Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery
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Ratings: 3,005 | Reviews: 947 | Display Reviews Only:
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Thanks to seb for this one!
I suppose after sampling Harmon's Vanilla Porter yesterday I was expecting something similar from this brew. The nose is pretty much devoid of any noticeable vanilla - a trace perhaps, that's it.
There's a sweetness in the taste but, like the nose, not much vanilla coming though.
Easily drinkable but so are many other beers. Disappointing.
03-30-2009 02:59:02 | More by ScreamForMe
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance: dark brown with medium head and medium carbonation
Smell: vanilla, extract, cream, and coffee
Taste: vanilla, cream, coffee, and malts
Mouthfeel: super sweet, borderline syrupy, medium heavy body
Drinkability: When I first had this, I had it on tap in Denver at the brewery. It was excellent and one of my favorite beers from the trip. In a bottle it tends to lose something. It is a bit sweeter. I could drink several at the brewery...from a bottle I think one is my limit.
03-27-2009 19:09:44 | More by tigg924
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
A: Dark brown color with ruby edges. Poured a half-finger light tan head that dissipated to and even layer. Light, broken lacing.
S: Lightly toasted malts and sweet cherries. Toasted malts more prevelant as the beer warmed. Surprisingly, no vanilla.
T: Mild toasted malt flavors up front then sweet light fruits. A hint of vanilla (but I was looking for it). Mild bitter finish to balance.
M: Light side of medium body. Enough carbonation to balance.
D: A little overly sweet in a bit of a cloying way. Suggest you let it warm a little.
03-25-2009 15:26:32 | More by Haybeerman
3.15/5 rDev -13%
Pours a dark brown color with some reddish highlights. Three fingers of mocha head. Nice sticky lacing.
Sweet aroma. There's a fruity sweetness to go with roasted malts. I don't really smell any vanilla.
I'm just not getting any vanilla in this. It's subtle to the point I have no clue it's there. It's not nearly as sweet as it smells. The taste is kind of hard to describe. You really have to reach to come up with any flavors. There's a slight roast finish. Very slight. Not getting any of the sourness/acidity I've read in other reviews. I'll count that as a positive.
Body is on the thinner side of medium. Appropriate carbonation, and a smooth drinker. The taste and smell are decidedly average, but my rating will end up higher than it should be because of the appearance and pleasant feel. It would be hard to put back too many of these before losing interest. If I had to compare it to another beer, I'd probably go with a watered down Young's Double Chocolate Stout.
03-25-2009 02:19:55 | More by Gyle41386
3/5 rDev -17.1%
The beer is nice and dark with a tan foam on top...this however is the highlight for me because the vanilla in this beer is just overpowering, it seems almost fake.
The smell is high octane vanilla, almost like it was dry hopped with mccormick vanilla extract. The taste follows suit.
The mouthfeel is oily and greasy, decent carbonation.
I certainly could not drink more than one of these, it is just too much vanilla, not the smokey complex kind, but the sweet overpowering kind.
03-24-2009 22:55:28 | More by grayburn
2.63/5 rDev -27.3%
Appearance: Dark, maroon-colored hue... Minimal head, moderate lacing...
Smell: purple grapes, chocolate, mocha essences...
Taste: Dark purple grapes, malts, cocoa, mocha, slightly sweet finish...
A light-bodied porter...
03-19-2009 17:28:55 | More by dsa7783
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
Presentation: Twelve-ounce bottle rough-poured into a room-temperature "Imperial" pint glass.
A: Nearly opaque black with dark red edges. Two finger tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves dense lasing all the way down the glass.
S: Sweet, slightly vanilla nose with roasty undertones.
T: The vanilla really comes through here and is very nicely balanced by roasty malt and coffee flavors. Some dark chocolate as well. This is a primarily sweet flavor that is well counter pointed by the heavier and roastier flavors commonly associated with the porter style. The sweet vanilla is prominent but not overdone. Breckenridge has found an excellent balance of flavors. Strong work!
M: A good chewy porter mouth feel.
