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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,079 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,079
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 62
Gots: 284 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

EigenBeer, Jul 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jeddis1, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

dmilewsk, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jbaker67, Jul 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

StoutishDan, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

The bottle looks like a cross between a Woodstock look and the 1950’s homemaker/June Cleaver design. The lightning bolt company logo is awesome and the vanilla flower seems like it’s out of a naturalist’s book, but the bottle is a little boring overall. If I had a collection of bottles similarly designed to this one I might display them on a shelf, but as an individual I wouldn’t keep it.

The beer pours a nice and dark amber caramel, almost black at its middle with a cream browned head that starts tall and wheedles down to a half a fingers length, which retains for quite some time. The smell is actually quite weak… I really had to dig to find it. In the end I detected a sweet with caramel malts. The slightest tinge of vanilla can be found, but nothing near what I was hoping for. There is also a slight tingle in the back which seems bready with a slight ouch of fruit. The taste is also underwhelming with vanilla, if it is there, it is in the faint lingering sweetness of the beer. This is definitely a solid porter, though, with a good chocolatey malt taste and slight breadiness in the back of the mouth. The more you sip it the more you think you taste the vanilla on the edges of the tongue, and it definitely builds into an actual vanilla taste by the end of the beer, but it still is not the leading flavor in the beer. The beer is very clean on the mouth, leaving little to no tingle or taste, but the initial sip has a little harsh kick of carbonation but then washes away entirely. The tongue is left with sap-like strings of vanilla streaking over it after the beer has washed down. This is a terrific porter with great subtle tastes, just not the kick of vanilla I was hoping for from something called a “vanilla porter.” Maybe I am just unfamiliar with the vanilla porter style but I feel like you should be able to get more of a vanilla flavor than this beer delivers. I’d call it a vanilla-kissed/touched porter rather than a straight up vanilla porter. This is a great beer but is just labeled incorrectly.

Maxwell, Jul 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

SGourley, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Axnjxn, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

djtomain, Jul 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

stortore, Jul 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

rjl910953, Jun 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

A: nice looking porter. Dark black color, nice frothy beige head.

S: strong vanilla, slight maple syrup, funky old chocolate.

T: coffe taste is there but is overpowered by the vanilla. There is also nuts, chocolate, and molasses flavors that come through.

M: low carbonation like you would expect but the body seemed very thin and watery.

O: just ok. I prefer more of a smokey flavor to my porters.

Giggy, Jun 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

ImperialSnout, Jun 27, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

TheCzig, Jun 27, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a dark brown color with some red hues. Nice color. Unfortunately, there is very little head, and it disappears completely in mere seconds. Not a very good sign.
Smells of vanilla and roasted malts. The scent is slightly subdued, but the vanilla smell gets me a little excited. The taste is very nice. Roasted malts, nuts, caramel, and of course, vanilla. Vanilla dominates. Slightly sweet, but not excessive. Medium body, slightly creamy, and medium carbonation.

I really like the vanilla taste. It's very well done. It isn't one of the best porters in the world, but it has its place.

Danny1217, Jun 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

KenC, Jun 27, 2012
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nheinzie57, Jun 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

FrankShirley, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

crobinso, Jun 24, 2012
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 3,079 ratings.