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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,082
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 62
Gots: 287 | 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 NJpadreFan
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Breckenridge- Vanilla Porter

A- Dark cola brown with a small tan head, minimal lacing.
S- Big vanilla aroma with a touch of cream, coffee bean, and cocoa powder.
T- Sweet creamy vanilla whipped cream with roasted coffee bean, chocolate, and nougat.
M- Sweet and smooth with thick flavors. A sweet finish that transforms into a dry aftertaste.

Overall- This is 1 tasty ass porter! Damn shame I only bought 1. Luckily this isn't too hard to find.

NJpadreFan, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Had while BBQing on an 84deg humid day, was not in the mood for a porter, but wanted to try this beer.

Poured super fast into pint glass - not quite black, hardly any head, low carbonation to style.

Creamy like a stout, but has a nice light milk chocolate & vanilla taste. Light creaminess, light flavors, no astringency, vanilla is very present but not over the top. Hardly any bitterness, very mild, especially for a porter.

This is very drinkable and would be a great beer to get people interested in "dark beers". On the lighter more delicate end of the Porter style. Overall I'm impressed and will definitely try again.

Chugmonkey, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

This beer poured a deep amber with a nice 2 finger tan head that was retained for a short time and then laced nicely. Almost no carbonation, and when held to the light it was clear.

The bouquet was heavy on vanilla, but there were sweet malts and a hint of caramel and possibly clove. This translated nicely to the taste, as there were robust sweet malts mixing well with the vanilla. Nice slight bitterness on the aftertaste.

This was a nice porter that had a lighter body than I expected. The mouthfeel is excellent, making this a great cold weather beer.

garcia2a, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a lovely tan head that fell quickly leaving some big bubbles on top of the brew and some good lacing at first that slowly went away as I drank it down. 0Roasted malts dominate the aroma profile, followed up by some chocolate and little hints of vanilla. Taste is right on cue with the aroma. Lots of roasted malts character, some coffee notes, a bit of bakers chocolate, and the vanilla character at the finish. Not so bitter, semi-sweet, nice carbonation. Slick and medium to full-bodied. Probably the better of the Breckenridge sampler that I bought weeks ago and finally got around to this offering today.

KeefD, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.68/5  rDev -26%

Pours a deep amber/ almost black and a nice light tan head. In the aroma, roasty malt, lactose sweetness and a small presence of vanilla. In the taste, roasty malt, sweetness of lactose and vanilla, although, a bit watery. A medium to light mouthfeel and a sweet vanilla aftertaste. Kind of light, small hints of vanilla, yet a bit watery.

OWSLEY069, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark opaqaue brown with a tan one finger head. Short retention with some moderate lacing.

S - Huge vanilla aroma with some roasted grain in the background. Caramel and alcohol are there as well.

T - Vanilla hits first and doesn't let go until the end. Sweetness grows with caramel and an almost cola-like flavor and begins to dry out somewhat with the roasted grain. A little bit of porter sourness is present mid to late palate as well. Late palate is slightly burnt and metallic, with a slightly bitter and semi-sweet finish.

M - Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. Reminded me a lot of a Vanilla Coke.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. In many ways it isn't very porter-like, but the overtone of vanilla is a lovely component. I'd definitely have this brew again.

PatrickJR, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of pweis909
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%

A=Dark, opaque, thin head.
S=Vanilla, cookie like, but like a chemically store bought cookie, also, metallic
T=Subdued roast, sweetish, metallic
Drink=I wouldn't want another.

I found this beer interesting and complex, but not really in a good way. Too many negative flavors and aromas.

pweis909, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Terics
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a tan head. When held up to a light some amber and garnet notes shine through.

S: A bit of malty goodness in the nose, and just a hint of vanilla.

T: Starts out with a roasty nutty flavor and then a creamy sweetness with a touch of bitter at the end. You "feel" the vanilla more than taste it, like you don't notice it's there until you've already swallowed.

M: Incredibly rich and smooth with low carbonation. The body of the beer was the highlight for me.

D: Too sweet and rich to have more than one or two. A nice dessert beer but certainly un-sessionable.

Altogether a great beer to have after dinner if you want to end on a sweet note.

Terics, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz bottle into a large tulip.

Pours a mahogany deep brown with some ruby sheen. Thin tan head appears and fades, leaving a ring of small bubbles and a touch of lace. Bordering on light.

Plenty of vanilla there to stand out, with some toasted grains behind. More vanilla with a decent roasted aroma, smooth and slightly sweet.

Some faintly notable porter characteristics, roasty with a few nicely toasted grains, fairly sturdy overall flavor, deep and full. Vanilla dominates, however, smoothing everything else over and kind of hiding some of the other qualities, but I happen to love vanilla. As for porters, it's so-so, but for a flavored porter, I like it.

