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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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2,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 2663
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006)
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Photo of Mojo


3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

A - pours up nearly black with some light passing through around the edges, a very thin head, no retention, and small bits of foamy lacing.

S - the nose is weak, but pleasant. The dominant note is vanilla extract.

T - the usual porter flavors, coffee, toffee, caramel, chocolate, etc. The finish on this offering is very sweet with a definite vanilla flavor.

M - average without that much carbonation

O - many of my favorite porters have a sort of roasted finish. This one doesn't but it was still pretty enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 03:18:30 | More by Mojo
Photo of delta490


3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-dark ruby brown. Only a little light got through on an angle. A slight bit of light tan head disappears almost immediately.

S- not much here. A little bit of malty sweetness but not really much else.

T- a not unpleasant hint of vanilla is the only discernible flavor in an otherwise indistinguishable malty body. Nothing about the beer says "porter".

M- smooth and satisfying

O- I wish the porter was more pronounced to balance the vanilla. Ok but missing any real depth from the roast malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 23:57:05 | More by delta490
Photo of lwillitz


4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 2-finger light tan head over a body of black with orange/ruby highlights;

S - faint vanilla, burnt notes, anise, earthy hops

T - cherry-like fruit, burnt grain, black coffee, vanilla, faint caramel sweetness; cream-soda-like vanilla in the dry finish

M - dry; oily, smooth, creamy, medium body; low/medium carbonation

O - Very pleasant taste and mouthfeel! I could sip this for hours while reflecting on life.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 22:02:24 | More by lwillitz
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pint. You had me at 'Partakable'.

This beer appears a clear, very dark brown hue, with persistent cola highlights, and one svelte finger of loosely foamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some random island pattern lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of mildly sweet real vanilla, bready caramel malt, a slight lactic sourness, a bit of black licorice, and subtle earthy hops. The taste is is more well blended vanilla extract and caramel malt, a further bit of toffee sweetness, somewhat astringent anise, and understated earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit frothy at its zenith, the body a sturdy medium weight, readily smooth, and duly creamy. It finishes a tad sweet, the vanilla and neutered caramel riding this thing out.

A not overly sweet vanilla porter - hurr-fucking-ah! Balanced, drinkable, and yet still dessert worthy. Easy to see why this is 'Breck's' best-seller.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2013 05:03:35 | More by biboergosum
Photo of bluedaisyboo

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clean brown with a slightly amber hint. Almost no lacing remains after a minute or so.
Smell: A hint of caramel and vanilla with a slight chocolate overtone. A small amount of licorice is apparent in the finish.
Taste: Not exactly what I expect from the smell... vanilla hits the tongue immediately, but barley and caramel follow on the finish. A very pleasant, easy drink. Vanilla stays on the tongue long after a sip.
Mouthfeel: Not very dense at all. A very light porter; easy to drink.
Overall: One of my favorite beers when I crave something lighter. Pleasant to drink without being overly heavy.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 02:18:40 | More by bluedaisyboo
Photo of KLLG1021


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live review, bought a mix a six earlier today. This is the first one out of the sixer.

Appearance- darker, coppery amber hue. looks almost a reddish quality

Smell- some vanilla bean, caramel and a hint of coffee bean

Taste- smooth and crisp. the vanilla bean and slight coffee bean flavor takes over. Hits the palate and then disappears as it goes down. Little to no after taste lingers.

mouthfeel- feels very thin and light.

Overall- Not a bad brew. A little on the light side for me, but overall pretty good. I was kind of expecting big robust flavors, but I didnt get that.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:58:03 | More by KLLG1021
Photo of Chiefy770


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap into a pint glass.

Very dark brown body with a slight red tint. A small head, about one finger thick to be precise, formed and dissolved into very thin lacing.

The smell and taste were nearly identical. Rich and creamy notes of vanilla seemed to dominate the taste. It was not overbearing but it should definitely be noted by drinkers who do not care for vanilla. A small amount of bitterness comes from the hops. I prefer Porters a tad on the bitter side so they lost a few points in this department but this beer was well-balanced considering it was flavored.

Overall: This was a special at my favorite local bar. I had a few of these on-tap. As long as this is on special then I will definitely take advantage of it. Full flavor, yet light enough to throw a few back without feeling sledged out.

Bottom Line: Not the best Porter I've had but worth checking out, especially if you are a vanilla fan.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 02:50:51 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of laituegonflable


3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Top Hops Beer Shop in NYC, drunk in a hotel room in Ottawa to try and lighten my luggage load before the flight home.

Pours a red-tinged dark brown, some fizz around the glass. Head is beige, OK but a bit thin. Bit soft-drink-looking, really. Darker would be nice.

Smells sweet. Big vanilla hint with milk chocolate, touch of nutmeg. Richness, but more of a molasses than a roasty kind. Not bad, but very sweet.