D: This is an excellent beer but the sweetness limits drinkability somewhat in my opinion. Definitely worth a second pint, however.
Overall: A new favorite from a brewery I have known and loved since its founding. Keep it up!
03-19-2009 05:36:06 | More by geomedic
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Had this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!
Pours a dark brown color with dark ruby highlights and a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of lightly roasted malts and sweet fruits, mostly cherries. I'm not getting much of a vanilla aroma at all. As the beer warms the roasted malt aromas come out a bit more but are still dominated by sweet fruits.
Tastes a bit better than how it smells, though I'm still getting no vanilla. Mild roasted malt flavors up front followed shortly by sweet fruits - again, mostly cherries - and ending with a mild roasted bitterness.
Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side, though the carbonation is at a good level.
Drinkability is so-so. The sweetness is a bit cloying and it's definitely worth letting the beer warm up a bit.
Overall this wasn't a terrible beer but I don't see myself buying it again.
03-18-2009 21:32:58 | More by glid02
2.93/5 rDev -19.1%
Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: Dark brown with light tan head receded to surface foam with minimal lacing.
Smell: Vanilla dominates and little else shows through but there are hints of chocolate.
Taste: Sweet vanilla taste dominates but some chocolate and caramel do show up.
Mouthfeel: Thin with light carbonation. Short finish with vanilla fading out.
Drinkability: At first it was OK, but not exceptional. After a while, however, I was ready for it to be gone before it was and I'm not sure I want more than one. Nor will I come back to it again.
03-15-2009 22:13:21 | More by drtth
2.6/5 rDev -28.2%
12oz bottle into a pint glass
A - Nice brown with tan head, some lacing
S - Not really much scent could be detected, some vanilla definitely there
T - The vanilla sweetness was a bit rough, and was a wierd transition to the somewhat bitter finish. Just can't appreciate get into this.
M - Normal for this style
D - Just too off tasting bitterness next to the almost "artificial" tasting vanilla/sweetness. One was enough.
It got a little better as it warmed up, but I can't say this was one I'd try again.
03-13-2009 01:31:21 | More by chilly460
1.78/5 rDev -50.8%
Damnit, I really want to like this beer. But I can't, it's just too sweet. Candy like sweet. Maybe if the brewery had stamped a date on the bottle or the case it came in then I could say "Self, this beer is past it's prime and therefore must not be reviewed" Shit fire boys!! If the brewery didn't think that freshness of their product was an issue then I must assume that they expect a few bad reviews of their product to come their way, so here goes:
Poured into a glass and formed a nice light tan head over a deep brown body, no staying power to the head yet light lacing remained to the end. The smell is sweet, sickeningly so with only a syrupy not quite vanilla odor. No evidence of hops or grain or malt or anything appetizing. The taste is slightly better and yet I feel as though I'm drinking Vanilla Coke's evil twin. Or Vanilla Pepsi's Mini-Me. And they wish to do me harm, They have assaulted my palate with flavors that no human should be subjected to. Yet, I shall persevere to the end, finishing this glass not knowing whether my mouth will taste again. Somewhere in there is a slight flowery taste, lost amidst proto-vanilla, hops maybe. Mouthfeel, well it feels like a porter, thinner than a stout and thicker than a good lager. Drinkability? No friggin' way. If the choice was between this and soda pop then the soda pop would be better choice. Hell, water'd be a better choice. Possibly the first drain pour I've ever encountered, or perhaps this would make an excellent birthday gift for my brother in law. Hmmmm...decisions, decisions.
03-10-2009 17:04:36 | More by saradad
4/5 rDev +10.5%
I bought the Breckenridge Brewery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep translucent black color. The head is about two fingers tall, tan, thin lacing, small bubbles, good retention.
Smell: The aroma is very malty. Chocolate, nuts and expresso are some of the more dominate notes.
Taste: The flavors are chocolate, toffee, expresso and nuts.
Mouthfeel: This mouthfeel is very smooth.
Drinkability: This beer is rather drinkable.
Don't drink and review.
