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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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2,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 2666
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006)
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Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the Cream Soda of the beer world. I mean that in a good way. This is a very nice addition to a robust chocolate coffee toffee porter with a good layer of vanilla flavor on top to give it a nice rich sweet flavor that isn't overly cloying. I highly recommend trying this out as a good dessert beer. Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 02:05:11 | More by idResponse
Photo of RunningFox


4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced and not overpowering - surprisingly drinkable for a flavored brew. Some have reported this is artificial and cloying - but I did not find it that way.
It had a weak, tan head that did not last long. (My biggest complaint). Just a bit of lacing on the glass. The color was a classic dark, rich mahogany brown. Mild vanilla-caramel nose and a sweetish malt taste with undertones of caramel, vanilla and bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is very smooth. It has a gentle finish and hints of coffee in the nose on the swallow. Overall a nice, balanced brew

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 16:22:53 | More by RunningFox
Photo of VelvetExtract


2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a dark, clear brown. Soft head. Dots of lacing.

S-Smells a bit awkward. A bit of odd mustiness. There is also a serious dosage of artificial vanilla. Vanilla extract. Not much depth behind the vanilla either. The Porter aspects of the nose are silent here.

T-More of the same. A bit of odd must then a blast of cloying, artificial vanilla. As if I took a baby sip of vanilla extract I swear. Cheap vanilla bean ice cream. Maybe a hint of flat cola.

M-Light bodied. A bit sticky. The taste lingers.

O/D-Not a fan of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 00:51:48 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of PaterMorse


3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers you need to be prepared for or get used to. Actually quite drinkable (found myself sipping away); but a little limited in scope.

A: Mostly whiteish head evaporates ASAP; leaving a look of Cherry Coke with ice already melted. Little grains of sand dot the surface (or, if agitated, some faint striation).

S: Vanilla extract and banana bread. Caramel. Spiked flan!

T: Honestly, a little off-putting at first -- very cream-sodaish. Taste follows nose (see above). Very pleasing, non-bitter aftertaste. Seems a one-trick pony: brewers tried hard to be unique (when "unique" doesn't always equate to successful).

M: Fine. Holds together OK; soft, buttery, light body. But again, a little off-putting because so sweet and mild.

O: Easy enough to drink, and unique experience. Worth a try; wouldn't turn down another. Just wouldn't seek to stock my refrigerator with it. I suspect it's good for what it is; just not sure I'm a big fan of "what it is"...

Repeat? Not as a staple, but does fill a niche -- after dinner with dessert, campfire with s'mores, just after downing a giant poppyseed muffin!

Two Words: Spike Flan

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:03:28 | More by PaterMorse
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, my second brew from Breckenridge after their Oatmeal Stout.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut in colour, light brown in places when held to the light. About a half inch of cream-coloured head that recedes into a thick ring. Some pretty nice lacing here.

Nose is certainly vanilla, but it smells just slightly more pronounced than usual. It's unmistakably vanilla, but it wasn't overdone, which is a huge plus. Sweet malt, caramel, a touch of dry roasted grain.

I think this one was a decent effort, and the vanilla tastes just fine - it's not as if a shot of vanilla extract was dumped in my glass of dark ale. However, that is about all I can say about the Vanilla Porter. Is it tasty? Absolutely, and I'm sure it would be quite a popular brew, especially around dessert time. But other than vanilla, there isn't much here. Quite one-dimensional, only the faintest dry roasted grain lingering in the back.

Carbonation is a bit high, but the brew is smooth and slightly creamy.

I give the edge to the Oatmeal Stout between the two Breckenridges, though I wouldn't be disappointed with this one in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 02:00:45 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of JClarson

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A- Very thin head that disapated almost as soon as I poured it. Very dark murky brown with amber staining.

S- Sweet banana bread and vanilla.

T- Sweet malts and vanilla with a bit of roastiness. Slight earthy notes after about three quarters through when my palate started adjusting to the sweetness.

M- Thin to medium bodied, no lingering aftertaste with a fairly clean finish.

O- Some might consider the vanilla overwhelming and too sweet, but I found it pleasant almost like a dessert beer. I could drink maybe two of these before having to switch it up. This is the vanilla porter that all others should be compared to.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 22:54:03 | More by JClarson
Photo of tvljr


3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of vanilla bean, coffee, subtle cocoa, and nutty tones.

Dark brown with a lasting, tan head. Somewhat sweet, cream soda flavors, with dry, roasty tones providing balance.

Medium bodied with average carbonation and a mellow finish.

Very drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 00:23:07 | More by tvljr
Photo of MDDMD


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-dark roasted malt, vanilla, caramel

T-dark roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, slight bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, on the light side but does have some smoothness

O-nothing special, a little too much sweetness or vanilla for me, but fairly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:25:30 | More by MDDMD
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color with an off white head.

It has a very mild smell. Vanilla comes through and not much else.

Taste - Roasted malts and vanilla. Not overly sweet, but there is a touch of sweetness.
Finishes dry with some bitterness.

I would say this beer is a little on the heavy side but still easy to drink.

