Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,712 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,712
Reviews: 1,073
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 114
Gots: 736 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

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Photo of Marraybay
2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Meh...pretty pedestrian. Very thin and nothing special wrt taste. Couldn't really discern the vanilla. Some mild sweetness off and on, but not enough to keep my attention, particularly as someone who searches for sweet dark stouts/porters. Would perhaps drink one handed to me at a gathering, but wouldn't invest in another 6-pack.

Photo of MikeRusso
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Dark porter. Actually has a very light ale flavor. Not a huge punch. The vanilla is pretty potent and tastes a bit artificial.

Photo of NEBeerGirl
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

JR - I was expecting more. Vanilla was very subtle

Photo of brandoncox
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Lighter hue than what I'm used to with porters. A lot of redness creeps in through the glass. Khaki brown head erodes quickly.

I don't get a strong vanilla scent but its presence is there just enough to be noticed. Probably not even beans either, just extract possibly. Sweet malty chocolate mainly but has some bitter burnt caramel in there as well.

The taste is where this one fails. The most noticeable character of this brew is that it's not bold enough and I keep getting a flat watery chocolate vanilla punch with no bitter finish or bite.

Mouthfeel is just average at best. I won't elaborate.

This beer just lacks any standout qualities. Doesn't feel authentic and true to the Porter category. Avoid.

Photo of scaliasux
2.52/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark brown with maybe just a hint of red. Nearly opaque, but appears clear. Short, but durable light tan head.

Smell - Rather light almost indistinct. Most prominent odor is light vanilla.

Taste - Dark, quite sweet malt with mild/moderate vanilla flavor. Even cloying.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied.

Drinkability - It's nice that the vanilla doesn't overwhelm this beer like is the case with too many flavored beers. The sweetness of this beer is a little too much for me, though.

Photo of pweis909
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A=Dark, opaque, thin head.
S=Vanilla, cookie like, but like a chemically store bought cookie, also, metallic
T=Subdued roast, sweetish, metallic
Drink=I wouldn't want another.

I found this beer interesting and complex, but not really in a good way. Too many negative flavors and aromas.

Photo of Marty30
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz botlle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.Poured at fridge temp.

A. Really dark amber colored clear body when held up to the light. Leaves a one finger dirty white head,That leaves behind a decent amount of lacing.Very carbonated.

S. Smells of bready malts and grains.Smells like sweetend Iced tea.Some vanilla smell,very faint.

T. Not much here to talk about,not very complex.Just some bready malts and some sweet vanilla.Some bittering hops at the end.

M. Kind of thin and very carbonated.

Overall This is not a well made beer in my opinion.I would not reccomend.

Photo of nrbw23
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Head disappears pretty quick and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- The vanilla was all over the place and was a lot stronger as it warmed up. Quite a bit of coffee and choclate here too.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and way too sweet. Vanilla also dominants this brew.

M- On the lighter side of medium and a bit more carbonation too.

O- A bit of a let down here. I don't think I'll have this one again.

Photo of wnh
2.54/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass. This is bottle number three of six, and I'm giving it one last shot before I give up on this beer.

Pours a deep brown, almost black, that looks chestnut tinted ruby when held up to the light. Quite a nice color, really. Poured with a huge 1.5" light tan head that has dissipated to a small, slightly foamy film across the surface.

The nose is chocolate up front, somewhere between milk and dark chocolate. Not as sweet as the former, not as bitter as the latter. Vanilla comes in next, increasing in intensity the more I sniff, and eventually becoming somewhat one-dimensional. If there's anything else to smell, it's being suppressed by the vanilla.

First sip is sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla; the vanilla flavor comes more into the foreground on each subsequent sip. Bitter chocolate in the finish starts to bring this beer back into balance, but doesn't go far enough. Caramel-filled-chocolate aftertaste is a little too candy-like.

Mouthfeel is noticeably light, and on the verge of watery. Little to no mouth coating, which actually turns out to be a good thing since it keeps the sicky sweetness from sticking around too long. Finishes pretty dry.

Drinkability is nil as far as I'm concerned. It's not the worst thing ever, but I'll be hard pressed to finish this glass, let alone have any desire for another. It's just too sweet. The sweetness is a perfectly acceptable component, but here it acts as the lone component.

