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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,007
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 59
Gots: 254 | 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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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
Photo of weeare138


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
Photo of jimsimply


2.65/5  rDev -26.8%

A: Dark as a porter should be. Full caramel colored head that falls quickly.

S: Vanilla. It's a vanilla porter, but the vanilla is a little more than I want.

T: Again, the vanilla takes over, leaving almost no other discernible taste. I'm not sure I would know I was drinking beer if I had one blindfolded.

M: About right for a porter, moderately heavy.

D: Not my favorite beer. It's certainly light enough for a session, but wanting more porter than vanilla, this one doesn't deliver for me.

01-16-2009 17:26:35 | More by jimsimply
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

The beer appeared a very dark black with what appeared to be some red around the edges when held up to light. The beer had a nice, call it, mocha colored head that was well retained that was light in texture and retained fairly well.

The beer gave off a nice thick malty aroma with hints of coffee and vanilla. I felt that the coffee and vanilla should have been more pronounced, but still above average.

The taste followed the aroma well, heavy on the malt, but I felt that the vanilla was more pronounced than that of the coffee, which seems to make sense.

The beer fell down a little on mouthfeel and drinkability. The beer appeared to be a little thick, almost like syrup at times. Lacked some needed carbonation, seemed flat. The beer did give off a slightly sweet aftertaste, which was good. Overall, a good beer, but not the best representation of the style.

01-12-2009 18:31:36 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of gmfessen


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep, deep mahogany color with a one inch tapioca looking head. The smell definitely has vanilla to it, not a whole lot else is noticeable. The flavor of the beer is very smooth and neutral, allowing the vanilla to take center stage but not in an overwhelming way. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety carbonation. Decently drinkable, I think the vanilla could get old for some but I think that it is gentle and balanced enough to make this a drinkable beer.

01-11-2009 21:30:44 | More by gmfessen
Photo of dakid618


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into pint glass. Pours black with a half finger of head. Smells kind of chocolatey. Taste is a mix of chocolate malt and vanilla. Surprisingly light mouthfeel. A little to bold to be very drinkable but 2 or 3 would be the max. Overall a solid brew.

01-08-2009 03:55:10 | More by dakid618
Photo of DoctorDog


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Presentation: 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Dark brown/mahogany and nearly opaque. ~2 fingers of tan head. Head fades slowly,eventually only a thin ring. No lacing noted.

S- Starts off with a grassy/earthy nose. Mellows to some sweet, subdued vanilla notes.

T- Moderately sweet vanilla maltiness. Some interestingly "chalky" coffee notes. Moderate/low bitterness. Slightly drying on the finish.

M- Medium carbonation and body/smooth.

D- Pretty good. Fairly easy drinker w/a low enough ABV. Sweetness is short of being cloying.

Future outlook: Decent drink. I won't turn it down if it ends up in my hands again, but I probably won't buy it again.

01-06-2009 05:16:46 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of nem2006


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

Drank from a 12 oz bottle from a mixed Breckenridge Brewery mixed pack. Drank out of a pint glass.

Very dark, almost completely black. Carbonation clinging to the glass with a tan head.

There was not a very strong smell so I let it warm a little. Then I caught the vanilla against the coffee smell.

The taste was vanilla with coffee. Pretty smooth, There is a vanilla bite at the start, then a malty middle with a slight hop finish. Medium bodied and can feel the carbonation on the tongue.

01-03-2009 00:33:50 | More by nem2006
Photo of turamarth


3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

Appearance: The bottle makes some bold claims, with this 'nilla porter being "Remarkable" and such. Has a fluffy cream colored head that doesn't stay for long. Body is a fairly opaque dark brown.

Smell: Hints of vanilla, some slight roasty malts. Faint hints of chocolate. Maybe some caramels. Also, there is a noticeable metallic smell, very odd.

Taste: The vanilla is pretty well blended into the porter, though it is prevalent. It sits well next to the toasty flavors. Again, some chocolate notes. Has a hint of hops as well.'

