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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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3,549 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,549
Reviews: 1,021
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 94
Gots: 591 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

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Photo of djmitche
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: not much carbonation, and redder that I expect from a porter

Smell: Vanilla - not like the bean, but like sniffing a bottle of extract. I can't smell anything else.

Taste: Vanilla, bitter chocolate. No hops in evidence.

Drinkability: for all that, the beer manages not to be cloying. I had it with tacos, and found that it paired quite well with the guacamole. I probably wouldn't look for this beer, but I finished it...

Photo of stephadelphia
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A nice, reddish dark brown. Can still see through it a bit. A tan head foamed to about an inch after the initial pour, and half of that remained on top of the glass for the remainder.

S- Definitely can smell the vanilla, slight hints of malt and brown sugar.

T- Vanilla taste up front, roasted malt taste finish. The vanilla is not overpowering, and I wouldn't consider this to be too sweet of a brew. Still, sweeter than your traditional porter (obviously).

M- A nice, light carbonation and surprisingly smooth. I expected it to be a little thicker, but it was not as water as I would have expected from its appearance. Really do wish it was a bit creamier.

D- Pleasant enough beer with an interesting taste. I like the way it hits my palate. Overall, not bad. Could see sitting and sipping on this beer, but would eventually want to switch to something a little thicker.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this before and even had a case but never reviewed it. Picked up a single for 2.25.

A - Nice jet black in color with a half inch of mocha colored head.

S - Has pretty sweet vanilla in the nose with mild chocolate and a pretty solid roasted character.

T - Pretty enjoyable but could use more bitter roasted coffee aspect. The vanilla is not overpowering, kind of sweet, but gets kind of cloying after half the glass.

M - Medium bodied but it went down pretty quick.

D - As far as vanilla goes this one was pretty good. Kind of over the top but nicely done even better than ST Creme Brulee. The low ABV may suggest multiple glasses but its really kind of a one a sitting beer. Pretty good!

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Body was one shade short of being black. That being said, dark brown capped with a light tan head that only appeared after a hard pour. What head there was disappear rather quickly to a ring around the glass and spotty island foam.

S: A decent aroma of toasted caramel malts, coffee, faint hints of vanilla (wished this was stronger), and a bit of sour funk (weird).

T: Right off the bat I get a sweet vanilla note with a bit of roasted malts. Dark chocolate, hints of coffee, caramel malts, slight slight hoppy bitterness (edge of my tongue), and a bit of candy sugar are all balanced on the palate. I really expected more.

M: Loads of carbonation, medium body, and a smooth & creamy texture.

D: Very disappointed in this beer. Has the potential to be very good, but it is definitely lacking in flavor and smell. I wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend this to someone. A one time deal for sure.

Photo of DannyDan
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the beer into a beer mug and it pours out into a blackish brown hue with some red highlights in it. It has a thin tan head that disappears quickly and has little retention and lacing, but it has good carbonation. The smell is coffee, chocolate and vanilla, but was disappointed that the vanilla aroma wasn't as strong as i thought it would be when I opened the beer bottle. The taste is a nice well balanced taste of chocolate, followed by some coffee, caramel and than get some hops and finally some vanilla at the end. This porter is well balanced and not too much bitterness, seems to be more on the sweet side. The mouthfeel is a light bodied creamy feel, but do feel it could have a better mouthfeel by being more creamy and have a fuller body, and it is easily drinkable for what it is. I did enjoy the taste of it and would recommend it, but because it is different than most porters some hardcore porter drinkers may not like it.

Photo of iiinterstate
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to preface this with the admission that I don't usually do porters. Overall, if you are looking for a typical porter this brew might not be the best choice.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The head was very thin and disappeared almost immediately, liquid was nearly opaque. I expected more vanilla scent out of the bottle, but there wasn't much. The taste was very smooth with a fair amount of vanilla (not too sweet or overpowering) and a bit of a coffee edge. Its nice and roasty without any bitterness. This feels and tastes like a much lighter beer with quite a bit of carbonation. I wish it were a little creamier, but overall I like it a lot. Would purchase again.

Photo of HopsNPot
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Apperance - dark black color, with just a hint of deep red hues sneaking through the thinnest parts of the glass. truly exceptional.

Smell - roasted coffee and vanilla beans with rich malty tones. invigorating aroma but not over powering by any means.

Taste - rich malty flavor with smooth roasted beans (vanilla n' coffee) and a hint of dark choclate in the end.

MouthFeel - very light initial hit with stronger full bodied tones taking you through the second half. not over powering though.

Drinkability - very drinkable for a porter. but thats a relative statement of course, porters are the more hard-hitting of styles in the brew world.

Overall, i think this is a very good beer. And as for the vanilla porter sub category, it ranks very high in my opinion. a must try.

"partakable" indeed.

Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12oz "pint" glass. The beer pours a solid dark brown, with no lacing. Also, the design on the labels & the packaging is absolutely wonderful.

Light head, which goes away quickly, but that's expected out of porter. A light vanilla scent, but it's not too heavy. Wish there was more.

