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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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2,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 2662
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 beergoot


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes dated July 8th, 2013. This was a guest beer at Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) while they were renovating the brewing facility and expanding their restaurant area.

Appearance: dark brown, mahogany; wispy head.

Smell: sweet, grainy scent; light vanilla note.

Taste: vanilla beans; mocha and cocoa; light caramel; slight hop bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body; glass-smooth; semi-dry.

Tastes better than it looks (not that i looks weird, just lacking a decent head). Flavorful, balanced; decent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 21:14:13 | More by beergoot
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pint. You had me at 'Partakable'.

This beer appears a clear, very dark brown hue, with persistent cola highlights, and one svelte finger of loosely foamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some random island pattern lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of mildly sweet real vanilla, bready caramel malt, a slight lactic sourness, a bit of black licorice, and subtle earthy hops. The taste is is more well blended vanilla extract and caramel malt, a further bit of toffee sweetness, somewhat astringent anise, and understated earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit frothy at its zenith, the body a sturdy medium weight, readily smooth, and duly creamy. It finishes a tad sweet, the vanilla and neutered caramel riding this thing out.

A not overly sweet vanilla porter - hurr-fucking-ah! Balanced, drinkable, and yet still dessert worthy. Easy to see why this is 'Breck's' best-seller.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2013 05:03:35 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Chiefy770


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap into a pint glass.

Very dark brown body with a slight red tint. A small head, about one finger thick to be precise, formed and dissolved into very thin lacing.

The smell and taste were nearly identical. Rich and creamy notes of vanilla seemed to dominate the taste. It was not overbearing but it should definitely be noted by drinkers who do not care for vanilla. A small amount of bitterness comes from the hops. I prefer Porters a tad on the bitter side so they lost a few points in this department but this beer was well-balanced considering it was flavored.

Overall: This was a special at my favorite local bar. I had a few of these on-tap. As long as this is on special then I will definitely take advantage of it. Full flavor, yet light enough to throw a few back without feeling sledged out.

Bottom Line: Not the best Porter I've had but worth checking out, especially if you are a vanilla fan.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 02:50:51 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of hts417


3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- dark brown borderline black with off white tannish head. Retention was short lived

S- coffee and caramel notes with whiffs of vanilla

T-the vanilla is surprisingly subtle. Coffee and roasted malt flavors with the vanilla coming in on the finish

M-fairly thin for the style. Just slightly cloying/ sticky on finish

O-overall not bad but left a lot to be desired. Not really an amazing porter and not enough complexity to be an interesting variation on the style

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 14:02:17 | More by hts417
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Doin' it well out of tha tap at Old Chicago, Omaha, NE.

First sip was kind of like Pepe Lepeu's bung hole. Then Raul took his next and it was aite like Del Taco at midnight. I mean, it's ok for the time being, because Raul is kind of sloshed, but Del Taco while sober? God have mercy.

It was aite to Raul. Just aite.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 05:12:51 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of bulldogguy


4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good vanilla flavor but not over-powering sweet vanilla and tends to drop off a little towards the end of the glass. A little smokey.
Satisfying thick creamy flavor with a bit of a chocolate mid/after taste.. Nice flavor on tap which is how I like my beer. It is my go to beer at my neighborhood beer bar.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 20:48:54 | More by bulldogguy
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a tulip glass.

A- Dark brown sugar, cola color that lets just a bit of light pass. Minimal head, mega rings of lacing.

S- Mild smokey porter aroma, toasty and sweet. Understated vanilla.

T- Oak, vanilla, liquid fireplace if I may.

M- Smooth light feel with good carbonation. The vanilla and low abv make it light and easy to drink.

O- good, easy drinking porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 21:25:44 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of TimmyL

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap into a pint
A- dark brown with a small tan head that doesn't last or lace.
S- as a uge vanilla fan, less vanilla than I hoped. some cocca and roasted malt but not much going on here.
T- follows the nose, not as strong with the vanilla but a nice porter nonetheless.
M- decent carbonation. medium body. low ABV and smooth. sessionable.
O- good but not great... could have a few without a problem, but wouldn't seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 04:41:46 | More by TimmyL
Photo of bulldog91


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thought I ordered a vanilla porter, but kept waiting for the vanilla.
A very good porter - poured dark with a modest head and gave some vanilla smell, but barely. It was easy and light in the mouth and the taste was good. But I kept wanting more vanilla - not dominating it, but just a touch more would have made it phenomenal

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 15:31:46 | More by bulldog91
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear very dark amber to medium brown in color. The beer has a thin (less than quarter finger) light tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of light coffee roast and roasted malts along with a strong flavor of artificial vanilla - very sweet.

