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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,400 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,400
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 81
Gots: 439 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling or best-by date.

Look- Clear ruby brown with a finger of frothy beige head that falls pretty quickly. Nice lacing.

Smell- Strong vanilla, sweet, dark rye bread. Sharper roasted/burnt aroma lurks in the background.

Taste- Similar to the aroma, but not as roasty. Comes off like Ovaltine, lightly sweet, toasted marshmallow and chocolate drink powder. Ends with dry floured toffee.

Mouthfeel- Thinner than expected, soft carbonation comes out on the swallow. Clean at first, but gets somewhat sticky by the end of the glass.

Overall- Tastes a bit too much like Yoohoo to wow me, but it's pleasant, reasonably priced, and flavorful enough to pair with something spicy. It's also one of the few readily available porters in my area, so it has that going for it.

Photo of Wallst
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ukfan1991
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jlenik
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: not much head, amber notes through the dark brew. looks unspectacular.

s: chocolate, biscuit flour, vanilla, bitter sweet chocolate.

t: taste is pleasant, mild dark malt flavors, some dark chocolate, a healthy dose of vanilla as well.

m: smooth, not flat, carbonation coats the tongue well, I get some alcohol feel which I find strange for such a low abv beer.

o: not as robust as it should be but a decent vanilla porter. if only founders would do a vanilla version of their porter. until then I shall settle with alternatives!

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of oldvines
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Couldn't find a bottle or best by date.

pours a brown ale with some etching on the surface and when I give a good shake and theres additional bubbling. Up front artificial grape and then the vanilla kinda comes through, but I feel like it is a real stretch. I'm getting the feeling there is something wrong with this bottle. Flavor is vanilla with some nice cocoa and some toasted grains, but nothing particularly special for a vanilla porter. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a dry finish. It is okay.

Photo of bendern
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of socon67
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this many years ago at the Brickskeller. Grabbed as part of a mixed 6'er.

A - Dark brown to black pour. Tan foam settles quickly. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Some scent of cream soda. Really reminded me of the A&W cream soda. Hint of darker malt is there as well.

T - I really don't get a vanilla taste as much as this comes off as a sweet porter. I felt the sugary taste actually took a bit from the malt flavoring.

M - Easily sessionable. Kinda thin for the style. Leaves a bit of an aftertaste, but the initial feel is very rich.

O - I wouldn't seek this out again, but if offered I wouldn't mind trying. It just isn't a robust porter, and the hook of vanilla is not present enough.

Photo of server222
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BigCheese
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Near ink black , thin tan head, some lacing, head dies down quick.

S: Molasses, roasted malts, coco, some vanilla, espresso and honey. Pretty sweet overall with coffee backbone. LIke a liquid tiramisu.

T: Some caramel, toffee, vanilla sweetness upfront. A bit of milkyness/lactose. Some honey and bourbon notes as well.

M: Thin but creamy, a rare session porter, sweetness might take away its session-ability though.

O: Solid dessert beer or breakfast beer. Would pair well with food as sweetness may be overbearing.

Photo of tpauer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Dbrag
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of MattSharpless
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Simko1209
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Suds
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color with ruby highlights and a tan head. The head is somewhat fizzy, not as solid and long-lasting as it could be. The aroma is a pleasant mix of malt and vanilla. Vanilla extract best describes the aroma...not quite vanilla bean. Some chocolate and graininess as well. The flavor is semi-sweet, with plenty of malt. Very smooth. Nice body...medium-full and satisfying. The flavor could have more richness and depth, but this is still a decent and enjoyable vanilla porter.

Photo of Rmatuszak2
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CommonRider
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NickyDee21
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of blank716
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Brutesling57
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,400 ratings.