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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 62
Gots: 291 | 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 jrallen34
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer poors dark brown, showing very light and clear in the light. No head comes as it pours but after settling for a second a light tan 1/4 inch head fizzes than fades quickly. Lacing is not there.

The aroma is very light but what you did get is mostly vanilla, with a touch of coffee at the end.

The taste is light, a little roasted coffee to start with a little vanilla a the end. The taste has a weird bitter finish.

The feel is super watery. Drinkablility is low because its so low in alchool just doesn't make you really want to drink it.

Overall, pretty boring to me, lacks in flavor and viscosity.

jrallen34, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of mikebiewer
4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


This beer is almost black but has really nice brown highlights within it. There isn't much head and if there is, it doesn't stick around very long. However you can see it stick to the sides on its way down.


Smells very roasty with a bit of chocolate in it. There is a very minute smell of hop floral coming off of it. Could have been the one I had.


Awesome! I've gotten people who don't drink dark beer to drink it and like it. I usually preface it with saying, imagine coffee, with chocolate and vanilla in it.


This beer pours a little bit thicker and it drinks the same way. It has a thicker texture, but I still have a hard time saying its "thick" or "full bodied" I guess it is full bodied, but I would say closer to a heavy medium.


I can drink a few of these but probably not a full night. The first one goes down smooth and easy. When its in your mouth it hits all the parts of the tongue and really surprises you. So its good, but not completely easy to do. It seems the more of it you drink the bitterness comes out.

I did a video review on my site if anyone is interested.



mikebiewer, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Shumista
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear, dark brown cola color, small off white head. Looks pretty thin from the pour, even for a porter.
S- Chocolate, nutty and vanilla. Smells pretty good.
T- The taste is ok, nothing to run and tell your friends about. Seems like a pretty average porter with a nice vanilla note.
M- Thin, but it is a porter so I understand why.
D- I've had a six pack of these in my fridge for a few weeks now and this is only the 3rd I have drank. I think that says something about my eagerness to drink them. Not bad once I get myself to pop one open though.

I would agree with the label that this beer is indeed quite partakable. Remarkable however is a stretch and not a word I would use to describe it.

Shumista, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is nothing better than a fresh brew. Had this at the Hard Rock Cafe in Denver!

Presentation - Tapped into pint glass

Appearance - Looks kind of like a darker Coca-Cola

Smell - Vanilla, vanilla, and more vanilla

Taste - Vanilla, milk, with a thick maltiness

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy body with a somewhat creamy finish

Drinkability - Could drink these all day

Overall - a new fave

tjd112, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
1.9/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like darker Coca Cola with less carb bubbles. finger of head, receding in its own good time.

Vanilla overtakes everything else on the smell.

Strong cloying vanilla flavor. tastes kinda like when i steamed vanilla bean powder with milk=slightly burnt. lightly roasty, milky,carmel in the distance. very sweet...very very sweet. If Vanilla Coke was a beer, breckenridge would make it.

Slightly thin mouthfeel yet creamy. very much like slightly carbinated milk. Gives me that feeling after a soda that their is syrup in my mouth i need to clean off.

Too sweet for my tastes, i dont like spoonfulls of vanilla sugar.

ChadQuest, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of chicagoish
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Take this beer for what it is... a nice "treat." It's not something you will want to drink all night long. But for a nightcap, or change of pace this beer fits the bill. The vanilla taste is not overpowering, it's there, but not so bold and overpowering that it seems fake.

chicagoish, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a very nice two finger foamy tan head. The froth dissipated leaving a good amount of lacing. Deep brown body with lighter amber edges. Allows light through when held up at eye level.

Wonderful nose! Lots of coffee with cream, vanilla ice cream and toasty chocolate. You can pick up some roasted malts in the background once warmed.

Your tongue is greeted by the coffee flavor first. This gives way to a creamy vanilla flavor. You can really taste the roasted malts and burnt chocolate at the finish.

The mouth feel is medium with mild carbonation. Slightly creamy and a little dry even.

Very drinkable...I will buy again.

mgbickel, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep black. Not quite opaque because light gets through. An off-white, tan head develops and slowly dissipates to a leave a nice, billowy lacing on top and ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: Cocoa and a hint of vanilla. Maybe a little fruit -- raspberry and plum. (Is plum fruit?)

Taste: Cocoa malts. A little like hot chocolate. A little vanilla and the plum come through as well. Not as "stout" as I usually like.

