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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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3,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,319
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 75
Gots: 400 | 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 AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

clear and dark amber-brown. Thin brown head but nice lacing. 4

Smells of caramel roasted malts and a faint whiff of vanilla. 4

Has all the typical porter qualities on taste, plus vanilla, but not overwhelmingly so. More roasted malts and caramel, similar to the smell. 3.5

Feels thick and rick like a porter should. Definitely a strong point for this beer. 4.5

Drinks decent enough. I'd say for a sixer it's a 3.5 and in a sampler it's a 4 (some of the other selections were quite tasty too).

I was a little worried about picking up a sixer of this, fearing it would be too strongly vanilla, but found this brewery's sampler pack so got to try four different ones. It's not too strong but isn't an everyday beer either. Sessionable.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of MirImage
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a Glass

Appearance: is dark amber with a off white head that dissipates quickly. Would like to see a darker, opaque color given style.

Smell: Hint of vanilla, dark malts and a sugary rootbeer.

Taste: Has a roasted taste of a porter but with very poor vanilla extract-like taste. Pretty bland

Mouthfeel: Too light for a porter

Drinkability: Easy drinking if you get past of the poor vanilla extract-like taste.

MirImage, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of TCog
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark color, decent head but, but nothing extraordinary or remarkable.

S - Pleasantly vanilla-y without smelling artificial or over the top.

T - The balance in this beer is spot on. The vanilla is seemlessly part of the porter.

M - Smooth, creamy, and and enough weight to satisfy and remind you you're drinking a porter, but not too heavy.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. I sat down to have one, I found number two and three followed pretty easily.

TCog, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
4.93/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Thats all I want to say about this beer! Usually the flavored beers are aweful and really do not taste like what you would think they would. This beer, on the other hand is ultimately smoothe and refreshing! This is an amazing brew! Even if you do not like the flavored brews, this is the best I've ever had

ronniebruner, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark, dark, brown almost black in to my glass. Has a nice, tan head that is about one and a half to two fingers initially, then dies down to a slight foam that sticks around throughout. Minimal lacing. A great looking Porter.

S - The smell is really the only thing I don't care for about this. It smells like expired vanilla extract mixed with alcohol. Not that great.

T - Good thing this doesn't taste like it smells. I really enjoyed this beer from first sip to last. Very nice balance here with a sweet, milky, creamy taste then a vanilla after taste that wants you wanting more. Hints of milk chocolate on this one. This taste exceed my expectations.

M - Creamy with low carbonation. Great balance here.

D - This porter keeps you wanting more and more. I could throw back a couple of these with ease.

LairdChisholm, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of u2carew
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. longneck.
A) Pours with a thin head - creamy and off white. Lacing is thin and sticky. Dark brown in color with reddish hues.
S) Hints of vanilla, roasted grains and coffee.
T) A slight astringent taste up front then moves to a robust vanilla flavor. It is almost as if the vanilla is in mix to cover up the astringent flavor like some liquid conspiracy. There are light notes of roasted grain - coffee and chocolate, but not enough to salvage the beer. Each sip starts astringent and finishes with a rich sweetness that is a bit too much for this beer drinker.
M) Crisp. Medium to full body. Dry in the finish. A bit of a tannin feel in the after taste.
D) Not a porter I will return back to...

u2carew, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a red tinge. Slight light penetration. Good head with nice lace.
Smell is malty, oak, toasty and sweet.
Taste is sweet,toasted malt, cane sugar/molasses/brown sugar, toasty and vanilla.
Full bodied, warming with a light effervescence, Pretty smooth. A very nice brew.

PorterLambic, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Brewmiser
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice dark brown color, with a good 2 fingers of head.

Smell - Vanilla,

Taste - Vanilla, & roasted carmel

Mouthfeel - very light for a dark beer

Drinkability - would make a nice cool weather beer.

Overall - very good beer if you like Vanilla.

Brewmiser, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of alphagnome
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brownish/redish almost black in color with little to no head. Initial inspection lead me to believe it would be very filling.

S: Faint vanilla aroma masked by a slightly smoked scent.

T: Somewhat flat but remarkably smooth and enjoyable. If I hadn't read the bottle, it might be difficult to spot the vanilla as it very subtle. Also has a slightly bitter aftertaste that fades fast.

M: Little or no trace of carbonation. This Porter is unbelievably light, considering its heavy appearance. I can't stress it enough, this is one smooth Porter!

D: A Porter that goes down easy and keeps you looking forward to the next sip and leaves you wanting another when it's all gone.

alphagnome, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a pure white head, some lace.

