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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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82
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2,661 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2661
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006)
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Bottle drank at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a semi-clear dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts and vanilla beans. Taste is of dark roasted malts, vanilla cola, and vanilla extract. This beer has good carbonation with a soda-like crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter with some unique vanilla flavors. I would definitely get this one again. My first beer from Breckenridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 18:20:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Roasted walnut brown on the desktop, maroon with orange highlights when backlit. A golden ecru cap sits atop the beer and begins to deflate as surface bubbles pop! pop! pop! in rapid succession. Better than average lace helps turn this into a pretty good looking porter.

The nose is weak and isn't all that porterish. That's somewhat surprising since the malt bill runs the gamut from pale to caramel to chocolate to black to roasted barley. Precious little of the darker malts were used, I'm guessing. I do appreciate the unmistakable aroma of vanilla, so all is not lost.

Breckenridge went to the trouble to acquire vanilla beans from New Guinea and Madagascar. I guess a blending of the two is required to get exactly the vanilla flavor they're looking for. Why then does it taste like poor quality vanilla extract? Despite the fact that it has a great deal of flavor, I'm not enjoying the beer as much as I was during the first few sips.

It's a little too sweet, with a chocolate and caramal extract flavor. I'm sure the brewery uses quality ingredients, it just doesn't taste like it. Vanilla, which I usually love, is becoming more overpowering as I drink. Good thing the bottle is only twelve ounces.

The body/mouthfeel is both thin and slightly sticky, a combination of characteristics that has always made me think that sugar was added (after fermentation) to a relatively light-bodied beer. It's a fairly unexciting mouthfeel that might have been helped by a few more bubbles. Nah, probably not.

A vanilla porter sounds like something I would enjoy. It's too bad this winter seasonal isn't very good. I have no idea where the fault lies, but the beer tastes fake. Never mind the word 'partakable' along the bottom edge of the label. I won't be partaking of Vanilla Porter ever again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 14:43:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

12oz bottle that I purchased on my trip up to Ohio. Not really too familar with the Vanilla porter but I thought it looked intresting so i figured I would give it a try. Served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very deep dark brown, almost black with the exception of a touch of light shining through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Decent amount of head on top, with a nice off white or light tan color that reached a heaight of around two fingers before settling back down and leaving behind a nice film across the top with more then adequate side glass lace.

S - The aroma was very rich and sweet and I was able to pick up on this almost immediatly. A very nice full smell, lots of roasted nuts are in here with a good touch of vanilla as well. Nice sweet caramel aromas and a touch of coffee too, not bad at all.

T - The flavor followed the same course as well. Really nice flavors of coffee and roasted nuts were apparent from the very beginning. These gave way to a nice earthy sweetness with lots of caramel and vanilla coming through here and really pushing the sugar envelope. Finish was nice a touch dry but with a long ligering sweetness.

M - The feel was a little light for a porter but still pretty decent. Lots of carbonation on this one and it was definitly very smooth, that was a definite. Nice somewhat creamy feel in the beginning thinned out as you went on.

D - This was easily a nice session beer for someone with a sweet tooth. Nothing in here that would really detract from having more then one of it. Not bad at all.

Overall I thought this was decent. Nothing really bad about it at all, just nothing here really blew me away really. I could have had another with a doubt. A solid call but its not gonna blow you away.

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

03-02-2008 16:16:21 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a few shades of brown too light for a porter; looks more like a brown ale; the rocky head retains fairly well and leaves some lacing, too

Smell: Lots of vanilla and toffee elements; pronounced and appealing

Taste: Starts out with plenty of caramel but by mid-palate, the vanilla takes over and dominates; subtle coffee and milk chocolate elements are underneath, and there is a bitter element that appears at the swallow but quickly fades as the vanilla re-asserts itself

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting concept but not something I would want to drink on a frequent basis due to the underlying sweetness

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

10-25-2008 22:28:36 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -38.1%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

