NVP - Nitro Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

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NVP - Nitro Vanilla PorterNVP - Nitro Vanilla Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Metalmaniac915 on 03-12-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
239
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of smithj4
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corneliustoad
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anon
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akolb
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell with light chocolate, vanilla. Vanilla in the taste is restrained, rounded out by roast and coffee. Smooth and round, if a bit light bodied. A good beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is dark brown, head is tan, super fine bubbles, very dense top that presents about 1/2 inch then lingers very, very well; head clings to the glass nicely.

Smell is a little light, presents initially as vanilla, light toast, hint of chocolate.

Taste is very pleasant, smooth - flavors are vanilla, not overdone but dominant, then lighter cocoa and toast. Simple, smooth, briefly sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, light nitro feel, hint of bitter earthiness.

Overall a good, solid, smooth flavored porter - great vanilla flavor thats not overdone, simple porter backbone.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemmy187
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bbtkd
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge NVP Nitro Vanilla Porter, 5.4% ABV, 16 IBU. Pours thin and black with a one finger off-white nitro head. Nose is vanilla and coffee, and a bit of alcohol. Taste follows, a bit sweet, and a slight bitter close. Real nice smooth mouthfeel with the persistent nitro head, overall excellent.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the nitro I really had from this brewery. My bad on the last review. It was pretty good.

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Photo of Not_a_Shovel
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - This beer is very dark brown and has a slightly hazel colored thick creamy head (about 1 finger in size). When poured, the beer has a very satisfying cascade effect akin to other nitro beers. The cascade effect doesn't last quite as long as some other nitro beers like Guinness.

Smell - The smell was a bit underwhelming. Some subtle vanilla aromas but what I mostly picked up on was the alcohol-y smell. Overall, the smell didn't really add anything to beer but it didn't detract from the quality either.

Taste - This beer has a stellar taste. Strong vanilla flavors excel in this brew. The aftertaste is very minuscule but pleasant. This beer's flavor is slightly different but still reminiscent of the standard Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. A wonderful taste overall.

Feel - The mouth feel of this beer is excellent. The nitrogen style makes for very little carbonation while drinking. The beer is silky and smooth like advertised and is very easy and enjoyable to drink. If you don't enjoy very carbonated beers, this will be right up your alley. However, don't be turned off by the lack of carbonation if you generally avoid nitrogen charged beers.

Overall - Overall this beer was pleasantly surprising. It stands proud next to the standard version of Breckenridge's vanilla porter. I would definitely recommend giving this beer a shot.

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Photo of jaketaz
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ohshootagain
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm only basing this off of my opinion. I don't have much knowledge about porters so with that said...

Looks: Pour Nicely from the nitro can. The cascading effect doesn't seem to last as long as a Guinness but is still nice. Deep , dark brown color. With a tan one finger head that seemed to stick around the whole glass.

Smell: Not too many distinct scents to pick up on. Smells like a standard porter. As it warmed up a tad of vanilla came through.

Taste: Slight slight slight chocolate notes. Tasted like a standard porter .. dare I say .. it almost tasted like a Guinness... just not as malty. Towards the end of the glass as it warmed up I very vaguely can taste vanilla. I like it it's not too sweet or overwhelming at all.

Feel: Very very smooth. I don't notice much carbonation but it is there. The nitro smooths it out. It's thicker than I expected but not very thick at all. But just what I would want from a porter. Thinner than a stout, thicker than your average lager. It coats the mouth nicely but doesn't linger too long.

Overall: I honestly love this beer. I think for a basic vanilla porter it hits the nail on the head. Not too sweet where I can only drink one , but not too bitter either. And $9.99 for 4 -15oz cans Im a happy camper. I would definitely buy it again and it's nice I seem to see it all over, my area at least. If your looking for something to knock your socks off keep moving , it's definitely nothing worth saving for friends. But if you want a nice smooth easy drinking porter this is worth it. Cheers !

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Photo of Antg8989
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a medium dark brown with a smooth mocha head. No lacing. Aroma is fairly weak...dark malts; slight coffee scent. Taste is light chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A little nutty as well. Feel is light and soft. Not as "silky" as the can suggests. Overall, it's definitely sessionable. Just not a whole lot of aroma or flavor. At its worst, someone may say it tastes like a watered down coffee. At its best, it's a light porter that's pretty easy to drink. I'm right in between - I think this is a slightly vanilla-y version of Guinness.

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Photo of Arnar_Hallsson
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nugget40
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spelingchampeon
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

20 oz Stout glass. Consistent head with minimal lacing.
Smells of vanilla, cream, light malts... and a bit of chicory?

Taste is very smooth, with a nice nitro assist. A little thin, and without a multitude of flavors, the vanilla creaminess is what really makes this beer stand out for me. Breckenridge has done a very good job of keeping this beer simple, and tasty.

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Photo of BLarson31
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Redneckbeerdrinker
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

All in all I'm a cheap beer drinker. But I enjoy the occasional stout,Porter etc. A friend gave me this beer because I was a fan of guineas. Now this beer has a beautiful dark color and develops a good head to it. The vanilla stands out but does not overpower the flavor of the beer. I'm a fan and feel this is a very good start for someone curios about any type of stout and or porter

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish black pour, creamy head sits perfectly to the pint's rim. Very little visible carbonation. Body appears medium.
Smells bready with a mild roasted/ vanilla note.
Taste imparts more of the vanilla up front, and then it's some toasted coffee and caramel.
Feels slick but medium-thin, almost watery at times.
Basic porter flavors. Basic beer.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnyaS
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small, very dense cream-colored head surmounts a dark mahogany body, which is utterly opaque, even before a strong light. The head, though slight, retains superbly, with a thick sheet of unbroken lacing coating the glass walls.

Aroma: Vanilla, bourbon and wood dominate the aroma, the latter being rather pronounced.

Taste: Opens with wood, vanilla, and toasted malt notes. A mild undercurrent of wood carries throughout the taste, and with it, hints of bourbon. There is a subtle note of coffee, some roasted nuts, and some bitter cocoa. Late in the taste a little burnt caramel presents. Finishes with a lingering woody, slightly smoky note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite pleasant and drinkable, a beer best suited to chocolate desserts and cool, dark days. Nitro Vanilla Porter manages to be complex and yet not overwhelm, a difficult task admirably performed.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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NVP - Nitro Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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