Feel is nicely medium bodied, on the fuller side, with a creamy feel, mild carbonation, and mildly slick mouth coating. It cleans up off the palate nicely, not too rich, but leaves a few lingering flavors.

Overall I find it easy to sip and pretty good. The vanilla is really strong in this one, but that's what I was looking forward to. I don't think it's too overdone, and though it's mildly sweet, it isn't sticky or heavy enough to detract.

lightindarkness, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of ClassicBrad
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Have seen this in six packs quite a few times but never checked it out. Finally picked one up in a mixed six pack.

Poured an opaque chocolate brown with minimal head and little to no head retention.

Smells of roasted vanilla and a sharp, subtle hop bill. Tastes like a brownie with vanilla ice cream.

Very enjoyable and balanced and very easy to drink.

ClassicBrad, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Color: Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Smooth and roasty with only a mild hint of vanilla. Bit of coffee in aroma as well.

Taste: Smooth and roasty. Not overly bitter. Vanilla shows through upfront and adds to the overall taste of this. Not as strong but just enough to be noticed.

Mouthfeel: Roasty with the hint of vanilla still at the back of the throat. Decent at best.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for what it is. Nothing too impressive. I've had better vanilla porters. It is still worth trying if you like vanilla in your beer.

Brad007, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Darkest brown with a very small tan head.

Aromas are mild and creamy, with marshmellows, chocolate, dirt, and smokey wood.

Flavor very similar. Some weak coffee, cocoa, vanilla cream, charred marshmellows and a odd drying finish of earthy, dirty hops.

Body on the light side with a bland mouthfeel and undesirable drinkability. Very meh.

AlexJ, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a light brown color with a small head that dissolves down to a fine film. Nose is tons of brown sugar, chocolate, and spices. Flavor is similar, with a stronger roasted backbone, lots of chocolate, caramel, and light dried fruit. Vanilla throughout, and a touch of light coffee. Body's a little thin, with very smooth carbonation. Not bad at all.

soupyman10, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Squelch
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a miniscule off white head. Would like a little darker head with this beer.

Smell: Complex. Berries and roasted malts together and somehow it works?? Wonderful aroma

Taste: Sharp hop flavor balanced by sweet vanilla ice cream and low roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy sweetness fits well to the taste. Warmth from the alcohol is evident

Drinkability: This is a good beer overall. A sipper. It has a slight harshness from the alcohol that lingers but is overall a good drinkable beer.

Squelch, May 25, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

This was leaps and bounds better than the Pale Ale I just tried from a Breckenridge mixed 12pk. Poured a dark brown with garnet highlights and a semi- "chunky" oatmeal coloured head. Smell was lightly toasted cereal grains and vanilla extract. This was confirmed with the first sip as the vanilla flavour was quite prominent with out being too assertive. Mouthfeel was light and easy to drink. This seems as though it would be a good dark, flavourful beer to drink in the warmer months when folks don't typically drink this sort of beer. Certainly *not* a lawn mower beer, but I could see drinking this easily at a Summer gathering of some sort or another. I was quite pleased with this beer; appearance, smell, flavour, and ease at which it drank. My favourite Breckenridge thus far.

SilentSabre, May 22, 2008
Photo of RixBeer
3.15/5  rDev -13%

Pours almost complete black with a tiny bit of light coming through. Almost no head.

Overpowering vanilla with hints of chocolate and some roasted odors.

This is a smooth porter with a large overtone of vanilla. A good pick up for someone not really into darker beers. Enough porter flavors without being to heavy or filling. Hint of burnt malt or roasted malt. Lingering vanilla in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a lot of punch behind the flavors.

I don't know if you can have more than one. Its either the flavor or the heaviness or a combination of both. But just 1 thanks.

RixBeer, May 18, 2008
Photo of brdc
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%

On tap at their location, from notes.

It looks nice, with the usual dark color of a porter showing some additional amber highlights, and an initially decent off-white head that drops down too fast and leaves little to no lacing.
Aroma is faint, but you can tell some roasted malts and vanilla, but not a lot else.
Very thin on the palate, the taste is also "thin", lacking depth, and the flavors of vanilla, caramel and (sweet) chocolate disappear way too quickly for any significant appreciation, although you can tell it is a bit too sweet.
Not something I will try again.

brdc, May 14, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

A perfect silky tan head. Not the darkest porter, but a deep redwood color. Nice aroma as well. A well balanced vanilla over a very decent porter. Tasty malt structure is complex yet nice and dry. Medium body with a nice carbonation. A little syrupy from the vanilla. A quality brew, just a little strong on the vanilla.

rye726, May 08, 2008
Photo of MOShepp
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Very dark brown almost black with hints of red. 1" frothy head with some lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, weak coffee and maybe tea.