S: Vanilla, milk chocolate.

T: Lots of milk chocolate, brown sugar, big vanilla, nice flavour. A dessert in itself.

M: Soft carbonation, smooth, medium-bodied.

D: I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and it did not disappoint. For any vanilla fan this would be right up their alley.

Halcyondays, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of zaq37
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought in a 6 pack, poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter, served at room temperature.

A- no head, small rim of what would be a head formed around the edges of the glass, but nothing special. very disappointing actually. Color is dark brown with a bit of red.

S- chocolate and malt mainly. not really smelling a lot of vanilla, although it is in there somewhere.

T- Nothing extremely special here. Malty flavor with a sweetish bitterness at the end. no aftertaste, it's there, and then it's gone. while i drink on this, everyone now and again i will get a taste of root-beer which i absolutely hate; so having a beer taste like root-beer is NOT a +1 for me. however because of it's sweet flavor i do have to say i enjoy the taste, as long as the root-beer flavor stays away from my taste buds.

M- Average, smooth, decent carbonation. nothing too over the top here.

D- meh, i would drink this again as long as i did not have to pay for it. I liked this beer and perhaps some time down the road if i see it again i may pick it up for old times sake but this was definitely not one of my favorite beers, however i will say that it was NOT BAD, definitely drinkable and unique.

Overall i was not impressed with this beer, very odd flavors and as i mentioned i do not care for the taste of root-beer and i kept picking up on those notes in there somewhere. which i love the flavor of vanilla in general, it is very intense and rich but it was not well mixed in this beer.

zaq37, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of tsmcneil
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Remove cap = Nice initial aroma!

First pour = Where is the head?

Held up to the light = Dark, dark red (no head)

First sip = Somewhat disappointed. Thin and approaching flat come to mind. Good taste though. Not much in the vanilla realm detected.

Empty glass afterthought = Left quite a bit to be desired. Very light aftertaste. Olfactory senses feel left out.

tsmcneil, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep, dark brown without much head

S - smells of vanilla and milk chocolate

T - taste follows the nose. The vanilla is amped up, but is balanced by the sweet chocolates; there is also a cola taste throughout. This is very sweet overall without much else going on. The vanilla makes this a unique porter.

M - really smooth with a thin body

D - this is a pretty decent porter. Nothing too complex, but the vanilla adds an interesting element.

birchstick, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with just a touch of vanilla. The flavor is much different. The vanilla stands out with some chocolate to balance things out. I also get a little bit of roasted malt but it plays second fiddle to the vanilla and chocolate. I also get a little bit of nuttyness in the flavor. The aftertaste is strong vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of chickenandrice
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a native Coloradan, I have always loved the Breckenridge Brewery. Here I found their Porter and love that it contains vanilla adjuncts. Lets see what happens.

A: Typical looking porter, great deep and rich hue, telling you that it stands with the rest. Small head speaking of an easy drinker.

S: Dark malt is all I can see in my mind when smelling. Not overly strong, it does contain hints of vanilla and subtleties of hops. Good consistent smell.

T: Crispy, and malty. As the beer sits on your palette you find the vanilla.

M: Good refreshing feel in your mouth, it is not heavy, but light enough to be an easy drinker.

Overall I recommend this Porter. It is something though that my sweet lovin palette screams for. Loved this beer and will certainly order one next time in Denver!


chickenandrice, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Baraka
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep Black with almost no head whatsoever. Nose is dark chocolate malt and vanilla. Taste is more of the same, but the malt flavors don't seem to be doing anything really interesting. The vanilla flavor is nice, but it doesn't really work without any other interesting flavors or aromas. It is a sweet beer, almost cloyingly so. Very light body, way lighter than I like in a porter. Drinkable, but unimpressive overall.

Baraka, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown, with little head that dissipates quickly.

S - Where is the Vanilla? Roasted malts with perhaps a hint of vanilla.

T - Left me wondering where the flavor was... little to no vanilla and rather disappointing on the porter spectrum in and of itself.

M - Way lighter in body than one would expect

D - It's drinkable, not really a bad beer, but just left me wanting so much more... not one I plan to seek out in the future.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours dark brown with a slight red hue with a minimal off-white head. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of malt and vanilla. The flavor is of malt, cream, oatmeal, and vanilla. It was medium on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew. The vanilla note was a very nice touch that toned down some of the sharper flavors present making it quite enjoyable. This one is worth a shot if you get the chance.

thagr81us, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= The pour is a nice dark amber color. Looks black at first but there are some very noticably highlights even in the thickest part of the tulip glass. The head is a slightly off white sort of brown cream color that falls fast to a skin on top of the glass. Average to spotty lacing.

