Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
Bottle with no date poured into a tumbler. Practically no head at all and just a thin foam skim on the top of the beer and the edge of glass. No lacing. The beer is a dark orange-red.
Smell - when the beer is cold I smell nothing. Upon warming up I get some hints of vanilla and a hint of those coffee/porter smells one gets from the roasted malts. But not a lot.
Taste - when cold its mostly sweet - so like others have recommended I let it warm up before drinking more. Upon warming I get that sweet vanilla at first (reminded me a bit of a cream soda) followed by coffee and mild bitter. Guessing correctly the beer would be on the sweet side it went really well with chocolate chip cookies. It's a nice blend of flavors but you really must let it warm up. Cold out of the bottle I thought I was having a soda. Once warm though it's much more like a real porter with vanilla flavor balanced with the typical porter tastes.
Mouthfeel - no carbonation, a bit thick and it evenly coats the tongue and throat. Goes down smoothly.
Drinkability - I'm finding I'm enjoying porters so much that I may change my favorite beer type, but for me this is a beer that I have because the combination of flavors sounds interesting, but it's not an outstanding porter. This means that if I had to choose between this porter and another, I'd probably pick the other one. Not because I didn't like it, but because I want just the coffee and chocolates in the porter, not the vanilla so much. It's strictly a personal taste issue - some people like white chocolate, some people like dark chocolate. I like a normal porter but this Vanilla porter was a good experience just not my favorite flavor combination.
09-09-2009 23:04:19 | More by damndirtyape
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3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
11-26-2008 20:02:32 | More by oberon
2.98/5 rDev -17.7%
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 thats had a ton of vanilla poured into it.
MF: Light, slightly sweet from the vanilla. Slightly syrupy.
D: Ok for one but wouldnt want any more.
07-17-2006 14:53:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
01-13-2011 01:44:57 | More by iiinterstate
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-04-2008 00:11:32 | More by StoutHearted
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
01-01-2011 04:21:23 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.73/5 rDev +3%
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.
SMELL: Vanilla beans, carob powder, golden raisins, nougat, burnt toast
TASTE: Roasted grain, cream soda, breakfast-blend coffee, cocoa, semidry, vague fruit
02-10-2012 22:27:11 | More by BeerAdvocate
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