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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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2,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 56
Gots: 228 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-06-2012 09:16:22 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of weeare138


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

01-20-2009 01:56:02 | More by weeare138
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, deep brown with a 1/4 inch head. Smelled of malt and a little bit of vanilla on the nose. The nose could have been stronger. Taste was of vanilla up front but not as much as I thought but the vanilla stays around throughout the taste and mouthfeel. Overall a good vanilla porter but it was to subtle on the taste for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 18:16:22 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle from Abe's.
Not a bad dessert beer, if you're in to vanilla. It looks a dark brown with an off-white head. Not much lacing, but there are more important elements to beer. The aroma is of vanilla and chocolate grains. Those carry over into the flavor, along with deeper roasted flavors. The mouth is on the dry side and a little bitter, but smooth enough. Like I said, a decent dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 04:20:29 | More by tempest
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the Breckenridge sampler pack. Pours a dark mahogany brown, nice little white frothy head to it. Aroma is of very faint vanilla. Taste is really thin, especially for the style which kind of ruins the mouthfeel for me. The vanilla isn't super present, but as the beer warms it shows more. Aftertaste is lackluster and doesn't just come together for me, too sloppy and watered down, and the vanilla feels out of place. The rest of the beers in the sampler pack were good, but I'd pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:03:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

optimator13 sensed a need for me to get off of the CANned AAL train and drink outside of my box, so he sent me a box of stouts and porters. Cool! I am not averse to any beer and I have to cop to not having reviewed a porter or a stout for some time. Good lookin' out, bro!

Oh, it smells yummy! Man, my aggro pours are netting me some big heads, like this two-finger gem - light-tan, good retention, sticky lacing as it settles. Nose smelled like a swirled soft-serve ice cream cone: chocolate and vanilla at the same time. I miss ice cream not out of intolerance but simply that I never seem to be able to catch Mister Softee as he tools through my neighborhood in the summer. I am going to practice running before the season begins so that I might actually catch him this year. Color was a deep brown with cola highlights. Mouthfeel was medium and it was in the mouth that I really caught the vanilla. Holy Milli Vanilli, Batman! I remember in HomeEc when we were told to use the extract flavorings VERY judiciously and this was what a batch of my kitchen's vanilla cookies tasted like. Back then, vanilla extract was purported to be alcoholic and so we were swigging it as well as shaking it into the dough. BIG vanilla flavors, both in the cookies and this beer. One of the things that I really dig about the porter style is its ability to take on adjunct flavors. This was like a vanilla milkshake more than a Porter. Dang, but it was really pleasant. Finish was mild, smooth, fairly sweet, but it was vanilla, not sugary sweet, which is what does me in every time. I would not want more than one or two, except as a dessert beer or as an ingredient in a dessert recipe.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 05:52:39 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A new one to my area, 12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/botleing date info

Pours darker brown with a dark ruby glow, when held to the light. Dark mocha head, cramy/frothy, staying , thicker collar and then well developed and thoroughly respectable fine lacing.

Vanilla (suprise) says the nostrils, with a hint of chocolate and caramel malting.

Smooth, velvety on the tongue and fairly sweet. Vanilla, clealry present but just short of overpowering. Milk chocolate, caramel, malt balls all picked up. Too sweet for sessionability, but not too sweet to enjoy this one again, perhaps with a piece of pie or chocolate dessert.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 17:58:24 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-07-2013 19:17:17 | More by orangesol
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 9/1/10.

Pours a dark brown color that appears more of a clear amber red when held up to the light. Less than a finger of creamy tan head forms and doesn't retain all that well. Faint spots of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is a very sweet smelling scent of vanilla, chocolate and fruity, estery alcohol.

The taste is slightly bitter from the hops but includes a vanilla sweetness that overtakes the light bitteness and flavor of chocolate malt.

Slightly watery in the feel with a low level of carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of chocolate and seemingly fruity malt blended with alcohol. Easy drinking but not something I would have again. This would be a beer I would give someone who is not a fan of dark beer but wants to be "eased" into it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 15:39:39 | More by stakem
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-08-2013 18:30:52 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -8%
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
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-30-2012 16:40:33 | More by DrunkinYogi
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New Hampshire

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

11-14-11; 12oz bottle $2.99 from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma., otherwise same as on-tap.
5-22-06; On tap at Old Chicago in Peoria, IL. Pours with a two-fingered off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. A deep amber color. Nose is strong vanilla. Starts sweet with the vanilla present but not overbearing slight hop finish. Good carbonation and medium bodied. $3.75 for 16oz.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:26:47 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a sweet beer, but it is what it is. You either like that or you don't. I found it fairly pleasant. Pours dark brown with a short head that fades. No lacing. The smell is redolent with vanilla, rum, sweet malt and some bitter hops at the end. Taste is similar, and ddefinitely sweet but not overally so- and certainly there are some hops to balance the sweetness as well. Lots and lots of vanilla and some oaky bitterness at the end. Creamy and smooth, I enjoyed this for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 17:00:55 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Wasatch


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, not much of a head, with minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice vanilla notes, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, hints of vanilla, and some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, thanks Bill.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 02:33:21 | More by Wasatch
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a deep ruby/brown. Pous a slight tan head and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is of carmel, malts, and the last hint was vanilla. Taste is of overpowering vanilla. Carmel is also mixed in as well.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, after it lingers around, it tastes almost like vanilla vodka.

