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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,007
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 59
Gots: 254 | 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 GeezLynn


2.88/5  rDev -20.4%

Dark brown with a little red-brown tint visible at the bottom. Aggressive pour yields a substantial white head that subsides pretty quickly. Aroma is a sour dark malt with a bunch of vanilla. Bready characteristics emerge at it warms. Flavor is a snap of dark malt immediately flattened by vanilla. For a brief period I enjoy the malt profile - a little chocolate and caramel and whatever else - flavors that are immediately annihilated by the vanilla deluge. And this is not a nice vanilla ice cream, but rather like drinking vanilla extract from the bottle. To add insult to injury, there's an unwelcome bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thinner and fizzier than many lagers.

Wow. I wasn't expecting Victory at Sea, but that was "Partakable" at best.

12-06-2009 04:34:44 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a coca cola brown with a reddish hue, decent frothy light brown head, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, nuts, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor is vanilla, caramel and roasted malts, and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin for a porter, creamy, and a roasted bitterness at the end. Pretty good, a little too much sweetness.

12-03-2009 04:22:59 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of SamN


2.98/5  rDev -17.7%

A- Nice, robust porter. Dark, but not opaque; at the light it emits a dark amber glow, like a dying campfire. Brings to mind the smokey, earthy nature of porters. Grayish head that fades to a quarter inch.

S- Lots of smokey vanilla; artificial smelling, like they dropped some cheap vanilla extract in right before sealing this bottle. Sweet maltyness, a tad smokey. But slightly gimmicky.

T- Meh, unbalanced without any noticeable hop counter to the strong sweetness. Rather burnt and bitter finish topped with a lacquer-thick slab of vanilla brown sugar. I think it would be a better porter without the stab at vanilla flavoring.

M- Medium light body. Nicely built, smooth and with flat-soda like carbonation.

D- Decent party beer, better for cold winter. It's a heavier beer; I could also see this becoming filling after two or three.

12-01-2009 02:36:44 | More by SamN
Photo of hossua34


4.47/5  rDev +23.5%

A - Black. A nice, fat head that fades away very slowly. Big patches of sticky, off-white lacing. Very good appearance.

S - Sweet, vanilla-caramel scent. A slight hint of chocolate and floral undertones.

T - Sweet, vanilla-cream first taste. Fades back to a malty flavor of dark chocolate and toast. Nutty, almost milky aftertaste. Pretty damn good.

M - Thick, but not syrupy. Low carbonation, but not flat. Very well-rounded, and very warming mouthfeel.

D - A fantastic porter - dark and sweet. Very filling, and the vanilla comes on a bit strong, however. Still, I'd have another one of these any day.

11-26-2009 23:14:30 | More by hossua34
Photo of ShadesOfGray


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my sniffer. Pours dark dark brown, with 0 clarity...a slight reddish tone when held up to the light. Very little dark brown head which dissipates extremely quick. Aroma is what I expected...very porter/stout like. A little bitter to scent, with burnt coffee, nutty.
Tastes pretty good. Smooth, creamy, vanilla, coffee, nutty...not bitter at all like I expected on the backside. Not great...but very decent!

11-25-2009 21:17:48 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of nickfl


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Pours with one finger of light tan head on top of a slightly hazy, dark brown body with ruby highlights. The foam dissipates pretty quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - An aroma of light toffee and caramel with some roasted malt and chocolate. Some nutty malt and mocha charatcter with perhaps a hint of vanilla.

T - Warm toffee and carmel malt up front with some roasty mocha flavors. Fades to light chocolate in the middle with some light pine hops. The finish is full of very strong toffee with distinct vanilla and butterscotch flavor. The toffee lingers lightly on the palate with a hint of the vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - I started out liking this, but by the end of the glass the vanilla/butterscotch flavor of the finish has become very cloying and kind of medicinal. There isn't really that much roast character for a porter, and this almost seems like an old ale to me. No freshness date, so I can't comment on the age of the bottle, but based on this sample, I don't think I will be tring this beer again.

