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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,024 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,024
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 60
Gots: 262 | 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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3.33/5  rDev -8%

Nice rich aromatic smell.
Tastes and smells very similar with a rich but subtle vanilla taste. Fairly easy to drink overall with some noticeable, but light and balancing bitterness. Decent, I thought, and probably worth a rerate, since I've had so many porters since trying this and taking notes on it long ago.

01-07-2008 22:19:25 | More by JDV
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours dark brown. A thinner crème head doesn’t stick around long. Uneventful nose. Flavor is kind of tangy sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Thin, but good malt character. A bit too much of a sugar edge, but it’s not too bad. Feel is a bit thin on the liquid, but decent still. Minor carbonation. Not too bad a drinker. I could go for more than one, but this might be a good beer to pair with food. I am thinking hot wings or some kind of spicy lamb dish.

01-01-2008 07:09:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

A: it poured a nice dark brown to almost black with a tan to light brown chocolate head that wasn't very long lasting and was the main disappointment

S: Mediocre because there wasn't much to it, i expect more out of a vanilla porter

T: i enjoyed the creamy taste though i suppose that is more mouthfeel. i believe the taste however is good. the one knock is that the vanilla tastes almost like an added vanilla syrup there isnt much more too it, its just "good"

not too inspired to write much more than this right now, but i did enjoy this beer and it tasted solid, would have again

01-01-2008 02:56:13 | More by Redwood21
Photo of mashedpotatoes


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

First try at the Breckenridge brand. Immediately upon pouring one finds the smell of pure vanilla beans. The taste is about the same with very strong tones of vanilla but that true to porter style of heavy with bright finish. Very very strong alcohol aftertaste lingers in the mouth. The pour is dark brown to nearly black. Light does not penetrate except to give the faintest hint of dark brown tones. Lacing was little to none on the small head that was created. Drinkability is fair given the style, it's not bad but yet not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is typical of a porter but with extra flavoring. If you're in the mood for both porter and vanilla and happen to see this then give it a try, obviously. A recommended brew, if at least for a once off try.

12-27-2007 03:52:13 | More by mashedpotatoes
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New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

a-pours a deep brown
s- madagascar vanilla with cocoa malt tones
t- vanilla overtone with undertones of cocoa and warm malt
m- creamy like a milk shake.
d- yes this is one I'd drink again. Would be great with dessert.
I wasn't sure at first about vanilla in beer but I'm sold. Great job!

12-22-2007 21:45:13 | More by chileman13
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark cloudy brown color with a little head that disappears quickly.

S - Vanilla bean scents are strong but there's a roasted malt smell.

T - Strong vanilla flavor. Smooth malt taste.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation.

D - I love that it's not just a vanilla flavor but you can tell they use real vanilla beans. This is a great beer.

12-20-2007 07:10:36 | More by jeffmonarch
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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

A-Pours a deep brown/mahogony color with 1/4" of head that fades fast with no lacing.

S-At first it smells of soy sauce?(served too cold maybe)but as it warms there is a sweet smell of vanilla that opens up to a nice malt backgound.

T-Dry,roasted malt,smokey chocolate.A hint of vanilla but not overpowering.It has a sweet but slightly bitter hop finish.The vanilla taste opens up as it warms.

M-Light body,expected a little heavier feel.Low carbonation.

D-Something different.I could and would enjoy 1 or 2 but not more than that.Maybe I'm not used to vanilla in my beer,but the smokey malt taste lets me forget that.

12-20-2007 07:06:43 | More by twbrewer
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3.8/5  rDev +5%

Pours a nice head with good retention. Nice brown color.

Smell is of vanilla beans and chocolate malts. It is too faint though!

Taste is of chocolate malts and vanilla beans basically. The vanilla isn't overdone. It's a fairly simple beer, but I like it. Elements of mint and a balancing moderately low hop bitterness. Nothing out of this world but I like it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Not bad.

I am not a fan of vanilla in excess, so I was afraid to try this beer, but the vanilla is balanced in well and this beer is fairly good for what it is.

