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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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2,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,930
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 56
Gots: 224 | 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 whoneeds8


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark carmel to black with a off white small head. Head does have good lacing.

Smell is very sweet. You can almost smell the sugars.

The flavor is not a sweet as the smell. Malt flavor is not to terribly strong either. Flavor is overall bland for a porter, but not bland in a bad way. Just enough to make this a drinkable porter. The mouthfeel is very good.

Overall, this is a good porter, but not a great porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 00:38:53 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of LarrBear


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was recommended this one by someone at work whom I consider to be a real beer connoisseur, but who has different beer preferences than I do, so I was expecting something good, but not really my thing. However, upon trying Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, I was pleasantly surprised to find a new brew to add to my list of favorites. The bottle opens with a very light odor of vanilla, but otherwise smells like any other quality American porter. Vanilla Porter pours a very dark brown with generous amounts of tan foamy head which gives way to attractive lacing. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and hops grace this brew, with a light hint of vanilla that complements this delicious porter without overpowering. This is a creamy, exceptionally drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 18:18:01 | More by LarrBear
Photo of tedsox31


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass. Appearance is dark red or brown with very little head. What head there is dissipates quickly after the pour. There is some lacing down the side of the glass.

I like the smell a lot. I can smell chocolate malts, vanilla, and toffee. Possibly a faint smell of wood, also.

Taste is pretty good. It isn't overly sweet which is nice. I can taste the vanilla and also some bitter chocolate. The two flavors balance each other out nicely.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a little carbonation. Overall pretty pleasant.

This beer fills you up, I would not want more than one in a sitting. It has good flavors but not a session beer. I would pair this one with a dessert near the end of my night.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-10-2008 00:50:31 | More by tedsox31
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very refreshing sweet porter with a hint of vanilla

A- Dark garnet red, almost completely opaque. Beautiful creamy 3 inch head that leaves great lacing

S- Not much smell but do get a vanilla and roasted caramel malts

T- Taste is great. Not too much vanilla makes for a very good light flavor mixed with the roasted caramel malts

M- Feels lighter than I would expect from a porter, but nonetheless very refreshing

D- Drinks reaaal good. sweet stuff

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-06-2008 03:04:12 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of orangemoustache


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with nearly perfect clarity when held to direct light revealing the richest garnet coloring I could ever hope to see from a beer. The head is two fingers tall and almond leaving no lacing,which is the only thing keeping this from a perfect score. The nose is soft and sweet with a vanilla pudding aromas. This is a great mix of medium toasted malt in balance with some unassuming dark cola sweetness,subtle vanilla on the tail. The body is full and velvety soft with a light tingly bite that does not disappoint,nice mouth coating sugars. A very nice Porter indeed.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-30-2008 04:59:22 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of Contagion


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a dark mahogany coloring to it that matches the woodwork in my hotel room. Light passes through with some difficulty around the edges. When poured into a glass a dense quarter inch thick head formed. It was tan in color and made up of tiny bubbles. It slowly faded to a ring around the edge of the glass. There is some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is a combination that reminded me of fresh, unprocessed ginger. There was a hint of vanilla, toffee and chocolate malts. The scent was enticing and pleasant. The taste had a nice roasted malt flavor with a touch of vanilla and chocolate to it. There was a touch of biscuity taste to it. As it warms the scents and tastes opens up and are more noticeable.

This is a medium bodied beer. There is a nice creaminess to it that coats the mouth and throat. It's easy to drink, but it's rather filling.

I was rather surprised by this beer. I figured it would be one of those overly sweet flavored beers, but this really wasn't.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-28-2008 02:49:14 | More by Contagion
Photo of supernaut


3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable porter, but perhaps just a bit better than average overall...

It looks nice (although the head dissipated a bit too quickly) with a nice deep brown color, and smells quite sweet as one might expect from a vanilla porter.

The taste and mouthfeel are both pretty average however. Its very drinkable in the sense that its thin, sweet and refreshing...what I think of as a nice "summery" beer, but not quite as sophisticated in its overall taste as many other top shelf porters I've tried. I think the sweetness tends to dominate a bit too much...

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-26-2008 00:36:59 | More by supernaut
Photo of denflyr


3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like it was mentioned before, this has a cola"esk" aspect to it. I can't identify what type, but it is there.

Poured with a minimal 1/4" head with no apparent lacing on the glass.

Light bodied beer that has again that dark cola color to it.

I did not detect a vibrancy of the aforementioned vanilla to this porter. It is there in fleeting moments, but not apparent for me.

There is a marked sweetness to the beer on the initial entry.

A very drinkable beer, but just not my favorite for this style.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-18-2008 02:50:47 | More by denflyr
Photo of chesterspot


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 0.5in head that dissipates quickly. It's a dark, maybe a touch lighter than black coffee.
S - Very sweet vanilla and malty with a slight oatmeal.
T - Malty, some oatmeal, a little molasses and definitely vanilla. The vanilla gives a flavor of bourbon (Very slight)
M - Somewhat watery but porters are not usually as "thick" as a stout in my opinion so it works. It's a nice summer porter because it is not as thick.
D - I could drink several of these after dinner while lounging around.