11-23-2009 01:55:36 | More by nickfl
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. Brewed with Vanilla beans.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber in color. A short livid head froms and recedes to the edges. Just a few spots of lace.

Aroma is strong of vanilla, with a roasted malt background.

Flavors of roasted malt and vanilla. Smooth and a bit creamy. Hop bitterness is on the back end to balance the sweetish malt/vanilla.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and quite smooth.

An easy drinking session porter. 4.7% alcohol makes this easy to drink more than one.

11-22-2009 18:21:46 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Mavajo


4/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black/rubyish with medium head. The nose and taste are both pretty straightforward - sweet, vanilla. Nothing shocking or especially complex here, but quite tasty. I think I would have enjoyed a bit more prominance from the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

All in all, this is one of my favorite porters to date. I tend to find porters a bit too watery and almost flat tasting, but this was great. This will definitely be my go-to beer for the style.

11-13-2009 15:03:07 | More by Mavajo
Photo of Arielle


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

When I think porter, I think dark, I think heavy, I think intense. This vanilla porter pours dark, has nice lacing, but is not overpowering at all. It would have been really easy to throw off the balance of this beer, but it finishes very well. Upfront, you get the wafting of vanilla bean and cocoa, with a splash of vanilla in the front palette, but not an intense amount of vanilla in the body.

This means it is very drinkable and pleasant; it is the quaffable version of sitting on a fur rug in a snowed in cabin in colorado under a snuggie. It reminds me of all things wintery and jolly; rather than being just another infused porter, it rises above it's competition to the top of the slopes. I would definately reccomend this beer, especially as an introduction into the dark side.

11-12-2009 01:02:27 | More by Arielle
Photo of Rayek


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany. A little on the pale side, to be honest. A dense cream cap has OK retention and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Vanilla stands out, which I guess is the point here. Behind it is a nice dose of dark chocolate. Smells a bit like a malted milk shake.

T: Again, there's a lot of vanilla bean at work here. The malted milk theme continues, as the beer is quite sweet. There's just enough of a burnt bitterness going on to keep the beer from going over the sweet edge. Finishes with lingering burnt bitter and vanilla flavors.

M: The light body feels a touch watery. Carbonation is about right.

D: Not bad, overall. The beer picks its theme and sticks to it. The low ABV makes it go down quick.

11-09-2009 02:07:45 | More by Rayek
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours black with some cola-brown showing through, and a medium white head that dissipates quickly, with minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with a vanilla scent reminiscent of cake.

Taste: Sweet, roasted chocolate beginning with a balanced vanilla flavor. Roasted bitterness comes through in the finish- great balance overall.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, with light carbonation. I rarely say this, but a bit more carbonation could've done nice.

Drinkability: Overall a balanced beer. Would go great with some vanilla ice cream.

11-06-2009 23:54:57 | More by Mosstrooper
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz into pint glass.

Dark, coffee color with a nice tan and foamy head.

Smells good. Nice roasted offering.

Sweet, almost coco like with a marshmallow like flav.

Very little carbonation. Like flat cola. Works well for the beer.

While this isn't the type of beer you would drink all day, it serves its purpose. Delicious with some scrambled eggs, hash browns and toast. It would go well with a piece of chocolate cake as well.

Breakfast is served.

11-01-2009 11:56:22 | More by MirkoCroCough
Photo of bonsreeb85


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

A - black w/ eye pleasing tan dome that collapses after a couple of minutes.

S - vanilla beans really shine though against a chocolate/coffee bean and roasted malt backing. i get whiffs of oak chips and slight tobacco as well.

T - again, the beers namesake takes center stage with a welcome woody characteristic in the well rounded flavor profile. in the end I wish it was a bit bolder and richer. the nose hints at much more of a robust and flavorful brew, but the flavor never really gets complex or strong.

MF - medium bodied with moderate carbonation. crisper than expected, but in the end it is more watery and thin than i would like.

