NVP - Nitro Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

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NVP - Nitro Vanilla PorterNVP - Nitro Vanilla Porter

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 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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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A very well like brewer in my book, but this one just didn't quite hit the mark with me...

Out of the can this brew pours a beautifully dark liquid with light-brown head both with staying power and very good lacing. The smell is an almost perfect blend of vanilla, roasted malts, and an undeniable scent of honey - truly marvelous. That's where the wheel fell off the wagon on this brew for me. The feel was way more watery than I like, and the taste was mostly roasted vanilla - no hint of the honey assailing my nose. What the heck? Anyway, it is an overall good nitro and one I would grab for a session anytime.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15.2 oz can of Nitro vanilla porter.
Poured following instruction on can. This raised a moderate size bone-colored head that was exceptionally thick and creamy and had excellent retention. The body is very smooth but a bit too thin. Nice use of vanilla: it's neither subtle more too strong. Very good, near equal bitter/sweet balance.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 15.2 oz. nitro can. Has a cola color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of vanilla, chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, little of the vanilla present in the aroma. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a smooth and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of seansean95
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: beautiful opaque black with a single-finger cream colored head that persisted through out. Pretty amber hues when held up to the light.

Smell: biscuity, malty chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: nice gentle malty biscuity flavor.

Feel: not sure how I feel about its mouthfeel. Maybe I need more time for the nitro style to grow on me. It is undeniably smooth but I can't help thinking the flavor would be boosted by more carbonation.

Overall: I'm a fan and while I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up again, if I saw it I'd likely buy it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Brewery "Nitro Vanilla Porter"
15.2 fl. oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Although the flavor components of Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter remain the same (chocolate, a delicate roastiness, a soft apple-berry-like yeasty fruitiness, golden caramel, nuttiness, and vanilla), the nitrogen treatment does help it, or at the very least change it in a good way. I personally feel the appearance is improved with a longer lasting head , and beautiful solid sheets of lace; and I think the smoothness across the palate works really well with the flavors present.

The aroma remains chocolatey, and very mildly roasty, although it must be dampened a bit by the nitrogen head that covers it. I think that's a fair trade-off for the velvety mouthfeel though.

The vanilla also remains in its flavor amidst the mildly roasty, chocolatey, and lightly caramelish notes, yet I feel it seems a bit subdued. In my mind that's a good thing, however, as it doesn't really stand out like it does in the standard version, and takes on a more supportive role within the whole. In fact, the point where I find the most vanilla is at the end where it rises a bit before the hop bitterness comes in. That's nice because although the flavors have become a little more homogenized in the beginning and through the middle, the little bump of vanilla at the end gives it back a little bit of variation. Additionally, I felt that the vanilla was a little bit much in the original as far as overall drinkability is concerned, meaning that there was enough that I wouldn't want to have another vanilla beer after just having had one, but the smoothness and homogenization that I find here pretty much eliminates that - I'd gladly have two, or even three of these in a row. Improved in my opinion, and well worth trying.

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Photo of Dakin
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very dark, cola colored. Very nice creamy, off white head that is maintained throughout the duration of the drink. Very small bubbles and nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, bready.

Taste: Amazing. Extremely smooth taste. Maybe the smoothest beer I've ever had. No bitterness whatsoever. Very little hint of dark fruits and vanilla. Finishes smooth.

Feel: the mouth feel on this beer is one of the best I've had. The nitro makes it incredibly smooth and creamy. The consistency is perfect. Right in the sweet spot, not too watery but not thick. I could down this beer like water.

Overall: Excellent nitro beer. Perfect for drinking in large amounts with friends or just casually alone. Would pair well with any foods without overpowering them. Would buy again. 9/10.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at blend. Pint glass.

LOOK: dark black, silty grey head.
AROMA: roasted malt. Don't really get he vanilla.
TASTE: malt, chocolate.
FEEL: Smooth porter. Nitro is apparent.

OK, needs a bit more body to be serious.

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Photo of Jtkacz
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

If you are expecting Guiness, keep looking. This is a good beer and is silky smooth like it says. Nutty coffee taste, but smoooooth!!! Vanilla taste is present, but not overwhelming. Just drink the beer. You may suprise yourself.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow. Possibly one of the worst pours I ever had. With the nitro I was hoping to see something like Guinness. But no. This poured out pretty much like water. Minimal lacing...no foam.

HOWEVER, this beer has a great taste. Feel was medium to full and nice. Good amount of carbonation. Maybe I just got a bad can with the pour. I don't know.....

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Photo of wattoclone
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear brown with creamy head. Pleasant mild aroma. As advertised it is a very smooth session beer with a modest creamy feel. Certainly not a robust porter, rather a light version good for accompanying a meal. So smooth it seems unnecessary to incorporate nitrogen for this mild ale. The price was nearly twice that of a nitrogenated dry irish stout like Murphy's, which is similar but has much more flavor.