12-20-2007 06:47:43 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

This 12 oz. bottle returned with us from a recent trip to Tucson, AZ; my first try of a Breckenridge Brew. Bottle is [vaguely] notched at: Bottled On - 6 (June), Week 3. So almost 6 months since bottled...

A: A deep ruby-brown, considerably light for a porter when held to light. Shows alot of vibrant color but little carbonation. Head nears a finger high at its peak, but dwindles to a creamy film that barely covers the glass. Still it's a better retention than usual from the porter style...and a very pretty lacing coating the sides of the glass.

S: Malty cocoa with a definite sweet 'vanilla bean' aroma. Pretty one-dimensional truth be told, a forgettable porter with a vanilla scent. but I like vanilla, so that alone nudges it to 'good' status.

T: More cocoa, a little cream-added coffee flavor, too. Vanilla bean is subtle and pleasantly situated midway through. Nutty and some caramel, add to the all-malt candy/dessert feel of this beer. Starts sweeter, ends more roasted and bitter/dry.

M: Pretty smooth, modestly carbonated. Roasted cocoa and coffee last awhile on the tongue tip, gently coating the cheeks and the rest of the tongue.

D: I liked it...not one I 'must have' again, mind you, but certainly worthy of a try. I like the addition of vanilla as a twist on the staid porter style. Low ABV helps with the drinkability, too - it's not too heavy and allows for either making this a session beer or having one and moving on...

12-20-2007 04:08:16 | More by msubulldog25
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Drank this at a bar I was at recently. This beer pours a dark brown, almost black color. Slight tan head maybe 1/2 an inch thick when poured. Doesn't last long, leaving behind a decent surface cover and decent lacing. Aromas of vanilla and chocolate are certainly present and not much else aroma wise. Tastewise it is some roasted malty sweetness with the aforementioned vanilla and chocolate. There is also a bit of a spicy kick, something I am not used to in my porters, but I did like it here. Taste is rounded out by some slight hop bitterness. Good balance of flavors. Has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and is fairly easy to drink. A good beer, but nothing great here.


12-16-2007 22:29:01 | More by neenerzig
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2.85/5  rDev -21.3%

A: Brown almost black in color. Big head forms and recedes fast, but leaves a little rim around the top. Some spotty lace, but nothing to get excited about.
S: A lot of vanilla and a little bit of a chemical smell. After it warms, it smells like sour milk, blah.
T: Again, lots of vanilla and plenty of sweet malt. Actually this is very sweet, and a little chocolate in the background. A unique taste, but not very complex
M/D: Mouthfeel is very poor. Very watery. It does not give you that coat around the mouth and tongue that so many other great potters have. Drinkability is good, and is the best part of the beer.

I saw this sixer pretty cheep at Specs (under $6) so I thought I would give it a try. At first I thought it was a decent brew, but a little underwhelming. After a few tries I find it a little disappointing though.

12-12-2007 22:49:42 | More by champ103
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3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

Strange Brew, this "Remarkable Vanilla Porter." I can't say that I find it exactly remarkable, though it is a bit intriguing. The appearance is mediocre, with little head to offer (as with the Avalanche that Breckenridge produces) and scattered lacing--eeehh. The smell is more of the same--plenty of vanilla, maybe a hint of chocolate, little else. The taste piques the interest. There's more than enough vanilla to go around, that's for sure. But it's a bit more complex than that--chocolate, some caramel, nice--sweet, but nice. I assessed the drinkability as such not so much because it's not consumable, but rather because it's too much like Cream Soda to my liking. I say that as someone who enjoys a good Cream Sode now and then, honestly, just not masquerading as a beer.

Like Avalanche, not bad, but not one from Breckenridge that I'll pluck off the shelf again, unfortunately.

12-07-2007 05:24:46 | More by Gehrig
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2.05/5  rDev -43.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark chocolate color with blackberry colored highlights. Tan head of about one finger in size. Great lacing. Head turns into a film on top of the beer. Bubbles on top of varying degrees in size.

