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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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2,905 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,905
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 54
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006)
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice gift from mentor as part of Box Sininster! Dang, I wish I could get this served on a nitro-tap. It would be so neat.

Pours an extremely dark brown in color--almost black. Thick, white foamy head that was slight tinged brown. Nose is full of vanilla bean aromas. Reminds me of ice cream.

Flavor is loads of vanilla and ice cream. Lots of proter malts--caramel and toffee. Just some slight hints of coffee too. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery but holds up well even as the beer warms up. Very nice and smooth porter--easily rink a few of these and make a nice session out of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 01:52:06 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Gaisgeil


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew at all, but lacking somehow as well. Pours a fairly transluscent dark brown in color, a lot lighter than many porters with a fairly tight creamy head. Nose is slightly roasty with a hint of the vanilla shining through. Taste is a basic porter/brown ale with a slight vanilla flavor added into the mix, a bit disjointed, the vanilla seems like an afterthought. Mouthfeel is a little light to style, but not horrible.


Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 09:13:21 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of DaPeculierDane


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

A: Dark Brown with a tan head. Shiny.

N: Vanilla extract, chocolate, toasted grain, fudge.

T: A light, average porter with some basic coffee and chocolate notes that’s had a ton of vanilla poured into it.

MF: Light, slightly sweet from the vanilla. Slightly syrupy.

D: Ok for one but wouldn’t want any more.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 14:53:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of beertastegood


2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep deep garnet, so dark that it is almost black. Thin head fades into a few fish-eye bubbles. Aromas of black malt and espresso, slight raisin overlaid with a distinct vanilla smell. Tangy, tart aroma in there as well.

Taste: Um...wow. This is one sweet beer. Intense vanilla character all the way through, but underneath it there is a sweet stout on a sugar high. Very little roasted character or hop bitterness, letting this beer fall firmly on the "cloying" side of the fence. I think they went a bit heavy on the lactose (milk sugar) in this beer. The finish is slightly tart leaving a molasses-like sweetness on the tongue. Not many porter-like qualities here.

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Yeesh...if you like your beers sugary (not malty), this is a good one for you. As for me, I would prefer something with a little balance.

It lives up to the "vanilla" descriptor, so I can't say I wasn't warned. There is something to be said for subtlety and harmony in beer. This beer does not say it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 01:44:06 | More by beertastegood
Photo of BEERchitect


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd guess that BAers will either love this or hate this. Either you like the imense vanilla flavor and lactose quality, or you hate the weak porter presence. Although I find this beer intriguing and aluring, there are some characteristics that will keep me from buying it again. Smells wonderful initially, but follows up with a sweet-stout character without the stout. A fellow BA described this as soured milk...I can't disagree. The Porter part of the beer falls quite weak and a bit grainy. This allows for the lactose creaminess to become too pronounced and sweet. I would like more chocolate and coffee flavors to come from the malt. This would increase the body and keep the lactose from feeling slick and overly milky-sweet. At times the vanilla tastes like true-brewed vanilla beans, and at times tastes like a plastic-y extract and keeps me confused. I want to like it, but can't bring myself to say it with much confidence.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 19:12:41 | More by BEERchitect
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1.2/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I picked this up because I like vanilla, and I like porter. oops!

Pours rather typical for a porter, not quite as dark, with a little bitty head, and bubbles on the inside of the glass, like a coke.

Smell...Yuck! Smells like soured milk. This thing stunk so bad my wife smelled it six feet away!

Taste very sweet, very vanilla with a harsh, metallic aftertaste at first but starts to take on the spoiled milk taste as the drink progesses.

Mouthfeel is probobly the best thing this beer has going for it. It's soft and smooth enough, but I really wish this one was thin so it would go away.

Normally, I can choke anything down, but this one I had to pitch into the yard...I hope it doesn't kill the grass.

I really wanted to like this brew, maybe it was a bad bottle, but this one was just plain nasty. I've got 5 more, but I'm afraid to even open another. I"ll re-review, if I get the guts to try it again...with different results.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 12:08:44 | More by tfp4268
Photo of clvand0


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark color with a moderate head that falls quickly, but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a subtle hint of vanilla with some chocolate and roasty malts. Smells good. The flavor is very nice. Lots of vanilla and a smooth chocolate character. Very enjoyable. The body is on the low end, but the vanilla fills the mouth and coats the palate. Drinkability is very good on this one.