Taste is fairly sweet as well. Vanilla permeates throughout, with a touch of cherry cola midway, dry-roasted spice late with cinnamon bark and a mild pepper note. Sweet, desserty beer. I need some more grounding. Some roast on the back would really carry this and make it a much more mature drink.

Mouthfeel contributes to its meek spirit, it's quite thin and yet retains a slight syrupy texture.

I'm being harsh with this one as I'm very sensitive to sweetness in beer. There's probably a lot for others to enjoy in this.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:41:25 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of ISmith87


3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.75 - Really dark brown beer, rich brown that's a little translucent at the edges. Minimal head but it doesn't leave some lacing on the glass.

S - 4.00 - Creamy vanilla, roasted malts

T - 4.00 - Creamy vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, milky, balanced by some hop bitterness.

M - 4.00 - Medium creamy mouthfeel, alc completely covered, aftertaste is creamy roastiness.

O - 4.00 - Pretty plain and easy drinking for a dark beer. Lives up to it's name. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:48:39 | More by ISmith87
Photo of bobachicken


3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served in pint glass. Dark reddish-brown. Leaves light tan, one finger head, that dissipates into lacing swirled around the glass.

S - Vanilla, caramel and roasted malts.

T - Roasted malts, vanilla, slight bittersweet chocolate and nutty flavor throughout. It's reminiscent of a cream soda

M - Moderately carbonated. Smooth, creamy and somewhat refreshing.

O - I really enjoy this porter. It's something I would have every so often during the fall/winter months.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 13:38:13 | More by bobachicken
Photo of Gryphon69


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - oversized wine glass

A- Deep brown with amber hues coming thru in the light

S- Roasted malt, maybe some hints of coffee, hints of sweetness, probably from the vanilla, but I don't detect vanilla standing out.

T- Pretty much like the nose, nothing really Remarkable like the label says.

M- Medium but a light syrupy feel.

O- To me this was a average beer, easy to drink, decent flavor and smell with nothing really standing out. Was really expecting much more vanilla, which to me really was not much.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:01:36 | More by Gryphon69
Photo of shanenoel90


4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite Porter, one can taste the vanilla in every sip. Good beer to drink on chill evenings in the mountains. This brewery is of very good quality and I have never encountered one of their drinks to be below my expectations. The Vanilla Porter is easy to drink and leaves a good aftertaste in your mouth. Definite recommendation for anyone who wants to try something different.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 16:00:33 | More by shanenoel90
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very very deep brown, with red hues appearing near the edges when held up to the light. Near-white head that recedes to moderate lacing. Many streams of bubbles are apparent near the surface, where the light hasn't been sucked up yet.

S: Big rich vanilla notes, with.... malt in the background? Truthfully, just about all I smell is vanilla, but it is so deep that there must be something other contributing to it.

T: Just like the nose, vanilla is in the limelight. A bit of sweet caramel is present as well, not much malt, wheat, yeast or hops to speak of. I let out an involuntary 'mmmm' on the first sip, but after the 10th and 11th it becomes a bit cloying. Definitely provides the vanilla as advertised, but I prefer it to be accompanied by something else, more balanced.

M: Easy drinking with little carbonation.

O: Lives up to the front-and-center VANILLA on the label, and exactly what I was expecting. Just turns out that it wasn't what I prefer. Vanilla can steal the show, but it shouldn't be a monologue.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 05:20:54 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of hts417


3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- dark brown borderline black with off white tannish head. Retention was short lived

S- coffee and caramel notes with whiffs of vanilla

T-the vanilla is surprisingly subtle. Coffee and roasted malt flavors with the vanilla coming in on the finish

M-fairly thin for the style. Just slightly cloying/ sticky on finish

O-overall not bad but left a lot to be desired. Not really an amazing porter and not enough complexity to be an interesting variation on the style

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 14:02:17 | More by hts417
Photo of Reappropriated


3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

The label says Remarkable Vanilla Porter, but I found it was really only one of the three. I could go through all the categories, but if you imagine all those categories for a generic porter you pretty much have this beer figured out. I found it an average porter, but got almost no vanilla and nothing really special from this beer. It is painfully average, so you will not hate this beer, but you will probably not love it either.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:25:59 | More by Reappropriated
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/6/13

Appearance: More or less black - some dark brown around the edges - small beige head, keeps a few wisps of a cap, leaves some nice spots and streaks of lacing

Smell: Burnt and roasty with a big amount of vanilla - chocolate malts and some caramel - coffee and toffee -some chocolate as well - more specifically, French vanilla coffee - the vanilla is big and obvious, with some sweetness

Taste: Roasty, toasty, and lightly burnt notes with a boatload of vanilla - honestly, it reminds me of Vanilla Coke in the sense that the vanilla is more or less impossible to ignore - vanilla, with some seemingly fake vanilla extract, some sweetness, and some lactose-like sweetness (did they dump French Vanilla Coffee Mate in a porter?) - roasted, toasted, and lightly burnt malts, with some chocolate and some coffee - vaguely nutty as well - some sugary sweetness overall

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, crisp carbonation, kind of a sugary finish

Overall: I'm pretty sure I like this for all the wrong reasons

As I mentioned above, this reminds me of both Vanilla Coke and French Vanilla Coffee Mate. I enjoy both of these aforementioned products more than the average person... In reality, the porter base here isn't anything special. But the use of vanilla is interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 06:22:49 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Doin' it well out of tha tap at Old Chicago, Omaha, NE.

