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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
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2,936 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 56
Gots: 227 | FT: 3
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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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SuperSpy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark with beautiful ruby highlights. A big, off-white head that shrunk down to a small foamy cap after a few minutes, and some gorgeous lace.

S - Definite vanilla, with some sweet dark malt in the background.

T/M - Lots of creamy smooth vanilla flavor with a sweet finish. A hint of roasted malt but the vanilla really dominates. The rich creamy mouthfeel really helps the vanilla flavor standout.

D - A very drinkable beer, but I honestly don't know that I could drink a lot of this in one sitting. The vanilla is good but after one pint it leaves me wanting some more traditional beer flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 02:47:30 | More by SuperSpy
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Bobikel

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep dark brown with a tiny 1/4" head. Lacing is minimal.

Smell - Roasty malts, and funky yeast. Vanilla is quite subdued.

Taste - Bitter malts, combine with the smooth vanilla flavour to create quite an interesting combo. A slight lingering bitterness, rounds out this ale quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - Even with the lighter carbonation, still seems a little thin for a porter.

Drinkability - Great session ale, and a good entry point for your BMC friends... assuming they want to try something else.

Overall - I've had this beer a few times, and it never dissapoints.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

01-02-2007 23:45:04 | More by Bobikel
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Capital Ale House Innsbrook, as part of their steal the glass night - so hey, at least i got a free glass out of it.

Pours a jet black (it is a porter) with minimal head. looks slightly light, definitely not thick or chewy. Very mild vanilla essence. i was worried that flavor would overwhelm, but it didn't. a bit thin on mouthfeel (this seemed to be the trend of this night's session). i think i agree with other reviewers that it is a perfectly drinkable beer,but not one i would drink often.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

12-27-2006 05:24:59 | More by Lnedrive14
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beveritt

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label is made to look like an old bill, touting the wonders of this vanilla porter. Label indicates the beer was made sometime in October.

Appearance: Pours with a 3/4 inch, creamy, light tan head. This settles slowly into the thinnest of layers of foam. The beer itself is opaque and black, with hints of red around the edges.

Smell: Smell strongly of vanilla and oak. A hint of sweetness.

Taste: Wow, a rich and creamy vanilla flavor, followed by a slight sweetness. Finishes with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation.

Drinkability: A flavorful and slightly sweet drink, without being cloying. Not as bitter or full bodied as I expect from a porter, but a good mix nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

12-23-2006 03:46:32 | More by beveritt
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jordanmills

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer knurd at my local spec's who referred me to beeradvocate first asked if I really liked vanilla before he let me carry a six pack off. I do, and honestly there could be more in here. But for the first I've seen of the concept, this rocks.

Pours dark and thick with a good thick head. There's a whole lot of caramelized sugar in the smell, probably enhanced by the significant vanilla scent. Tastes the same too, lots of sweet caramelly (is that a word?) malt, though it could have some more vanilla. Feels slightly thick on the tongue, which is perfect for the taste, but the vanilla and carbonation work together to give it a delightfully sharp nose as you swallow. It's too thick to drink more than a couple at a time, but that's the only thing keeping me from drinking more.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

12-16-2006 01:31:28 | More by jordanmills
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 12oz bottle pours a very clear, nearly black color with deep ruby hues when held to the light. A thin off-white head formed that had little staying power. There are hints of vanilla in the aroma as well as a low roasted quality. I cannot find much in the way of hop aroma. The flavor of the beer is slightly sweet, the vanilla is a nice accompaniment, but not overwhelming and there appears to be a bit of alcohol warmth at the swallow, which is surprising since the ABV is listed at 4.7%...maybe the roasted grains coming in? There is also a little bit of roasted flavor shining through. The hop bitterness is moderate-low, it provides a nice balance, with little or no hop flavor. The mouthfeel is rather full-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a nice smoothness to the swallow. Overall this is an enjoyable beer. I think taste is very good, the sweetness is enough, but not overwhelming, and the same can be said of the vanilla. I was hoping for a little more in the aroma department, that is probably my only, small criticism. The beer has very good flavor, nice smoothness, and just a little warming quality at the end.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

12-14-2006 02:52:12 | More by uwmgdman
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biking4beer

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a 1/2 finger rocky/bubbly, tan head. Beer is dark brown to black with red hues at the edges. What you would expect from a porter.

As the name suggest, the first thing you smell is vanilla. A little strong in my opinion, and that made me wonder if this beer would be too sweet. Some slight bitter chocolate aromas. Vanilla overwhelms everything else. That's a little disappointing.

The first thing you taste is . . . vanilla, but it's not as overpowering as the smell. In fact, it's pretty subtle. After warming and getting used to the vanilla smell, the standard porter flavors comes through. Roasted/burnt malts. Dark chocolate. Earthy taste if earthy can have a taste with some pepper thrown in.

