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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,304 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,304
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 74
Gots: 389 | 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 nrbw23
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Head disappears pretty quick and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- The vanilla was all over the place and was a lot stronger as it warmed up. Quite a bit of coffee and choclate here too.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and way too sweet. Vanilla also dominants this brew.

M- On the lighter side of medium and a bit more carbonation too.

O- A bit of a let down here. I don't think I'll have this one again.

nrbw23, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a wonderful beer. Dark brown with white/brown head. Smells of coffee and vanilla and malts. Taste just like it smells. The vanilla is so creamy and smooth. This beer hits the spot on a good day and has smooth feeling to it. Its drinkabilty is downright good for a six pack

yuenglingfan101, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of ebby82
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light black into a glass.

A- Very sweet, vanilla beans. Roasted malt and just a hint of smokiness.

T- Sweet vanilla, underneath of which the traditional porter dark malts lie.

M- Very smooth, light bodied, very drinkable.

Overall, a very tasty porter. I like the addition of vanilla to a traditional porter.

ebby82, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of brewballer
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine gave me a bottle of this brew to try a while back and just decided to crack it tonight. I can't faintly smell the vanilla , but once I take a swig it comes right out and hits you. Its a nice balance. I was afraid it may overpower the beer, but it seems to work very well with the malt flavors. I could probably see myself having a couple of these in a sitting. the beer was well carbonated, though I would have prefered a slight bit less. Overall a nice brew that I would like to have another of someday down the road.

brewballer, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Medium heavy carbonation. Pours a slight, bubbly, brown-white head which quickly disintegrates almost completely. Some decent beer ring lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, malt, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Dark, bittersweet malt flavor with a hint of sweetness.

M: Light body. Pungent and bittersweet palette. A bit of a dry finish. Has a bit of a washed-out feel.

D: This one goes down easy. Flavorful enough to sip and enjoy, light bodied enough to power down.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Appearance is dark and rich, carbonated a litle more than I'd like though. Not much of a head, and very little lacing. Nose is not complex, but has some dark roast coffee and a little vanilla. Not a bad balance. Flavor is also pretty basic. Dark roasted coffee malt, and hints of sweet. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

bmwats, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Live review of a 12 oz bottle. No best by date.
A: Lighter murky brown with copper hues, it poured with a small cream head with some lacing.
S: Vanilla, woody hops, cocoa powder... overall it kind of smells earthy. OK.
T: Vanilla extract, diacetyl, some woody chocolate... this isn't very exciting. It kind of tastes watered-down and muted with flavor extracts.
M: Thinner with a somewhat creamy carbonation.
O: This kind of strikes me as cheap filler beer for a fridge.

ne0m00re, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The 18th already? I was just about to use some leftovers to make corned beef fajitas. :P

Standard Ommegang glassware. Clear, dark ruby brown body. Inch of cream-colored head. Spiderweb lace.

Alcoholic malted milk balls on the nose. Faint trace of macerated vanilla beans & just a bit of powdered sugar & dark chocolate. A touch fruity if you obsess about it.

Vanilla is much more apparent on the taste. Very nice cream & wafer flavor. Backend dries up a little too soon with toasted, but near flavorless grain. Vanilla tries valiantly to linger, without feeling artificial. Barely a bitter bite.

Carbonation could be better(little more then a tickle), but then it would feel even thinner. There is some froth here. Alcohol is light, & hides behind the vanilla. Not a strong bite, no body, barely hopped, dark with good flavor. Vanilla schwarzbier maybe? Not really fitting too snugly in the porter category.

I may be a sucker for vanilla, but besides the identity crisis, this is a better beer then what the score currently indicates. Too many people comparing it to style could be the ratings only excuse.

PEBKAC, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown colored body, about an inch worth of head that died down quickly that left a line of residual head and some lacing.

S- Pure vanilla bean and coffee roast, the vanilla is really sweet almost syrupylike.

T- Nice bitter roast at first, then the vanilla takes over and dominates the taste, really fresh vanilla, almost artifical like in how strong the vanilla is.

M- Pretty good, nicely carbonated, and decent mouthfeel.

O- A decent brew for your buck, it aint remarkable as the label says but it doesnt disappoint.

foogerd, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has only a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that quickly died down and left rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of vanilla in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell except that the vanilla flavors are stronger, but not overpowering. There are some hints of roasted malts in the background.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink, but there's nothing really interesting about the taste that would make me want to try this again.

metter98, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of seanosh
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great smooth and sweet beverage.

