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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,203 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,203
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 69
Gots: 344 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle looks like a cross between a Woodstock look and the 1950’s homemaker/June Cleaver design. The lightning bolt company logo is awesome and the vanilla flower seems like it’s out of a naturalist’s book, but the bottle is a little boring overall. If I had a collection of bottles similarly designed to this one I might display them on a shelf, but as an individual I wouldn’t keep it.

The beer pours a nice and dark amber caramel, almost black at its middle with a cream browned head that starts tall and wheedles down to a half a fingers length, which retains for quite some time. The smell is actually quite weak… I really had to dig to find it. In the end I detected a sweet with caramel malts. The slightest tinge of vanilla can be found, but nothing near what I was hoping for. There is also a slight tingle in the back which seems bready with a slight ouch of fruit. The taste is also underwhelming with vanilla, if it is there, it is in the faint lingering sweetness of the beer. This is definitely a solid porter, though, with a good chocolatey malt taste and slight breadiness in the back of the mouth. The more you sip it the more you think you taste the vanilla on the edges of the tongue, and it definitely builds into an actual vanilla taste by the end of the beer, but it still is not the leading flavor in the beer. The beer is very clean on the mouth, leaving little to no tingle or taste, but the initial sip has a little harsh kick of carbonation but then washes away entirely. The tongue is left with sap-like strings of vanilla streaking over it after the beer has washed down. This is a terrific porter with great subtle tastes, just not the kick of vanilla I was hoping for from something called a “vanilla porter.” Maybe I am just unfamiliar with the vanilla porter style but I feel like you should be able to get more of a vanilla flavor than this beer delivers. I’d call it a vanilla-kissed/touched porter rather than a straight up vanilla porter. This is a great beer but is just labeled incorrectly.

Maxwell, Jul 06, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

oberon, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

aszatk01, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Turbo, May 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

tectactoe, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +10.2%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of iiinterstate
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

iiinterstate, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of StoutHearted
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

StoutHearted, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jan 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

ricksrealm, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

dmheinz57, Oct 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Firefox13, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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

BeerAdvocate, Feb 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

SuomiHobbit, Jul 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

loose5682, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

sabitu, Oct 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

foelaz3r, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

fredaboots, Oct 09, 2013
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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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