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

07-14-2006 16:51:43 | More by clvand0
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1.93/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I have sampled the wares of this nice, and generally dependable brewpub while skiing on several occasions, and was surprised by just how terrible this beer was. Its taste was a combo of diacetyl, formaldehyde and soured vanilla cream soda. It was a beer that I literally took about three sips of, and promptly poured out. I have little to say about this beer other than avoid it at all costs. Colorado has excellent craft brews across the state, New Belgium, Avery, Great Divide to name just a few, and even Breckenridge's other styles. You would be much better off to take advantage of those, and limit your vanilla intake to ice cream.

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

07-14-2006 03:00:57 | More by veech
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with slightly lighter edges. Dark tan head quickly fades to a ring without any noticeable lacing. The smell holds scents of coffee, vanilla, bready malts, and just a hint of chocolate. The taste is where the vanilla comes out stronger. It's not overpowering or dominant by any means but you know it's in there. Some coffee and dark chocolate mixes with the vanilla and caramel. Nicely balanced between the vanilla and the traditional porter flavors. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would like for a porter. Since I only picked one of these up while in Detroit I can't have another...but I would if it were in my fridge.

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

07-10-2006 17:11:20 | More by Imstillthegman
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3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: After an aggressive pour, the beer only has a 1/8" head of small tan bubbles. The head was there for about 20 seconds and then faded to a small ring around the top of the beer. The beer itself is really dark and only when holding the corner up to the light can you tell that it is really pretty clear with a deep blood red hue. I can't tell if there are very many bubbles rising, but the head is pretty much gone so I guess the first pour is all I am going to get.

Aroma: There is quite a bit of roast and bready malt notes that lead the profile, while there is definitely a strong vanilla component. It has to be a pretty strong vanilla aroma for me to pick it up, and it is a pretty big player. Some sweet caramel malts lurk deep within the beer to give it some balance for the roast and vanilla.

Taste: Wow, now the vanilla is super strong in the flavor! You couldn't miss this if you tried. It comes across as a dessert, and would probably go well with a complimentary ice cream such as rocky road. The flavor is balanced to showcase the vanilla. There is a slight caramel sweetness, but the roast stays really reserved. The hop balance is practically non-existent to let the vanilla shine. I get a little bit of a floral hop presence, but it is super restrained. The finish is pretty wet with lingering vanilla that almost tastes chemical in the aftertaste.

Opinion: Well, I am not a huge fan of flavored beers, but I just have to keep trying them to keep my palate in check. This one is pretty over the top in the vanilla addition. I guess that is what you would need for a commercial market, but I would prefer that it be more complimentary than being showcased as it is in this beer. It is pretty good overall, but I doubt that I will have to try another one.

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

07-09-2006 05:04:28 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of indy169


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking, well designed label invites you to enjoy this creamy porter.

Pours a fine, root beer brown with a little lacing that dissapates rather quickly.
Smell is not very strong and gives little evidence to what is in store. Reminds me of a creme soda. Taste confirms the hintings of the smell with a little more zest on the pallatte than what I'd expect from a vanilla porter. I would like to boost the porter up a bit and downplay the vanilla to a more appropriate level.

The mix is definately interesting, but falls a little short overall. I could see how this may be a popular pub selection. This creative style of mixing two elements of unique character reminds me of an exemplary offering from The South Shore Brewery in Ashland/Bayfield, WI. They acheived near perfection with a Mint Stout that has unfortunately been retired.

I'd buy it again if they tweak the recipe just a bit.

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

07-07-2006 21:37:59 | More by indy169
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I'm in the minority on this one. This beer is lovely...the toastiness of a porter and the sweetness of vanilla. I like this combination better than the sweet milk stouts that I used to like so much. The beer pours a very dark brown, bordering on black with little to no head. The aroma is malty, of course, with vanilla (duhhh) but not overwhelming. The taste is sweet with vanilla. I understand why it might be overwhelming to some but I love the flavor, and I love porters. In my mind, this delivers the best of both.

