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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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1,028 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,028
Hads: 3,877
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 31.27%
Wants: 125
Gots: 897 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

Deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grows the perfect ingredient for an extraordinary Porter brewed in Colorado. Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter. An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure.
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Reviews: 1,028 | Hads: 3,877
Photo of MrUse
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Nice deep dark color, thin head dissapates quickly.

S-Some coffee, little vanilla, smells slightly sweet.

T-Less vanilla than I expected. Some sweetness. Maybe some coffee? Smooth but not the most flavorfull porter.

F-Thinner than I was expecting. A very smooth tasting beer.

O-Not bad, not great. This is not bad porter for summertime. Nothing is overpowering about the flavor.

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Photo of Nyg
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like the nitro a nice vanilla scent and after taste. Pours dark but not heavy at all. A bit watery tasting. The nitro version of this porter is much better.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pleasantly surprised with this porter. Typical strong smell, pleasant taste with mild to medium coffee taste. Finish is slightly dry with lingering coffee tones. If I had to pick a porter to drink every day, it would be this one.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark, tan head

S: Vanilla, coffee

T/F: Has a dark roasty coffee taste with a vanilla accent, some bitter not much. Feels smooth with a light to mid body.

O: Its different. I drank the 6 i had and wasnt blown away but was an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I normally don't drink porters, but I had to try what I think is Breck's flagship beer while in town. Easy to drink for this IPA fan due to a nice level of carbonation and a relatively light feel for the style. Vanilla is a nice buffer for the coffee-like flavor of porter beers. Would definitely get again, especially in the winter.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.49/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really strong and nice aroma that's reminiscent of red vines. The vanilla helps to restrain the roasted flavors a bit, making it a more mild yet fully enjoyable porter.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.18/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This came in a craft beer combo pack. Color is black with red tints and a head that dissipates but sticks around on top. Surprisingly no vanilla smell, just a good Porter smell. The taste is not very good.

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Photo of tanzorbarbarian
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark with a very small tan-colored head.
Coffee/vanilla aroma.
Tastes of dark coffee, chocolate, a little nuttiness and pure vanilla extract. Ever so slightly bitter aftertaste.
Very smooth going down, an excellent easy drinking beer. Took me two or three bottles to adjust to it but is now definitely one of my go-tos. Would highly recommend for someone who's had bad experiences with dark beers.

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Photo of Knilas
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. I didn’t really care for this the first time I tried it. But I’d already bought six of em, so hey....ya gotta drink em, right? Gotta say I’m glad I went back for seconds! Thoroughly enjoyed the second one..and the third...etc. Vanilla, chocolate, nuts, with a nice balance of hops. Well made! Has a permanent spot in my fridge. Solid pour!

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Photo of ufellc
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light mouthfeel. Lingering chocolate and potent vanilla tastes. The upfront taste is very sweet, almost artificially and that taste paste. It is a nutty brown color.

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Photo of Jojosaute
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- a half finger head. No lacing. Disapated quickly. Great color a dark brown with a hint of ruby.
S- love the smell. Sweet fruit and vanilla.
T- I thought this could have a bit fuller of a taste. Little more vanilla. Little sweater. And I would have loved it. I could have one here and there. Slight coffee flavor.
M- slightly richer then most. But not as rich as I expected.
O- good beer. Would have one when in mood. Wife loved it. But I'm not as into the darker beers.

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Photo of Miles_Wilson
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the best porters I've tried, but that's a limited variety. Nice and heady at first and dissipates within about ten minutes. Subtler notes of vanilla bean, moreso bean than vanilla extract. Reminiscent of Guinness without the heavy body. Taste isn't the most impressive but sessionable none the less.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I don't really have any problems with this beer; it isn't offensive to any of my senses, but it doesn't stand out as anything spectacular, and given its niche style, it should be able to do that to be memorable. It pours with almost no head and doesn't sit smoothly before swallowing, but it smells great, otherwise looks good, and tastes solid enough to want to keep drinking it.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Meh...pretty pedestrian. Very thin and nothing special wrt taste. Couldn't really discern the vanilla. Some mild sweetness off and on, but not enough to keep my attention, particularly as someone who searches for sweet dark stouts/porters. Would perhaps drink one handed to me at a gathering, but wouldn't invest in another 6-pack.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this was a hard beer to review, even tho I liked the vanilla coffee taste it was still lacking that porter finish I'm used to. Overall its still vwry tasty... very easy to drink, goes down smooth. Definitely will purchase again.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, half-opaque ruby ale with fluffy, chunky, but fine light brown head that develops into a long-lasting film with okay lacing. Vanilla aromas aren't strong and nearly took a back seat to roasted malt, together reminiscent of a light roast coffee. The vanilla is more prominent in the taste, but beer is well balanced and not overly sweet, still maintaining that roasted and almost smokey flavor lending itself to tang/tart that balances the vanilla. Vanilla sweetness and smoke bitterness are present in the finish. In ways it reminds me more of an Irish or Export Stout than it does an American/English Porter or Stout. Medium-bodied, somewhat thin, sticks to the teeth a little, pleasantly warming, not terribly drying, with medium carbonation.