S= The major odor that comes through is sweet vanilla. There is a lot of sweetness to it without much roast I would typically associate with a porter. Not much else going on. The vanilla odor is a little overpowering in the smell.

T= Much better than the smell. There is still a dominate vanilla flavor to it but not as much as the nose. The roast comes through more in the taste than the smell. It starts very sweet but by mid palate the sweetness subsides lending to a more typical porter taste. The finish however is a bit of a problem because it sort of has a waxy taste to it. The finish tastes like those wax lips you buy at the dollar store.

M= Good mouth on it nice and creamy.

D= I love porters with a passion and I love vanilla a lot.... this beer however is not how I would do it. Too much vanilla and the odd wax taste just doesn't do it for me. I'm happy I tried it so I can have a better grasp of how the flavors would work together but this beer isn't that great.

jjanega08, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A black porteresque look with a head that was just a little bit ligher than I would have liked. Shines through ruby on the edges of the glass.

S - Roasted/burnt malts dominate. Little bit of chocolate in there. I'm looking for vanilla and I smell it, I think, barely, or maybe it's my imagination.

T - Dissapointing. I loved Victory at Sea, which made me want to try another vanilla porter, but this is nothing like that. I honestly don't taste vanilla, and I'm trying to. Other than that, it's mostly burnt malts that finishes a little bitter.

M - Little thin, medium carbonation, medium bodied.

D - Well, I guess you can drink it, but I'd rather have a nice "normal" porter than this. Not all that great, no desire to drink it again.

AgentZero, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/3/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 1 inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of vanilla and roasted malts, but lightly. Also some dark fruits. Would have liked the smell to be a little stronger.

t - Tastes of light vanilla, oak, and roasted malts.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carb. Very smooth and creamy.

d - An ok porter. Thought the smell was a little bit weak, but had a decent taste and a great feel to it. Might try again but wouldn't really seek out.

mdfb79, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of MrStark
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance is deep brown with red highlights and a frothy one finger tan head that dissipated within a few minutes leaving tiny bits of lacing.

Smell is fairly light, but I do pick up an aroma of the vanilla, as well as roasted malt and a tiny bit of hops in the back.

Taste certainly has more vanilla in it than the smell giving a pleasant sweetness along with the malt and a fairly mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel seems pretty light for the style to me, not bad but I would have preferred a little more thickness.

Drinkability is good overall. Its easy drinking and pretty tasty. Certainly one of the better vanilla flavored beers I've had so far. In terms of Porters, I've had better but its still worth a try and I would have it again.

MrStark, May 31, 2010
Photo of slyke
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vanilla Porter pours almost black with a bit of red around the edges with a quarter inch of off-white head.

The smell has a distinct note of vanilla with roasted malt and touch of hops.

The taste is dominated by the roasted malt, again with a distinct vanilla note.

Mouthfeel is excellent - Smooth, medium to full-bodied, you want to let it wander about your tongue for a while.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a very nice beer. Try it if you find it.

slyke, May 23, 2010
Photo of dragon0524
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap from one of our local pubs in Punta Gorda, Florida.

A - A dark, ruby-red tinted beer with a very thin cream-colored head that vanished relatively quickly, like the head on a fountain soda.

S - A definite whiff of vanilla on first sniff, with an almost chocolaty note that swiftly follows. Very promising.

T - I definitely notice more a smoky chocolate note than any taste of vanilla. The vanilla was definitely more pronounced in the nose than on the palate. A bit disappointing after the encouraging smell test.

M - An irritating amount of carbonation. I expected something smoother. Too much tingle and not enough body. Thin and a bit watery.

D - Despite its faults, it is paradoxically a very drinkable beer. If you don't mind a vanilla porter that is neither very vanilla-ish or very porter-ish, combined with a low alcohol percentage, then I believe a couple of pints of this could go down well some evening.

dragon0524, May 12, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this from a imperial pint glass.

A- Pours dark brown in color. No head or lacing. Looks very thin.

S- Some slight hints of dark chocolate and some distant malts. There really isn't anything else going on here.

T- Weak roasted malts. Some fake vanilla and a slight suggestion of hops. I am really Really not feeling this one.

M- Very thin almost water like. Light carbonation with a weak finish.

D- I could drink this like water but there is a reason for that.

urwithdave, May 11, 2010
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