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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,488 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,488
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 92
Gots: 521 | 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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, no smoke comes out. It pours with a less than one finger thin head. The head is white and creamy colored. It laces nicely. The body is a dark brownish black color. Its opaque.

It smells pretty sweet. It has vanilla and cocoa smell to it which is very pleasing. Seems like this will be an enjoyable beer. I would like the smell to be more strong though.

The taste is of cocoa, roasted tones, malt, and vanilla. The vanilla comes through strong as an aftertaste. The aftertaste of this beer reminds me of the Rogue Chocolate stout, which has the chocolaty taste as a strong aftertaste. It really is very good. It seems like it has some hop taste in there also.

Its carbonated pretty well but not too much that its overpowering or a sting to the tastebuds.

Overall, I really am enjoying this beer. The vanilla taste is not something Ive tasted in a beer before so for me its pretty good. If you like porters or stouts, give this one a try

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of denver10
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very little head as I poured and minimal retention, only a thin, thin, thin line touching the edges of the glass. The beer presented itself a nice, smooth, consistent, dark appearance. Very inviting.

S: Sweetness coming from the vanilla complimented with some coco and a subtle roast.

T: As it warms the vanilla really comes out supported by a roasty, coffee like backbone.

M: Some mild carbonation with medium consistency to it.

O: Overall, a pretty good, sessionable porter. I have had this before (probably a couple years ago) and thought it was pretty bad, so glad I gave it another chance because I definitely liked it more this time around.

Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Profane
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jneiswender
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Birch Street Cafe in Rosindale, Boston, MA. Served cool in a pint glass. Thick tan head that leaves rings and a ruby read body. Smell of chocolate and smoke. Tastes like a cherry chocolate milkshake. Has a nice and slick mouthfeel. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of sacullen
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of duqmatt
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rustic brick red exit from the bottle was dark sherry in the glass. The head was thin, spongy with a dark bronze/tan coloring. A thin whispy lash was all that was offered for lace.

S: The aroma was of dry vanilla powder, cherries both very light in strength. Light chocolate roast, fresh cocoa powder adding some sweetness but again still very under utilized.

T: The flavor was simple and thin, fresh chocolate flakes, light roast with dry vanilla barely being recognized coming off more as creamer powder. Small flashes of chocolate cherries. Overall very thin in substance not a lot of chocolate or vanilla to be recognized.

M: Some malty substance, creamy with a light carbonation detection. Nice chocolate roast fade on the swallow.

O: Overall not as robust as I hoped or envisioned. Not a lot of depth malt nor chocolate wise. Flavor was thin, a bit watered down and can be easily mundane if you were expecting a hearty vannila porter. One dimensional and liner flavor, easy drinking, but comes with a meh factor.

Photo of JWHColdOne
4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Fox and Hound. They have $2.50 pints on Tuesday's and I am a huge fan of trying their different beers because of that. I love this beer, it is flat out delicious and it is a beer that I find myself ordering again and again at this time of year. It is a great source to wash down wings with.

You don't smell the vanilla as strongly as you taste it. It is quite surprising how strong the vanilla is, but in a good way. I really enjoy this beer.

Photo of mdbailey00
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of stbo101
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap on Friday, 12/16/11 at Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA.

A - Near-black with cream/tan head. Not much head retention or lacing. 3.5

S - Breaking down the smell of this porter was a doozy. Roasted malt, coffee, cacao, and a bit of firewood. Some hints of dried fruit as well. Simply put, the smell is heartwarming and sort of what you'd expect from a cabin burning a log fire. 4.0

T - Slight sweetness of vanilla with an interesting pine undertoe. Goes from sweet and vanilla-ey to bitter smoothly but quite fast. The most interesting part of this beer (arguably) is the aftertaste, which combines honey graham cracker, biscuit, more vanilla, and smoky roasted malt. 4.0

M - Good, smooth mouthfeel. Slight carbonation that really tingles the middle of the tongue. Smooth yet spicy. 4.0

O - Solid porter. I'd definitely recommend this to some friends.

Photo of coz
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap 12 oz glass

A- pours a dark brown color with a khaki colored head a film of lacing on glass

S- vanilla bean, malt, milk chocolate

T- vanilla and coffee with milk chocolate malts and whipped cream with toasted malts a hint of hops

M- medium carbonation with a creamy latte coffee and malt finish

O- very easy to drink for a porter,low abv it has a coffee and cream taste that is good, dont want a sixer of this one but worth a try

Photo of chicano4craft
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with some red highlights. One and a half fingers worth of of white head. No retention.

Very clean smelling nose. Some roasted malts, although more biscuity, with a hint of vanilla. Really subtle.

Nice vanilla flavor right away. Sort of a one trick pony. Doesn't feel like a porter backbone. Lacks real depth.

Mouthfeel is okay if not a little light.

Overall I'm not a fan. It easy drinking but I don't like vanilla enough to have more than one.

Photo of bubseymour
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Brown with 1 finger head. Little retention.

Smell- very roasty malt scents

Taste - Very roasty taste as well. More like burnt almonds than vanilla but decent flavors.

Mouthfeel - Not bad for a low ABV brew.

Overall - I find this a pleasant beer with some good flavor and easy to drink.

Photo of trojankeg
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of GoSabres87
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of fizzyted
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Darrylwd
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Mreyes69
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 3,488 ratings.