Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by smakawhat:
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.
A big four finger head of off white cream consistency, some snap in the bubbles. Fairly good retention on the head for this beer. Body is a little disturbing but not awful. A cloudy brown when finished but pours with a good solid chestnut out of the bottle. Some sticky ring lacing. Ok...
Bouquet... something is off. Weakened vanilla I'll give it that, but where is malt, coffee, roast anything? talk to me here... It's a very odd smell also, like watered down vanilla extract barely a hint of some chew bread. Ok they did manage some vanilla but it is weak and the rest on the nose is really missing hardly remarkable so far. It's as if the vanilla does not match on the nose with malt or the other ingredients that should go with this beer. It's a strange mix on the nose and it seems to just not meld well.
Taste... ok this is much better. Mild weakened root beer quality vanilla and bean feel. Wet though, but it has a nice simple supermarket simple bread chew. Has a soda characteristic though which seems real strange for a porter. Small mouthfeel no carbonation, and vanilla creeps up after a swallow for a short time.
Next to nothing for abv and it shows. This is like drinking soda beer or something, but it's a piece of cake. Might even make a simple easy weakened dessert beer for people with training wheels. But it's easily likeable to drink so I'll rate it good on those points, and not hard at all, a very sessionable drinking beer which some might find kind of fun.
01-27-2011 04:32:22 | More by smakawhat
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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
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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