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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,910 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 2,910
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 54
Gots: 211 | 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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thegerm87

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -44.8%

03-09-2012 02:14:13 | More by thegerm87
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -44.8%

03-21-2012 23:03:35 | More by TonyTalon
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rocklibster

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -44.8%

01-16-2012 15:35:23 | More by rocklibster
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.05/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark chocolate color with blackberry colored highlights. Tan head of about one finger in size. Great lacing. Head turns into a film on top of the beer. Bubbles on top of varying degrees in size.

Aroma is burnt malts. Also vegetal. Cabbage and dirty diapers. Not pleasing at all. Stale and metallic. NO VANILLA at all.

Fruit flavors hit the tongue right off the bat. The burnt and roasted malt is kept to a minimum. Chalky and grainy. Very toasty, like burnt toast.

This was just a disaster. Besides the appearance, this was just about gross. I dont know what went wrong but something did. Chalky mouthfeel, dry finish. No good. I have five more of these to drink. Great!

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

12-06-2007 22:22:57 | More by SaCkErZ9
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a small snifter. No head and no lacing after being poured. Very little carbonation almost flat. Vanilla flavor is all but lost. Very noticeable tinny, metal flavoring. Flat mouthfeel because of lack of carbonation. Very disappointing compared to other times I have had this brew. Flavor doesn't live up to its porter profile.

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

12-17-2009 20:38:23 | More by mtnbikerpa
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khiasmus

South Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The brown clarity of imitation vanilla makes its way into the glass. A pour from a good height somehow only yields the slightest amount of soap-bubble head. looks a bit thin, though clarity is good.
Then the memories of a childhood drug come flooding back.. I can't remember what it was, but one of those medicines I had to swallow... and images of my sister baking cookies with imitation vanilla extract... must have been almond cookies, I can smell the almonds... and the smoky mountain sweetener that my mom used to put in her coffee... the vanilla candles that I loved so much until I sniffed them so long I got a migraine as an 8-year-old... funny how aromas can conjure such vivid memories, more than any other sense.
The flavor and mouthfeel follow the profile and get worse... the overwhelming sweetness of the vanilla, but thin... is this imitation vanilla extract, simply carbonated and chilled? It has the body for this possibility, and only the faintest grain notes show it to be anything else.
I don't suppose I'll have this again. The sickly sweetness, almond notes, and cloying finish are bringing back that childhood migraine... I've had good vanilla beers, I love the flavor vanilla... but this just tastes cheap, imitative. Disappointing.

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

01-01-2009 18:51:16 | More by khiasmus
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

2.13/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance -- Pours a dark amber hue with nearly no head. It coats the glass, but no lace apparent.

Smell -- Dark toast, vanilla extract, pancake syrup, cocoa powder. There is a general air of artificiality to the aroma.

Taste -- Toasted malt, hard water, grassy and earthy hops, vanilla extract, chocolate, and maple-flavored syrup. Lingering flavors of vanilla and cocoa.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with harsh carbonation. Chalky finish.

Drinkability -- This was...weird. So much of the flavor profile tasted fake: artificial vanilla, artificial maple, cheap chocolate. These things aside, I don't think the rest of the beer would be any better without them. It just doesn't come together. Pass on this one.

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

12-31-2010 03:47:03 | More by yeahnatenelson
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.13/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is of roasted malt and vanilla extract. The taste is similar. The vanilla flavor is very artificial, but there is just enough malt to keep in from tasting like I'm drinking a bottle of vanilla extract. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will be avoiding in the future.

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

11-28-2010 05:37:24 | More by KarlHungus
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udubdawg

Kansas

2.15/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

arrives dark brown, with a little reddish color at the edges. Head is fizzy like that of a cola and quickly redeces.
I appreciate good vanilla, but if this was good vanilla it was ruined in the process. Very extract-y. Artificial almost. A light toasted malt aroma underneath - where's the roasted malt? Smells waaay too sweet. Let's give it a try...
Nope, not for me. Sweet, definitely qualifies as cloying. Rampant vnailla, light roasty and toasty malt flavors. Just a little bit drying. I keep thinking of creme soda although it isn't quite THAT sticky.
Thin (although as much as I dislike the flavor, I suppose it could be worse if it wasn't so thin!) too spiritzy, again reminiscent of a soft drink. I'll have great deal of trouble finishing this one, and won't order another anytime soon. Sure, you could pay me to drink this, but there are so many better examples out there...

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-01-2008 23:23:21 | More by udubdawg
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jim102864

Connecticut

2.17/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another selection while at Gingerman, Dallas. Inky black appearance in my pint glass. Very thin head. Here's where it all goes downhill. Aroma? What aroma? It was barely perceptable. Don't you think this thing would be brimming with vanilla and chocolate malt? Couldn't detect anything at all. The taste was equally distressing. Only the slightest hint of vanilla and maybe a whiff of coffeee bean (moreso than vanilla bean). It tastes bland. This thing has no balls whatsoever. I even let it warm up and still nothing. I suppose its drinkable if you're into very mild, somewhat flavorless beer. A total snoozefest.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-24-2008 17:49:49 | More by jim102864
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into my Carlsberg pint glass. No freshness date is on the bottle.