First sip was kind of like Pepe Lepeu's bung hole. Then Raul took his next and it was aite like Del Taco at midnight. I mean, it's ok for the time being, because Raul is kind of sloshed, but Del Taco while sober? God have mercy.

It was aite to Raul. Just aite.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 05:12:51 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of dakotaben

North Dakota

3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a darker amber coffee flavor with a very faint head that dissipated very quickly. Slight lacing.
S- Sweeter caramel and vanilla smell.
T - The vanilla was a nice after taste, but I did not get a very strong flavor. Slight malt sweetness with a coffee flavor hint
M- Medium body with low carbonation

O - I thought it was an ok beer. The flavor profile just wasn't there for me. I would drink this again, but it was not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:14:23 | More by dakotaben
Photo of soju6


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Bottle- Pours a deep brown color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of vanilla, some chocolate, bit of coffee and nuts.

T: Taste is similar with a blend of vanilla and chocolate, not overly sweet with a trace of coffee. Mild bitterness with a bit of a vanilla aftertaste.

F: Medium body and smooth but a bit short on character.

O: Decent beer but fairly common.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 15:10:46 | More by soju6
Photo of icehawk

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque black with off-white head
Aroma: Molasses, soy sauce
Taste: Starts with some intense vanilla, cut by semisweet chocolate
Palate: Medium, mouth coating body. Finishes a slightly bitter.
Overall: Flavorful; the aroma made me expect a more bitter concoction.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:45:54 | More by icehawk
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown on the pour with a deep ruby hue. Two fingers of creamy off white head retain marvelously. A thick collar of lacing paints the glass.

S: Strong pull of vanilla extract, molasses, cola, caramel. Bread pudding., Hershey's syrup. Soft charcoal from the roasted malt stays in the background.

T: Charcoal and roasted malt lay a baseline. Cola, caramel, molasses, brown bread and crust. Big wash of vanilla extract. Chocolate syrup. Slightly woody. Hint of oily hop bitterness. Finishes with a pull of vanilla, chocolate sauce, and roast.

M: Medium thick body. Low carbonation. Creamy in texture, but lacking some dimension.

O: This is a beer that will appeal to the drinker who has a serious sweet tooth. It's a little too much for me personally, but it's a great introductory beer for those who "don't like dark beer".

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 02:37:00 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper/chestnut; big frothy beige head after aggressive pour; good lacing

Smell: Faint roasted grains is about all I can pick up; maybe some vanilla, but that might be because I know it's in there.

Taste: Vanilla notes hit you right up front; followed quickly by some roasted grain and chocolate; picking up some light hops, but not a lot; no real lingering aftertaste; smooth, but nothing overly impressive

Mouthfeel: a little thin

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 00:37:39 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Iceman77

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a full head and a deep black coloring with the characteristic red undertones of a porter, the head recedes fairly quickly with minimal lacing. There is not much to the aroma, sort of an earthy horse blanket. Thankfully the flavor is not too overpowering vanilla sweet, in fact it's a rustic porter flavor with just a hint of vanilla as well as currant and brandy, despite the 4.7 abv. The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a dark ale, lingering but not too thick/cloying. Overall it's a decent porter but def not in the top tier of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:47:30 | More by Iceman77
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, chestnut brown, with a very thin head that vanished quickly without a hint of lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, raisins. Some toasted grain and a hint of cocoa.

T: Slightly sweet, slightly acrid gain malts. Some coffee and dark fruit appear later. Bitterness is really mild in the finish. Vanilla is present start to finish, but not in an overwhelming way.

M: Thinner than I expected (I won't go as far as saying "watery"), and pretty low on the carbonation. Certainly out of proportion to the color and style.

O: Just OK. Smelled and tasted fairly good, but lacked the punch of a real porter, and the vanilla contributed very little. I'm not regretting buying it, but neither will I return for another.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:37:10 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of bulldogguy


4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good vanilla flavor but not over-powering sweet vanilla and tends to drop off a little towards the end of the glass. A little smokey.
Satisfying thick creamy flavor with a bit of a chocolate mid/after taste.. Nice flavor on tap which is how I like my beer. It is my go to beer at my neighborhood beer bar.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 20:48:54 | More by bulldogguy
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