D - very approachable. hats off for taking a dry vanilla bean approach to this porter, in what could of been an overly sweeted disaster. good flavor overall with enough body to hold it's own. not the best, but drinkable.

10-29-2009 02:17:12 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

This one pours a deep, opaque sable with a fairly thick light tan head. Aroma is smoky and coffee-ish with an overtone of vanilla, a little like coffee with vanilla flavored cream added. Flavor is strongly of fine roast coffee with a sweet vanilla overtone. Texture is very smooth, almost flat and just a little fizzy.

10-27-2009 02:06:00 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Lolli1315


3.15/5  rDev -13%

A- A dark brown, not quite black that can surprisingly be seen through. Small head that disappears pretty quickly and little lacing to be seen. Not a great start for a porter.

S- A lot of roasted malts jump out quickly, great start. A sort of sweet malt smell as well, not exactly vanilla as you would think, but maybe this is a residue of it.

T- The biggest section of this beer is the roasted malts, and they do not disappoint. The beer is finished with a subtle vanilla sweetness, but it seems too subdued to be effective in the beer. Really what it does it just leave you craving more vanilla because of its absence. The taste seems like a nice starting point for a vanilla porter, but it is more of a stepping stone then anything else. Also starts to nag on you a little big towards the end of the beer making you not want to finish.

M- A little thin for my liking in a porter. I would categorize it as a little beneath medium body, needs to be a little more chewy.

D- Not a bad beer to put down, but I don't think I would go back for another. The lack of anything truly special that jumps out of this beer gives it a little blandness.

Notes: Worth trying and maybe someone else will like the subtle notes of vanilla, but I wanted a little more. Do not know if I will be purchasing this beer again.

10-23-2009 22:08:35 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of Spineypanda


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

This is a tasty porter that has a nice roasted taste to it.

The appearance is nice and dark, but allows a little light through, and the head is a nice caramel color.

Smells of roasted malts, and maybe some vanilla... but it may be the name messing with my head.
Has the taste of roasted malts.. a bit spicy tasting but good, and a tiny taste of vanilla, not as much as I expected considering its in the title.

Not a bad beer though and I would buy it again. Interested to try it on tap!

10-20-2009 04:01:49 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of vdread


3/5  rDev -17.1%

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter pours out a dark, almost black, ruby color with a flat little mocha colored head that disappates quickly into nothing. it looks like i'm drinking a Coca-Cola.

i can smell some roastiness, vanilla.

the taste is of over the top vanilla and roasted malts, some light chocolate notes. pretty standard porter fare, but the vanilla seems strong. my friend says he can't taste any vanilla at all, though.

mouthfeel is light for the style, but slightly creamy.

i have enjoyed one or two of these from time to time. i probably will again.

and just for fun:
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter Aged one year (accidental experiment)

pours deep brown with red around the edges. no head, just a thin, sick looking collar. smells of vanilla and sour milk. tastes sickeningly sweet, with the overt artificial vanilla taste. has a slight porter taste. much more roasted porter taste than a fresh bottle, but also much more sour and sweet. mouthfeel light and slick, maybe a little creamy at times. drinkability low. i could barely finish this. obviously, this beer is not meant for age.

10-17-2009 23:24:44 | More by vdread
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3.15/5  rDev -13%

This beer is such a disappointment. Its not that I've been blown away by Breckenridge's offerings, but its even below the average stuff they churn out.
First of all, this hardly gets your mouth watering when you can see easily all the way through it without even holding it to light. Its far from black and there is no head to speak of.
Vanilla is oily, and clouds most everything else. It doesn't seem like it was brewed with vanilla beans, but rather like they took a weak porter and poured some extract in it.
Its fine as a session if watery and clear porters are your thing.

10-16-2009 03:23:33 | More by joshuadlight
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Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -38.4%

Bottle: Poured a light black color porter with a medium bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light vanilla with some distinctive sour notes. Taste was also dominated by sour notes and light vanilla. Body is really thin with some average carbonation. I don't know if this was infected but it really wasn't appealing to me.