Mouthfeel: Fairly medium bodied, nice carbonation. Doesn't leave the mouth feeling too thick.

Drink: This is fairly drinkable. Dunno if I would go out of my way to drink another. But its decent.

01-02-2009 03:18:16 | More by turamarth
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -42%

The brown clarity of imitation vanilla makes its way into the glass. A pour from a good height somehow only yields the slightest amount of soap-bubble head. looks a bit thin, though clarity is good.
Then the memories of a childhood drug come flooding back.. I can't remember what it was, but one of those medicines I had to swallow... and images of my sister baking cookies with imitation vanilla extract... must have been almond cookies, I can smell the almonds... and the smoky mountain sweetener that my mom used to put in her coffee... the vanilla candles that I loved so much until I sniffed them so long I got a migraine as an 8-year-old... funny how aromas can conjure such vivid memories, more than any other sense.
The flavor and mouthfeel follow the profile and get worse... the overwhelming sweetness of the vanilla, but thin... is this imitation vanilla extract, simply carbonated and chilled? It has the body for this possibility, and only the faintest grain notes show it to be anything else.
I don't suppose I'll have this again. The sickly sweetness, almond notes, and cloying finish are bringing back that childhood migraine... I've had good vanilla beers, I love the flavor vanilla... but this just tastes cheap, imitative. Disappointing.

01-01-2009 18:51:16 | More by khiasmus
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

The pour was a dark reddish mahogany, bordering on black with a two finger creamy head that quickly dissapated and left a slight amount of lace on the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was very malty sweet up front with a hint of coffee and vanilla thrown in the mix.

The drink was very sweet up front with sweet coffee and vanilla, a quick flash of hops in the middle and a lingering sweetness at the end. Almost candy like in the finish.

I was quite taken with this beer, easy to drink and enjoy. I think I'll have another. Would be a great after dinner drink or while watching the game.

01-01-2009 04:13:18 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

almost coal like in appearance, dark but able to see through when held to the light.
Chocolate malts, vanilla intermingle in the nose.
Taste is an initial hit of vanilla, followed by sweet malts, brown with a bit of roastiness.
Smooth in the mouthfeel and well rounded.
ps. The vanilla taste almost a bit fake, I guess extracty, but its a good beer.

12-30-2008 23:35:27 | More by dmamiano
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Single brown 12 oz bottle, picked up somewhere in my travels. "Ale brewed with real vanilla beans. Remarkable, Partakable, Seldom Seen Never Duplicated."
Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. Light tan head, creamy but quickly disipating, thin rings of lace. Nice caramel malt sweetness, nutty, and of course vanilla aroma. Good malt flavor, slightly chocolate, with the vanilla adding some sweetness. A little bit of hop bitterness, but quite sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel, not overly sticky sweet.
Personal preference was Sonora Brewers Den Vanilla Porter over this one.

12-29-2008 22:48:00 | More by BigBry
Photo of Reaper16


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

served from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a fairly opaque dark brown, but hold the glass to light and the dark brown gives way to an attractive deep-ruby-red. Minimal amount of cream colored head but it leaves very pretty rings of lacing.

A malty nose, trace hints of the "remarkable" vanilla quality alluded to on the bottle. Some tartness develops; cherries?

The taste is dominated by sweet malts, slightly roasted in character. You can taste the vanilla, sure, but it isn't altogether assertive or "natural" tasting. That tartness from the nose follows, reminding me of fruit dipped into a chocolate fondue pot. This seems more like a winter warmer than a porter in many ways. There is a wash of coffee in the finish, but not good coffee or anything -- more like some Maxwell House that's been sitting on the pot at a diner for a couple of hours.

No carbonation at all, it seems. It's not that thin, but the "flat" nature of the drink makes it seem thinner than it maybe is. The sweetness gets cloying after a while, too. I couldn't see this being a good session choice. As something to pair with dessert? Sure -- this seems like a good pair with a chocolate dessert or especially some vanilla ice cream.

Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter is not as "remarkable" or as "partakable" as the bottle boasts, but it is an okay beer. It seems more like a winter warmer than a traditional porter; whatever it is, the abundant sweetness prevents this from being enjoyed too often. If you're looking for a beer to pair with dessert, this seems like a good choice. As a sessionable porter it doesn't quite cut it.

12-29-2008 01:50:10 | More by Reaper16
Photo of hopdog


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Serving type: 12oz bottle.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roasted and toasted nuts, chocolate, and lighter vanilla. Tastes of vanilla (more than the aromas), chocolate, lighter roast, and nuts.

Notes from: 5/30/07

12-18-2008 20:56:48 | More by hopdog
Photo of RomulanAle


2.73/5  rDev -24.6%

It's a decent beer, I think it could be called a womans porter. But I would if necessay drink best on a cold night, sharing it with your wife or GF. And could be something to pour with a chocolate beer, that would make a very nice mix I think. I'm just not impressed by this beer, but alot of Breckenridge to me seems to fall just a little bit compared to some of Colorado's other beers, like New Belgium, Flying Dog or Boulder Beer.

12-18-2008 05:23:33 | More by RomulanAle
Photo of haningj2

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Purchased at local ABC store in Lexington, SC. $2.00 for an individual bottle.

A - Great appearance. Practically no head when poured smoothly. Very little lacing. Pours black and appears dark brown when held in direct light.

S - Aroma is very pungent. Smells slightly sweeter than it actually tastes...in a good way. Smells very malty with hints of chocolate and little vanilla.

T - The rating could be higher but I personally felt it was deceiving to call it a "Vanilla Porter". In my opinion, it should be called a regular Porter. Perhaps my expectations of vanilla taste were too high, but I felt the Porter could have used more flavor.

M - By no means should it feel "Stout-ish" but I desired a little more "lasting" feel from the Porter. Not awful but could be improved.

D - I was surprised at how drinkable the brew was. Breckenridge really hit the nail on the head when it comes to producing a filling beer with enough flavor to not overwhelm the consumer's taste buds or stomach. My girlfriend's beer of choice is Miller Lite and she was delighted with this beer. She loved how drinkable it was.

Overall, the beer is a success. There were areas of the beer I wasn't 100% fond of but overall, it is a very solid beer that I enjoyed very much. I recommend trying.

12-15-2008 23:45:00 | More by haningj2
Photo of sjohansen


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a very dark brown. Mahogany hues can be seen on the edges of the glass when held to the light. Almost resembles a well put together oatmeal stout. Dark tan head, almost creamy hot chocolate froth. The head doesn't stick together forever though. Leaves some clinging on the edges of the glass, and a thin film on the top of the brew. Very little leopard spotted lace during the session.

Interesting notes. Surprisingly, there are hints of bourbon. I don't know if it's actual bourbon, or flashbacks of the taste of dropping whiskey into Guinness. Vanilla, but not in the plain sense. a sweet light hint of what's to come. Very faint Wawa coffee, the bitter kind that's been sitting on the burner all afternoon.

Definite sweet vanilla on the front of the palate. Smooth and sweet. Bitterness comes from a slight light coffee bitterness on the back of the palate. The chocolate notes remind me of a Hershey's Kiss.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. The beer comes with an undesirable cloying effect. Very little noticeable carbonation.

I really wanted to fall in love with this beer. Nothing entices me more then sitting with a tough potent porter on a cold winter night. Unfortunately, what we have is not love. It's a fling, best saved for impromptu meetings when the opportunity arises. There are other porters that I find more appealing, and would rather take a chance moving in with them and having them nag me about the laundry and the dishes.

12-15-2008 01:21:07 | More by sjohansen
Photo of bashiba


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured a dark reddish brown with some ruby highlights. Just a hint of head that left some very light lacing.