A fairly thick mouthfeel. Nice and smooth, but broken up well by a proper level of carbonation. Very drinkable considering the vanilla flavoring (that is from real vanilla beans according to BB). 4.7 ABV helps with the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

12-07-2006 23:09:36 | More by biking4beer
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nriech

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond, VA.
A: Coffee colored with nice ruby highlights but pretty dark and a modest tan head, about .5 inch.

S: Aroma from this is pure vanilla bean with a touch of chocolate and nuts. A little sweet.

T: Good vanilla, very sweet, overwhelms any porter flavors, kind of ice creamy. Sort of a lighter milk stout but with vanilla. Does that make sense even?

D: Very easy to drink with a great flavor and not too high on alcohol. I enjoy the lingering vanilla and it could compliment many foods. Would drink this pretty much anytime but there are alot of much better beers that would come first.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-28-2006 13:30:03 | More by nriech
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schusterbauer

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with a white-ish head. smell is of vanilla, with the smell of porter buried beneath it. taste -- vanilla. too much vanilla. it's not a fake taste, which is a good thing, but it's just so unbalanced. this would be outstanding if it had half, or maybe a third, of the amount of vanilla, brining the other flavors more to the front. the mouthfeel is actually very nice, in my opinion. perfect carbonation level, creamy in the mouth, even feels nice in the throat.

drinkability takes a big hit, due to the unbalanced flavor profile. one of these is a very enjoyable experience, but 12 oz. is enough for quite some time. it definitely doesn't leave you wanting another right away.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-27-2006 15:27:12 | More by schusterbauer
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MDekker

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-11-2006 02:27:57 | More by MDekker
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Brewfan

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bon Bon for the bottle.
Poured at slightly cooler than room temp into my new Smuttynose Big Beer Series Tulip (compliments of Dave84).
Rocky beige head. Lots of large bubbles. Medium retention. Head was gone in 2 minutes. Nice rull ring of lace.
Dark chocolate brown body with ruby highlights.
Sweet, creamy nose. Vanilla and caramel. Slightly burnt sugar. Remember that cotton candy machine at the fair? The one with the hot sugary smell everytime you walked by. Yup, this is it, but fainter. And with a nice maltiness to it.
Big vanilla flavor. This being my first vanilla porter, I wasn't sure what to expect. Creamy vanilla, becoming more bitter as the beer goes on. Not much discernable hops taste. Very malty and sweet.
Not much for carbonation happening here. Medium mouthfeel. Seems to get a little bigger as the beer goes on. Started out rather thin, but ended up bigger towards the end. Hmmmm...
Bitterness starts to show more towards the end. Quite tasty though. Would go GREAT with a creme brulee.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-08-2006 04:39:36 | More by Brewfan
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whynot44

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coffee colored with nice ruby highlights and a modest tan head that doesn't hang around or produce more trhan a trace of lace.

The aroma is mild and a little hard to pin down - hints of vanilla, chocolate and dark roasted malt.

The taste is a bit more "up front". Sweet vanilla, then a bit of burnt malt, definite chocolate notes. It tastes a bit like cream soda with a dash of coffee. Finishes sweet with lasting vanilla and burnt toast flavor.

Medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink, A bit sweet, but could go well with deserts or just as desert.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-28-2006 01:53:51 | More by whynot44
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Brent

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A whiff of artificial vanilla extract in the aroma. Moderate roasted malt body, a touch thin in the mouthfeel. Light, reserved, aromatic vanilla note in the flavor, not as prominent as I expected. Very little sweetness to the beer, another surprise, as I thougth this would be more of a dessert beer. Really a basic porter, with some light vanilla adjunct notes. Nice enough, but not impressive.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-27-2006 13:38:39 | More by Brent
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FlyinFrog06

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- nice rich ruby color that would be expected in most porters. The initially head is thick and creamy, but it disapates rather quickly. However, a nice lacing persists.

S-I didnt' get much smell with this beer. There seems to be a very mild chocolate syrup smell initially, but this fades as a stronger, but not overpowering, vanilla bean smell comes out.

T-Reminds me of the chocolate syrup and vanilla coke. There's a strong vanilla flavor here, but a ricker, chocalty taste balances out the two flavors.

M- As a porter, it could be thicker.

D- A nice beer to have after a long day at work, but it would be difficult to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-23-2006 23:30:41 | More by FlyinFrog06
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a pint glass with a deep blackish brown body and a solid inch of rich tan head that stays well. Nose holds light vanilla tones with a strong backbone of burnt malt. Enters the mouth with a rich mineral like sweetness. But as that settles you start to wonder where the vanilla is. The palate does have a hint of mineral infused vanilla but the real presence is on the finish. Burnt tar like malt glazes the mouthfeel. Needs to be more balanced to increase drinkability.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-23-2006 18:25:36 | More by SPLITGRIN
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IntriqKen

California

2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep black amber with practically no head that disappears to merely a faint ring.
Aromas are honestly too faint to classify.
Taste is vanilla...definately vanilla to start with ... moving to almost a root beer taste...finishing with sweetness from the amber malts then an unpleasant aftertaste almost like synthetic vanilla.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
Interesting...but probably not again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-17-2006 04:59:43 | More by IntriqKen
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nortmand

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a light pour, with a thin white head. Not overly impressive.