Overall, this is a very unique beer, not something I would want to try again, but I am glad I got to try it once.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 23:49:39 | More by mothman
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-21-2013 21:16:56 | More by duceswild
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a creamy 3/4" tan head above the barely translucent burgundy brown brew. Head fades gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is roasty grains and lactose sweet. Taste is the sweet dark malts upfront, then the vanilla sweetness kicks in, with a light fruitiness, and all that sugar just hangs around, long after the swallow. Mouthfeel is just too sweet, and drinkability is limited by same. Turn it back a notch, and we might have an interesting, more drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 01:32:12 | More by ppoitras
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

03-23-2013 18:04:51 | More by ejimhof
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. Brewed with Vanilla beans.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber in color. A short livid head froms and recedes to the edges. Just a few spots of lace.

Aroma is strong of vanilla, with a roasted malt background.

Flavors of roasted malt and vanilla. Smooth and a bit creamy. Hop bitterness is on the back end to balance the sweetish malt/vanilla.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and quite smooth.

An easy drinking session porter. 4.7% alcohol makes this easy to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 18:21:46 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-18-2013 00:55:27 | More by BillRoth
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I think "vanilla porter" I envision the contrast of black and white. What is in my glass now is exactly that vision. It is a sooty, opaque black body set in opposition to the fuzzy white head that rests over top of it. (OK, there may be a little tapioca stain to that foam, but it still stands out as a clear mismatch.) Lacing shaped like commas, periods and semi-colons add punctuation (literally?) to a nice appearance.

Does it smell like cheap vanilla extract? A little. But I wouldn't consider it cloying or artificially sweet. I'd say - and this could just be me - that it fairly closely resembles actual vanilla bean. But whether the vanilla smells artificial or not is a moot point because the porter side of things is non-existent. Beyond the buttery vanilla is... not much. Or anything.

Porters are often redolent of chocolate and coffee, delicious flavours that make a natural match for vanilla. The idea to brew a vanilla-infused porter is ingenious really. So how did Breckenridge forget to include the porter? There is nothing dark or roasty or malty about this. Hell, there isn't even that much vanilla! If this odd, unusual and awfully off-putting smell of biscuits is any indication, this porter is a remarkable failure.

The taste is a step-up but it doesn't entirely leave behind that bizarre (and frankly sullying) taste of stale biscuits. The vanilla isn't as tasty as it often is in flavoured coffees or ice creams. If only they could improve the malt bill this has the potential to be delicious. All it needs is some caramely maltiness, a bit more smokey roast, some chocolaty fudge or maybe a drop of coffee - you know, the flavours you would typical expect from a porter?!

I enjoyed this beer much more the first time around. Of course, my palate wasn't nearly as fine-tuned three years ago as it is today. Sample size definitely factored into it as well; now having a full bottle I'm finding the vanilla, amicable enough as it is, can really grow cloying without a proper malt bill to support it. This is more of a soda than anything else.

Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter is most definitely not remarkable, as its label proclaims it to be. I love porters and I love vanilla - the two seem a natural match. I would have thought a beer like this would have a werewolf-like effect on me; I expected to start acting all unpredictably, howling at the moon and such. And I'm sure a beer like this can have such an effect - if done right and made well. This example was most certainly not.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 23:15:05 | More by biegaman
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger light tan head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A fair amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big vanilla beans, caramel, roasted malt, light chocolate, biscuit, and some light spicy hops. Nice aromas, very big on the vanilla beans as expected. Taste of big vanilla, caramel, light chocolate, bread, and a bit of spiciness. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of vanilla, caramel, light chocolate, and spiciness. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a lightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all as expected for a beer of 4.7%. Overall this is a very nice and sessionable porter. Nice amount of flavor and good balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:04:51 | More by superspak
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-25-2011 04:45:00 | More by rab53
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4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass.
Found it at Grapes and Grains in Denver.
This is a good one. I'll have to have more to compare it with Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter. This one has a nice head, perhaps a little thin for a porter. Keeps, but spotty.
Good aroma of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, malt and nuts.
Tastes comes on strong vanilla, but only at first. Typical porter of nuts, chocolate, malt. Coffee taste is the dominate flavor, yet isn't too strong. It says it uses real vanilla beans, and that comes through in the taste. The vanilla is strong, yet in the background.
It's a good beer, but I'll have to drink more to truly get the feel for it.
--update. OK, I've had a six pack. A nice smooth beer. Doesn't linger too long in the back of your mouth. don't drink other beers after this one unless they are big tasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 04:29:09 | More by Mebuzzard
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