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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
82
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2,904 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,904
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 54
Gots: 209 | 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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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

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

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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

West Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
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

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

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked a bottle up at Capone's.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint glass cool.

A - A very attractive cola-like brown w/ a 3.5 finger sand colored head that settles slowly. The head is composed of spacious swiss-cheese bubbles and generates copious amounts of lace.

S - A queer, peculier scent,yet very aromatic, like woody root beer. Tinges of vanilla spice and a very creamy aroma. Cake-like and toasted w/ a caramel or creme brulee type scent.

M - Light to med., nutty, carbonated, spiced and smooth with a residual sugar taste that really has flavor. Excellent mouthfeel with light and spiced combined.

T - A wonderful egg cream - meets dunkel lager-like smoothness. Almost too creamy - it wants to be sipped. I take big gulps to get a better taste. The porter ends up tasting like a smore in beer form: Vanilla of marshmallow, Toasted grain of graham cracker, and chocolate of chocolate malt. A very good dessert beer. It doesn't stop being a porter, it seamlessly incorporates the vanilla augmentation into a a pretty tasty porter.

D - I can't say it is the best vanilla beer ever, but a pretty tasty result with the mellow porter flavor. It might be better w/ a tad more porter in flavor, than vanilla IMO, though. Still very drinkable if you are in the mood for a smore or a porter or both.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 23:54:08 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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

New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Opaque, deep, dark brown color; little to no head.

S: Roasty malts, vanilla.

T: Tasty vanilla right up front, with roasty malts and a bit of coffee in the middle. Finishes sweet and slightly dry.

M: Medium body, not heavy at all.

D: Very tasty. The vanilla is pronounced and very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 21:31:55 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-12-2013 03:32:56 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with some light coming through at the edges. There is a half finger of creamy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Some sweet roast with lots and lots of vanilla. The vanilla may be a bit artificial, but it's still quite nice. I'm also getting some dark fruit notes.

Taste: Some roast up front. This beer isn't very sweet until the finish. The finish has the sweetness along with the strong vanilla presence. Nothing earth shattering, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The first time I had this beer it was a real eye opener for me. I didn't realize the kind of things you could do with beer. That being said, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:22:41 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/3/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 1 inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of vanilla and roasted malts, but lightly. Also some dark fruits. Would have liked the smell to be a little stronger.

t - Tastes of light vanilla, oak, and roasted malts.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carb. Very smooth and creamy.

d - An ok porter. Thought the smell was a little bit weak, but had a decent taste and a great feel to it. Might try again but wouldn't really seek out.

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

06-08-2010 01:44:47 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-22-2011 18:35:30 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a pure white head, some lace.

S: Vanilla, milk chocolate.

T: Lots of milk chocolate, brown sugar, big vanilla, nice flavour. A dessert in itself.

M: Soft carbonation, smooth, medium-bodied.

D: I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and it did not disappoint. For any vanilla fan this would be right up their alley.

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

07-31-2010 18:26:46 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-24-2012 21:46:52 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-11-2013 06:37:26 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

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

33cl bottle served into a glass mug in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. A dark nontransparent brown colour.

Sm: Nuts, cream, light chocolate, and some smoke. I don't get vanilla, but then me nose is broken. All apologies, lads. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy vanilla and cream alongside light subtle chocolate notes. I've never had vanilla as full as it is in this beer. With this much vanilla, it'd be easy to venture into the non-beer territory of cream soda flavours, but it holds up. I'd like more cream on the open. Complex enough. Well built and balanced. Quite fanciful indeed.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable. a low ABV, and a decent price (at least in Colorado). I'd definitely have it again, especially if it were on draught.

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

08-13-2011 04:51:37 | More by kojevergas
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-13-2013 06:34:02 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-09-2012 02:46:45 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a dark brown with mild, ruby transparencies. A fluffy, light tan head slowly fades into a mild cap and a bubbly collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge vanilla notes, caramel, and brown sugar with a dusting of cocoa powder, molasses, and milk chocolate.
Taste is of vanilla laced cocoa beverage with a hint of mocha and a touch of mint.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, and just sweet enough to keep me coming back for more. This is a very drinkable, lip smacking, after dinner brew that keeps you so interested that you don't want to put the glass down.
I could pound a few six packs of these and keep coming back for more.

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

01-20-2009 01:56:02 | More by weeare138
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,904 ratings.