Overall - A very nice beer for a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:09:08 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of solvealways

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pour: Semi-soft pour - low fizz - very little head remains. very slight lacing

Color: Dark brown - slight red - expected darker

Aroma: Subtle (much more subtle than I hoped) malty aroma with light vanilla

Taste: Vanilla cream up front - bitter earthy in the middle - sparkling water at the end

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel up front but thins out very quickly

Soundwave visual metaphor: light but fast attack - 2 second decay/sustain - flat release: 15 seconds at about 5% intensity

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 22:26:33 | More by solvealways
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark as a porter should be (man I'm running out of adjectives), the pour wells up a half finger of medium tan,filmy head

S - Smoky peaty malts with mild vanilla hints, not all together enthralling, but nice nontheless

T - The vanilla comes out in the taste, the smoke and the earthiness are huge in the beginning. After a minute these flavors melt away into a smooth vanilla character, especially in the aftertaste. The vanilla takes the stage solo right at the end of the sip.

M&D&O - normal. tasty. nondescript. This beer would appeal to many people. The vanilla is part of the beer, not added on, which is a huge plus. Sessionable and quaffable, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 00:51:18 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown body, with a bubbly light tan head. Head fades rather quickly and leaves a thin layer of bubbles along with some lacing.

S- Roasted malt, vanilla, caramel. Nothing overwhelming, but nice notes of each.

T- Pretty good flavor. Vanilla comes through along with roasty malts and a hint a caramel malt. Again, nothing overwhelming, but nice flavors. Very balanced and easy to drink.

M- Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation, smooth and creamy

O- Nice sessionable porter that is easy on the roasted flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 00:43:49 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of ranger7


2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Got this in a custom 6-pack.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - A dark brown with smallish head.

S - Toasty, almost burnt scent. Some definite coffee and malt notes, can't really smell much vanilla though, which is surprising considering the name of the brew.

T - Tastes similar to the smell. Majority is coffee and malt, slight hint of vanilla.

M - Some carbonation, but not too much. Pretty smooth after setting in my glass and warming for a minute. Very clean aftertaste, which is nice.

Summary - I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed in this porter. I thought I'd be getting a little vanilla kick somewhere in here, but there is almost nothing - the memories of the drink are of burnt coffee, which is never good. I'm thinking I will try it again in the future. For right now though, it's very average.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:53:34 | More by ranger7
Photo of guityler83


3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in the glass with a redish hue around the edges. A nice cocoa, coffee colored head about a finger worth that leaves vertical laceing.

S: A nutty, roasty arroma mixed with carmel vanilla and a hint of smoke.

T: Vanilla, carmel are roasted barley polling for position on my taste buds. there is also a grainyness to it and a mineraly yeast backbone (english yeast strain?)

M: Chewy with moderate carbination and a slickness too it.

O: One of my favorate styles and this one doesn't disapoint. If i could find this on cask somewhere I'd go out of my way!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 02:54:52 | More by guityler83
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

This beer pours dark brown that turns black in the glass, red around the edges and a light brown head. The beer has a lot of roasted character, there is also a good deal of coffee in this beer. The vanilla however, is its strongest taste attribute. It is a very vanilla forward brew. There is a little chocolate character to this beer as well. The mouthfeel is lacking, it is a very sessionable beer but I would like to have seen something a bit thicker. It is a solid drinkable and flavorful porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 17:39:46 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of HarryPotHead


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost black into a frosty pint glass, the pour yielded a thin tan head of about a finger or so that disappeared quickly with just a bit of lacing. The vanilla notes are interesting...they come on late and aren't overpowering, but seem to be very well balanced with the rest of the brew. This is a decent porter...very easy to drink with just the right amount of creamy vanilla flavor. Just a little too much carbonation, but otherwise not too much to complain about. The price for 6 was over 10 bucks here in Maryland. Seemed a little steep for this brew, but again this is a pretty decent brew so I'm not gonna complain much. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:55:39 | More by HarryPotHead
Photo of bundy462


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown, almost black with a tan head that faded much more quickly than I expected.

S: Dark chocolate malts with barely a whiff of vanilla bean.

T: Dark chocolate malts up front with a toasted body. Where's the vanilla? But, a good porter none the less. Super clean in the finish.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation, pretty easy drinker for the style.

O: Good porter, but I wasn't able to detect any vanilla except in the smell. Decent brew, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 07:10:55 | More by bundy462
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby red/mahogany color with half a fingers worth of head that fades quickly

S: Get roasted malts and vanilla right up front, along with chocolate notes as well

T: Definitely vanilla forward. Starts off roasty and then quickly goes into vanilla. The vanilla lingers for a while, and then a light chocolate accompanies the vanilla

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Smooth after the carbonation hits

O: This is definitely a dessert beer, it's sweet and very vanilla forward. It would make a very good float with ice cream, as well. Quaffable despite the sweetness. It was enjoyable in the short time it lasted

On a side note, I'm not really sure how people aren't getting the vanilla in this beer... it's at the forefront and VERY detectable

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 19:35:00 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of CMUbrew


3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a mug

A: Looks black, but is actually dark brown in the light. Brown head fades almost instantly to a small ring.

