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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,083
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 62
Gots: 287 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006)
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Photo of HosP
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Picked up somewhere along the way in a pick six pack.

A - Pours nice black with no light passing through. Light brown head on top that leaves lace along the glass.

S - Nice vanilla aroma. Sweet milk chocolate hints mixed in too.

T - Nice sweet stout taste. Vanilla doesn't overpower any of the other flavors. Bittering chocolate towards the end. Nothing really pops out though.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D - Could drink a couple of these with the lower abv to it. Nothing extraordinary, but a good drink. Good drink on a cold winter night.

HosP, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of SteveS1
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

Look: Opaque/brown with a little ruby/caramel light showing through at the edges. Light tan head with little retention. Decent lacing.

Smell: Standard chocolate malts, hint of vanilla icing, very sweet, bubble gum

Taste: A bit bitter on the tip of the tongue, roasted malts and bubble gum on the palate, clean bitter coffee flavor going down. A touch of roasted malt aftertaste, but nothing overpowering. Average sweetness.

Feel: A little thin and light. Moderate carbonation.

Drink: Average, an easy drink, but not something you'll be tempted to gulp down.

SteveS1, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of TheDeuce
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, on tap at Bridgewater Pub in 30th St Station

Appearance-a thick brown color that is thick and hard to see through, the tan head rises and dissapears quickly.

Smell-faint hints of vanilla, maybe some hop and alcohol, overall not that aromatic

Taste/Mouthfeel-thin and watery, light to medium mouthfeel, vanilla upfront, taste more of a vanilla syrup style than actual vanilla. This flavor dominates, alcohol is very hidden, a touch of malt on the way down, decently smooth.

Drinkability-not that much a fan of the flavor, alcohol was hidden well, not alcoholic.

Overall-disappointing as I was really excited to try this on the menu, sad that it didn't quite live up to the hype. Try it for something different but don't expect too much.

TheDeuce, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle - No best by date visible.

Poured into Duvel Tulip -deep dark brown w/ one finger head that dissipated into a thin lacing,medium carbonation .

Smell - mild fruit hints with slight Vanilla & coffee.

Taste - burnt coffee hints upfront ,roasted malts maybe just a hint of vanilla,some fruit notes as well.

Drinkability - As this warms more distinguished flavors start to appear ,slight chocolates with toffees and light Vanilla, very drinkable and will seek out more in the future.

InebriatedJoker, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of jmvecchio1
3.73/5  rDev +3%

The beer pours with a finger high head of off-white head. The color is dark brown with hints of deep burgundy when held up to light. The head quickly dissipates, but leaves a nice amount of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is light, but I get hints of bready yeast, chocolate, and light vanilla. The drink is enjoyable - you get chocolate notes along with vanilla on the swallow. The beer is very light in mouthfeel and you get a slight initial bite from the carbonation. Overall, it's a beer that I disliked the first time I had it (thought it was too thin in flavor), but I enjoyed it more when I had it again a few weeks later. Probably a one and done beer though.

jmvecchio1, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of jds1469
1.33/5  rDev -63.3%

Awful all around for real. The First sip was just ok at best. No vanilla taste at all. Smell is like your breath after a night of heavy drinking. Poor idea with poor execution.

If you find this. Leave it sit where you found it. Pick up something else.

jds1469, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A big four finger head of off white cream consistency, some snap in the bubbles. Fairly good retention on the head for this beer. Body is a little disturbing but not awful. A cloudy brown when finished but pours with a good solid chestnut out of the bottle. Some sticky ring lacing. Ok...

Bouquet... something is off. Weakened vanilla I'll give it that, but where is malt, coffee, roast anything? talk to me here... It's a very odd smell also, like watered down vanilla extract barely a hint of some chew bread. Ok they did manage some vanilla but it is weak and the rest on the nose is really missing hardly remarkable so far. It's as if the vanilla does not match on the nose with malt or the other ingredients that should go with this beer. It's a strange mix on the nose and it seems to just not meld well.

Taste... ok this is much better. Mild weakened root beer quality vanilla and bean feel. Wet though, but it has a nice simple supermarket simple bread chew. Has a soda characteristic though which seems real strange for a porter. Small mouthfeel no carbonation, and vanilla creeps up after a swallow for a short time.