I'd guess that BAers will either love this or hate this. Either you like the imense vanilla flavor and lactose quality, or you hate the weak porter presence. Although I find this beer intriguing and aluring, there are some characteristics that will keep me from buying it again. Smells wonderful initially, but follows up with a sweet-stout character without the stout. A fellow BA described this as soured milk...I can't disagree. The Porter part of the beer falls quite weak and a bit grainy. This allows for the lactose creaminess to become too pronounced and sweet. I would like more chocolate and coffee flavors to come from the malt. This would increase the body and keep the lactose from feeling slick and overly milky-sweet. At times the vanilla tastes like true-brewed vanilla beans, and at times tastes like a plastic-y extract and keeps me confused. I want to like it, but can't bring myself to say it with much confidence.

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

07-16-2006 19:12:41 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has only a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that quickly died down and left rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of vanilla in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell except that the vanilla flavors are stronger, but not overpowering. There are some hints of roasted malts in the background.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink, but there's nothing really interesting about the taste that would make me want to try this again.

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

03-17-2011 23:58:36 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, dark reddish body with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: How upsetting. Incredibly weak aroma of sour grains with a tinge of herbaceousness to it.

Taste: Light, sour malt taste with a mild milk chocolate flavor. Only the faintest hint of vanilla crops up midway and lasts into the chocolate water finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Woefully weak and unappealing.

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

09-09-2007 18:45:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lindley Park Filling Station here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint a deep dar brown with some ruby hue to it,a thinner but well sustained off white head atop.Big sweet vanilla aromas mixed with some roasted notes,flavors are quite sweet up front with vanilla and molasses flavors, there is a decent drying woddy,earthy finish to keep it from being sweeter than it already is.Not bad but the sweetness up front can be a bit much though.

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

11-26-2008 20:02:32 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Pours a derk ruby black-brown with less than a finger of light ecru head that doesn't leave much leacing behind at all. The nose is loaded with vanilla beans, relegating the roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and caramel to supporting roles, but creating a delicious aroma nonetheless. The taste allows the darker aspects to return to the van, especially the cocoa and malts, while still keeping the vanilla at hand as an able auxiliary force. The lighter sweetness and darker porter-ness balance each other quite nicely. The body is a thick medium, with minimal carbonation and a rather smooth texture. Overall, a very tasty and highly drinkable sweet porter.

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

03-07-2010 07:36:49 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many of the vanilla porters I've tasted have been over-done with vanilla extract that tends to build on the palate and lead to a nasty finish. This one, however, is at least a little bit more nicely balanced. The vanilla definitely makes it's presence known amidst the mildly roasty, chocolatey, and lightly caramelish character of the malt, but it doesn't cover them up. And it lingers nicely in the finish, without becoming too "artificial". The beer is well made and has a good appearance and head retention. As for drinkability, I still think that the vanilla has to hinder it on a volume scale (ie. it's kind of a one and done beer), and I don't think that it adds enough character and flavor to REALLY make you want to have one (ie. along the lines of a Sam Adam's Triple Bock). However, it's still pleasant enough throughout a single glass, and I'd enjoy having one during a night out with the lads or with dinner. I wonder how this might pair with something like honey-glazed wings, or potato pizza? I think it has the potential to work as more than just a dessert beer. Interesting.

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

07-08-2007 13:08:00 | More by NeroFiddled
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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
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-09-2013 05:03:35 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting label on this one, with some obtuse, too-clever-by-half phrasing. Beneath the words "Vanilla Porter", they proclaim: "Seldom Seen. Never Duplicated." Huh? Does that even make sense?
And, bookending the larger body of the design, at top and bottom, two words that try to belong together and prove the writer's great wit, yet fall flat. "Remarkable" ..."Partakable"...oh, kay...is partakable a word, even? And, do they know these words don't rhyme, exactly, for that seems their only purpose in pairing them.

Basically, they want to say, "It's different, and you can drink it."
So, let's see about that...

Big vanilla aromatics waft out from first crack of the crown.