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Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I hate to use the word "drinkable", but this might be the golden child of the category. I like the vanilla. It isn't overpowering the traditional taste of the porter.

If you like porters, but want something a little more sweet, this could be a good one for you.

I'm not a huge fan of vanilla, but it was worth trying!

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very light and drinkable porter. Definitely not my favorite, that being said its flavorful, sweet ( not too sweet), low ABV so something you could enjoy several off, and reasonably priced.

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Photo of warsonsmu
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark full body. Strong head but short lived.
S: Sweet roasted vanilla
T: Slight sweetness, but not over powering. Finishes with a good porter body.
F: Much lighter than expected and smooth with noticeable carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable with a sweet nose but not too sweet on the taste. Good porter that is very drinkable but could use a creamier feel.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a solid black with light red highlights when held up to the light. There is a small mocha colored head which dissipates quickly however a small amount remains as a collar; light lacing.

The smell is malty, nutty and earthy with notes of chocolate and roasted coffee. There is a light vanilla smell as well but the vanilla is not dominate.

The taste follows the nose with roasted malts then chocolate, coffee, then vanilla. There is a nutty earthy quality as well. The finish is smooth, the hops are barely discernible. The finish is smooth with no bitterness; a little chocolate and coffee taste are left after swallowing.

Overall this is a very drinkable Porter, especially for those who don't like hops as this is not hoppy. It goes down smoothly but is a little light on the vanilla but it is worth trying.

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Photo of marieli
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Started somewhere north of 45 degrees I think. Looked dark, hard to tell, light creamy head that didn't stay too long. Not much of a smell, quite neutral. Taste was smooth, on the sweet side, not much vanilla until it warmed up a bit, but even then it was not distinct. But it was sweet and did not have much balance. The beer was on thinner side, but not watery. Overall it wasn't bad, but it's not something I would reach for to accompany my meal, have for dessert or just to sip.

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Photo of RichBadger
4.85/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark, smooth, a little sweet but not to much so. Great vanilla flavor with no unpleasant aftertaste that vanilla beers can give you. Best vanilla porter

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Photo of JPowell712
4.56/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer. I had one of these for the first time at a bar in Philadelphia. I loved it right away. It is everything you love about a porter with the sweetness and creamy flavor of pure vanilla. I wasn't sure whether I was drinking a beer or having a vanilla float... Which I may try with this beer! I bet if you added some vanilla ice cream to this beer it would be damn good! Anyway unless your tongue is dead, you get really strong vanilla flavor and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. I thought it to be too sweet at first taste, more like a supper or after dinner beer, but three down, and they were still tasting great. I suggest trying this brew.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look//Pours Dark like a brown ale. Not as dark as I thought it would be but not a deal breaker.

Smell//Vanilla and Coffee Hints. Smells a bit nutty and sweet. Has a good aroma about it

Taste//Tastes like a good Porter. Can taste the coffee and vanilla bean hints. Good lacing and a foamy tan head. I'll definitely be reaching for this beer again. Worth trying.

Not as stout as I prefer however a real easy drinking beer. I rated it overall a 4.75.

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Photo of Satchboogie
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks pretty standard for a Porter, albeit thin.
S: Artificial Vanilla sweetness and bit of chocolate. The sweet aroma almost smells chemical
T: Upfront is a lot of sweet vanilla, it mellows out mid-palate to a watered down semi-sweet chocolate. Sweet finish that becomes more chemical vanilla as you drink through a glass. Not pleasant.
M: Watery thin, carbonation was fine.
O: Definitely underwhelmed. I knew going in it would likely be sweet, thin, and maybe a bit chemically, but the aftertaste made this impossible for me to finish. I'm not going back to this beer again.

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.