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

07-07-2006 20:22:56 | More by kindestcut
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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark in the middle, some brown and a little crimson around edges. Small caramel colored ring of head. Smoky roasted aroma, with clear, strong vanilla bean, and some sweet chocolate as well. It's definitely a porter by taste, some bitter coffee malt is there, mixed up with some sweet chocolate and some other almost fruity flavors tried to come through in the end but this beer is really dominated by a smoky, roasted vanilla which clouds a lot of other flavors. The mouthfeel wasn't chewy at all, it was kind of dry. This is a novelty beer, one or two might be a treat, but this is far from a session beer.

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

07-05-2006 17:40:17 | More by dfried
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark chestnut body topped by a small tan head that quickly falls to a cap. Minimal spots of lace. Aroma is creamy chocolate and vanilla bean. Also, a hint of dark roasted malts and what seems to be oak. Mouthfeel is light medium with a low medium carbonation. Taste is creamy vanilla and chocolate. Very subdued roastiness with some lactic sourness and hazelnut. Unusual, but it works for me. More a brown ale than a porter, but nicely drinkable.

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

07-01-2006 20:07:55 | More by merlin48
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2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at 69 Taps - Akron, OH

A: Pours dark brown and served with no head. Little lacing.

S: Lots of vanilla with a touch of roasted malt.

T: Overwhelming vanilla taste. There are some classic porter characteristics here, but just WAY too much vanilla.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: The flavor of this beer is obnoxious, and a bit of subtlety and restraint with the vanilla beans would have been nice. Pass on this one.

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

06-30-2006 04:01:10 | More by klewis
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2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brought to me by my sports producer. Thanks, Kyle!

Now, on to the review...

Nice cascading tan head...stops at two fingers. Looks nice and black in the glass- but held to the light, it's a nice ruby w/copper overtone.

Smeell is a bit of molasses and yeast, but also has some wet towel in it.

Taste is a littel woody up front, with a dark maltiness that's overcome by a root beer-cola like quality. They don;t really work very well together, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is good. Hearty liquid, with just a less than moderate carbonation.

I have to give this one below average drinkability because of the way the flavours clash. I doubt I'll have another.

Be well

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

06-23-2006 01:19:29 | More by UncleFlip
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep, dark brown. Almost but not quite opaque, as some light showed a chocolate brown through the edges of the glass. The head was quite large, and lasted the entire beer.

Despite the name, I found no real traced of vanilla in the nose. In fact, the nose smells noticeably of malted milk. Think "chocolate milkshake", or a box of Whoppers candy. Very surprising, but not unpleasant in any way. I didn't get any hop aroma, not real malt aroma... just milkshake. Where's the vanilla?

Ah, there it is, hiding in the flavor. The first taste initially supports the nose's claim that this is a milkshake, but the vanilla pushes through, as does a bit of "artificial" hazelnut (as in the syrups you find in coffee shops), and finally, a bit of the roastiness you expect from a porter. The flavors don't meld so much as compete for your attention. It adds to a feeling of complexity in the beer that I found enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than some porters I've had, almost pushing into the creaminess of a stout. I found this to be quite appropriate in carrying on the whole milkshake theme, hence the 4.5 score.

This won't be everyone's cup o'... uh... beer. It's somewhat sweet in a candy-like sort of way. But it isn't bad at all. This would make a great dessert beer for many pastries. I found it to be delightful. While I wouldn't drink a lot of them, it's an enjoyable change of pace. Well worth a try.

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

06-17-2006 02:16:48 | More by jokelahoma
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a creamy 3/4" tan head above the barely translucent burgundy brown brew. Head fades gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is roasty grains and lactose sweet. Taste is the sweet dark malts upfront, then the vanilla sweetness kicks in, with a light fruitiness, and all that sugar just hangs around, long after the swallow. Mouthfeel is just too sweet, and drinkability is limited by same. Turn it back a notch, and we might have an interesting, more drinkable brew.

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

06-14-2006 01:32:12 | More by ppoitras
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3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear, dark mahoganybrown with a small tan head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a lot of vanilla with some roasted malts and cocoa tones.