03-08-2009 22:53:40 | More by treehugger02010
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Breckenridge Brewery (Breckenridge, CO).
A: Dark, murky brown with thin off-white head with not a lot of lace.
S: Definitely a complex malt bill with excellent toasted caramel and dark malt and burnt malt aromas which are not overwhelmed but rather enhanced by the vanilla addition.
T: A delicious porter with a slightly acrid, toasty dark malt flavor that tones as it warms with a nice earthy hops bite in the finish to give it a good dryness. The vanilla melds nicely to give a good sweet counterpoint.
M: A little thin in body but the carbonation is just right to keep it smooth. Aftertaste is toasted dark malt with a hint of vanilla.
D: A very nice porter with a good mix of vanilla, toasted dark malt, and earthy hops aromas and flavors. Easily their most sessionable on-tap offering.
03-06-2009 19:28:15 | More by argock
3.33/5 rDev -8%
Pours a dark brown with dark reddish hues in the light. The head is an off-white, about one finger that retains very well. Lacing is light.
There is a hint of an alcoholic astringency in the smell that shows up in the taste. The vanilla is there as expected, though subtler than one might think. There is a toasty malt to the smell as well. It's not as sweet as some reviews I've read say it is. There can be a little sourness in the finish.
It's medium-bodied. The feel is thick and can be a little syrupy. Carbonation is light. Finish is a bit heady.
Not a bad one to try, though not a great one. I'd give it a shot and it's not something I'd avoid. Overall a decent brew.
03-05-2009 17:07:28 | More by Brenden
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a dark amber/brown color. The amber is present especially along the edges of the glass. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells strongly of vanilla, then some sweet and roasted malt qualities come through, and there are some slight hops noticeable. Fits the style of an American Porter, though an extreme vanilla enriched fringe member. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes very tart up front, which was slightly off-putting, but still not bad. The first flavors are vanilla, then roasted malt and sweet malt come through, and there's a slight hop background. Overall, besides the extreme tartness this beer would have been great, but otherwise an average brew.
03-04-2009 23:37:27 | More by Tone
2.8/5 rDev -22.7%
Thanks to zealot for this suprise in a trade.
Dark brown look, cherry/ruby highlights. Looks like beer.
Some vanilla smells, bourbony smell, not much doin.
Dark malts taste, vanilla, sweet. Very let down, didn't think it'd be good, and it wasn't
After a while kinda tastes like vanilla extract. A let down after they used to make an oatmeal stout a whiles back I liked.
Overall this was not unlike watching Vanilla Ice on his own dating show, things that should never be. Remarkable, maybe, partakable, no.
02-26-2009 03:41:23 | More by Murchmac
2/5 rDev -44.8%
Ap: Beautiful clear dark color with reddish highlights. The very thin head was gone before I found my pen and notepad. No lacing on the glass.
Sm: Not much smell, sweet.
Ta: Overly sweet and syrupy with obvious vanilla flavor (I like vanilla). Over the top sweetness and syrup feeling.
Mf: Medium body, the sweetness clings to my mouth, not in a good way.
Dr: Nope. Kind of like a vanilla Coke, only much sweeter. I'd drink it again if my only other choice was Budlight.
02-19-2009 22:35:05 | More by deaconoflove
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
Tried 5 Feb 2009 at the brewpub.
Dark brown color. Small light brown head. Slight vanilla aroma, sweet. Lots of vanilla taste upfront. Fairly sweet and roasty, vanilla, caramel and toffee as well. Slight bitterness in finish. Medium body. Moderate alcohol.
Decent, definitely more vanilla than porter.
02-18-2009 02:52:00 | More by htomsirveaux
3.03/5 rDev -16.3%
Pours a dark brown, getting close to black in color. Thin tan head. Smell is of slightly stale malt. Taste is surprisingly sugary, with a big chocolate flavor as well. A hint of vanilla is also present obviously. The bitterness levels are rather low, but not too bad. Mouthfeel is thin, average carbonation. Drinkability is somewhat lower. At the beginning of the glass, the beer was tasting ok, but near the end, the beer got cloyingly sweet as well as a bit sour. This is not the type of beer you would want to have more than one of. I would drink this beer again, but I doubt I would go out of my way to purchase it.
