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Vanilla Porter (Stranahan's) - Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla Porter (Stranahan's)
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phelps on 11-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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I'm not usually one flavored beers and usually steer clear of beers saying "vanilla" but a friend bought it for me and I was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't have an overly vanilla flavor, its more of a back note to the porter. Its a smooth nice beer that has an all around subtle but nice taste.

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On tap at the Old Line Skype the Brewery event.

A - Dark brown with hints of red where the light hits the glass. Half finger of head that vanished in no time. Solid looking porter.

S - Vanilla and Coffee. Huge smell to this beer. Hints of chocolate and whiskey. Barrel quality is there and it smells fantastic!

T - Vanilla up front with coffee and whiskey in the middle and a slight coffee flavor at the end. The vinilla is very up front and makes this beer a real treat.

M - the barrel aging makes this amazing. Huge stickiness that coats the mouth and lingers. Sticks like a stout. Very good stuff.

O - for only being 2 months in whiskey barrels, this beer takes a HUGE step forward. Breckenridge got it right with this project. Big ups to Jason and Todd

Shoutout to Brewers Alley from Jason!

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With the vanillans from oak and caramel-rich tannins impart spice and dryness, it was only a matter of time before Breckenridge embarks upon barrel aging for their quaint Vanilla Porter.

Deep brown in color, the beer's tawny ruby-ish character seems to have taken on a charcoal-filtered appearance the lightens the beer's look considerably. With less haze, the beer casts mohogany highlights through its dark malt. Capped by a creamy off-white head, the sweetness and oils of the beer eventually have their way and strip the beer from any extended head retention or lace.

Its aromas take on imperial-like complexities as the common coffee, chocolate, and caramel components are pushed slightly into the background to make more room for barrel aged attibutes. Oak, butterscotch and, of course, vanilla notes are projected to give the beer's aroma a decidedly sweet and succulent edge.

Flavors behave similarly. As the mouth is met with candy-coated sweetness of Werther's Originals, the taste of caramel malts, creamy vanilla, milk chocolate and nutty coffee continue to seem into the taste buds. Creamy and very sweet, the middle palate in tempered slightly from the mild taste of woody hops and spicy wood tannin. Boozy alcohols insinuate bourbon, but without the sweet oaky booze and vinous fruit barrel complements. Still the beer carries just enough alcohol spice and wood tannin to signal some semblance of balance.

Richly textured, the sweet malts sit and saturate the palate and cause the beer to become much more of a "sipper" than a "drinking" beer. But with the relatively moderate body, it's easy to want to turn it up. It's long sweet middle palate evokes fatigue onto the mouth quickly, hurting drinkability for more than a snifter. Finishing nearly cloying, the beer celebrates the sweeter and complicated side of both beer and whisky.

The beer is a real discovery as the whisky notes not only complement the base Vanilla Porter, but overtakes it- not offering glimpses of complexities, but changing the beer altogether. It just so happens that the changes offer a lot of excitement and enjoyment, much like Founders Backwoods Bastard and Alltech's Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.

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Vanilla Porter (Stranahan's) from Breckenridge Brewery
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