Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery

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Reviews: 1,002
Hads: 3,748
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 117
Gots: 775 | FT: 1
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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 MDekker
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew hits the glass nearly black, with hints of ruby around the edges. Small amount of off-white head. Decent lacing. The smokey roasted malts stand out in the nose, but vanilla and caramel aromas are present, too. Upon sipping, the taste is pleasant - nothing overpowering, with a somewhat woody flavor. The vanilla certain gives it a unique character, but I don't feel totally fulfilled by it - the finish is bitter enough to make it well-balanced but it's otherwise a little limp. The carbonation and mouthfeel are fine, and it's relatively easy to consume. (565 characters)

Photo of Brewfan
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bon Bon for the bottle.
Poured at slightly cooler than room temp into my new Smuttynose Big Beer Series Tulip (compliments of Dave84).
Rocky beige head. Lots of large bubbles. Medium retention. Head was gone in 2 minutes. Nice rull ring of lace.
Dark chocolate brown body with ruby highlights.
Sweet, creamy nose. Vanilla and caramel. Slightly burnt sugar. Remember that cotton candy machine at the fair? The one with the hot sugary smell everytime you walked by. Yup, this is it, but fainter. And with a nice maltiness to it.
Big vanilla flavor. This being my first vanilla porter, I wasn't sure what to expect. Creamy vanilla, becoming more bitter as the beer goes on. Not much discernable hops taste. Very malty and sweet.
Not much for carbonation happening here. Medium mouthfeel. Seems to get a little bigger as the beer goes on. Started out rather thin, but ended up bigger towards the end. Hmmmm...
Bitterness starts to show more towards the end. Quite tasty though. Would go GREAT with a creme brulee. (1,031 characters)

Photo of whynot44
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coffee colored with nice ruby highlights and a modest tan head that doesn't hang around or produce more trhan a trace of lace.

The aroma is mild and a little hard to pin down - hints of vanilla, chocolate and dark roasted malt.

The taste is a bit more "up front". Sweet vanilla, then a bit of burnt malt, definite chocolate notes. It tastes a bit like cream soda with a dash of coffee. Finishes sweet with lasting vanilla and burnt toast flavor.

Medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink, A bit sweet, but could go well with deserts or just as desert. (561 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A whiff of artificial vanilla extract in the aroma. Moderate roasted malt body, a touch thin in the mouthfeel. Light, reserved, aromatic vanilla note in the flavor, not as prominent as I expected. Very little sweetness to the beer, another surprise, as I thougth this would be more of a dessert beer. Really a basic porter, with some light vanilla adjunct notes. Nice enough, but not impressive. (395 characters)

Photo of FlyinFrog06
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- nice rich ruby color that would be expected in most porters. The initially head is thick and creamy, but it disapates rather quickly. However, a nice lacing persists.

S-I didnt' get much smell with this beer. There seems to be a very mild chocolate syrup smell initially, but this fades as a stronger, but not overpowering, vanilla bean smell comes out.

T-Reminds me of the chocolate syrup and vanilla coke. There's a strong vanilla flavor here, but a ricker, chocalty taste balances out the two flavors.

M- As a porter, it could be thicker.

D- A nice beer to have after a long day at work, but it would be difficult to have more than one. (654 characters)

3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a pint glass with a deep blackish brown body and a solid inch of rich tan head that stays well. Nose holds light vanilla tones with a strong backbone of burnt malt. Enters the mouth with a rich mineral like sweetness. But as that settles you start to wonder where the vanilla is. The palate does have a hint of mineral infused vanilla but the real presence is on the finish. Burnt tar like malt glazes the mouthfeel. Needs to be more balanced to increase drinkability. (479 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
2.46/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep black amber with practically no head that disappears to merely a faint ring.
Aromas are honestly too faint to classify.
Taste is vanilla...definately vanilla to start with ... moving to almost a root beer taste...finishing with sweetness from the amber malts then an unpleasant aftertaste almost like synthetic vanilla.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
Interesting...but probably not again. (404 characters)

Photo of nortmand
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a light pour, with a thin white head. Not overly impressive.

Sweet vanilla notes dominate the smell. There is also a pleasant backdrop of chocolate. Pretty nice.

Nice flavor up front with a light creamy sweetness, but then it changes to an almost astringent cat hair flavor by the back of the tongue.

Medium body, fairly drinkable, but some unpleasant flavors going on. (388 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Vanilla Porter was dark brown in color with a tan head. The head was medium in size with decent retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was dark malt, vanilla, and a little chocolate. The taste was full of sweet and toasted dark malts with the vanilla very evident. It is a smooth, medium to full bodied beer with fairly low carbonation. The drinkability is good, but the sweetness would get to you after a while. (443 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I hear this beer is available where I live (WI), but I had it for the first time during a recent visit to CO. I liked it so much, I brought some home.

Pours dark with a rich tan head; looks like a porter should look. Smells nice, and you pick up the vanilla from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is what definitely makes this beer. Sometimes when mouthfeel/palate seems like a totally inappropriate question for a beer - but this beer stands out on this dimension.

Flavor is definitely vanilla. This is not the world's best porter that the good folks at Breckenridge merely added vanilla to. Rather, the vanilla seems to really finish the base beer. Very good. (657 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark amber color, with a small off-white head, and slight carbonation, with thick lacing ringing the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of bourbon, wood, and vanilla, more like a cordial than beer.