T: Similar to the smell with a strong malt body of dark roasted and caramel malts upfront with a strong presence of artificial vanilla in the finish that lingers for quite a while.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: A little too light for the style in my opinion and the artificial vanilla flavor is a little overpowering for my tastes. The beer is not the easiest to drink and is nothing special in my opinion. Just average and probably not one I would order again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 01:35:05 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Darkmagus82


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

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a very deep brown nearly black color with a thin off white head. The head faded fast to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell was largely of roasted malt with a lighter ccoffee, nutty, and cocoa aromas. Mixed with these is a nice strong vanilla smell.

Taste – The taste begins largely of roasted malt with a lighter coffee flavor. Towards the middle, flavors of a light sweet caramel and some vanilla work their way into the flavor profile. The vanilla intensifies as the taste advances from the middle giving a rather strong flavor at the end. At the very end a bitter nutty flavor mixes with the bready roast vanilla flavor leaving a somewhat off bitter roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The creaminess of the body is only slightly above average with a carbonation level that is just below average. The carbonation is very good for the more roasted malt and sweet vanilla flavors, but the body is a little thinner then would be desired.

Overall – It had some nice roasty and vanilla flavors, but left a somewhat more bitter flavor on the tongue at the end due to the nuttiness that came in. Good, but nothing I would really go to on a high occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 00:15:57 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of PeeWee8


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

A: dark brown color with a hint of amber. Not much head but the little on it had nice vanilla flavors. Minimal lacing but probably due to tap.

S: smells like vanilla. Duh. Also smells a bit like baked bread. Welcoming and inviting aroma.

T: vanilla and oat flavor. Not overwhelming but full flavor. Tasty and pleasant

M: smooth first taste, crisp after taste. First time I had it one week ago tap was in better shape and it was thicker and delicious

O: quite enjoyable. Low ABV so can enjoy a few, price decent. Would recommend as good way to start the night.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 02:43:12 | More by PeeWee8
Photo of jneiswender


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

Had this beer on tap at Birch Street Cafe in Rosindale, Boston, MA. Served cool in a pint glass. Thick tan head that leaves rings and a ruby read body. Smell of chocolate and smoke. Tastes like a cherry chocolate milkshake. Has a nice and slick mouthfeel. I would drink this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 00:57:22 | More by jneiswender
Photo of JWHColdOne


4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Fox and Hound. They have $2.50 pints on Tuesday's and I am a huge fan of trying their different beers because of that. I love this beer, it is flat out delicious and it is a beer that I find myself ordering again and again at this time of year. It is a great source to wash down wings with.

You don't smell the vanilla as strongly as you taste it. It is quite surprising how strong the vanilla is, but in a good way. I really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 21:12:58 | More by JWHColdOne
Photo of rudolphjacksonm


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

Had this on-tap on Friday, 12/16/11 at Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA.

A - Near-black with cream/tan head. Not much head retention or lacing. 3.5

S - Breaking down the smell of this porter was a doozy. Roasted malt, coffee, cacao, and a bit of firewood. Some hints of dried fruit as well. Simply put, the smell is heartwarming and sort of what you'd expect from a cabin burning a log fire. 4.0

T - Slight sweetness of vanilla with an interesting pine undertoe. Goes from sweet and vanilla-ey to bitter smoothly but quite fast. The most interesting part of this beer (arguably) is the aftertaste, which combines honey graham cracker, biscuit, more vanilla, and smoky roasted malt. 4.0

M - Good, smooth mouthfeel. Slight carbonation that really tingles the middle of the tongue. Smooth yet spicy. 4.0

O - Solid porter. I'd definitely recommend this to some friends.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 21:24:21 | More by rudolphjacksonm
Photo of gatornation


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

on tap 12 oz glass

A- pours a dark brown color with a khaki colored head a film of lacing on glass

S- vanilla bean, malt, milk chocolate

T- vanilla and coffee with milk chocolate malts and whipped cream with toasted malts a hint of hops

M- medium carbonation with a creamy latte coffee and malt finish

O- very easy to drink for a porter,low abv it has a coffee and cream taste that is good, dont want a sixer of this one but worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 04:32:01 | More by gatornation
Photo of Theitos