Next to nothing for abv and it shows. This is like drinking soda beer or something, but it's a piece of cake. Might even make a simple easy weakened dessert beer for people with training wheels. But it's easily likeable to drink so I'll rate it good on those points, and not hard at all, a very sessionable drinking beer which some might find kind of fun.

smakawhat, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of rrski198
3.33/5  rDev -8%

A: Small off white head with little to no lacing. Dark black in the middle with crimson color around the edges of the glass. I tend to like my porters a little darker.

S: Heavy biscuit aroma. A little spicy in the back of the nose. Don't smell the vanilla at all. Would be nice to get a good whiff before the sip.

T: This beer is almost spiced like a winter warmer. The vanilla is barely there. It is more of a creamy sweatness. I don't dislike the flavor, just expected something different.

M: Good carbonation level. This beer has to have a higher level of carbonation because it is really lacking in the body.

D: I could have quite a few of these. I tend to like porters with a little more body, however, for the style, its not bad. I probably wouldn't purchase again, not because I don't like it, because there are many better porters out there.

rrski198, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%

There's not much carbonation, and there were barely any head developing while I poured into a pint glass. The color is the usual what you would expect out of a porter.

Taste - I can taste the vanilla ever so slightly, but it's not distinctive enough. Other than that, the flavors seemed so bland to me.

M - The porter felt a bit flat and thin in my mouth. I would have liked it to have slightly more thick feel to it. Carbonation's almost nonexistent.

Drinkability - I wouldn't drink this on a regular basis as there are some other porters that are more worthy of your time. It's just too boring as a porter. For me, I'd have more fun drinking porters from breweries such as Tyranena.

2xHops, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of djmitche
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

Appearance: not much carbonation, and redder that I expect from a porter

Smell: Vanilla - not like the bean, but like sniffing a bottle of extract. I can't smell anything else.

Taste: Vanilla, bitter chocolate. No hops in evidence.

Drinkability: for all that, the beer manages not to be cloying. I had it with tacos, and found that it paired quite well with the guacamole. I probably wouldn't look for this beer, but I finished it...

djmitche, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of stephadelphia
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

A- A nice, reddish dark brown. Can still see through it a bit. A tan head foamed to about an inch after the initial pour, and half of that remained on top of the glass for the remainder.

S- Definitely can smell the vanilla, slight hints of malt and brown sugar.

T- Vanilla taste up front, roasted malt taste finish. The vanilla is not overpowering, and I wouldn't consider this to be too sweet of a brew. Still, sweeter than your traditional porter (obviously).

M- A nice, light carbonation and surprisingly smooth. I expected it to be a little thicker, but it was not as water as I would have expected from its appearance. Really do wish it was a bit creamier.

D- Pleasant enough beer with an interesting taste. I like the way it hits my palate. Overall, not bad. Could see sitting and sipping on this beer, but would eventually want to switch to something a little thicker.

stephadelphia, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

I have had this before and even had a case but never reviewed it. Picked up a single for 2.25.

A - Nice jet black in color with a half inch of mocha colored head.

S - Has pretty sweet vanilla in the nose with mild chocolate and a pretty solid roasted character.

T - Pretty enjoyable but could use more bitter roasted coffee aspect. The vanilla is not overpowering, kind of sweet, but gets kind of cloying after half the glass.

M - Medium bodied but it went down pretty quick.

D - As far as vanilla goes this one was pretty good. Kind of over the top but nicely done even better than ST Creme Brulee. The low ABV may suggest multiple glasses but its really kind of a one a sitting beer. Pretty good!

DrDemento456, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%

A: Body was one shade short of being black. That being said, dark brown capped with a light tan head that only appeared after a hard pour. What head there was disappear rather quickly to a ring around the glass and spotty island foam.

S: A decent aroma of toasted caramel malts, coffee, faint hints of vanilla (wished this was stronger), and a bit of sour funk (weird).

T: Right off the bat I get a sweet vanilla note with a bit of roasted malts. Dark chocolate, hints of coffee, caramel malts, slight slight hoppy bitterness (edge of my tongue), and a bit of candy sugar are all balanced on the palate. I really expected more.