Taste: Opens with a rich, woody, vanilla flavor, towards the middle of the taste, coffee notes appear, finishes with sweet chocolate notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, very drinkabable dessert beer, would be most satisfying on a cool autumn day.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. (647 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikeys01 for this one...
Dark brown in color...some mahogany highlights as light penetrates. Half a finger of off white head and disappears quickly...leaves behind some thin lacing.
Vanilla extract in the nose...some caramel and floral hops as well.
Taste is decent...just enough vanilla to complement the style and the perfect balance of hop bitterness to malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but quite easy to consume, as it finishes very clean with no sense of alcohol...making the drinkability very easy.
Not my favorite from the folks at Breckenridge, but very much what I anticipated. (610 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very little head, but highly carbonated and almost appears to be a Pepsi, only a bit darker. Winey scent, as advertised is the vanilla and perhaps a touch of raisin. This took over my mouth when first sipping, it did seem to have a little bite from the carbonation and a not unwelcome bitterness with a average wash. I wished this would have had a fuller taste, and seemed like a soda. Vanilla cream was there, but in an artificial "sweet" sort of way Couldn't really appreciate the other flavors, they were very subdued with a touch of musty water flavor at the back.

So, not my cup of tea. It's okay only if you really don't like darker beers but want to look "trendy" and drink a dark beer with sweet flavor and little else to offend, this may be worth a try. (766 characters)

Photo of irishtimepiece
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark, opaque. Short head, decent lacing. Looks kind of like a darker Coca Cola. Smell was excellent, roasted malt and a distinct vanilla to it. Taste was vanilla upfront with a malt sweetness you can't miss, not terribly complex. The mouthfeel was far too thin, almost watery. Overall, not bad at all. Not for everyday consumption, but I can see myself wanting one of these again sometime. (389 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a short tan head that soon fades into a thin lace. Nose is mostly cocoa with only a faint hint of vanilla in the background. Taste is sweet chocolate malts along with a cream soda like vanilla flavor. The vanilla characteristics in both the aroma and taste become more pronounced as the beer warms. You could do some interesting dessert pairings with this beer. Thanks to allengarvin for the sample! (434 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown, with red hues when held up to the light. Large off-white head billows forth. Smell is largely of vanilla beans(extract), small undertones of malt and alcohol. Now for the taste. Damn, this is crazy. It's almost like digging into Vanilla icecream. I feel like a kid again. Strong malt upfront, intertwined with a surge of vanilla. This is definitely some high quality vanilla beans. This beer is one dimensonal, starts with malts, fades to vanilla. That's about it. It's tasty, and rich. The mouthfeel is creamy and mid-bodied, drinkability is average.

Two things about this beer,
1) It could use more hop profile.
2) The malt should be balanced by the vanilla, not overwhelmed.

This beer still manages to please, besides a few flaws. This is an excellent beer to let anyone who enjoys vanilla, the chance to try. Definitely give this one a try, at least once. (893 characters)

Photo of sloejams
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

sampler at Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub, Denver

No surprise that the aroma from this is pure vanilla bean. The color is dark and smooth. Some chocolate scents are in there too, along with the malt base. I was surprised how thin the mouthfell was. I was expecting something more thick - more of a hearty after dinner beer. It was awful sweet, perhaps great after a long day of skiiing, but I wasn't in love with it right now. (426 characters)

Photo of walleye
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle. poured a reddish brown with a tan head. aroma chocolate. malts, nutty, and what elae but vanilla, nice sweetness. flavor was a little surprised that the vanilla came out first, than sweet chocolate the malts and nuttyness where a lttle hard to get but did come out after it warmed. (298 characters)

Photo of Tuey13
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a thick tan head that quickly dissipates into some thin lacing that sticks to glass quite well. The color is a dark brown with red highlights. This brew has a chocolate aroma with strong hints of vanilla. Has a very sweet taste with strong chocolate flavors and a vanilla aftertaste. I thought this to be a great sipping beer,but not one that I could drink 3 or 4 of in a sitting. (396 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Old timey style is kind of cool, not much useful information though.Bottled on 4 (month) week 3 (sampled 8 month, week 2) PUT A DAMN YEAR ON THE THING.

Aroma: Sweet perfumed vanilla, wet coffee grounds, roasted grain, mild hops

Appearance: Black glass with thin clear brown edges. Frothy café au lait head a good finger deep that left solid tidemarks.

Flavor: Firm vanilla, very sweet, overwhelms any porter flavors, and a bit artificial tasting. Given that, it’s not to the point of cloying.

Mouthfeel: Touch fizzy but not bad. Lighter body than I expected.

Overall Impression: A bit of a gimmick beer, I’m surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did. It’s not overdone, but it’s very close. If you like vanilla, this is your beer. (768 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a short-lived tan head. Leaves a bit of lacing, with no real head retention. Smell is promising although subdued. Normally, my complaint with flavored beers is that the flavor is too obtrusive but with this one its just the opposite. The vanilla, which would do wonders to balance the dark, sharp porter flavor, is not pronounced enough to do the job. A good flavor, and a decent porter, although perhaps in not succeeding as a flavored porter it is left not trying enough to be a good porter. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit...gritty? Not actual sediment but just a vague feeling it leaves me with. Drinkable, it goes down easily and more could follow. All in all, nothing spectacular but not too much to complain about & a great combination of flavors, if not quite balanced. (796 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

scarlet brown with nice solid head. odor like plums, vanilla, chocolates. taste is like a porter with a ton of artificial vanilla flavor added. why would you do this? what a great way to ruin a porter. the roasty malt and choco flavor that i like in a porter was there, but instead of the subtle vanilla flavors washing in and out, its just a major vanilla blast that destroys the beer. not my thing i guess. (408 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Slàinte! (444 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (322 characters)

Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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