It's not a very complex beer but works well for being a mass produced beer that can be drank at anytime of the year.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-15-2008 02:01:31 | More by chesterspot
Photo of Natural510


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown color with nice amount of head which dissipates into a thin but study layer which laces the glass nicely.
Smells like maltball candy...malts, vanilla, caramel & a little chocolate.
Taste is decidedly caramel malts as well, with added vanilla extract. Very sweet, almost like a soda. There is a residual, barely noticable hoppiness in the back. More comparable to a malted soda than beer.
A bit thin, but very creamy and there is a noticable vibrance in the mouth from the elements.
Drinkability depends on ones tolerance for sweetness in dark beers. I found it enjoyable for what it is, but certainly not world-class in the land of porters.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-14-2008 06:44:13 | More by Natural510
Photo of midaszero


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black with 1 finger of tan head that went away a little quickly and a tiny amount of lacing.

S - Roasty chocolate vanilla that is kind of faint

T - Nutty and roasty chocolate with some vanilla. Tasty a little creamy with a little bit of heat

M - Thick body with medium carbonation

D - Good cold weather beer that is a pretty solid porter

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-13-2008 02:32:36 | More by midaszero
Photo of kzoobrew


2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown but watery. Looks somewhat like a glass of cherry coke. Minimal head with even less retention. Zero lacing.

Very sweet on the nose. The vanilla is apparent. Picking up some lactose and brown sugar smells.

Taste starts out same as it does with the nose, very sweet and vanilla. Very soda like in taste, lacks a strong malt base. Picked up some chocolate coffee and bitterness but really the sweetness is over powering.

Mouth feel will continue the soda theme. Light crisp beer well carbonated.

Overall this isn't a bad beer, but it's not terribly good either. I like a bigger thicker porter, this just does not cut it for me.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-12-2008 23:43:27 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of thethrone


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark, translucent brown. Appearence is thin and watery, with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong vanilla aroma. Smells very sweet, much like brown sugar.

T - Vanilla overpowers the palette here. Hints of roasted coffee at the finish.

M - Light, soda-like feel. Sweetness lasts in the mouth from the first sip through the last.

D - Tasty, but much too sweet for my tastes. Almost more like a soda than a beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-12-2008 04:54:52 | More by thethrone
Photo of bkilpatr


3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/11/08.

Pours a dark ruby brown color with about one finger of light tan head. Aromas of vanilla and toasted malt with a bit of sweet chocolate as well.

Taste is powdered cocoa and sweet vanilla with a bit of tasted malt as well. Taste is interesting but seems very artificial. Feel is creamy and smooth. Kinda slick, and on the lighter side in terms of body. Drinkability is good. The ABV is nice and low and goes down smooth.

Decent porter considering the odd vanilla powder taste.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-12-2008 01:37:41 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of MiScusi


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a really nice creamy off white cap forms on the dark brown body which is easily clear at the edges.

S- There is a slightly roasty quality to it with a smell of lactose as in a cream stout.

T- A really creamy mouthfeel without feeling too heavy. Chocolatey, very slightly roasty, and milky sweet. It really is much sweeter than a standard porter.

M- really creamy and smooth but maybe a tad bit too much. If there was just a tad more prickly carbonation here I probably would have given it a 4 or 4.5.

D- I had this beer with a chocolate brownie dessert and it really went well with the chocolate and just seemed exponentially sweet. As I finished the dessert and keep sipping on the brew I realize the mouthfeel is way too creamy. It's a good tasting beer but it's something you have to take your time with since it's so sweet.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-08-2008 02:28:59 | More by MiScusi
Photo of pwsoldier


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a small off-white head. Small traces of lacing.

S - Coffee, vanilla, and sweetness from the roasted malts

T - Tastes like a cheap vanilla coffee. The vanilla seems very out of place in this beer. A lot of sweetness comes through in the finish.

M - Full-bodied, creamy wet finish, leaves a sweet coffeeish aftertaste.

D - An awkward brew to be certain, but not necassarily repulsive. This is a fairly drinkable beer if you can get over the sweetness of it.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-04-2008 05:52:48 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of schanker21


3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown into my pint glass. Smells a bit like roasted coffee and vanilla. Tastes like watered-down coffee with a really sweet vanilla aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little too bubbly for a porter in my opinion. Overall I'm not a huge fan of this one. It's just a little too weak, and the over-sweetness of it would make it hard to drink more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-27-2008 19:49:37 | More by schanker21
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into a tulip yields a deep dark clear garnet body capped with a thick sheet of ecru foam that retains at a ring and leaves swatches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is faint with just the least bit of vanilla with cola nuts and a tangy note of something I can't readily identify.

Taste is dry and malty with a pronounced sweetish oily note of vanilla and a touch of dry wood. Sipping at this beer leaves me with the impression that it is a touch insipid and coolly boring. A big experimental gulp really unleashes the vanilla upon the palate and into the backdoor of my nose, leading me to think this drink was intended for quaffing. Too bad, because it ain't really all that quaffable a brew... 'partakable', yes...'quaffable'? Nah. A touch of warm alkaline cocoa emerges as the drink rests a bit, but overall, Vanilla Porter simply lacks flavor and body.