S: Slight roast, small hint of what I think is vanilla. Not much else.

T: Some light roasted malt, water, no vanilla.

M: Slightly less than medium body, carbonation is pretty low.

O: I now see why this beer gets such little love. No standout qualities and weak flavor. I find it hard to believe Breckenridge can't do better, but maybe they really can't.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 02:16:50 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of JohnnyJam


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle with no date code into a pint glass.

A: Poured dark brown: almost black and almost opaque. There is very little head and very little lacing.

S: Vanilla beans and sweet milk chocolate. It smells like a candy bar.

T: It is very interesting: sweet coffee and roasted grains.

M: It goes down smooth enough. I think it would be better if it had more carbonation.

O: It is a nice beer. I have had this before on tap and it is always very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 06:38:26 | More by JohnnyJam
Photo of maki88

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Enjoyed at home.

A: Rich dark brown with ruby shades. A light brown head that dissipated slowly, as well as solid lacing on the glass. Beautiful, dark porter coloration.

S: Very bold coffee and chocolate scents with nutty undertones. The big question: Where's the vanilla? Very faint and difficult to detect.

T: Medium body. Vanilla is more evident here, but still not significantly so. Nuttiness with a hint of coffee is the predominant taste combination. It's a slightly sweet, malty start, with a somewhat bitter finish. The balance is interesting, but again, for a "vanilla porter," the vanilla is lacking.

M: Smooth overall. Good carbonation brings out the different flavors. I'd say that this porter tends on the lighter side of a medium body.

O: A good porter! Vanilla flavor is underwhelming, to the point where I'd suggest a change in the name of this brew. Nevertheless, it was delicious -- I'd rather have a delicious beer with a slightly off-the-mark name than one with a great name and a disappointing flavor. I'd have this beer again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:04:49 | More by maki88
Photo of TwinCreator


2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark chocolate color with very little head on the initial pour. It initially looked as dark as a Guinness but didn't have the same head.

S - I got a very faint hint of the vanilla but overall there was not much of any smell to this. I expected more of a vanilla aroma and it was barely present.

T - Taste was fair -- there was no immediate overpowering single flavor that came though. You get the slight vanilla flavor with a hint of coffee. It is really a mellow flavor and overall decent drinkability.

M - Very smooth overall. As mentioned there is very little head from the bottle and seems on my batch anyway that the carbonation was at a low level making it smooth and easy to drink.

O - Overall decent beer - gave it a 3.0 because it didn't scream "I must have another" by any means but was good and not offensive to the nose or palette. I would say a decent starter-porter for those looking to try one.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 14:27:42 | More by TwinCreator
Photo of Ford


4.83/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark, dark brown, but not black.

This is a great tasting beer. The smell is fantastic also.

Very smooth, very little bitterness, but still not overly sweet.

Slight vanilla taste replaces the chocolate usually associated with porters.. but it isn't that strong... just different.

Not an overpowering coffee flavor, but it's there and very good.

I love this beer. My new favorite porter I think. Can't wait to try it on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 21:06:01 | More by Ford
Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - When poured out it left a small half finger off whit head that fizzled out quickly. It looks black until held up to the light then you can see through this maroon brown beer. Not as dark as other porters I have had.

S - This beer is pleasant to smell with a sweet nuttiness, also some dark malt and coffee in the background.

T - The beginning bitterness followed buy nut and coffee. Throughout this one I get a vanilla more of that bitterness that is almost salty. I get a dark malt flavor as well. This is a really tasty beer for only being 4.7% abv.

M - The feel of this one is nice and smooth with the right amount of carbonation. Pleasant to drink.

O - This is a really nice Porter with a vanilla twist. Coming in tat 4.7% this one would be a nice session brew with a lot of good qualities for the lower abv. One I will come back to from time to time. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:43:55 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
Photo of FlyingBull


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased while traveling through Colorado. 12 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

appearance: Dark brown; appears non-cloudy when held to the light. Medium carbonation - seems appropirate for style. Creamy dark white 1/2" head that held for about 5 minutes into the drink. Normal amount of lacing on the glass.

smell: Normal or average Porter nose; nutty with some coffee notes. I did NOT notice or pick up and vanilla notes or smells. No hop notes detected.

taste: Nice medium coffee and nutty flavor noted; slightly sweet in the begining with a devloping balance towards dry and slightly bitter towards the end. Again, I did NOT pick up any vanilla flavor. Otherwise, a nice balanced porter flavor.

mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation that is style-appropriate. I would have expected a little more mouthfeel; this beer is on the medium light side for body, but I really like it in general.

overall: Solid middle of the road porter in general, but for me, i didn't pick up the vanilla. I was kind of disapointed in that - but it was me and not the beer. Results may vary for others that try this beer.

comments: I'm looking forward to trying this on tap if I get a chance. Hopefully I'll pick up that vanilla flavor that I'm missing. All in all, an o.k. porter that I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 23:41:20 | More by FlyingBull
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,666 ratings.