I like it from start to finish.

The vanilla hits you twice.

This is definitely one for the likes of me who like their drink a bit sweet with no bitter tones.

I am very suprised by the relatively low rating this porter has recieved on this sight. I guess it just means more for me.

seanosh, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy 1.5 finger head fades semi slowly with a little lacing, over very dark brown, with a rosy hue.

Nose adds some light roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, tons of vanilla, slight syrupy caramel, that's mostly it, just lots of vanilla, some light roast and chocolate.

Taste is just tons of cheap vanilla flavoring, its like cheap vanilla ice cream with a little bit of porter mixed in, a very light roast and coffee, caramel, a creamy demeanor, but pretty much just cheap vanilla. Finishes a little bitter, but semi sweet, and little bit of minerality.

Mouth is medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and decent carbonation.

It's not bad if you like overpowering vanilla and cheap vanilla ice cream, but nothing special.

jlindros, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A standard pour yields a 1-finger creamy white had that is strikingly opposite the near black body. The head diminishes quickly but leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Strong vanilla and malt hit the nose but a note of banana is also present.

The flavor is predominantly malt and vanilla with noticable caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a light body gives this a very slick mouthfeel.

The easy mouthfeel and interesting flavor definitely help the drinkability.

output01x, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of thehopsguy
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark in color with a thick pour and creamy head

S- A slight scent of vanilla and malt balance

T- Interesting malt characteristics and a lite vanilla after taste.

M- smooth, low carbonation, creamy

D- drinkable, would prefer this especially on tap, my palate says more hops but I'm sure that's not what they were going for with this one..ill have another, cheers!

thehopsguy, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a Nice Dark color with 1 finger cream head

S-Has a faint vanilla malty smell.

T-Has a very nice vanilla flavor with some malty notes.

M-Ligth bodied with good carbonation

D-Very drinkable. wish it had alittle more pop or hop..Was still good but wanted alittle more from this one!

zrab11, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a 33 cL Hoegaarden glass

Apperance - poured an dark brown color with a 3/4 inch head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring of a head that lasts.

Smell - Very strong roasted malt presence. The lack of vanilla smell is kind of disappointing.

Taste - Now this I could get used to. The strong roasted malt flavor of a porter is offset by the sweetness of the vanilla. The only reason this does not get a 5.0 is this strange aftertaste that I cant exactly pin down. I'm thinking it's related to severely roasted malts, but its a definite turnoff.

Mouthfeel - Light body typical of a porter.

Drinkability - The strange aftertaste, that a fellow BA just informed me is bile really makes me want to pour this thing down the drain, but it deserves a shot.

Final verdict - For the most part, this was an unimpressive beer. Its shining moment is the addition of vanilla. I am a huge vanilla fan, but this bile stuff really turned me away.

VncentLIFE, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

optimator13 sensed a need for me to get off of the CANned AAL train and drink outside of my box, so he sent me a box of stouts and porters. Cool! I am not averse to any beer and I have to cop to not having reviewed a porter or a stout for some time. Good lookin' out, bro!

Oh, it smells yummy! Man, my aggro pours are netting me some big heads, like this two-finger gem - light-tan, good retention, sticky lacing as it settles. Nose smelled like a swirled soft-serve ice cream cone: chocolate and vanilla at the same time. I miss ice cream not out of intolerance but simply that I never seem to be able to catch Mister Softee as he tools through my neighborhood in the summer. I am going to practice running before the season begins so that I might actually catch him this year. Color was a deep brown with cola highlights. Mouthfeel was medium and it was in the mouth that I really caught the vanilla. Holy Milli Vanilli, Batman! I remember in HomeEc when we were told to use the extract flavorings VERY judiciously and this was what a batch of my kitchen's vanilla cookies tasted like. Back then, vanilla extract was purported to be alcoholic and so we were swigging it as well as shaking it into the dough. BIG vanilla flavors, both in the cookies and this beer. One of the things that I really dig about the porter style is its ability to take on adjunct flavors. This was like a vanilla milkshake more than a Porter. Dang, but it was really pleasant. Finish was mild, smooth, fairly sweet, but it was vanilla, not sugary sweet, which is what does me in every time. I would not want more than one or two, except as a dessert beer or as an ingredient in a dessert recipe.

woodychandler, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of thatlongname
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice Dark Color. medium but short lasting head. Looks like cola in the lighter areas. No carbonation reallly.

