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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,195
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 69
Gots: 337 | 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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Photo of uustal
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany brown with a one-finger coffee cream colored head. Aroma of vanilla beans, cream, hint of coffee and molasses. Really big vanilla bean flavor to start. Vanilla cake and melted ice cream like sweetness. Bit of caramel and a hint of roasted malts wrap this one up. This beer is vanilla or bust, but very enjoyable if that's in your wheelhouse.

uustal, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Mug shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a latte colored head, which was about half a finger in height and dissipated rather quickly; body has a dark brown, with reddish hue colored body, opaque; well-carbonated; little lacing left behind

S - Light roasted malt nose; vanilla beans; perfume; licorice; floral, rose; light touch of sweet caramel

T - Vanilla bean, reminds me a bit of root beer float; sweet and bitter flavors; sweet at the beginning and just a mix of roasted malt flavors at the end; floral, rose; licorice

M - Has body, but light for a porter; I expected it to be a lot heavy; flat and not very bubbly; sweet vanilla aftertaste

D - Not a bad beer with some nice vanilla sweetness; low scores for flavor character but still has a nice balance of vanilla beans and roasted malt

ferrari29, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a decent size cream colored head. Does not leave much lacing.

There's a roasty aroma but not a lot and it leaves you wishing there was more. Not really smelling much vanilla on the aroma.

Get some vanilla at the front of the taste and it gives way to a darker roasted taste.

Good carbonation, and an average porter.

3rdRowTailgater, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of shanblur
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Liquor Locker west side location in Evansville, IN. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my snifter.

A - Pours a reddish brown, and instantly reminded me of vanilla extract, don't know if that was intentional or not. Quickly receding head leaves small islands of lacing on the glass.

S - This is the weakest part of this beer for me. I was expecting a nice vanilla smell, but it was only faint. Everyone's smell is different I guess as some have remarked that it is quite evident. Also smell some roasted malt.

T - Definitely can taste the vanilla along with a roasted malt and minimal caramel flavor. I don't think I would want a stronger vanilla flavor.

M - Medium in body and carbonation. A little too thin.

A nice beer overall. Definitely unique which I crave. This is my first from breckenridge and I look forward to tasting more of their offerings.

shanblur, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of n2185
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with barely a finger of cream-colored head that recedes into a thin layer with no real lacing.

S: Some roasted malts at first followed by some creamy chocolate and a dash of vanilla. Not bad, but a bit muted overall.

T: Similar to the aroma, some roasted malts with a bit of a smoky flavor along with a little chocolate and some light vanilla flavors. Again, also a bit muted/bland.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, it has a watery, spritzy feel to it.

O: Overall, not a very good beer. Tastes more like a watered down vanilla cola than a vanilla porter.I'd like to have much more presence from both the vanilla, roasted malts, and a creamier body.

n2185, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark, dark brown body with a solid white head that stays around for a while. Not quite black, but close enough. Good lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Notes of sweet roasted malts, caramel, and hints of vanilla bean.

T- Sweet malts up front, with a pleasant lingering vanilla finish. Not too overpowering, just enough to notice. Not very bitter.

M- Very creamy and full. Goes down very smooth.

D- Not too heavy, not too light. 3 or 4 maximum.

Jishguy, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head. Retention is average and lacing minimal.

Nose is cereal grains, light chocolate and hints of vanilla. I seem to remember more vanilla aroma in this beer, but it has been quite some time since I last had it. Light on the roast and fruit...pretty clean overall.

Vanilla shows up much more in the flavor and really gives it a fresh bean flavor. I could see it being a bit much for some, there is more vanilla here than any other beer I have ever had. Malts are grainy with unsweetened chocolate. Lack of roast keeps this simplistic and one could argue one-dimensional. Little bit of dark bread here and hops are almost non-existent. I have always enjoyed this beer, but one is enough in a sitting. Unique and tasty, a good combination in my book.

twiggamortis420, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, yet see through, brown. Reminds me of a coke. Smells of sweet vanilla, a tad bit of coffee, and a bit of malt. Tasting however, i swear I catch a hint of cherry to go along with the vanilla dominated porter. The coffee is present, but very light. There is a slight malt flavor as well. I can catch some hops right on the tail end of the swallow. Starts out creamy, but that is soon dominated by carbonation. Very light mouthfeel. Lighter than I like, but drinkable. This is my first "vanilla" brew, and I enjoyed it. If anything, this makes me want to get some of the "better" vanilla brews. Over all I would drink this again, probably as a session beer.

1Adam12, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City. Served in a pint glass. Review from notes.

Look: dark brown with red highlights, a thin beige head, not much retention or lacing. Looks good.

Smell: vanilla bean stands out with a bit of malt behind it but otherwise not much. As a fan of vanilla porters, the smell is inviting.