Relatively thin with good carbonation. 'Partakable', no doubt, but would I seek this beer out again? Negatory.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-27-2008 14:24:38 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of diabecktic


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful - black is the dominant color but there is a little hint of red. Very thick pour with head that really sticks to the side of the glass.

There really isn't a single dominant aroma; hints of hops, chocolate, coffee, and nutmeg are present. It's really quite enticing.

The first word that comes to mind is spicy, however not in the "hot" sense. Flavor is well-rounded and a bit "earthy." The vanilla is present, but it's just one of several tastes that are balanced quite well. The flavors linger just long enough to make you want to take another sip. The aftertaste most strongly resembles coffee.

This beer is nice and thick, but not too heavy. There isn't a whole lot of carbonation, but it's definately not flat.

After having one, I regret not getting another. It goes down relatively smooth, but you don't want to have like 5 or 6 of these in 45 minutes. I'd say that this would make a great "session beer."

This is a great beer. My only real complaint is that the vanilla flavor isn't as strong as I would have expected it to be. It's present, but it doesn't seem to stick out any more than the other flavors. However, this isn't a bad thing. If you haven't had this beer before, you really do need to try it. I look forward to trying other brews from the Breckenridge Brewery in the future.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-24-2008 05:10:07 | More by diabecktic
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pilsner glass from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours and looks just like root beer, dark red and amber, can see right through it, with a thin tan head that dissipates without any lacing.

Aroma is meaty and brown sugary. Blatant in your face vanilla smells like a candle, not a beer or any other beverage.

Flavor is stronger than I expected from the light color and subtle aroma. Chocolatey and sweet, with a bit of a dry and bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is thin and effervescent, reminiscent of soda pop.

Drinkability is decent, I'm able to finish it but certainly wouldn't grab another.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-12-2008 04:39:36 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basically, an unoffensive porter that tries too hard to be sweet, and not hard hard enough as a porter.

Looked and poured thinner than I expected, but I didn't mind much. Smell was great, as I love vanilla. Smelled like real vanilla, too, not just artificial aromas (though I wouldn't be surprised to hear they were unnatural flavors).

Taste was sweet, almost sugary. Not really what I'm looking for in a beer, but tame enough that it, again, didn't bother me.

It seems to be the theme of this beer. It doesn't blow you away, but it's not bad either. It's just there, tasting a bit different, but never really does anything to wow you.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-11-2008 23:03:51 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of Kemmerlin


2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured an amber purple color with a thin head from a hard pour and light lacing down the glass.

S: Smells malty like a porter with very very faint coffee notes but no vanilla.

T: A sour bitter taste of malts and yeast with a very strong vanilla front and aftertaste. This is the second time I've had this beer with the same results in taste as the last time.

M/D: Leaves a slimy and alcohol astringent feel in the mouth surprising for only 4.7% abv. The drinkability is quite awful, I have to choke this one down.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-11-2008 01:33:12 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of Ben4881


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vanilla Porter
Breckenridge Brewery

This beer is a very dark chocolate brown and appears to be transparent with hints of amber when light shines through the glass. A very small white head emerges and disappears quickly, leaving very little lacing behind.

A very faint aroma is detectable. What is there is sweet malt with hints of chocolate.

Roasted bitter flavor hits the palette up front, followed by a smooth transition to a softer, sweeter flavor with a hint of root beer. This leads to a lofty marshmallow finish. The aftertaste is an odd concoction of roasted coffee and a sweet medicinal alcohol flavor.

The Vanilla Porter has a medium body that is a little syrupy with a small amount of carbonation.

The aftertaste is too sweet and kind of a turn off. The mouthfeel is a little too much on the syrupy side. The flavor is very interesting and worthy of a taste. However, I would find it difficult to partake in another after finishing the first.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-11-2008 01:22:12 | More by Ben4881
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge- Vanilla Porter

A- Dark cola brown with a small tan head, minimal lacing.
S- Big vanilla aroma with a touch of cream, coffee bean, and cocoa powder.
T- Sweet creamy vanilla whipped cream with roasted coffee bean, chocolate, and nougat.
M- Sweet and smooth with thick flavors. A sweet finish that transforms into a dry aftertaste.

Overall- This is 1 tasty ass porter! Damn shame I only bought 1. Luckily this isn't too hard to find.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-11-2008 00:51:06 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Chugmonkey


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had while BBQing on an 84deg humid day, was not in the mood for a porter, but wanted to try this beer.

Poured super fast into pint glass - not quite black, hardly any head, low carbonation to style.

Creamy like a stout, but has a nice light milk chocolate & vanilla taste. Light creaminess, light flavors, no astringency, vanilla is very present but not over the top. Hardly any bitterness, very mild, especially for a porter.

This is very drinkable and would be a great beer to get people interested in "dark beers". On the lighter more delicate end of the Porter style. Overall I'm impressed and will definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-09-2008 12:47:36 | More by Chugmonkey
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,930 ratings.