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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,319 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,319
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 75
Gots: 400 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -17.4%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

djrn2, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Texasfan549, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

metter98, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -17.4%

GRG1313, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -17.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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

brentk56, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kylehay2004, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

oberon, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

zeff80, Jan 13, 2007
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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,319 ratings.