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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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2,914 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,914
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 55
Gots: 215 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.4%

06-03-2012 02:39:48 | More by LvanB
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

07-17-2012 01:49:55 | More by TeamAlphaDoG
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

01-01-2012 05:22:38 | More by weatherfreak87
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

07-05-2012 03:23:51 | More by SGourley
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District of Columbia

1/5  rDev -72.4%

12-26-2011 14:48:24 | More by Buggs
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

03-10-2012 22:16:40 | More by Vegita182
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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -72.4%

03-06-2012 16:08:56 | More by GrandeJoe
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

04-08-2012 01:55:40 | More by mooncusser
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

11-05-2012 07:36:59 | More by roadrage
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

02-18-2012 23:28:31 | More by fatstan
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1.2/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I picked this up because I like vanilla, and I like porter. oops!

Pours rather typical for a porter, not quite as dark, with a little bitty head, and bubbles on the inside of the glass, like a coke.

Smell...Yuck! Smells like soured milk. This thing stunk so bad my wife smelled it six feet away!

Taste very sweet, very vanilla with a harsh, metallic aftertaste at first but starts to take on the spoiled milk taste as the drink progesses.

Mouthfeel is probobly the best thing this beer has going for it. It's soft and smooth enough, but I really wish this one was thin so it would go away.

Normally, I can choke anything down, but this one I had to pitch into the yard...I hope it doesn't kill the grass.

I really wanted to like this brew, maybe it was a bad bottle, but this one was just plain nasty. I've got 5 more, but I'm afraid to even open another. I"ll re-review, if I get the guts to try it again...with different results.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 12:08:44 | More by tfp4268
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1.25/5  rDev -65.5%

01-08-2013 06:18:37 | More by appetiteforparis
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1.33/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Awful all around for real. The First sip was just ok at best. No vanilla taste at all. Smell is like your breath after a night of heavy drinking. Poor idea with poor execution.

If you find this. Leave it sit where you found it. Pick up something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 20:31:57 | More by jds1469
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West Virginia

1.45/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 brown bottle served in a nonic glass. Date on side of bottle wasn't notched out.

Mirky,mahogany with deep reddish hues. Tan head that loudly fizzled out like soda,no retention,not leaving any lacing.

Faint aromas,sweet candied carmell with a oakey/vanilla scent.

Earthy/woody with a mustyiness. Very sweet and syrupy/scorched malt. Very cola like with some dark fruitness,lots of vanilla (artifical extract-like) finishes on the dry side.

Meduim to thick bodied,syrupy with a bit a cloyingness. Was too sweet and syrupy to have any drinkability. could not finish this one. Was more like a cough syrup than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 03:50:07 | More by jcdiflorio
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

08-05-2012 02:16:51 | More by IPAaron
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District of Columbia

1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

03-20-2013 23:42:08 | More by Sludgeman
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

06-27-2012 23:11:13 | More by TheCzig
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1.63/5  rDev -55%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

*review from notes on 3/3/10*

Pours a dark brown, coffee color leaving very little head with next to no retention. A bit of vanilla on the nose, but not a whole lot of aroma's to speak of. Taste is not at all what i expect from a porter - a hint of vanilla and some caramel / roasted malts, but the overwhelming flavor i get is a metallic sourness that is not appealing at all. Also very thin and lacking carbonation. I couldn't even make it through this whole bottle, the first true "drain pour" I've had.

I didn't find any kind of bottled on / best by date anywhere - perhaps it was a bad bottle? It was bought from a very reputable shop, properly stored. Im willing to give this another shot (if i come across this beer again) and adjust my review if warranted.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 19:21:53 | More by prdstmnky
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1.63/5  rDev -55%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle pour into a pint glass

[Appearance]: Dark ruby/brown color with one finger head, lacing is decent.
[Smell]: Very strong vanilla extract, I could detect some hint of roastiness.
[Taste]: Strong vanilla flavor, yet very sweet. Argh! way too sweet for my taste.
[Mouthfeel]: Light to medium bodied.
[Drinkability]: Very harsh aftertaste, couldn't finish the rest of the porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 04:12:19 | More by mjurney
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1.68/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

pour: dark, mild head

smell: wheres the vanills, slight sower funk

taste: again, wheres the vanilla, now I get to taste the funk

mouthfeel: now i feel the funk, and not in a good way
Drinkability: not really

overall, do not waste your time much better beers for the money

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-06-2008 04:59:06 | More by tyboxr
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

06-08-2012 02:07:28 | More by bspain5
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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Deep brown hue, cola-like, not so much head or lace.

S - Uhh ohh. This doesn't smell good. It smells like someone went overboard with the Glade vanilla air freshener. Actually it smells like someone spilled several gallons of vanilla extract. I guess there is a bland beer underneath it, but I don't care to be assaulted by the perfume-y vanilla any longer.

T - Uggghhh. This is tough stuff. Sickeningly cloying; a chemically enhanced mess.

M - Decent; it is just about the only non-catastrophe.

D - Never again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-24-2010 06:21:38 | More by ktrillionaire
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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

07-11-2013 02:40:46 | More by peteh2112
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1.78/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Damnit, I really want to like this beer. But I can't, it's just too sweet. Candy like sweet. Maybe if the brewery had stamped a date on the bottle or the case it came in then I could say "Self, this beer is past it's prime and therefore must not be reviewed" Shit fire boys!! If the brewery didn't think that freshness of their product was an issue then I must assume that they expect a few bad reviews of their product to come their way, so here goes:

Poured into a glass and formed a nice light tan head over a deep brown body, no staying power to the head yet light lacing remained to the end. The smell is sweet, sickeningly so with only a syrupy not quite vanilla odor. No evidence of hops or grain or malt or anything appetizing. The taste is slightly better and yet I feel as though I'm drinking Vanilla Coke's evil twin. Or Vanilla Pepsi's Mini-Me. And they wish to do me harm, They have assaulted my palate with flavors that no human should be subjected to. Yet, I shall persevere to the end, finishing this glass not knowing whether my mouth will taste again. Somewhere in there is a slight flowery taste, lost amidst proto-vanilla, hops maybe. Mouthfeel, well it feels like a porter, thinner than a stout and thicker than a good lager. Drinkability? No friggin' way. If the choice was between this and soda pop then the soda pop would be better choice. Hell, water'd be a better choice. Possibly the first drain pour I've ever encountered, or perhaps this would make an excellent birthday gift for my brother in law. Hmmmm...decisions, decisions.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-10-2009 17:04:36 | More by saradad
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1.83/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured in a New Belgium snifter.

A - Virtually no head on the pour. What's there disappeared almost immediately. Very deep ruby red and pretty opaque.

S - The bottle after the pour smells distinctively of vanilla, but the nose of the glass presents hops. Getting the beer up on the sides of the glass releases vanilla along with some caramel. As the beer warms in the glass, the vanilla takes over the nose just as it does the taste.

T - There's the vanilla, almost like tasting straight extract - it's rather astringent. There's also a bit of roasted malts, a touch of 50% chocolate, and noticeable bittering hops. Finish is an unpleasant medicinal taste that needs a waterback to get rid of it.

M - Light carbonation. Rather thin structure. Finish plants itself in the back-middle of the tongue and stays.

D - There's nothing subtle or nuanced about the components of this beer - they compete with each other instead of blending and complimenting. Way too much cheap vanilla extract. Bakers know a little vanilla goes a long way and this beer proves how easy it is to abuse the flavor. It's a bowser, and a porter in name only.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-24-2010 07:12:48 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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