Tastes much like it smells with the coffee coming through a little more. No taste of vanilla until it reached room temperature, then it was light. Some bitterness throughout.

Medium bodied beer and drinkable, somewhat smooth, but I probably wont bring anymore home.

MOShepp, May 06, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
3.33/5  rDev -8%

A - Pours dark brown with intense ruby hints that flood the glass and a dense tan head that disipated quickly into a heavy lace.
S - Very sweet nature to this brew. Lots of cherry and plum. Not what I was expecting, but not unplesent.
T - Tads of the expected coffee and vanilla, but heavier hints of cherry, grain, and sweetened cream prevaled.
M - Smooth with a low carbonation and a sweet coating.
D - Not a bad beer. Sweeter form of a style I love so revisits are possible in the future when I need a change of pace.

turbine2475, May 03, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

This is a great beer. This brew hits the glass nearly black, with hints of ruby around the edges. Small amount of off-white head. Decent lacing. The smokey roasted malts stand out in the nose, but vanilla and caramel aromas are present, too. Upon sipping, the taste is pleasant - nothing overpowering, with a somewhat woody flavor. The vanilla certain gives it a unique character, but I don't feel totally fulfilled by it - the finish is bitter enough to make it well-balanced but it's otherwise a little limp. The carbonation and mouthfeel are fine, and it's relatively easy to consume.

jayrod20, Apr 29, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

This is from notes, I sampled this one a while ago at a friends house.

Pours a very dark brown color, with a very thin white head.

Aromas are quite sweet. It's also a bit bready, candy like, with some brown sugars, and a boozy like quality as well.

Taste is very fruity, I taste a very cherry like quality. The vanilla is there, as well as some sweet and creamy malt flavors. Finish is kind of boozy, with a soft chocolate finish. Almost reminds me of a scotch ale. The vanilla flavor comes off a bit artificial, but it's subtle enough to not overwhelm the other flavors. Pretty good stuff here.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and full.

Drinkability is nice. I don't think I would want more than one in a seating. The flavors are a bit strong to make this more than a one and done. But it's very interesting, flavorful, and well worth a try.

flexabull, Apr 29, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

A - Dark brown with hints of ruby when held to the candle light. This one supports a head that is only a half of a finger before reducing quickly to a collar of flimsy tan foam.

S - Deep roasted grains and milk chocolate with some nice espresso tones. There are some nice cola notes that are not out of place, and the vanilla aspects are subdued and pleasant. Some nice nutty notes come out with warmth.

T - Sweet Count Chocula cereal flavors abound, with hints of cocoa powder (for making hot chocolate), Rich Chocolatey Ovaltine mix powder, and Hershey's chocolate syrup. Wow! That's a lot of chocolate power for a vanilla flavored porter! This is a wonderful desert brew!!

M - Medium bodied, with a more full feel after the swallow, Carbonation is mellow and silkly, and the finish is extremely sweet.

D - A damn tasty desert beer. I wouldn't want more than one though. This has the complexity of hot chocolate and vanilla, and reminds me of a good coffee drink concocted by the best barrista at an Italian cafe, but lacks the magic necessary for a truly drinkable brew. The massive sugary sweetness detracts from the drinkability, but this is a really nice beer nonetheless.

pmcadamis, Apr 25, 2008
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Clever snake oil label.

Pours from a 12 oz bottle with a deep mahogany russethue topped with a dense head cap of khaki froth leaving no lace in the narrow tulip.

Scents of roasted toffee malt and deep dark ginger cake with a finish a spicewafer.

First swigs: Rootbeer and vanilla float. Quite invigorating with prominant vanilla bean flavor. Well done. Buscuity malt backing and a robust toffee. Candy bar chocolate and nutty peanut pecan hint.

Feel is dense and chewy. An eye opener.

Last swigs: Almost a peanut butter crunch. Worth trying. 4 straight!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Apr 24, 2008
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3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured into the Duvel Tulip.

A - Murky brown coloration, no head whatsoever, just a thin layer of froth coating the edge of the glass. No real lacing.

S - Vanilla beans, chocolate malts, and what? Baked beans, I swear it. This has an odd aroma.

T - Smokey chocolate body with a hint of grocery store vanilla extract. Tastes like it could've been a good porter, but someone dumped a whole bottle of exract into the vat. I'll still give it a 3 here because it does taste good before the annoying afterburn.

M - The definite highlight of the brew. Medium bodied, low carbonation level, and a nice coating consistency.

D - Decent I suppose, but I doubt I'll revisit this one. If they make a regular porter I'm sure it is damn good, because all the right makings were here, they just took it a step too far.

PhageLab, Apr 22, 2008
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