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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,316 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,316
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 75
Gots: 398 | 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 Marty30
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz botlle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.Poured at fridge temp.

A. Really dark amber colored clear body when held up to the light. Leaves a one finger dirty white head,That leaves behind a decent amount of lacing.Very carbonated.

S. Smells of bready malts and grains.Smells like sweetend Iced tea.Some vanilla smell,very faint.

T. Not much here to talk about,not very complex.Just some bready malts and some sweet vanilla.Some bittering hops at the end.

M. Kind of thin and very carbonated.

Overall This is not a well made beer in my opinion.I would not reccomend.

Marty30, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of json83
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tasted the vanilla which seemed to hold slightly in the back of your mouth after you took a sip - that was the best thing about this beer. The aftertaste was pretty strong and not very impressive. Maybe it's the Ale flavor that turns me away?

I was looking forward to trying the vanilla flavor but something tells me there is a better one out there.

json83, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Buy-Rite in Jersey City since I had never seen this anywhere else in my neck of the woods. Just like the Oatmeal Stout, this one is light in alcohol and went down just as easily. It also makes a great dessert beer, if you're looking for something that doesn't have a lot of "oomph" but still has enough taste like a good craft beer should.

Dark pour to this with just a hint of ruby at the edges. The head was fluffy, but short-lasting, and there was just a hint of lacing down my glass as I enjoyed this. The appearance, nose, and taste was similar to that of vanilla extract - light, uncarbonated, slightly sweet, and with the consistency of flat soda. There was a strong malty presence to this with just a hint of toffee and roasted notes. It didn't have any caramel-like stickiness to this in the aftertaste and just a hint of the sugar remained after I finished the bottle off.

I could have easily enjoyed another during my sitting, since I almost forgot that this was a beer. This won't knock anyone's socks off but after the long week I had, this hit the spot quite nicely. Those looking for a beer with lots of mouthfeel, depth, and various notes won't find much here but every now and then, it's great to pop something open and just marvel and how simply smooth and nicely crafted a beer can be. This certainly fits that bill!

JerzDevl2000, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of thepeter
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown but lighter than usual for the style. decent head but nothing too fantastic

S decent malty back bone with some caramel and a bit of metal. Pretty unimpressive

T roasted grain, caramel and lots of Vanilla I liked the taste a lot

M A bit thin to me but my wife loved it as she found it really refreshing, and it truly was. Maybe not what I expected but very good in it's own right

Overall a very good porter that lives up to it's name with lots of Vanilla. quite refreshing and good with food.

thepeter, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the BW3 in Broadview Heights OH. Poured into a pint glass a dark brown with little to no head . Unfortunately, like many bars, this was poured too cold, and I had to warm it before tasting.

Smell was muted, but combined toffee and coffee, with a faint amoutn of alcohol and a decent maltiness with faint yeast. NOt really gettnig the vanilla, however, in the smell.

Vanilla was present in the taste, however. This was a malty, if not bready brew, with notes of coffee and caramel. Improved in taste as it warmed.

Medium bodied, with very low bitterness.

I've had this before from the bottle and thought it to be an OK beer. It was definitely better on tap, but not tremendous.

TheHoppiest, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as another gift from Summit Distributor's, Anthony @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Second time reviewing this beer, but this time being sober enough to write about it. No B.O.D. on the 12 oz Bottle as I pour into a Snifter.

Appearance- Poured a Cherry, Dark Brown color with almost no head! Strange. The lace made a film around the glass and was an off white color.

Smell- Aroma was very nice with cappuccino, vanilla, and all sorts of coffees coming to the nose. This seemed a bit average for a porter, but will say it is Good.

Taste- This flavor in the Vanilla Porter is very standard, but had a few observations that made it unique from others. Has a Cappuccino, Espresso start and then a roasted nut flavor in the middle. The finish is extremely sweet with the vanilla coming into play. Just great!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Full on Viscosity, and a great aftertaste! Also has a ton of carbonation with this creamy and smooth porter.

Overall- My first time having this was with my cousin Mark and it was a great session ale! I will have again but know it is only a 1 a night beer... Unless you are only drinking this one, you could probably enjoyed 2-3 but definitely need to share this 6-pk. Nice!

DCon, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep brown color with a smallish khaki colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of vanilla and some milk chocolate notes. There is a deep caramel aroma as well. Rather sweet nothing complex.

There is a light pumpernickle bready flavor but the vanilla and caramel are dominate. These flavors aren't super strong or cloying. Everything is quite light for a porter. The vanilla is appropriate but it could use more of a malt presence.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with little bitter offset. Again not cloying, everything is quite light.

The vanilla and caramel are fine but the base porter needs some work, quite thin and needs some more malty presence. The beer is servicable.

Gmann, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent reddish-brown with ruby highlights when backit. Head is a quarter inch, cream-colored and frothy and quickly disperses into a sudsy film and a bubbly band around the edges. A continuous band of lacing encircled the bowl. Nose expresses malt, vanilla notes and artificial sweetener. Taste follows nose with the addition of some cocoa notes which are somewhat masked by the artificial sweetener quality evident in the nose. There is also a creamy flavor intermingled with the vanilla. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation (perhaps a little too assertive) and a slightly creamy texture. Not a bad porter by any means, but fairly mediocre, all and all.

Jwale73, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what to expect with this one. Poured dark brown into a snifter with a small tan head. The aroma was malty with a hint of vanilla. At first it tastes like a standard porter and then the vanila hits you and mellows out nicely. Overall I thought the beer was average. I wouldn't go out and pick up anymore but I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

Dan3279, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of drcarver
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color with a medium brown small head. Fades quickly leaves a bit of lacing on the top and a good amount down the sides. Exactly what I'd expect
S - Hint of vanilla through the robust malt aroma.
T - Very nice. The roasted malts pair nicely with the vanilla to form a dark chocolate flavor. Hint of coffe towards the back
M - A little lighter body than I'd like. After taste hangs for a while.
O - A nice attempt. Best Vanilla porter I've had. Vanilla tastes real not Vanillan like many others.

drcarver, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this and a Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout for 1.29 a piece and wasn't sure which to have first. Turns out I dropped the Oatmeal Stout so that decision was easily made.

Appearance-Dark brown color with a tan lacing. Head almost gone, and leaves no lacing.

Smell-Malts with a hint of vanilla. Maybe a little coffee

Taste-Pretty similar to the smell. Malt, Vanilla, Coffee, lots of carbonation, no booze taste.

Mouthfeel-Very thin, very easy to drink, with alot of carbonation.

Overall-Won't purchase again. If it's sitting infront of me i'll drink it. Not impressed. Only benefit was using it for a palate cleanser for my Hop Stoopid Ale.

SWMeyer4141, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of OldRaysputin
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok so this one kind of threw me a bit. The nose up front is just dominated by the vanilla, woody scents, and bold malts. Very different smell here. As you take a sip you get what you would expect from a porter...the chocolates and maltiness but the big bang is that vanilla. Its the star here. Im enjoying this but think its too sweet to have another soon after.

OldRaysputin, Mar 24, 2011
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
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,316 ratings.