The smell had a light bit of chocolate, vanilla, and a creamy milky sweetness.

Very sweet beer maybe a bit to much. It has a mixture of vanilla and chocolate with a dark milky maltyness and just a touch of burnt bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy.

Easy to drink if you don't mind the sweetness. Not a great porter, but decent.

12-11-2008 00:15:54 | More by bashiba
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Deep mahogany color with no head.
Smell: Roasted malt followed by vanilla, molasses and a hint of esters.
Taste: A nice roasted malt, nutty, and, vanilla hints of esters and hops.
Mouthfeel: Is coating and creamy with a semi thick body
Drinkability: Enjoyed once and I will enjoy again.
Overall its a good American porter that had a hint of hops on the finish.

12-07-2008 01:57:31 | More by colts9016
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

Color is a deep ruby/brown. Pous a slight tan head and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is of carmel, malts, and the last hint was vanilla. Taste is of overpowering vanilla. Carmel is also mixed in as well.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, after it lingers around, it tastes almost like vanilla vodka.

Overall, this is a very unique beer, not something I would want to try again, but I am glad I got to try it once.

12-04-2008 23:49:39 | More by mothman
Photo of Jayli


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer pours a very deep and dark mohogany with a lacy head.
The aroma is malty, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor has malty, chocolate, vanilla,hop spice, with a lingering pleasent after taste.
Mouthfeel is decent. Overall, not a bad porter though a little too much vanilla for my liking.

12-04-2008 20:44:33 | More by Jayli
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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance: This brew poured will well with average head. The hear was very light tan and disipated fairly quickly. Faint lacings remained during the duration of the session. Color was a deep opaque chocolate.

Smell: The aroma is full yet not overpowering. There is a light vanilla scent and also a slight malt/pine scent...vaguely porterish, but kind of exotic. One can tell that this is not a traditional English pub porter.

Taste.: The vanilla is present but not too strong. Due to the aroma, I had expected a stronger vanilla presence. The malt flavors sit well on the tongue. There is also a light cocoa presence during the last stages of the sustain. The flavor curve is quite rounded, if not very extreme.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is dominated by the vanilla and malt presence. Overall I don't feel that they match too well, however this may be due to my inexperience with vanilla essence brews.

Drinkability: Overall a fine brew. Not excellent, but certainly interesting. During the rating of this brew I consumed 75% of the volume...I guess that speaks well for the experience.

Conclusion: I think this would be a good brew for an experienced drinker who enjoys a different change of pace, but for the neophyte, this would not be a good selection. Have this for a personal drinking session, but not for hosting a party.


11-30-2008 19:46:29 | More by stockingcpl
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

On tap at Lindley Park Filling Station here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint a deep dar brown with some ruby hue to it,a thinner but well sustained off white head atop.Big sweet vanilla aromas mixed with some roasted notes,flavors are quite sweet up front with vanilla and molasses flavors, there is a decent drying woddy,earthy finish to keep it from being sweeter than it already is.Not bad but the sweetness up front can be a bit much though.

11-26-2008 20:02:32 | More by oberon
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz single purchased as part of a mixed 6 pack at Whole Foods in Duluth, GA poured into a standard pint glass

A: A very dark brown color. You would think it was opaque, but holding it up to the light makes the red highlights in the brew show up. There was almost no head at all even with an aggressive pour. There was not enough bubbles left after what little head was there settled to leave any lacing at all.

S: Roasted malts and vanilla pretty much sum up the aroma of this one up.

T: Sweet taste from the roasted malts and vanilla. There really isn't any hop presence to balance out the sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee make it a bit more interesting.

M: Its got a medium body and surprised me a bit with its creaminess since it seemed to lack any carbonation.

D: This one is pretty drinkable for me. The only issue is the sweetness level that is not balanced at all. A few would work well as a desert.

11-24-2008 01:51:47 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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