The first time I tried this beer a couple years ago, I though it was TERRIBLE. But I suspect that that was a bad batch. This one is better, but still IMO not stellar.
02-10-2009 15:42:57 | More by tronester
District of Columbia
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
A: A dark, chestnut brown color with some ruby hints. A medium sized, creamy and frothy tan head with solid retention and very nice lacing.
S: Roasted malts. Some vanilla, yes, along with dark fruit/grapes. Some chocolate as well, with herbal and earthy hop notes.
T: Roasted/burnt malt flavor up front. A pleasant vanilla flavor is coupled with a weird astringent/puckering sourness. Chocolate and some caramel, along with earthy hops.
M: Medium bodied, with subdued carbonation. Slick and somewhat syrupy. Again, at times there are puckering, sour flavors.
D: This one is just okay. I can understand what they were going for here, and it's a nice idea, it just comes across a little less nuanced than I'd like. Perhaps because the vanilla seems artificial, something just doesn't add up.
02-04-2009 04:00:38 | More by Clydesdale
3.15/5 rDev -13%
Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, pop top with classy looking label
Appearance: Nice, quite dark brown with a thin but persistant light tan film
Smell: Dark toasty caramel, burnt marshmallow predominates, and there's a hint of vanilla as well.
Taste: Upfront there are toasted marshmallow flavors with touches of bourbon, vanilla, and a roasty back with sweet vanilla flavors that seem a bit artificial.
Mouthfeel: A tad on the thin side.
Conclusion: Eh, it's ok...the toasted marshmallow flavors/aromas are quite nice (if a bit odd) but overall there's a kind of "fake" artificial flavor to this beer.
01-30-2009 05:12:57 | More by BedetheVenerable
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
A: Deep dark red with brown hues and a creamy tan head that disapates rather quickly. Leaves a nice lacing that moves slowly... clinging to the glass.
S: Smells like a pleasant combination of being a kid and walking into a candy store AND being a bit more mature and walking into a coffee shop. Very enticing aroma.
T: Nicely balanced, toasty (almost a fresh-baked biscuit) meets caramel, coffee, mocha, and just enough vanilla to lighten it all up without distracting from or overpowering the general taste.
M: Nice carbonation... but a slight gritty feel.
D: Very drinkable on a cold winter evening. It would make for a great sipper seeing it improves as it warms up. Might make for a great after-dinner beer... perhaps even with a cigar.
01-26-2009 02:22:36 | More by AleWatcher
2.33/5 rDev -35.6%
A: Dark brown - just shy of a stout.
S: Very biscuity with a hint of vanilla
T: Holy unsweetened vanilla, Batman! What a weird taste. It's not metallic, but it's not really what I'm used to for a porter either. It actually tastes a lot like a macrobrew.
MF: Thinner than expected.
D: One or two is tops for me.
01-21-2009 00:33:17 | More by disastermouse
2.25/5 rDev -37.8%
Reviewed 7/5/2006 (12oz bottle):
Pours a black brown color, small head, brownish. Very strong coffee aroma, some chocolate. Not very strong aroma. Strong coffee taste, watery. Not a strong coffee aftertaste. Just a good porter taste. Slight vanilla taste. But very watery overall.
01-20-2009 03:36:08 | More by jujubeast6000
4.3/5 rDev +18.8%
Appears a dark brown with mild, ruby transparencies. A fluffy, light tan head slowly fades into a mild cap and a bubbly collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge vanilla notes, caramel, and brown sugar with a dusting of cocoa powder, molasses, and milk chocolate.
Taste is of vanilla laced cocoa beverage with a hint of mocha and a touch of mint.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, and just sweet enough to keep me coming back for more. This is a very drinkable, lip smacking, after dinner brew that keeps you so interested that you don't want to put the glass down.
I could pound a few six packs of these and keep coming back for more.
01-20-2009 01:56:02 | More by weeare138
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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