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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,587 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,587
Reviews: 1,031
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 101
Gots: 623 | 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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Ratings: 3,587 | Reviews: 1,031
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Breckenridge balloon glass. The beer is a coffee black, with a cola cream colored head that dissipates to a thin film with chunky bubbles around the edges. Foamy lacing randomly shows up on the glass. The beer smells of burnt malts, rich chocolate, and finally a good vanilla bean presence. The beer starts with a good vanilla note, but not overly so, then leads to burnt malts and some bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is just a bit watery, but I still like it as it is smooth.

Overall, there are better pure porters on the market, but I give this one high marks because of their excellent use of Vanilla. It's a great dessert beer and I like to revisit this one from time to time.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of stercomm
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown bordering on black, slight off white head, minimal class lacing.

S - Not a lot going on here, hints of vanilla, some biscuity malts.

T - Get a bit of roasted malt, obviously some vanilla, very dry on the finish, slight taste of biscuits.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - An okay Porter, good balance but not a lot in terms of flavor, like having a dry finish

Photo of BJasny
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep brown, almost black, in color. A one and a half finger tan foam head receded quickly and left some decent lacing behind.

Smell: Malty and sweet, with coffee and burnt caramel underneath. Don't really detect much vanilla.

Taste: Much like it smells, sweet and malty with some coffee and caramel. The vanilla is really subtle, and it would have been nice to have a little more in the flavor. Not much hops or bitterness to this one, very malty and smooth.

Mouth feel: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent porter, but nothing exceptional. I was drawn to the vanilla prominently displayed on the label, and was a little bummed out that there wasn't much vanilla flavor here. It's not a bad beer, but it's nothing too special either.

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of nickthegun12
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eh, not a fan of this beer, probably cause i really don't like porters!

the appearance is nice, black but not midnight black, good on that...little head with splotchy lacing

the smell is a little eh! a weak vanilla comes to the nose....with a sweet sugary smell as well

the taste was a lot more defined than the smell....it has a medium vanilla flavor, with decent chocolate notes as well

the feel is thin like a porter should be

overall this is an ok take on a porter, but really not my style and the vanilla was overboard

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of haywire77
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering poured a deep molasses brown with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. Less than half an inch of slightly off white head that instantly faded to almost nothing. Nice color, but no lacing or head retention to speak of.

The aroma of this beverage is easily the best part of the experience. Roasted chestnuts and heavy malt character lead the way into a light vanilla subtext. Brown sugar and sweetness abound.

The taste lets me down a little after such an awesome scent. Fake vanilla and mild malts lead me astray to a surprisingly good aftertaste of sweet roast flavor. Molasses and brown sugar are there as well like the nose led me to believe. Kind of confusing.

Mouthfeel is solid and medium bodied as a porter should be. Flavor lingers nicely and the carbonation is light, but pleasant at the same time.

Overall this was a ok beverage that I could see some people really going for. Not really my cup of tea as I prefer my porters to be less sweet and more robust. Seek this out only if you like the sweeter side of darkness!

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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