To my palate, this beer is in serious need of something to balance the sweet, whether it be a nice roasty backbone, or some coffee or dark chocolate bitterness, or even some earthy hoppiness. But it's got little of that balance--presumably enough to keep it from being pure sugar water, but not enough to really make it an enjoyable beer. In short, I was looking for a good porter with vanilla notes, but instead this feels like a vanilla beer built on a sub-par porter. The label proclaims that this beer is "Remarkable" and "Partakable." I disagree with each. I'm quite disappointed.

I eventually paired this up with some locally-made artisanal chocolate (from Askinosie, for those interested) made with sugar crystals and vanilla. Interestingly enough, the vanilla in the chocolate served to (a) bring to light just how cheap the vanilla in the beer tasted and (b) provide the appropriate bitterness to bring the flavors of the beer back into check. In other words, the chocolate showed me just how bad this beer tastes, but actually made it taste better.

Photo of Jakeszetela
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I would say that i normally rate things on the generous side. Whether it is food or beer, I am more inclined to say, "eh it wasn't that bad i guess" even if it should be more critically rated. I preface with that, because that is really saying something when I rate this beer so poorly. I poured rather aggressively and I was absolutely shocked that it produced NO head. Not very little, not less than I'd prefer...NO HEAD. After a few seconds all that was left was a rootbeer-ish foam rim around the glass and that haze that sits in the middle of the glass. To put it in perspective, I literally had to look at the bottle and box to make sure I had not accidentally bought a fancy soda. The mouthfeel is very thin and extremely undercarbonated. The flavor hammers with vanilla and reminds me of a very tasty soda, but not a tasty beer.

Photo of weller1js
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: pours a moderate reddish-brown, readily transparent when held up to the light; moderate carbonation with a filmy foam that dissipates leaving a slight filmy ring of lacing.

smell: light vanilla scent, with a sharper sweetness that seems to be a mesh of hops blended with the alcohol.

taste: subdued and bland, the malts have little body, and the vanilla taste comes off with an vanilla-extract-alcohol-like taste, any hops taste seem to clash with that taste.

drinkability: for a porter, it is too light and subdued, the attempt at the vanilla flavor comes off as trying too hard, not terrible but nothing notable.

Photo of athensbeermaster
2.57/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This porter poured a small head. The nose had a small hint a vanilla and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was thin and weak. I was expecting even more than a regular porter with all the hype of the real vanilla beans. But this beer was to thin to be a good porter.
A small hint of vanilla and some waterdown malts. I wish Bert Grant was still alive to make the real deal "Perfect Porter" !
Big let down

Photo of chicano4craft
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with some red highlights. One and a half fingers worth of of white head. No retention.

Very clean smelling nose. Some roasted malts, although more biscuity, with a hint of vanilla. Really subtle.

Nice vanilla flavor right away. Sort of a one trick pony. Doesn't feel like a porter backbone. Lacks real depth.

Mouthfeel is okay if not a little light.

Overall I'm not a fan. It easy drinking but I don't like vanilla enough to have more than one.

Photo of EuellGophar
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Strange cardboard aftertaste. Not a keeper.

Photo of esv
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A) Fat, tan head off the pour but it disappears quickly. Porous. Dark, dark brown.

S) Light vanilla and a whiff of floral hops which seems out of place. Some dark, light chocolate. And something I don't have the words for. I think if you made a brown sugar, oatmeal cookie with some vanilla and cooked it a little too long, you might get the same smell ... it's pleasant.

T) Vanilla and soft sweetness with just a hint of roasted malt at the end.No bitterness, no hops. I kind of find it sickeningly sweet.

M) Falls very flat. Low carbonation.

D) So hard for me to drink. I need some kind of bitterness, something to balance it. Struggled through this one.

Photo of Sumo_Steve
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was a reddish brown with a small caramel head. Body was a bit thin food a porter. Initial flavor was thin with a slight vanilla tinge, with a strong coffee-like bitterness to follow. Thoroughly unremarkable. Too dry for the style and not nearly enough vanilla. Dry Dock makes a much better iteration of this beer.

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured an amber purple color with a thin head from a hard pour and light lacing down the glass.

S: Smells malty like a porter with very very faint coffee notes but no vanilla.

T: A sour bitter taste of malts and yeast with a very strong vanilla front and aftertaste. This is the second time I've had this beer with the same results in taste as the last time.