10-08-2009 02:24:35 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mdwalsh


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

A: A vigorous, direct into the middle of the glass pour produces a decently sized beige head of tightly packed bubbles but little texture. There's a just better than nothing lace. The beer is dark brown and when held up to the light seems pretty clear and has plenty of active carbonation. Head retention is poor.

S: Nice vanilla and malt smell. Some roasted character, but more on the dark caramel side than outright roasted. It doesn't smell strong, but oddly it still manages to fill the air around me with a vanilla-y aroma.

T: Taste is similar to the smell, though I get more vanilla and less roast in general. Gives it a sort of cola/root beer/cream soda taste that's kinda nice. The vanilla is more pronounced as it warms.

M: Very smooth. Almost flat? There's no carbonation sparkle on the tongue, that's for sure.

D: Pretty drinkable, not amazing, I'm still not THAT into this beer, but it's good.

10-08-2009 02:24:14 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Hazy dark brown in color. Pours with little head and little lacing. Smell is a very mild roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla. Whiffs of earth and smoke also present. Taste follows smell with a mild blend of medium roasted coffee, semi sweet chocolate, vanilla and sugar. Does indeed have a smokey and earthy quality as well. Medium bodied, on the thinner side of a porter. Decent beer, best served as close to room temperature as possible to get all the nuances.

10-07-2009 13:45:50 | More by rfgetz
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3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is a fluffy mass that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is charred dark grain, vanilla, and powdered cocoa. However, there is also a strange vegetal quality.

Taste is exactly what the nose described. Smokey dark grain and vanilla dominate. Chocolate, nut, and hints of toffee make an appearance. Finishes with a musty, stale coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and smooth.

Worth a try, but not outstanding. A little syrupy for my taste, with a touch too much vanilla and an odd off finish.

09-27-2009 19:17:57 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of ski271


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

Clear, slightly ruddy, dark brown with a small, tan, foamy head that slowly dimishines to a thin film. Smells of lightly smokey, roasted malts with light vanilla. Taste follows suit, but with the vanilla MUCH more noticable. It has a medium-full body, texture starts out creamy, then gets a little syrupy, and then turn dry late on the finish. It's not a very complex beer. Not terrible, but nothing special.

09-20-2009 00:07:27 | More by ski271
Photo of Redrover


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

I like the Breckenridge beers I have drank, so I had high hopes for this one. On tap for $2.75 at the Flying Saucer in Houston (great Monday night specials!). Served in a standard pint, the beer us dark brown with a tan head. Decent lacing.

It has a aroma of vanilla and dark roasted malts.

The taste leads with roasted malts and sweet vanilla and slowpoke sucker. I like it, but it's a bit understated. Everything was tad subdued.

The mouth borders on thin, but it is silky. This is a once a month desert type beer for me.

09-16-2009 16:50:15 | More by Redrover
Photo of kerklein2


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a shaker pint. Head is very thin, even when vigorously poured. Lacing is slight. Color is dark but with a nice ruby red feel. I would expect more head out of a porter.

S: The smell is mostly of vanilla but some of the chocolate sneaks through as well. A little bit of bourbon in there too.

T: Really heavy on the vanilla, but I personally like that. Some bourbon taste too, but that may just be the vanilla. The chocolate, caramel, and roasty notes really play second fiddle to the vanilla. Not much bitterness but the bitterness that does come across seems more of a bourbon bitterness than a hop bitterness.

M: Very creamy in texture, almost like a stout. I think this one blurs the line between porter and stout. For how creamy it is, it finishes a little empty, a little watery. This watery flavor lingers in your mouth and takes away from the excellent start.

D: I personally love the vanilla richness of this beer, but a lot of people may find it too overwhelming. At 4.7% ABV, I'll probably polish off this 6er I'm working on.

Overall, the beer is exactly what it says it is and I'm very happy with it. Would definitely purchase again.

09-15-2009 02:33:28 | More by kerklein2
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