Smell: Faint malty smell + vanilla. Pleasant and light

Taste: Can definitely taste the vanilla and the malt. I found it quite nice. Maybe could use a little more hop.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thick but smooth. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but kind of reminds me of dessert overall. I'd definitely have another.

thatlongname, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours very dark brown almost blackish with very little head. sits in my snifter very dark brown

S- nothing over powering. vanilla and lots of malt fill my nose

T- lots of vanila but not over top. sweet upfront with a finish that doesnt have any lingering tastes. light malty taste in the middle. im glad that the vanilla isnt like sipping vanilla exrract like some other vanilla beers ive had.

M- somewhat of a medium body. not too think that sits nicely on the tongue. medium carbonation.

D- definately a drinkable beer. as far as porters id reach for a bigger flavor like a baltic or imperial but nice for what it is.

Gushue3, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Abe's of Beth., PA

A- Very thin- like cheap cola color. Quickly faded head. Minimal lacing.

S- Malty, not very sweet. Not a whole lot here.

T- Moderate flavor... I can't really pick up on the vanilla too much more than if I was drinking a SN stout. Reminds me of a quality macro. Kind of watery.

M- Thin and vanishing. Correct amount of carb

D- Just fine. This would be > than a BMC however < everything else.

TheSupremeAJ, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head that leaves decent lace on the glass although that diminishes as the tasting continues. Light brown color where light shines through easily.

Mildly earthy. No vanilla to the nose. Too mild for the style.

Strong cocoa flavor. Milk chocolate finish-- lightly sweet. A smooth beer with a rich body and a low carbonation. Very low hop presence. With vanilla being such a subtle flavor, I'm not embarrassed to say that I cannot find it in my tasting. Easy to quaff.

smcolw, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of dizknee24
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A hazy brown not appealling really

S smelt like vanilla at least. very malty as well

T I could not get into this taste. half way between vanilla stout and normal ale.

M- nothing amazing just thin thin thin

D- never again it literally made me sick. not saying its bad but it made me sick and im done with it. anyone want 3 more of these?

dizknee24, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of wray7276
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving:12oz bottle

Appearance:Very dark in color almost black,2 finger head,off white foam,no carbonation at least that i can see.

Smell:Mild coffee,mild hints of vanilla

Taste:You get a coffee hit at first then as it settles you get that vaniila aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Very light and a little sweet.

Drinkability:Really smooth

Notes:I have had vanilla porters in the past and i must say this is a very enjoyable vanilla porter from breckenridge.also i would like to add how it laces the glass.

wray7276, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 2-3-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a dark brew, one finger of foam, can't see much carbonation but it had a decent layer of froth

S - Dark roasted malts, fair amount of vanilla but not overpowering, hints of coffee, not much hop aroma present

T/M - Medium bodied, taste a good amount of vanilla and roasted malts, smoothed fairly easy

D - Very tasty porter, vanilla was the amount for me. Not too sweet just balanced right. I would get this brew again, very easy to have more than one of. I highly recommend this brew

FreshmanPour77, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a lone bottle on a whim from Julio's. I do enjoy vanilla porters and had high hopes for this. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - A nice deep dark brown with a small half a finger light tan head that faded at the usual rate not really leaving any side lacing but a nice solid cloud.

S - Nice roasty carmel burnt malts that dominate the aromas with just the slightest of vanilla and oak aroma.

T - Same burnt carmel flavors along with sweet malts. There is a slight bit of vanilla here and there but not too dominant unfortunately. Really wanted more vanilla with this.

M - Its good, nice carbonation here but it does taste just the slightest thin though.

D - This is quite nice on the mouth. Some really nice flavors working here. It comes off a bit burnt but this is a nice start. Needs a bit more vanilla though.

rudzud, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Black but not oily black with a small tan, creamy head. Decent retention and some random webbing of lace.

S- Surprisingly faint. Overall I get a nice balance of vanilla bean, caramel malt and roast malt.

T- A nice vanilla bean presence but not a ton behind it. There is a decent caramel, cocoa and roast malt presence but the overall flavor feels just a bit thin. A bit of dark fruit.

MF- Creamy overall feel for a lighter body. Fairly high carbonation.

DB- Not the most flavorful or rich of porters, feels even thin compared to most porters. The vanilla bean is pretty much the only thing that carries this along.

cbutova, Feb 28, 2011
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,304 ratings.