NVP - Nitro Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

NVP - Nitro Vanilla PorterNVP - Nitro Vanilla Porter
250 Ratings
NVP - Nitro Vanilla PorterNVP - Nitro Vanilla Porter

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Metalmaniac915 on 03-12-2014

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Ratings: 250 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by Weisseguy1:
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of wattoclone
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 jeschaefer
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warpig372
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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NVP - Nitro Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
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