Pours out a deep, dark brown, with a sliver of crimson at the sides, a meager, but loyal cocoa / tan head. Good.

Roasty nose, swiftly dominated by sweet vanilla. Light hints of coffee below, glimmers of chocolate. Pleasing, yes, but not overpowering, nor especially outstanding.

Chalky, flaky cocoa feel from the start, like a dusting of chocolate powder...rinses the mouth with a smattering of sweetness, then dashes away. Medium, at best, in body, a bit too light for me...vanilla bean flavor clings to the palate and pushes away the other flavors that may reside in the taste. Gets sweeter as we go in, a bit too much for me, actually.

Probably the best vanilla porter I've tried, but I'm still not crazy about the style.
I like more porter, less vanilla.

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

02-21-2006 00:19:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is smoky and contains strong vanilla and roasted malts with a little bit of caramel & hops in the background.

T: The taste is loaded with vanilla, more so than any other beer that I’ve had. There’s a little bit of caramel, spice and hops in it but they only show up briefly. The malt character is very hearty as you would expect. The after-taste is sweet. Previously, I have disparagingly described other beers as tasting like cream soda. While this beer tastes more like cream soda than those beers that I berated, this one does it well, because it retains taste qualities of beers that the others did not.

M: Very smooth with a decent amount of crispness, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, very good representation of style within the style (while it's listed as an Herbed/Spiced Beer, it probably should be listed as an American Porter), this beer is one I could drink quite a few of until I get too full, but it’s still very good.

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

09-27-2007 03:28:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours a ruddy brown/black with little light penatrating the glass. Tan malt head starts off about 1" deep but drops down to a film. Below average lacing and head retention

Smell: Roasted malt, vanilla not much else

Taste: Sweetness and vanilla notes up front. Some grainy bitterness/leather taste in the middle and slight dryness and more vanilla in the finish

MF: Slighty prickly but not out of balance

Drinkable for 1 or 2 but too sweet past that. Would be great with a brownie. I'd think this would work for me with about 2% more abv. Worth a try when you you sweet tooth is calling

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

02-09-2006 04:24:20 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a creamy malt scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It also has a mild vanilla scent that adds another level of sweetness to the aroma. The taste is decent. It has a well pronounced vanilla flavor layed over a roasted malt taste. It's sweet with a dry element to it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but I think the recipe needs to be tweeked a little. More crystal and chocolate malts would make this a wicked awesome dessert brew.

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

04-21-2006 00:24:47 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with just a touch of vanilla. The flavor is much different. The vanilla stands out with some chocolate to balance things out. I also get a little bit of roasted malt but it plays second fiddle to the vanilla and chocolate. I also get a little bit of nuttyness in the flavor. The aftertaste is strong vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

07-22-2010 04:43:17 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Pours out a dark brown color with no head to speak of.

S - Smelled very strongly of vanilla and malt.

T - Tasted mainly of vanill and some malt. As it warmed the vanilla flavor became more subtle and the beer tasted better.

M - It was soft and creamy. Medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very unique beer. At first sip I wasn't sure if I'd like it but it gets better as it warms.

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

01-13-2007 22:17:48 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy 1.5 finger head fades semi slowly with a little lacing, over very dark brown, with a rosy hue.

Nose adds some light roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, tons of vanilla, slight syrupy caramel, that's mostly it, just lots of vanilla, some light roast and chocolate.

Taste is just tons of cheap vanilla flavoring, its like cheap vanilla ice cream with a little bit of porter mixed in, a very light roast and coffee, caramel, a creamy demeanor, but pretty much just cheap vanilla. Finishes a little bitter, but semi sweet, and little bit of minerality.

Mouth is medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and decent carbonation.

It's not bad if you like overpowering vanilla and cheap vanilla ice cream, but nothing special.