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Photo of teromous
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On the bottom of the can it looks like 11 B 03 (backwards B) 16

Appearance: It has a very short creamy white head that looks very elegant as it is about as smooth as a sheet of glass. It is very short but it actually retains a head nicely. It also leaves good lacing on the glass. The "nitro waterfall" effect is not very substantial and it is barely even noticeable.

Aroma: At first I was getting a strong yeast aroma. It has a very nice strong chocolate aroma and a noticeable vanilla aroma. Smelling this blind it could easily be mistaken for a bottle of vanilla extract. The aroma is exactly what you would wish for when you read "vanilla porter." It has a very inviting aroma that just begs to be consumed.

Taste: In a word I would describe it as "weak." There are very faint notes of cocoa but I feel like I have to search for flavors in this watered down beer. I would say it is on the lower edge of average.

Mouthfeel: The can aptly describes the mouthfeel of this beer with "silky, smooth & sessionable." It does have a very silky mouthfeel that is devoid of any bitterness or bite. It is absolutely smooth but also without much texture or weight to give it that extra smoothness. It is extremely drinkable so I would say it is very sessionable. Unfortunately the beer, smooth as it may be, just doesn't have much of a body. It has no presence or depth. It is just a blank boring canvas.

Overall: What starts out with a nice presentation and beautiful bouquet is sadly let down by a surprising lack of flavor or character in the beer. It isn't a porter I would recommend unless you are looking for something extremely light.

On a side note I do find the nitro version of this beer to be much better than the standard non-nitro version.

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Photo of ordybill
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 Oz can into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Cumberland, GA. Has the great cascading nitro look. the taste was very one dimensional and had no "back end".

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: Almost see-through brown colored body with a creamy, nitrogenated tan head that recedes to an even quarter-inch later. Little or no lacing.

Aroma: Thinnly veiled notions of chocolate and prominent vanilla extract notes.

Taste: The nitrogen becomes more apparent in the taste but like the aroma, everything is thin and watery. Light chocolate notes with vanilla being more apparent.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery. Smooth, but needing more substance.

Overall: The non-nitro version of this beer has always been too watery and amazingly that fault continues in the nitro version.

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Photo of do_ob
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can into a pint glass. Dark ruby red in color when held to light. Topped off with about 1/2 a finger of dense, vanilla-colored foam. The nose is sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla extract with a touch of coffee and caramel. The taste follows with decent cold coffee, baker's chocolate, roasted malt, and smooth vanilla. Very well balanced. In terms of the feel, this is a tad watery but not so much as to be offputting. Very, very smooth. Overall, very well crafted. I'm not typically a fan of nitro beers, but this one was nice.

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Photo of CernMatt
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Breckinridge Vanilla Porter is one of those "go to" beers if you can't find anything else to drink. Just a beer made great. Didn't think it could be made better, I was wrong. The nitro just gave it a smoothness that was indescribable. Found a new "winner winner chicken dinner"!!!! Also tried mixing this with a Kentucky Bourbon Ale, and it was really freaking good. I like mixing beers though.

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Photo of Gauss
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall a great beer. A little lighter feel than I would normally like, but it's June so it for well. There are definitely inhibits of vanilla that accent the beer very well. Goes down smooth and would buy again!

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Photo of Reebknird
4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nitro can some well. Very happy that it doesn't overflow the can when opening like some not to be mentioned other nitros . Was really excited to get this one and it lived up well

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nearly black red with a thin, creamy head and no carbonation. A nutty chocolate malt smell with the vanilla seeping through. The vanilla bean is very obvious and then the chocolate malt sneaks in. A very sweet beer. Too sweet. Very thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, black beer with a nice foamy head. Smells mildly of vanilla and other assorted desserty aromas. Tastes sweet, chocolately, and a bit of vanilla, but seemingly not as much as I noticed in the bottled non-nitro version of Breckenridge's vanilla porter. Feels very creamy, thick but not heavy enough to prevent me from having another pint immediately after finishing the first one. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Nyg
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark nice vanilla aroma and after taste to top off the roasted caramel/dark chocolate coffee taste with a light bitter bite. Not heavy at all. This one you can drink a few of. If u like vanilla this will work for you

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Photo of Wasatch
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

23 Jun 15
On-Tap 12oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice two-finger thick creamy head, Leaves some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty with some nice chocolate note, very nice vanilla note. The taste is malty, very nice chocolate note, with a slight vanilla touch. Medium body, nice slightly bitter/dry finish. Overall a pretty tasty brew for the ABV.

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