Drinkability: Tom made the comment that it was not as thick and many stouts and porters, and I agree. It was smooth drinking, and tasty, but it didn't offer anything truly spectacular. Flavorwise I don't think it is as unique as it's made out to be.

TheQuietMan22, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of devilben02
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep chestnut brown, with a solid tan head of tiny bubbles. The vanilla hits you right up front in the aroma, but there are also underlying scents of chocolate and grain. The vanilla is also prominent on the taste. It is noticeable but subtle at first, but the potency of the vanilla builds, especially as the beer warms. There are also notes of milk chocolate, toffee, and mildly roasted malts. The roasted malts can't combat the dominance of the vanilla, though, so the sweetness of this one makes it drink more like a brown than a porter. It's not very full-bodied, which would generally make me say that this one goes down pretty easy, but the compounding sweetness of the vanilla eventually gets to be too much for me, and I wouldn't want to have too much in a session. As a result, this isn't going to be in the regular rotation, but it is nice as a change of pace.

devilben02, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of billzee
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Darrk brown/ruby in color. Off-white finger head faded quickly. Mildly roasty with slight toasted notes. Mild hops and a nice hint of vanilla. Great balance between toasted nut and vanilla. The vanilla slightly dominates up front with almost perfect balance in the finish. No hops present. Slight carbonation, a bit thin bodied. Could use a beffing up here. Overall I enjoyed this porter. The vanilla is not overpowering and lends a nice touch.

billzee, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.1/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a small snifter. No head and no lacing after being poured. Very little carbonation almost flat. Vanilla flavor is all but lost. Very noticeable tinny, metal flavoring. Flat mouthfeel because of lack of carbonation. Very disappointing compared to other times I have had this brew. Flavor doesn't live up to its porter profile.

mtnbikerpa, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that my wife bought me as a gift last weekend. Poured into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale goblet/glass.

A One and a half cm light brown head over a dark brown translucent body that glows a medium mahogany in front of direct light. 3.0

S Dark roast malt and vanilla, just as advertised. The vanilla is interesting but otherwise, not much going on here. 3.5

T You know, nice dark roast malt in what would otherwise be a standard, boring porter but the vanilla is really a nice touch. It simutaneously softens and sweetens the dark roast malt and each of them conspire to make a good tasting beer. 4.5

M Appropriately moderately big with dark roast malt, sweet vanilla tastes. 3.5

D Good as this is such an interesting tasting beer that it kept me coming back for more sips. 4.0

Notes: A basic porter with a very nice and welcome addition of vanilla. I recall this being better on tap but it is entirely drinkable and probably my favorite from Breckenridge.

adamette, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark purple with a brown haze to it. The head is a manila collar that left behind some nice lace.

Smells of old coffee, old over-ripe fruit and a touch of astringent bitterness. This is nestled into a sweet French vanilla.

Tastes of a dry toasty cereal grain with a splash of coffee. The dryness of this bites at the sides of my cheeks. This quickly fades delivering a sticky sweet French vanilla that reminds me of the vanilla in vanilla coke.

Present and viscous with a soft carbonation. It fades quickly but leaves a bit of a sticky film behind.

Not the best, but I find myself attracted to the sweetness of this one nonetheless.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of drizzam
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured from the bottle into a clear pint glass, the brew is a clear but dark ruby/brown color. Nice one finger tan head that dissipated but still left a nice frothy top with good lacing.

S - Sweet smelling, malty with a bit of vanilla in the background.

T & M - Definitely a unique tasting brew...I haven't had a vanilla flavored beer up to this point and I guess it's not too bad. I guess I was expecting more Porter taste with a hint of vanilla, this brew is kinda more vanilla than porter. Mouthfeel was thinnish, almost watery. It did finish fairly clean. Not much in the way of carbonation.

D - I love the idea of a Porter infused with some vanilla. If done correctly, the taste would be phenomenal. That being said, I think if a different brewery gave this a shot (maybe New Glarus) the result would be much better. This wasn't a terrible brew, but one that should be brewed a little differently in order to be truly great. It was worth a try and I look forward to trying other breweries interpretations of this brew style.

drizzam, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

GeezLynn, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mtstatebeer, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of SamN
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SamN, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of hossua34
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

hossua34, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

ShadesOfGray, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

nickfl, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Stinkypuss, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mavajo, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Arielle
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Arielle, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Rayek, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mosstrooper, Nov 06, 2009
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 3,096 ratings.