M: Loads of carbonation, medium body, and a smooth & creamy texture.

D: Very disappointed in this beer. Has the potential to be very good, but it is definitely lacking in flavor and smell. I wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend this to someone. A one time deal for sure.

BrewCrew2010, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured the beer into a beer mug and it pours out into a blackish brown hue with some red highlights in it. It has a thin tan head that disappears quickly and has little retention and lacing, but it has good carbonation. The smell is coffee, chocolate and vanilla, but was disappointed that the vanilla aroma wasn't as strong as i thought it would be when I opened the beer bottle. The taste is a nice well balanced taste of chocolate, followed by some coffee, caramel and than get some hops and finally some vanilla at the end. This porter is well balanced and not too much bitterness, seems to be more on the sweet side. The mouthfeel is a light bodied creamy feel, but do feel it could have a better mouthfeel by being more creamy and have a fuller body, and it is easily drinkable for what it is. I did enjoy the taste of it and would recommend it, but because it is different than most porters some hardcore porter drinkers may not like it.

DannyDan, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of iiinterstate
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

I have to preface this with the admission that I don't usually do porters. Overall, if you are looking for a typical porter this brew might not be the best choice.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The head was very thin and disappeared almost immediately, liquid was nearly opaque. I expected more vanilla scent out of the bottle, but there wasn't much. The taste was very smooth with a fair amount of vanilla (not too sweet or overpowering) and a bit of a coffee edge. Its nice and roasty without any bitterness. This feels and tastes like a much lighter beer with quite a bit of carbonation. I wish it were a little creamier, but overall I like it a lot. Would purchase again.

iiinterstate, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of HopsNPot
4.2/5  rDev +16%


Apperance - dark black color, with just a hint of deep red hues sneaking through the thinnest parts of the glass. truly exceptional.

Smell - roasted coffee and vanilla beans with rich malty tones. invigorating aroma but not over powering by any means.

Taste - rich malty flavor with smooth roasted beans (vanilla n' coffee) and a hint of dark choclate in the end.

MouthFeel - very light initial hit with stronger full bodied tones taking you through the second half. not over powering though.

Drinkability - very drinkable for a porter. but thats a relative statement of course, porters are the more hard-hitting of styles in the brew world.

Overall, i think this is a very good beer. And as for the vanilla porter sub category, it ranks very high in my opinion. a must try.

"partakable" indeed.

HopsNPot, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into a 12oz "pint" glass. The beer pours a solid dark brown, with no lacing. Also, the design on the labels & the packaging is absolutely wonderful.

Light head, which goes away quickly, but that's expected out of porter. A light vanilla scent, but it's not too heavy. Wish there was more.

A sip brings about a caramel & chocolate flavor, with a light vanilla taste, which becomes more prominent as the session goes on.

I expect this to be a heavy beer, but it's not. Instead, it is light and highly carbonated. While surprising, this isn't exactly a good thing.

While I enjoy this beer, it always feels like it's missing something.

KingPuuChuu, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours out a really dark brown, black color. Lets not light through. Has a nice tan head on it that has great retention.

Vanilla is present in the nose but its not overpowering. Hints of chocolate, roasted caramel, roasted malt and a tidbit of coffee play a role.

The initial taste is big on chocolate and roasted caramel. The longer the taste stays in your mouth, the more the vanilla makes its way to the front. Coffee and roasted malt bring up the rear and the aftertaste.

The beer isn't creamy, but its smooth with a bit of coffee bitters to it.

This has been a long time like for me. It's a solid porter with a good flavor added to give it something different. Very drinkable and a good brew to enjoy.

cjacobsen, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of JLeege
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance- On draft poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown with a just off white head. Decent retention with a little whispy lacing left behind.

Smell- Mostly vanilla, some light roasted malts, but vanilla dominates the aroma.

Taste- Pretty much like it smells. Basicly it is a lighter porter, light roasted malts, a bit of caramel, and loads of vanilla. Sweet overall, the vanilla seems a bit artificial, but its not bad.

Mouthfeel- Lighter body for the style, medium carbonation. Should be a bit thicker.

Overall- Not bad, maybe a bit artificial in the vanilla, but it is a nice flavor. The sweetness cuts back the drinkability a bit, but it is decent overall.