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

03-17-2011 02:05:07 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A reasonably vigorous pour only produces a thin finger thickness, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a deep brown color that is almost black, but it does show a clear, concentrated, ruby hue when held up to the light. Light aromas of vanilla mix in with roasty dark malt notes. The nose has a slight burnt acidity to it, some well toasted bread aromas, a touch of blackened espresso notes and perhaps a touch of malty chocolate. The vanilla is fairly restrained, though easily noticeable, but the base beers aroma does not seem to match the vanilla notes very well.

Not as thin as I was expecting, this has a soft creaminess to it and a certain fullness to it that helps to lightly coat the mouth. The vanilla is much more noticeable in the flavor than it was in the aroma. The vanilla definitely dominates the flavor profile, but there is still some roast grain character that pokes through especially towards the finish were bitter, burnt flavors kick in a bit along with a touch of roast acidity. The vanilla is accented by sweet malt flavors that are note really noticeable underneath the vanilla notes, but are definitely here. This has a very low hop presence, as expected, with perhaps a touch of bitterness being all I notice.

This is definitely a vanilla focused brew, this would not be such a bad thing if the base beer was a bit more noticeable underneath. Instead all I really get is an overly burnt malt character, that doesn't really seem to contribute positively. Though I really like the texture and mouthfeel of this brew.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

03-09-2008 01:30:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this brew until I actually did and wasn't very fond of it. The pour was nice its had a deep dark brown color with a tan colored head. The smell of the beer was lacking something to me... The vanilla. Maybe it's in the taste... Nope, not there either. Where is the vanilla in this? I was so bummed that I wasn't able to get any of that flavor that I probably can't give that much of a legit review. The smell did have a roasted aroma to it though, and the taste had a burnt bitterness to it. The mouthfeel wasn't too thick or anything. Overall just really bummed, I hate when something like this fails to please.

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

06-04-2011 03:03:04 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Tasted in March, reviewed from notes:

Pours dark brown (a bit murky, but darkness mostly covers it) with a thin tan head that disappears in awhile. Some thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of vanilla and chocolate.

Vanilla is prominent but with a firm chocolatey porterish backing - chocolate with very slight roast and some graininess. Not too sweet. Not exactly complex or robust.

Smooth, though a bit thin... thin side of medium with medium carbonation.

It is not too heavy on the vanilla - a good thing... a decent brew... Not one I would look for again, but had no problems going through a six-pack over a few days. I would not have mind it being more robust, however, especially for a winter seasonal.

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

05-10-2011 18:33:35 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours dark brown. A thinner crème head doesn’t stick around long. Uneventful nose. Flavor is kind of tangy sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Thin, but good malt character. A bit too much of a sugar edge, but it’s not too bad. Feel is a bit thin on the liquid, but decent still. Minor carbonation. Not too bad a drinker. I could go for more than one, but this might be a good beer to pair with food. I am thinking hot wings or some kind of spicy lamb dish.

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

01-01-2008 07:09:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a cola brown caramel hue head simply billows above the rim of the glass tan light beige head color with great retention lacing spreads evenly around my pint. Aromatics powderd cocoa mild coffee tones vanilla cream air as well good mix mild herbal hop flow pretty straight forward a little ripe fruit notes peaking through as well. Flavor wise heavy vanilla extract tones among some dark chocolate roastiness but the sweetness is too much completely overbears the natural porter qualities hard to detect the hops with all that extract a flowing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied creamy carbonation definitely feels silky on the palate pretty good feel to it. Drinkability is a bit rough with all of that cloying vanilla extract going on in this brew I'm just not into it can't for see trying this one again.

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

07-20-2007 20:53:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head that leaves decent lace on the glass although that diminishes as the tasting continues. Light brown color where light shines through easily.

Mildly earthy. No vanilla to the nose. Too mild for the style.

Strong cocoa flavor. Milk chocolate finish-- lightly sweet. A smooth beer with a rich body and a low carbonation. Very low hop presence. With vanilla being such a subtle flavor, I'm not embarrassed to say that I cannot find it in my tasting. Easy to quaff.

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

03-05-2011 21:36:12 | More by smcolw
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