Aroma is burnt malts. Also vegetal. Cabbage and dirty diapers. Not pleasing at all. Stale and metallic. NO VANILLA at all.

Fruit flavors hit the tongue right off the bat. The burnt and roasted malt is kept to a minimum. Chalky and grainy. Very toasty, like burnt toast.

This was just a disaster. Besides the appearance, this was just about gross. I dont know what went wrong but something did. Chalky mouthfeel, dry finish. No good. I have five more of these to drink. Great!

12-06-2007 22:22:57 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Definitely a sweet beer, but it is what it is. You either like that or you don't. I found it fairly pleasant. Pours dark brown with a short head that fades. No lacing. The smell is redolent with vanilla, rum, sweet malt and some bitter hops at the end. Taste is similar, and ddefinitely sweet but not overally so- and certainly there are some hops to balance the sweetness as well. Lots and lots of vanilla and some oaky bitterness at the end. Creamy and smooth, I enjoyed this for what it is.

11-28-2007 17:00:55 | More by Georgiabeer
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Vanilla, for sure! I hate to be so upfront, but that's the big impression I got from the first sip of this brew. Breckenridge's products have been on store shelves in my area (Durham/Raleigh, NC) for some time; this is the first I've tried. It pours a coca-cola hue with nary a head to be found. The aroma exposes scents of caramel coloring, dark malts, and a bit of fruity sweetness. Yes, the flavor is dominated by a deep vanilla overtone. There are other flavors: caramel, hops (moderate; at the finish), and hints of espresso and chocolate. But vanilla rules! It is a little too carbonated for my taste, but it goes down like vanilla coke.

I have to say, if this were a take on the traditional porter I'd have a real problem with it. American porters, however, have taken great liberties with the style, and this is just a further extension of beer style expression.

11-15-2007 03:09:53 | More by CWiggins
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Beer pours dark ruby brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Lacing is OK.

Smell is definitely vanilla but also has a toasted, almost burned, chocolate smell in the background.

The taste is forward on the vanilla and chocolate/coffee. There is a bit of the burned malt flavor there as well. It doesn't destroy the flavor but there is a bit of a bitter after taste.

The beer has good body and is definitely drinkable. Not a bad beer overall if you like things on the more "toasted" side.

11-14-2007 02:22:37 | More by ruleof72
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West Virginia

1.45/5  rDev -59.9%

12 brown bottle served in a nonic glass. Date on side of bottle wasn't notched out.

Mirky,mahogany with deep reddish hues. Tan head that loudly fizzled out like soda,no retention,not leaving any lacing.

Faint aromas,sweet candied carmell with a oakey/vanilla scent.

Earthy/woody with a mustyiness. Very sweet and syrupy/scorched malt. Very cola like with some dark fruitness,lots of vanilla (artifical extract-like) finishes on the dry side.

Meduim to thick bodied,syrupy with a bit a cloyingness. Was too sweet and syrupy to have any drinkability. could not finish this one. Was more like a cough syrup than a beer.

11-13-2007 03:50:07 | More by jcdiflorio
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger purlpe-y biege head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and leaves some traces of lacing. Body is a deep brown with purple highlights.

Smell - vanilla, a hint of chocolate, and hearty maltbread. Somewhat mouthwatering.

Taste - exactly as the smell indicates. A maltbread sweetroll swirled with vanilla and some chocolate. Some vanilla lingers on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and slightly syrupy at times.

Drinkability - this is a decent ale.

11-12-2007 16:25:31 | More by ultralarry2006
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

Barely notched date, I think bottled in September.

Near black body, piddly head that fades fast.

Smells of caramel, scorched sugar, bourbon, and of course, vanilla. Gonna be a sweet one, it seems.

Whoa. Not that much vanilla on the smell but it is major on the taste. Definitely vanilla. Imagine lacing a beer with a bottle of vanilla extract. Do I like it? I think so... although I feel like I'm drinking liquor [not from any burn, but just the taste is un-beerlike]. Tough to taste much around the vanilla, there is some traditional porter bitter chocolate and a slight hop finish. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a porter, also contributes to the drinking-liquor feeling. Like a malibu-and-vanilla-coke.