JLeege, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of thegodfather1076
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Appearance - This beers pours out a deep dark brown color with a beige one finger head that disappears rather quickly and not much lacing to be found. I really liked the labeling on the bottle as well.

Smell - The vanilla was not as prevalent as I would have expected. Had a malty coffee smell typical of a porter with hints of chocolate.

Taste - Again I was expecting a more vanilla taste from this offering. Toffee taste that had just a slight hint of vanilla and maybe maple.

Mouthfeel - I expected this to be a fuller bodied beer but was surprised to find that it was very light bodied. A bit to much carbonation for my liking.

Drinkability - This beer is not an overly drinkable offering for me. The light body and over carbonation would cause me to not be able to drink more than a couple of these.

This beer was OK but I was dissappointed in it overall. I love porters and the prospect of a vanilla infused porter really excited me. I was a bit let down by this.

thegodfather1076, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.33/5  rDev -8%

$2.49 single from Oak Tree.

Brown body, which backlights to red easily. Two fingers of light tan level head rapidly decays.

Nice mild vanilla aroma rises out of coffee. Expected more vanilla intensity.

Taste starts with coffee with milk, then a touch of roastiness, and a nice tasty dollop of vanilla at the finish.

Light mouthfeel. Definitely one is drinkable, not sure I'd want more than one in a session.

The vanilla works, and combines nicely with what might have been a weakish porter on its own.

RonfromJersey, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Jadjunk
3.15/5  rDev -13%

#32. Got from a beer savvy friend.

(Appearance) Weak Pour! One finger depth head that retains poorly, leading to a thin sheet. Beer is very dark but lets some deep dark light through. The appearance is Pretty average. 3

(Smell) good deal of vanilla present here. Creamy vanilla. Malts are faint but there. Hops are not present at the nose. Smell is sweet but light. Intriguing. 3.5

(Taste) bold tastes of caramel and vanilla. Bold and fresh but not a beer for everybody. The vanilla tastes questionable in the fact that it seems to be artificial and have a chemical wash to the flavor. The caramel and vanilla wash out the majority of the flavors that this beer might have otherwise. Enjoyable nonetheless, but ultimately a pretty average brew. 3

(Mouthfeel) A tad bit creamy. Medium body. Finish has a medium bitterness and vanilla flow tastes like a syrupy grenadine. It gives this beer a sticky sweet mouthfeel on the way down. If this is in your favor, then good for you. 2.5

(Drinkability) highly drinkable. Pretty smooth and a quick drinker. Medium body contains some vanilla and a tad bit of complementary fruit flavors (Cherry mainly) dominate the taste buds on this one. Not sure if I'd enjoy more than one, but I wouldn't turn another freebie down! 3.5

Verdict: This is a pretty average brew, nothing superb. The vanilla is not so subtle in this brew and has a bizarre aftertaste that doesn't sit favorably with me, but the brew is far from unenjoyable. Vanilla lovers should go for this one. C+ (3.1)

Jadjunk, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of rdub
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

From a Wegman's mixed six into a pint glass. Porter black appearance with no lacing and a thin tan head. Looked a lot like Guinness. Smell was vanilla and roast coffee. Taste was coffee with a hint of artificial vanilla on the finish. Nothing too exciting or offensive. A good try. Thin mouthfeel and moderate drinkability. Interesting enough to say I tried it but wouldn't seek it out.

rdub, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

Dark brown pour with a strong beige head that fizzles quickly. The coffee and vanilla notes meet my nose immediately and the flavor is there as well. Strong coffee and vanilla sweetness and a smooth finish. Over all lack of aftertaste. The body is a little thin for the style in my humble opinion, but the carbonation is good. The flavors are so bold and clean, each sip is interesting. If the body was a bit more substantial it would be just that much better. I bought twelve and don't anticipate having any trouble finishing each one.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of beersensei305
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

A - Dark brown or amber in color no head no retention

S - Vanilla

T - Vanilla Dominates the taste. Malty sweetness. It's like drinking vanilla extract really.

M - for a porter it's lacking body I find this brew watery

D - very vanilla lacks body didn't look appealing.

beersensei305, Dec 31, 2010
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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