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Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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1,028 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,028
Hads: 3,876
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 31.27%
Wants: 125
Gots: 897 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

Deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grows the perfect ingredient for an extraordinary Porter brewed in Colorado. Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter. An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure.
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Photo of TonyJ
1/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought a 6 pack of this because I'm a fan of Vanilla Porters. The cap just about burst off the top of the 1st 2 bottles I opened and the proceeded to pour as as if I just shook the bottles on the way home. So after dumping them I opened the 3rd only to pour a flat beer, tasted and dumped, opened a 4th only for it to explode open. I then drove them back to the store which iI go to often and traded it for something else! Leinies Snowdrift Vanilla Porter instead!

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Photo of EdPilsner
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was recently recommended by a good friend. I'd tried and liked other Breckenridge beers before but not this one. An excellent vanilla porter.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at the Capital Ale House - Richmond; stange glass
A nice brown color with zero head, but watching the pour from the bartender he really babied it because it filled the glass to the brim;
The vanilla was very noticable and leads me to believe it is a better seondary incredient, not primary
Love the porter, not too high on the vanilla, I felt like I was drinking an ingredient, just too much and it needed some secondary flavors to come forward to accent the beer
Overall, I was somewhat disappointed in this; worth trying, maybe even a second time, but at this point, I wouldn't recommend beyond that.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Big, strong aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee, some subtle smoke and dark chocolate, all mixing well with strong aromas of vanilla.

Taste: Tons of roasted malt up front, imparting flavors of freshly baked dark bread, and some subtle coffee. Next comes some brown sugar-like sweetness and some nicely balanced hops, all rounded out and finished with some very tasty vanilla. Really, really good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some ok carbonation. With an ABV of 4.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is one of my favorite porters. It’s got a great balance of roasted malt, brown sugar-like sweetness, subtle hops and vanilla. Very quaffable and delicious!

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Photo of KillerJigger
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very light and delicate. I wanted more taste. The head retention was pretty decent. Had it on tap in a pint glass. Drank some cold then let it warm up and kept drinking. Was decent beer with a burger since it was so light. On the fence whether i will have another.

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Photo of Drk93TT
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at a pub in Columbus OH...

Nitro draft.

Typical porter appearance..dark brown and semi transparent. The nitro adds a nice visual appeal.

Can pick out faint vanilla / cream / chocolate aromas.

Taste and mouthfeel are ok... not mind-blowing. Light Chocolate..toffee..cream.. and vanilla flavors that don't stick around too long and finishes quickly. Definitely can plow through these easily if your thirsty !

A good beer and recommend trying if you can on nitro ! I wouldn't seek it out in bottles though..

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Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking, not much lacing. A metallic aroma that has me imagining a similar metallic taste. Surprisingly, this tastes much better than it smells, malty with a slight sweetness on the back end. Creamy with medium body and slight carbonation. Overall, I really like as long as I don't associate the aroma with the taste.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a glass mug, this brew's head is 1/2 finger thick,with spotty lacing, and an almost black, clear body.

I'm smelling vanilla,obviously, but only enough to let its presence known. Nothing too sweet. Also in the scent, I can detect dark roasted malts and other favorable porter characteristics.

This tastes like basically the same thing. The malts here are just right in my opinion . A very easy drinking selection.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and refreshing.

Overall, a 4.25 for Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery. A smooth and tasty sipper ideal for cold nights in.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.26/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a ridiculously dark amber, looks black unless held to strong light. Form one finger of head which dissipates down to a film, minimal whispy lacing.
S - Hops with a slight vanilla aroma sweetness.
T - Malts, semi-sweet chocolate, lots of vanilla. Medium full body, quick finish. Absolutely delicious.
O - An amazing, 5 star porter.
V - Medium.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vanilla Porter is brewed by Breckenridge Brewery, with an ABV 4.70% This brew pours out a nice dark color with a nice off white head. It looks like cola. The smell is rich with sweetness, you pick up on the vanilla in this brew. You also pick up up on some grains and and malts in this brew. The taste is rich with flavor, you pick up on the vanilla in this brew.Vanilla Porter has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5.

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Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
4.72/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's like drinking your dessert. Had the nitro pour at the Yard House. The head was deliciously thick and creamy, I think partly due to the nitro tap. Toasty malts and biscuits with a nice vanilla aroma, not too heavy on the vanilla. Excellent balance and a clean finish.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If it was just a standard Porter it would be boring and forgettable. The vanilla is very nice, smooth not over powering at all. Exactly enough so I can drink this six pack and not be pissed that I bought it.

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Photo of JordanHageman
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I've had a few vanilla porters and they've been decent but for some reason this one has a wonderful flavor and feel. The smell is pretty generic but as soon as you get taste it you get wonderful notes of an oat vanilla fullness that you'd not expect. It feels fantastic too. Silky and smooth.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a decent tan head that falls fairly fast with some mild lacing. Color is a deep reddish brown.
Aroma: vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts, with floral and herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied with a creamy consistency.
Flavor: vanilla is quite dominate somewhat balanced with cocoa and dark roasted malt flavors. A background of bittering hops in the finish.
Overall: very good but not outstanding.

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Photo of Ramiro235
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sweet and light porter with high drinkability. The initial aftertaste is very strongly of vanilla but it doesn't become an issue unless multiple are drank in a short time frame. Has a nice light and nutty aroma and feels creamy going down. Very drinkable..