I am happy I drank this as it definitely broadened my horizons. Lacks a quality base under the vanilla, but the flavoring itself is pretty well done. That said, I would not buy a six-pack, and I don't even really want another right now. I love pushing the envelope, though...

11-10-2007 04:11:54 | More by semihobo
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a dark, clean, clear black color. No carbonation, very flat looking. Medium light tan head that leaves suddenly with very light thin lacing. Aroma is that of burnt roasted malt. Very subtle.
First taste is slightly bitter, heavy caramel flavor, with a slight burnt taste. Finishes off sweet-perhaps the vanilla? Could not taste it though.
Medium heavy in the mouth department. A beer you would only have a couple of at a time. Not to bad, but I would have been more inspired if the vanilla would have shown through.

11-03-2007 21:28:30 | More by sauron681
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3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

The pours a somewhat opaque brown with red highlights, the head is light tan, creamy and 1 inch in height, as it rapidly dissolves, the lacing forms a thin but complete covering of the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweetness, backed by burnt toast, caramel, and the unmistakable aroma of Vanilla, quite pleasing to the schnozzle. Start has a nice malt profile; the vanilla adding a bit of sweetness and a touch of bitterness, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops and vanilla adding both sweetness and a bit of bitterness, a drinkable beer, pleasant to the palate.

10-20-2007 19:57:49 | More by Gusler
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

This one pours a thin looking brown with ruby hues when held to the light. It's somewhat translucent and only gets about one finger of tan head, which recedes to just a thin lace around the rim without much stick.

Smell is very light, with some feint roasted and chocolate malt aromas, and just a little bit of vanilla. Vanilla aroma gets stronger as it warms.

Taste is also not very robust, but I can't say that I expected it to be based on the 4.7% abv. It's a lot lighter than a typical porter, with only mild contributions from roasted and chocolate malts. About halfway through the vanilla flavor hits and is most pronounced midpoint through the finish. Again, like the smell, the vanilla flavor gets stronger as it warms. I don't think the vanilla is overdone here and I actually like it quite a bit.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, and I'd like a bit more body to it. A bit too watery. It's quite drinkable, though, as the vanilla flavor is not overpowering or extract-syrpuy. I think this is pretty tasty, and it might not be the best beer I've ever sampled but it's unique and I'd definitely have it again.

10-13-2007 23:33:56 | More by number1bum
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

First off, great value! $6.50 for a six-pack at Whole Foods.

This one tastes better than it smells. The smell is nondescript.

Appearance is like pouring a Pepsi. No head. Unimpressive.

Tastes good, though. Nice roasted malt flavor. The vanilla is there, and most evident in the finish. The mouthfeel is pleasant, with a very creamy finish.

I'd drink this again, but wouldn't go out of my way to.

10-13-2007 22:12:14 | More by wanker
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3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

a-bronze, dark brown, little head when pouring, has a system for born on date, but nothing is marked.

s- at first i thought it smelled very good, with a wood smell with vanilla, but then the smell turns sour and makes you think if something is wrong with the beer, like a ice cream gone bad, not overpowering though

t- not bad, it is smooth, but at the end it reminds of christmas for some reason, the vanilla combines with the rest and its a weird after taste. like a burnt candy sort of taste, what candy it depends upon you

m-a sipping beer that keeps you guessing, should i hold it longer in my mouth or do it swallow it quick

d- the more i sip the beer the more i dislike it, it may be the last one i have, at first i enjoyed it, but the more i drink it, the more i dislike it,

10-11-2007 03:04:06 | More by getch
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2.68/5  rDev -26%

Pours out nice, although a little light with very little head and very little lacing later on. Clashing aromas of the usual porter scent with vanilla and what smells like oak cask. The taste also clashes, between a burnt oak (not good) and vanilla (all right if it wasn't for the clash), along with a husky, burnt taste. It's not bad going down, but leaves an odd aftertaste and is a bit rough.

10-10-2007 00:05:37 | More by JamesS
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