Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery
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2.85/5 rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I've had good results home-brewing both porters and vanilla-infused beers, so I'm excited to try a production version. IMO, a bit of vanilla often adds a nice fullness to a beer's flavor (Surly's Moe's Bender is a great example). On to the beer.
A: Pours a clear, deep reddish brown, with a half-finger light tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer of foam on the surface. Seems quite light for a porter, in color, texture, and the color of the head.
S: I don't get whole lot in the nose at all. Smells a bit yeasty/mushroomy, with some caramel-y and chocolate malts in there, but very subtle. I'm getting a bit concerned. I do pick up a bit of the vanilla.
T: Wow, the vanilla is right there. But where's the porter? I get some dark roasted malts, but the flavor is gone quite quickly. A little bit of bitterness in the finish; the hops are there to round out the flavor, but pretty subdued.
M: Rather light for a porter, as expected from the appearance. It does have a nice richness to it; I feel it in my mouth well after the flavor is mostly gone.
D: Flavors are surprisingly simple and light for this style of beer, esp. one infused with vanilla. I found myself taking more sips, chasing the flavor. That's not the kind of drinkability I want. Interesting, but mostly falls short on the porter front. It's just too light on the dark roasted malts.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2011 02:40:02 | More by zeledonia
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