Vanilla flavors dominate upfront followed by some usual porter flavors - roasted malts and cocoa. Finishes with another wave of vanilla.

Light body, low carbonation.

It's drinkable, but just too heavy on the vanilla - which seems to be a common theme among vanilla porters.

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

06-13-2006 23:59:53 | More by MaltyGoodness
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown-black with a nice tan head that's already lacing. Aroma is dry black patent malt with the barest hint of vanilla.

Taste is a mix of black patent and chocolate malt with a touch of lactic sweetness, cola, espresso and vanilla. The vanilla really brings out the malty, almost milkshake character. Straddles the flavors between a milk stout, a chocolate stout and a milky dark coffee.

Mouthfeel is moderate, not real heavy but a sipper just due to the sweetness. I had a sip off a draft a few weeks ago and it was simply wretched but the bottle is not half bad. A curiosity, to be sure, but not sessionable.

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

06-08-2006 01:55:42 | More by assurbanipaul
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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very slightly rancid smelling atop a sickly sweetness that might be vanilla, but I’m not staking my life on it. There is also a musty roastiness and some mild chocolate and coffee notes. Body is a fairly thick black and it holds a diminishing thumb thick mocha head. Fore is toasted vanilla and roasted malts that impart an acidic bitterness. Chocolate flavors meld with the vanilla to create a hazlenutty/pastry tasting concotion. It actually tastes pretty good if allowed to warm up to room temp, but the aroma is quite off putting. The palate is about right for the style, but barely.

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

06-07-2006 00:41:05 | More by Jredner
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown, kind of like Coca-Cola actually. No real head to speak of, but there is some thin lace.

Smell: Vanilla, with hints of bitter chocolate.

Taste: Vanilla is very apparent, even more so than one would expect judging from the smell. Chocolate and maybe a hint of caramel. Hops are apparent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light, a little watery, but kind of creamy. Overall, nothing impressive here.

Drinkability: Not sure what to think here. Pretty decent beer overall, but not real complex.

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

06-05-2006 23:02:13 | More by tallar
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown burgundy. Well the burgundy shows through when held up to light. Very little head and lacing.

Subdued aromas of vanilla, roasted malt, and slight bitter chocolate.

Fabulous flavors of vanilla extract, roasted chocolate & caramel malts, big thick creamy mouthfeel, easy to drink. Slightly too sweet to drink all night.

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

05-29-2006 20:40:19 | More by mcallister
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2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a dark caramel to brown color, slight carbonation with a very small head that dissipates after just 1 minute. Very light lace. Looks almost flat and unappealing.

Smell: Aromas are very weak. I had to put my nose almost in the beer to smell the subtle aromas. Malty and chocolate smell. Hints of vanilla and coffee. No smell of alcohol.

Taste: Vanilla is more prevalent than aroma would suggest. Coffee taste with slight mocha or chocolate. Very pleasant smooth taste. No overpowering ingredients here.

Mouthfeel: Light, slightly thin and carbonated.

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer. I expected more from it but it was a nice smooth ale. The tastes are not complicated and nothing overpowering. Plain vanilla porter....nothing extremely special. I would have another one, but I would probably pick something a little more complex if it was available.

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

05-22-2006 00:08:29 | More by MaGno
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2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out to a clear dark brown, appears thin in color and texture as I pour. Barely achieves a head even with a vigorous pour. Small, soapy and tan with no retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma at first appears oxidized with dank cardboard and newspaper, but as it's swirled I get peat smoked malt, vanilla (although it's barely more that what I would expect for a traditional porter), some green herbaceous hops. Overall, I get more of a smoke impression than a vanilla impression. Odd. Mouthfeel is thin and makes me feel like I just ate some grass. The taste is completely different. The vanilla is there in droves and lends a mild sweetness to the sharply acrid and cheesy hops. The aftertaste is ruddy and odd...again, like wet newspaper that just happens to be soaked in....you guessed it...vanilla porter. The finish is just lightly dry. There are alot of higher alcohols lingering on the palette.

I have no desire to finish this beer. A mistake, even for the curious.

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

05-14-2006 15:52:21 | More by Mitchster
Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,905 ratings.