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured a deep brown body with red highlights when held to light and a thin ring of head. A decent looking porter, but it could use better head formation. Scents of coffee with cream, bittersweet milk chocolate, moderate levels of roast malt, medium-high notes of vanilla and light caramel and bready malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a wonderful porter base with a very pleasant addition of vanilla. True to style, pleasant and enticing, very well done. Flavor begins lightly sweet with notes of sweetened coffee with cream, milk chocolate, vanilla, light caramel and a light roast malt and black coffee bitterness keeping it balanced. Middle is lightly sweet still with notes of vanilla, coffee with cream, light caramel and bready malt. Finish is medium-dry with notes of dark coffee with cream, vanilla, roast malt, dark chocolate and a very light touch of caramel very far in the background. Aftertaste is roast malt, black coffee and vanilla. Overall impression of flavor is of a very good porter base enhanced by the addition of vanilla. Roasty, rich and full of flavor. Very nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a smooth feel with a light prickle. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good porter, true to form and pleasing to drink. Overall this is an excellent porter. The vanilla aids the aroma and flavor of a solid base beer and makes this one a good one. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/6/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toasted bread, light coffee, cream, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and vanilla notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toasted bread, light coffee, cream, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toasted bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malts and vanilla flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good vanilla porter. All around good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, almost close to black. Thin head that leaves quickly until just a thin layer left. Decent lacing. Aroma is malty with just a hint of vanilla, not as much vanilla as I expected. But of course I do not see any bottling date or drink by date. This beer I am sure is alittle older, as I have seen it on the shelf for some time. Taste is nice and smooth with a nice blast of vanilla and a Three Musketeers Like taste, interesting. Very drinkable and smooth, light bitterness, roasted malts and lot of sweetness upfront. Feels good going down, coats the tonque and is a little thick on the palate. Overall, a well balanced, lighter porter.

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Photo of Eric_Edwardson
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Picked up a 6 pack of this stuff on sale at a local liquor store. Thought I would try it out after a coworker of mine recommended it to me. Deep Brown in color this porter ale offers slight notes of chocolate and roasted nut all that you would expect from a porter. I personally love anything vanilla, I would choose plain vanilla ice cream over any ice cream flavor. That being said I wasn't able to pick up a ton of vanilla until about a minute after taking my first sip, which was a little disappointing. I would like to see more forward notes of vanilla, but that might just be the vanilla lover in me. Over all it's a good beer, just left me wanting more vanilla notes.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, but clear; mahogany around the edges; 1 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: dark chocolate is most prevalent, but coffee is there as well as vanilla;

T: follows the nose initially; coffee fades by mid-palate; finish is mildly bitter with all chocolate and vanilla;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: the vanilla sets this one apart from other porters; I prefer a straight up porter, but keep coming back to this from time to time;

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Photo of UKBeerman
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

One of my favorite out of the bottle brews. I have not seen it on tap in the Cincinnati area. Has a good mouthfeel with a rich head to tends to stay when poured. A pleasant malty rich taste with obviously strong Vanilla notes. Aroma matches the Vanilla taste....rich and malty.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nearly pitch black with one finger of creamy head and sticky lacing. Slowly subsides to a decent cap and lacing.

S - Heavy coffee and roasted malt with a hint of vanilla. The aroma turns to chocolate as it warms up.

T - Sweet vanilla and burnt toffee at first turning to a lightly bitter coffee on the swallow. Bitterness continues through the aftertaste with the mildest amount of vanilla. Gains a bit of chocolate flavor as it warms up. Really tastes like cream soda mixed with a porter, in a good way.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - I was not expecting a cream soda flavored beer, but was happy with what I drank. Nice depth to both the aroma and flavor, changing as the beer warmed. Heavier body would be nice, but no real complaints.

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Photo of kim_thayil
4/5  rDev +12.7%

i had this for the first time last year and remember really liking it. i went and grabbed a 6 pack recently and am enjoying one right now. it really really smells like vanilla. it goes down a little bit like soda, but not in a bad way. i guess i just mean the carbonation is soda-like. it's very easy to drink.

it's not some kind of earth shattering revelation of a beer but it is very enjoyable and i think it's well done for what it is supposed to be.

i will continue buying this.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%

Singles cooler at Hy Vee Wine and Spirits. Not outdated or anything.

Appearance (4) : Like a mesh screen, the bubbles seem to create a tight/loose pattern in the head. There's some large bubbles in the head too. It's about a 3 finger beige head, leaving little webs of lacing as it recedes. The body is coffee colored, an oaky brown-to-black, with 90% opacity. Cute.

Aroma (3.75) : Woody. Leafy. Faint char from a camp fire you can't see in the distance. Some coffee bean. The faintest hint of vanilla extract but you wouldn't know it was vanilla unless you read the bottle. A little bit of black licorice, too. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.25) : It's got a rich roasted flavor with a prominent zing on the tip of the tongue. Some dark roast coffee bean in the middle. Lightly bitter/sour, this seems to be trademark of most porters. The real punch comes out when you go in for the swallow. Tides of rich vanilla creaminess come in mixed with unmistakeable porter flavor. The finish is superb. After it's over you want more.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Zingy upfront, creamy towards the back. Medium bodied. Finishes slightly tarry and semi-dry.

Overall (4.02) : This is not a bad beer, especially when you consider the beautiful vanilla finish. The up front taste could be improved, but the finish is dead nuts beautiful. I like this beer and would have another.

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Photo of Josh012012
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing really offensive about this porter but nothin really great either.

A. Looks like Coca-Cola. Aggressive pour yeilds Generous tan head that fades very quickly.

S. Vanilla, toasty, hard water

T same as nose

F medium carb, watery

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.