it, adding in some sarsaparilla, and a hint of something else... anise? I dug the mouthfeel, which was creamy, like a scoop of ice cream was plopped in the glass. But this beer doesn't feel right for anything but sipping, and I'd recommend it for dessert.

Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a strong beige head that fizzles quickly. The coffee and vanilla notes meet my nose immediately and the flavor is there as well. Strong coffee and vanilla sweetness and a smooth finish. Over all lack of aftertaste. The body is a little thin for the style in my humble opinion, but the carbonation is good. The flavors are so bold and clean, each sip is interesting. If the body was a bit more substantial it would be just that much better. I bought twelve and don't anticipate having any trouble finishing each one.

Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of ricksrealm
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of dmheinz57
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ajkiser12
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of theParish
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Firefox13
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

In an exceptionally drinkable flavored Porter, vanilla is an accessory that helps the Porter just be a Porter. Drinkable, as the dryness asks for another sip. Not your typical dessert beer, it’s actually quite versatile, as it would be good to put up against a spicy beef dish or used as a compliment to something similar.

LOOK: Charcoal

SMELL: Vanilla beans, carob powder, golden raisins, nougat, burnt toast

TASTE: Roasted grain, cream soda, breakfast-blend coffee, cocoa, semidry, vague fruit

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 3,486 ratings.