Taste: a bit of a let down from the smell. Tastes strongly of vanilla extract. The malt doesn't come through, unfortunately. The vanilla doesn't complement the base beer well and it seems to overpower it rather than add complexity.

Feel: a little too light for me, light carbonation. It would be very sessionable except by the time I'm halfway through this beer, I'm nursing it.

Overall: an okay vanilla porter, but its really lacking. More body, more roastiness, a creamier mouthfeel, and a few other things could help this beer improve. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of kevo237
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Decent head throughout, nothing special.

Smell is of a typical stout; roasted and slightly smokey. Mouthfeel is very good, I'd say. Nice carbonation and smooth going down. The vanilla aspect is lacking definitely. I can only detect a sweet stout taste, and just the slightest vanilla on the back end. Slightly disappointed in that since this is the first porter I've had with "vanilla" tasting notes. The vanilla reveals itself a little more once the beer warms up, but it's still underwhelming. This is a decent beer but once my six-pack is gone, I doubt I will get another.

kevo237, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of icecube
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a warm glass

A: Very dark coffee like color

S: Mostly roast and a little vanilla aroma

T: There is big roast coffee like flavor and a ton of vanilla finish. A little too much for my liking.

M: Medium to light for a porter but still not bad

O: It like this style of beer and the vanilla is a little over powering but still a nice addition. I would drink this again.

icecube, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- from a 12 ounce bottle and from my notes
A - clear brown pour topped with a very short head.
S - I don't pick up much vanilla, just a whole load of sweet malts.
T - again I'm not finding much vanilla, but maybe I'm expecting too much. Certainly the malts make a good showing.
M - feels fairly smooth with a nice carbonated finish.
D - drinkable if you can get over the lack of the true vanilla experience.

Beer4Baltimore, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of patreely12
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - cola colored brown, ruby highlights. two inches of fluffy tan head. leaves a good amount of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - vanilla, duh. also roasted malts and a little bit of cocoa powder to give it some inviting sweetness.

T/M - rich, but subtle vanilla tones from start to finish. roasted, coffee-like malts and some cocoa to had some more sweetness . missing some hop flavor. rather simple flavors but Breckenridge did a nice job putting this one together. creamy, light bodied almost too light for my liking.

Overall I feel like this beer could be great with a little more body. I love vanilla and the flavors are right up my alley, but it's a bit light. I still enjoyed this nonetheless and it's very drinkable at 4.70% ABV.

patreely12, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of CWBlues
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love good vanilla porters, so I was pretty excited to try this one.

A: It pours a dark cola-brown with about a half finger beige head. The head doesn't linger and there's little to no lacing.

S: Vanilla's the main in the nose, with a little coffee, and some roasted malts.

T: I know a lot of people knock this, but I actually think it's pretty good. The vanilla is good--very clearly an extract, but really adds to the other flavors of coffee and a smidge of cocoa. I definitely prefer real vanilla beans, but for a good, affordable beer, I like it. I probably wouldn't drink more than two in a night, though.

M: Good carbonation, there's a good oily layer on the tongue. Feels like a porter should.

O: I like it. I'm not sure there's much more I can say about it. If they used real vanilla beans I'd be all over it, but as it stands, I think it's pretty decent for a vanilla porter.

CWBlues, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of mvforegonian
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is delicious. It tastes like a dessert beer, maybe like an eclair with hops! The vanilla is light bot noticeable all the way through. The only criticism is a high level of carbonation which changes the mouthfeel, maybe it's different off tap.

mvforegonian, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this brew until I actually did and wasn't very fond of it. The pour was nice its had a deep dark brown color with a tan colored head. The smell of the beer was lacking something to me... The vanilla. Maybe it's in the taste... Nope, not there either. Where is the vanilla in this? I was so bummed that I wasn't able to get any of that flavor that I probably can't give that much of a legit review. The smell did have a roasted aroma to it though, and the taste had a burnt bitterness to it. The mouthfeel wasn't too thick or anything. Overall just really bummed, I hate when something like this fails to please.

Knapp85, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of bilyboy65
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Man o man about this beer and not in a good way. In a I can't decide how to review this beer. So here is all my thoughts running through my head.

Nice brown color with a good white head. Doesn't have much longevity or trail markings, but still looks very nice. When the liquid enters your mouth you instantly know it's beer as the carbonation tingles and you have a familiar oily feel as it slides off your tongue and down the back of your throat. Good medium body as well.

Now here is where i'm conflicted. A porter is supposed to be a malty, hoppy or even a combination of both. This one seems to be vanilla extract. While porters can range from many flavors and still be brewed with that style, I feel it should at least maintain some of the styles flavor characteristics as well. I Think dial back on the vanilla and this would be a fantastic porter.