A: The body is a dark, see-through brown. It is possibly the lightest porter I have ever seen. The tan head is pretty substantial, with a thick and creamy texture.

S: The smell is pretty powerful. The most prominent smells are obviously vanilla and a light cocoa, with not a trace of hops. If the smell is any indication, I think that the vanilla may be overdone a bit.

T: This is not a complex beer. Up front this beer packs a malty punch with an abundant vanilla flavor. Actually, it is not so much "malty" as it is rich, or "boozy" even. However, the sensation of drinking something with a lot of flavor quickly departs. There is something seriously flawed about this beer, because even if you wanted the taste to last, it somehow leaves the palate mid-sip. Needless to say, I wasn't all that fond of the strong vanilla and light malts. I say amp up the malt characteristics and pull back just the slightest amount on the vanilla beans.

M: It was smooth and medium to full bodied.

D: I did not finish this beer. Why? Because I didn't want to. It is way off, and I want a beer to reaffirm my faith in craft beer. It seriously lacks the "easy to drink" factor and that's why I want to give it a low score for its drinkability.

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

10-22-2008 05:39:48 | More by MusicaleMike
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light black color porter with a medium bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light vanilla with some distinctive sour notes. Taste was also dominated by sour notes and light vanilla. Body is really thin with some average carbonation. I don't know if this was infected but it really wasn't appealing to me.

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

10-08-2009 02:24:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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rowew

Colorado

2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical mediocre Breckenridge label. In big words - "REMARKABLE," and "PARTAKABLE." Spot for bottled on date to be notched, but it isn't marked.

Appearance: Very dark brown with just a hint of red around the edges when held to light. Tan colored head has good retention.

Smell: Aroma is very sweet, and smells strongly of sugar and vanilla. The aroma has me worried this is going to be too sweet.

Taste: Confirmed - way too sweet for my tastes. This one is all vanilla and sugar, and no beer.

Overall impression: This might be good for someone who isn't a fan of beer, but to me it was just overly sweet, with nothing to balance it out. I won't be getting this one again.

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

04-18-2006 22:52:00 | More by rowew
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

AP:Dark ruby. Thin brown head. Minimal lace.

AR: Vanilla Extact. Fudge. Lactose. Slight roast.

TST: Artificial and cloying. Take an average porter and dump a bunch of vanilla concentrate into it and walah. Some decent roasted tones surface every now and then but then succumb to the blanket of vanilla extract and sweet cloying malts

MF: Slightly syrupy. Very little carbonation. Medium-full body. Slick.

DK: This is a tough one. 12 ozs will be a feat in and of itself.

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

03-21-2006 04:29:51 | More by Bighuge
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Hopslayer88

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

03-28-2012 15:57:57 | More by Hopslayer88
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Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

02-08-2014 13:49:17 | More by Noelito76
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corbs

Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

03-19-2012 01:09:09 | More by corbs
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Poured a beautiful dark brown with a head which quickly dissappeared.

S- This brew has a nice vanilla aroma.

T- The vanilla was very apparent, however the taste was rather flat to me.

M- The mouthfeel was not too impressive.

D- I was really unimpressed with this beer especially since I'm a big fan of porters. There's a great chance that I won't have this beer again. Was unable to finish it.

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

10-25-2010 12:43:03 | More by TheSeeker61
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John_Squires

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

08-29-2013 02:05:18 | More by John_Squires
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

02-01-2013 06:30:03 | More by sacrelicio
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/5/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a black brown color, small head, brownish. Very strong coffee aroma, some chocolate. Not very strong aroma. Strong coffee taste, watery. Not a strong coffee aftertaste. Just a good porter taste. Slight vanilla taste. But very watery overall.

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

01-20-2009 03:36:08 | More by jujubeast6000
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carolabola

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

04-11-2014 06:15:40 | More by carolabola
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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

02-09-2014 00:21:36 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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afsdan

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

05-21-2014 04:46:46 | More by afsdan
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out to a clear dark brown, appears thin in color and texture as I pour. Barely achieves a head even with a vigorous pour. Small, soapy and tan with no retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma at first appears oxidized with dank cardboard and newspaper, but as it's swirled I get peat smoked malt, vanilla (although it's barely more that what I would expect for a traditional porter), some green herbaceous hops. Overall, I get more of a smoke impression than a vanilla impression. Odd. Mouthfeel is thin and makes me feel like I just ate some grass. The taste is completely different. The vanilla is there in droves and lends a mild sweetness to the sharply acrid and cheesy hops. The aftertaste is ruddy and odd...again, like wet newspaper that just happens to be soaked in....you guessed it...vanilla porter. The finish is just lightly dry. There are alot of higher alcohols lingering on the palette.

I have no desire to finish this beer. A mistake, even for the curious.

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

05-14-2006 15:52:21 | More by Mitchster
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