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

Poured in to the Vanilla Porter proprietary glass. The color is dark chestnut. The beer was too cold initially. As the beer warmed up, the vanilla aroma and taste started to really come out. The warmer the beer got the smoother and more complex the taste got. The vanilla is very pronounced but it doesn't feel like it gets in the way of the porter. Its got a nice flavor and it would be a nice beer to serve to a group that has various tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 13:24:12 | More by Theitos
Photo of angelogarcia3

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sapsuckers in Huntington poured this in a regular pilsner glass with a small head. The color is a dark caramel but it is clear and translucent. The vanilla bean is prominent on the nose along with hints of caramel. The first sip hits you with the vanilla flavor, slight effervensce, and is not very thick in the mouth. It finishes clean with a hint of chocolate. A great beer and at 4.7% can have a few while watching the Jets attempt to play football.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 19:56:15 | More by angelogarcia3
Photo of LeftonJackman


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Happy Dog

A-Near opaque amber brown. Thin wispy head that was gone almost as quick as it appeared.

S-Vanilla bean (shock), anise. Somewhat muted although it might have just been me.

T-Vanilla, toasted earthy notes. A little clove?

M-Light carbonation, drinkable

O-I remember this beer being better. Had it months ago and really felt it had more to it. Could be a bad batch. Will review again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 22:07:12 | More by LeftonJackman
Photo of MsRif


4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Breckenridge Blake St. Brewpub.

Poured a lovely dark brown color with a light tan/beige head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is of roasty malts, vanilla, dark chocolate and perhaps a touch of coffee. Tastes well-balanced with roasty malts, strong vanilla, chocolate and coffee undertones. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Low carbonation which is just fine for this brew. Vanilla was strong, but I liked that characteristic and it was balanced well with the other flavors in this brew. I would definitely have it again! Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 00:13:16 | More by MsRif
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep mahogany color with almost no head. smells like vanilla beans, fresh and sweet and potent, faint coffee roasted malt fumes as well. love the taste, super strong vanilla happening, which people have critiqued, but i find it perfect for this beer, a really nice bold falvor without beeing rot your teeth sugary. theres a nice long finish on this one as well, where the flavors continue to evolve. mouthfeel a bit thin for a porter in my book, but other than that a real interesting porter. i could see this in an icecream float! mmm

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 16:33:22 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of morebeergood


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint tonight while having dinner at Birch Street Bistro in Roslindale. Served on tap in a standard pint glass. Dark brown colored body. Not much head for a porter; a bit thin. Smell had slight notes of coffee and wood. I enjoyed the taste, but it might not be for everyone. The flavor of vanilla is very prominent. While I enjoyed it, there was a time or two while I was drinking where I thought I'd like it more if it was toned down a bit. Mouthfeel was also on the thin side for a porter, which was kind of a letdown. An interesting beer if you enjoy unique versions of porters. May be better suited to drink after dinner or with dessert, rather than with an entree.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 03:19:24 | More by morebeergood
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From memory, had it at Scotty's Brewhouse in West Lafayette.

Poured and presented with a quarter inch foamy head. Was a deep chocolatey color and very appealing to the eye in the glass. Laced perfectly the whole way down.

A complex taste. My first experience with a porter. Taste hits with a blend of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a general sweet flavor. Right at the end, there is a little hops bitterness, but not much. Leaves you wanting more with each drink.

Surprisingly light on the palate. I could drink a few of these and not feel full or drunk, a good combo.

Overall, I may have a new favorite pint when I go to Scotty's. It's a shame this is a seasonal fall/winter brew, I'll miss this one when it goes away.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 02:01:54 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown - mahogany - with a tan head, little retention.

Smelled largely of vanilla, hard to detect much else, some coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste is vanilla - it dominates the scene- there is a nice porter here with subtle coffee & chocolate notes, but the aftertaste again is all vanilla. It has a very nice creamy mouthfeel, but is too much vanilla for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 23:39:53 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of Bfarr


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a thin tan head, light orange highlights with no retention or lacing. Vanilla and light chocolate aroma. Strong vanilla with roasted and dark chocolate notes and an overall strong sweetness. Sharp yet robust feel.

I will start by saying I am rather preferential to vanilla. That being said I did rather enjoy this beer although I will say I wasn’t sure whether this was brewed with vanilla or infused with vanilla. The vanilla is so strong it seems fairly artificial. However, I still liked it overall although the feel left something to be desired for a porter.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 22:00:03 | More by Bfarr
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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.