Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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3,713 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,713
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 114
Gots: 738 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

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Photo of bmeehan
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Webbydag1
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet vanilla flavor. Dark in color. Easy to drink.

Photo of Marraybay
2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | 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.

Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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!

Photo of jamesmk48
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of warsonsmu
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of DonGold1217
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not to heavy with a really nice after taste. Color and carbonation is very pleasant

Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of marieli
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of wketel
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smooth light flavor, not too distinctive

Photo of jbills5
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla not overpowering and very nice feel

Photo of uncletoby
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too sweet. Too much vanilla flavoring. Tastes like a soft drink. Where's the porter?

Photo of KeithDixon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty consistent with name. Good smell and drinkable.

Photo of todbell
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth easy drinking beer. I liked it a lot.

Photo of Paul432_1
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best Porters I've ever drank. Highly recommend.

Photo of robgutie
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very pleasent suprise. A very nice, inexpensive, low ABV porter for when I have people over.

Photo of ChrisForman
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i don't want to enter 5 words

Photo of Madn3ss
2.06/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sadly, the vanilla is barely noticeable, but the bitterness is front and center.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great porter would like more vanilla smooth

Photo of shanegatter
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Unimpressive, has a bitter/ sour after taste

Photo of RichBadger
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
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

Photo of Brushkanna
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Vanilla in beer is not good, it was a drain pour for me

Photo of JPowell712
4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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