A sip brings about a caramel & chocolate flavor, with a light vanilla taste, which becomes more prominent as the session goes on.

I expect this to be a heavy beer, but it's not. Instead, it is light and highly carbonated. While surprising, this isn't exactly a good thing.

While I enjoy this beer, it always feels like it's missing something.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours out a really dark brown, black color. Lets not light through. Has a nice tan head on it that has great retention.

Vanilla is present in the nose but its not overpowering. Hints of chocolate, roasted caramel, roasted malt and a tidbit of coffee play a role.

The initial taste is big on chocolate and roasted caramel. The longer the taste stays in your mouth, the more the vanilla makes its way to the front. Coffee and roasted malt bring up the rear and the aftertaste.

The beer isn't creamy, but its smooth with a bit of coffee bitters to it.

This has been a long time like for me. It's a solid porter with a good flavor added to give it something different. Very drinkable and a good brew to enjoy.

Photo of JLeege
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- On draft poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown with a just off white head. Decent retention with a little whispy lacing left behind.

Smell- Mostly vanilla, some light roasted malts, but vanilla dominates the aroma.

Taste- Pretty much like it smells. Basicly it is a lighter porter, light roasted malts, a bit of caramel, and loads of vanilla. Sweet overall, the vanilla seems a bit artificial, but its not bad.

Mouthfeel- Lighter body for the style, medium carbonation. Should be a bit thicker.

Overall- Not bad, maybe a bit artificial in the vanilla, but it is a nice flavor. The sweetness cuts back the drinkability a bit, but it is decent overall.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Appearance - This beers pours out a deep dark brown color with a beige one finger head that disappears rather quickly and not much lacing to be found. I really liked the labeling on the bottle as well.

Smell - The vanilla was not as prevalent as I would have expected. Had a malty coffee smell typical of a porter with hints of chocolate.

Taste - Again I was expecting a more vanilla taste from this offering. Toffee taste that had just a slight hint of vanilla and maybe maple.

Mouthfeel - I expected this to be a fuller bodied beer but was surprised to find that it was very light bodied. A bit to much carbonation for my liking.

Drinkability - This beer is not an overly drinkable offering for me. The light body and over carbonation would cause me to not be able to drink more than a couple of these.

This beer was OK but I was dissappointed in it overall. I love porters and the prospect of a vanilla infused porter really excited me. I was a bit let down by this.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.49 single from Oak Tree.

Brown body, which backlights to red easily. Two fingers of light tan level head rapidly decays.

Nice mild vanilla aroma rises out of coffee. Expected more vanilla intensity.

Taste starts with coffee with milk, then a touch of roastiness, and a nice tasty dollop of vanilla at the finish.

Light mouthfeel. Definitely one is drinkable, not sure I'd want more than one in a session.

The vanilla works, and combines nicely with what might have been a weakish porter on its own.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

#32. Got from a beer savvy friend.

(Appearance) Weak Pour! One finger depth head that retains poorly, leading to a thin sheet. Beer is very dark but lets some deep dark light through. The appearance is Pretty average. 3

(Smell) good deal of vanilla present here. Creamy vanilla. Malts are faint but there. Hops are not present at the nose. Smell is sweet but light. Intriguing. 3.5

(Taste) bold tastes of caramel and vanilla. Bold and fresh but not a beer for everybody. The vanilla tastes questionable in the fact that it seems to be artificial and have a chemical wash to the flavor. The caramel and vanilla wash out the majority of the flavors that this beer might have otherwise. Enjoyable nonetheless, but ultimately a pretty average brew. 3

(Mouthfeel) A tad bit creamy. Medium body. Finish has a medium bitterness and vanilla flow tastes like a syrupy grenadine. It gives this beer a sticky sweet mouthfeel on the way down. If this is in your favor, then good for you. 2.5

(Drinkability) highly drinkable. Pretty smooth and a quick drinker. Medium body contains some vanilla and a tad bit of complementary fruit flavors (Cherry mainly) dominate the taste buds on this one. Not sure if I'd enjoy more than one, but I wouldn't turn another freebie down! 3.5

Verdict: This is a pretty average brew, nothing superb. The vanilla is not so subtle in this brew and has a bizarre aftertaste that doesn't sit favorably with me, but the brew is far from unenjoyable. Vanilla lovers should go for this one. C+ (3.1)

Photo of rdub
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a Wegman's mixed six into a pint glass. Porter black appearance with no lacing and a thin tan head. Looked a lot like Guinness. Smell was vanilla and roast coffee. Taste was coffee with a hint of artificial vanilla on the finish. Nothing too exciting or offensive. A good try. Thin mouthfeel and moderate drinkability. Interesting enough to say I tried it but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a strong beige head that fizzles quickly. The coffee and vanilla notes meet my nose immediately and the flavor is there as well. Strong coffee and vanilla sweetness and a smooth finish. Over all lack of aftertaste. The body is a little thin for the style in my humble opinion, but the carbonation is good. The flavors are so bold and clean, each sip is interesting. If the body was a bit more substantial it would be just that much better. I bought twelve and don't anticipate having any trouble finishing each one.