M/D: Leaves a slimy and alcohol astringent feel in the mouth surprising for only 4.7% abv. The drinkability is quite awful, I have to choke this one down.

Photo of MrDanno96
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours with surprisingly little head - in fact, almost none. Dark brown, almost black, with a little lacing.

S: Fairly pedestrian - a good does of roasted malt with a hint of vanilla.

T: A little roasted malt, barely any vanilla, and some bitterness in the finish.

M: This is the brew's main problem - it's incredibly thin and watery. Medium amount of carbonation, but that doesn't help at all.

D: Very disappointing - almost no vanilla flavor and incredibly thin bodied.

Photo of Satchboogie
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks pretty standard for a Porter, albeit thin.
S: Artificial Vanilla sweetness and bit of chocolate. The sweet aroma almost smells chemical
T: Upfront is a lot of sweet vanilla, it mellows out mid-palate to a watered down semi-sweet chocolate. Sweet finish that becomes more chemical vanilla as you drink through a glass. Not pleasant.
M: Watery thin, carbonation was fine.
O: Definitely underwhelmed. I knew going in it would likely be sweet, thin, and maybe a bit chemically, but the aftertaste made this impossible for me to finish. I'm not going back to this beer again.

Photo of webbcreative
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured Dark Brown almost black, but with reddish when looked at through the light, Tan 1 finger head. Taste is tobacco like, it reminds me of a vanilla black and mild or swisher sweet. Taste is about the same, still reminded of a flavored cigar. Cant get past the tobacconess of this one. Vanilla tastes like artificial extract syrup, thats not even that good to begin with.

Overall, not somthing I would try again, although I would like to find or make a good Vanilla Porter still...

Photo of TheDeuce
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, on tap at Bridgewater Pub in 30th St Station

Appearance-a thick brown color that is thick and hard to see through, the tan head rises and dissapears quickly.

Smell-faint hints of vanilla, maybe some hop and alcohol, overall not that aromatic

Taste/Mouthfeel-thin and watery, light to medium mouthfeel, vanilla upfront, taste more of a vanilla syrup style than actual vanilla. This flavor dominates, alcohol is very hidden, a touch of malt on the way down, decently smooth.

Drinkability-not that much a fan of the flavor, alcohol was hidden well, not alcoholic.

Overall-disappointing as I was really excited to try this on the menu, sad that it didn't quite live up to the hype. Try it for something different but don't expect too much.

Photo of chilly460
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Nice brown with tan head, some lacing

S - Not really much scent could be detected, some vanilla definitely there

T - The vanilla sweetness was a bit rough, and was a wierd transition to the somewhat bitter finish. Just can't appreciate get into this.

M - Normal for this style

D - Just too off tasting bitterness next to the almost "artificial" tasting vanilla/sweetness. One was enough.

It got a little better as it warmed up, but I can't say this was one I'd try again.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours very dark, almost black. Small head with little lacing that sticks around. Aroma is of smoked toffee along with a hint of coffee, malt.
Taste is initally smooth and creamy then the vanilla & toffee kick in. Wow… this is quite overpowering but at the same time this is why I appreciate beer. The plethora of brews avaliable that all taste different. I have to admit quite drinkable but man does that vanilla stick around. Too much for me.
My least favorite brew from Breckenridge but have to appreciate it for the style. Maybe enjoy again someday with a good cigar, would make a GREAT partner in crime on that one.

Photo of andrewinski1
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. There is just about no head atop a dark nearly black body.

The aroma has some sweet malt with notes of molasses.

The flavor is sweet and slightly syrupy, with maple notes. This comes off as being too sweet with a lingering aftertaste.

This is light bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel.

Eh, this isn't terrible, but I probably won't ever get it again.

Photo of u2carew
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. longneck.
A) Pours with a thin head - creamy and off white. Lacing is thin and sticky. Dark brown in color with reddish hues.
S) Hints of vanilla, roasted grains and coffee.
T) A slight astringent taste up front then moves to a robust vanilla flavor. It is almost as if the vanilla is in mix to cover up the astringent flavor like some liquid conspiracy. There are light notes of roasted grain - coffee and chocolate, but not enough to salvage the beer. Each sip starts astringent and finishes with a rich sweetness that is a bit too much for this beer drinker.
M) Crisp. Medium to full body. Dry in the finish. A bit of a tannin feel in the after taste.
D) Not a porter I will return back to...

Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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