Sweet vanilla notes dominate the smell. There is also a pleasant backdrop of chocolate. Pretty nice.

Nice flavor up front with a light creamy sweetness, but then it changes to an almost astringent cat hair flavor by the back of the tongue.

Medium body, fairly drinkable, but some unpleasant flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-13-2006 22:17:57 | More by nortmand
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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Vanilla Porter was dark brown in color with a tan head. The head was medium in size with decent retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was dark malt, vanilla, and a little chocolate. The taste was full of sweet and toasted dark malts with the vanilla very evident. It is a smooth, medium to full bodied beer with fairly low carbonation. The drinkability is good, but the sweetness would get to you after a while.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-05-2006 20:41:14 | More by afinepilsner
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I hear this beer is available where I live (WI), but I had it for the first time during a recent visit to CO. I liked it so much, I brought some home.

Pours dark with a rich tan head; looks like a porter should look. Smells nice, and you pick up the vanilla from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is what definitely makes this beer. Sometimes when mouthfeel/palate seems like a totally inappropriate question for a beer - but this beer stands out on this dimension.

Flavor is definitely vanilla. This is not the world's best porter that the good folks at Breckenridge merely added vanilla to. Rather, the vanilla seems to really finish the base beer. Very good.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-05-2006 03:22:09 | More by BeerBelcher
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark amber color, with a small off-white head, and slight carbonation, with thick lacing ringing the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of bourbon, wood, and vanilla, more like a cordial than beer.

Taste: Opens with a rich, woody, vanilla flavor, towards the middle of the taste, coffee notes appear, finishes with sweet chocolate notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, very drinkabable dessert beer, would be most satisfying on a cool autumn day.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-01-2006 19:30:39 | More by Pegasus
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikeys01 for this one...
Dark brown in color...some mahogany highlights as light penetrates. Half a finger of off white head and disappears quickly...leaves behind some thin lacing.
Vanilla extract in the nose...some caramel and floral hops as well.
Taste is decent...just enough vanilla to complement the style and the perfect balance of hop bitterness to malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but quite easy to consume, as it finishes very clean with no sense of alcohol...making the drinkability very easy.
Not my favorite from the folks at Breckenridge, but very much what I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-01-2006 17:19:36 | More by warriorsoul
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Ricochet

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very little head, but highly carbonated and almost appears to be a Pepsi, only a bit darker. Winey scent, as advertised is the vanilla and perhaps a touch of raisin. This took over my mouth when first sipping, it did seem to have a little bite from the carbonation and a not unwelcome bitterness with a average wash. I wished this would have had a fuller taste, and seemed like a soda. Vanilla cream was there, but in an artificial "sweet" sort of way Couldn't really appreciate the other flavors, they were very subdued with a touch of musty water flavor at the back.

So, not my cup of tea. It's okay only if you really don't like darker beers but want to look "trendy" and drink a dark beer with sweet flavor and little else to offend, this may be worth a try.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-24-2006 07:47:20 | More by Ricochet
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irishtimepiece

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark, opaque. Short head, decent lacing. Looks kind of like a darker Coca Cola. Smell was excellent, roasted malt and a distinct vanilla to it. Taste was vanilla upfront with a malt sweetness you can't miss, not terribly complex. The mouthfeel was far too thin, almost watery. Overall, not bad at all. Not for everyday consumption, but I can see myself wanting one of these again sometime.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-24-2006 03:13:20 | More by irishtimepiece
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Morris729

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a short tan head that soon fades into a thin lace. Nose is mostly cocoa with only a faint hint of vanilla in the background. Taste is sweet chocolate malts along with a cream soda like vanilla flavor. The vanilla characteristics in both the aroma and taste become more pronounced as the beer warms. You could do some interesting dessert pairings with this beer. Thanks to allengarvin for the sample!

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-15-2006 23:41:47 | More by Morris729
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown, with red hues when held up to the light. Large off-white head billows forth. Smell is largely of vanilla beans(extract), small undertones of malt and alcohol. Now for the taste. Damn, this is crazy. It's almost like digging into Vanilla icecream. I feel like a kid again. Strong malt upfront, intertwined with a surge of vanilla. This is definitely some high quality vanilla beans. This beer is one dimensonal, starts with malts, fades to vanilla. That's about it. It's tasty, and rich. The mouthfeel is creamy and mid-bodied, drinkability is average.

Two things about this beer,
1) It could use more hop profile.
2) The malt should be balanced by the vanilla, not overwhelmed.

This beer still manages to please, besides a few flaws. This is an excellent beer to let anyone who enjoys vanilla, the chance to try. Definitely give this one a try, at least once.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-14-2006 22:34:09 | More by HoustonTX
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,936 ratings.