Photo of beersensei305
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown or amber in color no head no retention

S - Vanilla

T - Vanilla Dominates the taste. Malty sweetness. It's like drinking vanilla extract really.

M - for a porter it's lacking body I find this brew watery

D - very vanilla lacks body didn't look appealing.

Photo of GregBlatz
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark brown in color. Clear when held up to the light and appears dark amber in color. Nice medium head but has an interesting combination of small and large bubbles. Khaki in color and laces the glass nicely.

S - Toffee, chocolate and maple. Sweet malt as well as a diacetyl
butterscotch aroma.

T - Vanilla dominates the taste. Sweet and roasty. Malty sweetness.

M - Surprising carbon bite and actually somewhat thin body.

D - Too sweet to be more than a dessert beer.

Overall it is a nice porter. Maybe too aggressive with the vanilla? I assume that there is vanilla flavoring rather than vanilla tasting notes as a description of the malt.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.13/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance -- Pours a dark amber hue with nearly no head. It coats the glass, but no lace apparent.

Smell -- Dark toast, vanilla extract, pancake syrup, cocoa powder. There is a general air of artificiality to the aroma.

Taste -- Toasted malt, hard water, grassy and earthy hops, vanilla extract, chocolate, and maple-flavored syrup. Lingering flavors of vanilla and cocoa.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with harsh carbonation. Chalky finish.

Drinkability -- This was...weird. So much of the flavor profile tasted fake: artificial vanilla, artificial maple, cheap chocolate. These things aside, I don't think the rest of the beer would be any better without them. It just doesn't come together. Pass on this one.

Photo of JDK
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chocolate color but even pouring directly in the middle of the glass absolutely no head appeared.

Nice carbonation. The vanilla is easy to taste but not overpowering. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate.

The smell of malt with a hint of vanilla is very light.

A very good tasting beer, perfect for winter!

Photo of EasternDivide
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After a few weeks in Colorado and getting my fill of the local goods, I decided to branch out with the "make-you-own" sixer. One company that caught my eye was Breckenridge. Their Vanilla Porter has a complexity but it isn't the most drinkable or the best porter I've had this season. Its appearance is a deep brown, nearly on par with guinness. The nose is mostly candies and hops with just the subtlest of hints of its named ingredient. When it comes to flavor, I love the boldness of the flavors and the unabashed use of hops, but the hops seem to overpower the malt that I was looking for. The benefit of this is that you have a clean palate, ready for the next drink.

Though I couldn't drink a few pints of this it is a good solo pint. I can see it doing very well at a christmas party, but wouldn't drink a whole growler myself.

Photo of FosterJM
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

145th review on BA
Bottle to pint

App- A dark root beer color with some red/amber highlights on the lower end of the pour. No real head developed on this one.

Smell- Very malty and a bit of roastiness.

Taste- More coffee and bitter on the flavor. Was really let down by this one. Was expecting more of the vanilla to come through.

Mouth- A very thin beer, also a let down. I'd have to say it felt a bit slick as well.

Drink- It's a big let down. Just wanted it to be better. I'm a little mad the last two beers I have had let me down.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black color with a beige/khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - mostly malty with only a hint of the vanilla bean.

Taste - Vanilla bean is definitely prominent in the taste. Less malty, and actually slightly bitter in the middle and finish. Not too lingering of an aftertaste though. Texture is not surprisingly more on the creamy side.

Drinkability - not a bad brew. It's a little filling, but otherwise pretty nice. Not terribly complex, but nice-tasting.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled poured from a bottle to glass. Correct amount of carbonation. Very dark in color typical of porters.
Very smooth taste. Not overpowering in the flavor department so it goes down easy. Semi-sweet with the vanilla flavor apparant (says it is brewed with real vanilla bean). Pleasantly surprised with the taste of this beer. Moderate alcohol content.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A: The color is very dark with hints of carbonation on the sides. No head to speak of though. Ruby around the corners.

S: Very porter like. Roasted smell with plenty malt character. The sweetness of the vanilla is definitely present.

T: The tastes has quite a bit of body. Smooth with the roasted flavors coming through first followed by a bit of sweetness. Some nice sweetness from the vanilla. Very well balanced and not to bitter on the end.

Overall this is an amazing beer. The flavor is very good. The smell is a very good partner with the taste. It was a good surprise since some porters have great smell but lack in body and flavor. This didn't disappoint in either area. Also at an ABV of 4.7% this is a very sessionable brew. Great Beer Breckenridge Brewery!!!

Photo of spartanfan
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin layer of white foam that quickly fades to an island of bubbles surrounded by a ring around the interior of the glass.

S: Smells of sweet and roasted malts. Coffee and a little vanilla are also noted.

T: The titular vanilla is more aparent in the flavor, but does not seem to mingle well with the other flavors. Strong chocolate flavor with a roasty finish.

M: Carbonation is there in the proper amount, but this beer is not as smooth as I would like it to be.

D: I wanted to enjoy this beer, but the flavors are not to my liking. This will be a struggle to finish and I will certainly not be having it again.

Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 3,549 ratings.