However if you like vanilla then you would love this beer.

bilyboy65, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jkrich
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came to my table a thick looking, nearly black and opaque color with a nice foamy off-white head.

I was slightly disappointed - a slightly muddled sweet aroma. As this was on tap and presumably fresh, I was expecting a little more aroma.

The begins with a solidly sweet flavor with a noticeable licorice flavor coming through. Surprisingly, there was not much roastiness evident and little bittersweet chocolate I have become to expect. The faint vanilla taste does complement the overall flavor.

The body is solidly medium with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. The licorice lingers on the palate a little too long for my taste. The carbonation was very restrained.

This was a rather unique porter, but not the style of porter I prefer. It is still well worth trying.

jkrich, May 28, 2011
Photo of dali27
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Brown with hints of dark red in color. Lighter than your normal porter. Light tan colored head which sticks to glass as comsumed.

S: Scent of vanilla gives this beer a nice sweet aroma. The usual scents of coffee and roasted malts are blended well, but remain in the background.

T: I am a fan of vanilla, and I really like the aroma of this beer. That's where the vanilla ends for me. I am geting all of the vanilla in the nose, and not in the taste. The taste has sort of a porter-light feel to it. The combination works for me, but not exactly what I was expecting.

M: The mouthfeel is a little more syrupy than I would like. Probably the result of the vanilla sweetness, that isn't really present in the taste.

O: Overall, I am a little disapointed in this one. I certainly won't have a problem finishing the six pack I have, but I also won't be running out to get anymore.

dali27, May 27, 2011
Photo of Keffa
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my MRAF pint glass.

Live Review.

A: Pours a dark brown with a small tannish head. Leaves lacing after each sip and it holds on to the glass well. Held to light it's actually a dark amber/mahogany color. Nice.

S: Let down here. Coffee, roast, a little bit of vanilla hidden in the back, and that's about it. Nothing past those notes. Odd, considering that this is called a Vanilla Porter, I was expecting more vanilla. Moving on...

T: Whoa, there is the vanilla. Very strong right off the bat with roast, coffee, toffee, and slightly smoky notes. Woody/earthy hop toward the finish. Nice, again.

M: Surprisingly thin and light, lower carbonation, smooth, a little slick on the palate.

O: Not bad. Surprising it took me this long to try it, since I like porters.

Overall, a very nice, drinkable, porter.

Keffa, May 27, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with brown hues and a half inch of light brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla, earthiness and brown sugar. Taste is a big amount of vanilla upfront with a lot of sweetness. Brown sugar as well. Somewhat malty but mostly this one tastes of the vanilla. A bit earthy at the end. This one is pretty sweet but still decent. Overall, i'd get this one every once in awhile. Not bad, not great.

PicoPapa, May 26, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep red/brown body, trace head, little lacing

S: big vanilla punch, light malt, hint of coffee

T: big vanilla, light malt crisp finish

M: light body, semi-dry finish

O: Disappointed, interesting concept, but needs more balance
and body to support the big vanilla flavor.


BeerLover99, May 24, 2011
Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. A dark reddish brown in color that let a fair amount of light through. Head was a light brown, less than 1 finger, that only lasted a few minutes. Very thin layer remained that clung a bit. From a distance the aroma was a bit bitter with a bit of alcohol. From up close the vanilla was very prevalent, and was slightly sweet. Taste was a bit of roasted grain, with a small bit of lactose sweetness. Finished up a bit sweeter, with a tad of vanilla. Fairly good in the mouth. A tad on the thin side, but coated fairly well. Lingered in the mouth, and was very well carbonated. Overall a solid beer. Nothing detracting, but nothing phenomenal either.

mountdew1, May 24, 2011
Photo of jdspears41
4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a sample pack from Breckenridge brewery simply for this beer alone. My brother always talked about this beer so I had to give it a try.

A- The appearance is similar to the color of an Irish Red. It is a darker red with a nice bubbly look to it.

S- The smell is a nice vanilla smell mixed with the smell of hops....couldnt wait to drink it.

T- Wow is all i can say about this beer. It immediately became one of my favorites. It almost tastes like melted vanilla ice cream mixed with beer.

M- Good crisp taste with one of the best after tastes I have ever had from beer.

Fantastic beer, A must buy.

jdspears41, May 23, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I stored this bottle in the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 25 minutes before serving. This beer pours out clear mahogany with a nice creamy light tan head. I didn't detect much of a nose other than some faint coffee and vanilla notes.

This beer has a very mild taste for a porter. Lightly flavored with nuts and coffee, then becomes vanilla. It is very smooth and the finish is kind of bland. This beer has very little (if any) bitterness.

I was a little disappointed in this beer simply because I like my porters a little more robust and hearty, but it's not bad at all. If you like really smooth, mild porters then you'll probably enjoy this quite a bit.

deadonhisfeet, May 22, 2011
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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