Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grows the perfect ingredient for an extraordinary Porter brewed in Colorado. Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter. An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure.

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Reviews: 1,147 | Ratings: 4,424
Photo of TryThemAllOnce
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'm in complete agreement with the review by PhilCarta, (scroll down a bit)... this pretty much was a slightly darker Newcastle Brown Ale... fine if that's your thing, but this wasn't close to a decent porter. Flat pour, zero head, very light and lacking any remarkable flavor. Boo.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber brown pour with moderate head. Smell of coffee and sweet. Tastes of sweet coffee with a full bodied mouth feel. Aftertaste is a mix of coffee and sweet. An above average brew, but short of outstanding.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive nose with vanilla and sweet maple tones over a broad caramel malt. Also a bit of bread crust and yeast. Not much for a head, but a pleasant walnut color, with solid clarity.

A bit of chewiness in the texture is a plus, and there are cocoa and vanilla notes. The finish is a bit unevenntful and this is not a buttkicking porter. Still, this is tasty and drinkable so you could do much worse.

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Photo of PhilCarta
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Was disappointed by this bottle. Nothing seemed wrong in that there were no off flavors or textures, and the color was truly beautiful. There was definitely a nice level of vanilla (as compared to some in which the vanilla is hardly noticeable).

But aside from that it was quite blah. As in ordinary and remarkable. Little malt flavors and almost like a lite beer because there was little body. It was too smooth for a porter and too thin for a dark beer. Even the alcoholic effects were nonexistent. Aside from the vanilla I could imagine I was drinking a Coors Light (nothing against the Coors, but it's not even trying to be a porter obviously).

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. BEST ENJOYED BY 05SEP19 printed in a dedicated box on the bottom right of the front label. So this still has 3 months of freshness left in it. Picked it up from the grocery store as part of a $10 six pack mixer.

Appearance - Pours a medium-large light brown head with medium sized bubbles, decent retention and good stick. Body is a clear, but so dark it's nearly opaque even with a strong backlight. Deep mahogany. 4.25

Smell - Sweetened, creamed coffee with vanilla. 4

Taste - Roasted coffee. A bit of alcohol. No off flavors. 4.75

Mouthfeel - Perfectly balanced. Only enough astringency to give it a relatively clean finish, but nothing that lingers or offends. Medium bodied, yet crisp with a clean finish other than some faint lingering creamed coffee. 5

Overall - Amazing all around. No off characters anywhere to be found. One of the best in style. And great since it's not hard to find. 5

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Photo of Beermotor
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good sturdy porter from Breck. Like a nice Belgian, it needs to be allowed to come up to 45-50F or so before drinking to get the fully body and to tone down some of the acidic\alcohol tones.

Once its at drinkable temps it is creamy and vanilla-y with nice nutty tones and hints of anise.

One caveat: If you want an excruciating hangover, drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of SuperSathanas
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very dark Amber that allows light through. Not what I expect from a porter. I didn't detect any vanilla on the nose. Instead, I was hit with Budweiser. Not what I expect from a porter. The taste is very lager-y with just the tiniest hint of vanilla. Let me tell you, that was a disappointment. I wanted a porter, not slightly souped up bud. At the last sip, I could have sworn I was drinking bud. I can't call this a porter. Slightly thicker than a bud, though, so that's something. Overall, just a disappointment, but not undrinkable. I wouldn't spend $9 on it again.

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Photo of Hunamaga
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black that is semi-clear and becomes ruby red when held up to light

Smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and some chocolate notes

Tastes of toasted bread, followed by vanilla. Some slight chocolately coffee taste

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and this beer is actually pretty watery for a porter

An okay beer but too thin for the style and the flavor kind of dies on the tongue

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
1.6/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a dark ruby red/black that is semi opaque, with a creamy/foamy beige head. Smell is of nothing, very muted.Can't even detect Vanilla which should be easy. Has no taste per say. Weird and tasteless except some minor malt play. Feels way off the mark for any Porter I have ever had, thin as piss, no flavor, It's viscosity is similar to water. Overall the worst porter I have ever had. If Budweiser did not cheapen the recipe I don't know how this brewery ever made it before they sold out.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 6-pack Times Supermarket $8.99
Light coffee smell
Dark black color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Tastes like weak coffee, hint of vanilla
Overall not that great. The bottle picture and description made it sound good, but the taste does not measure up. Would not buy again.

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Photo of NCSapiens
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is an ok vanilla stout. It might be a good choice to give someone who has never tried craft beer because the taste is not very complex or hoppy. I would only drink this beer if the other options were macro laggers.

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Photo of CodyBasden
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice and dark slight lacing, not very strong with the smell just tiny hints of roasted nuts, the taste is good but just like the smell nothing to strong can't really taste chocolate or Carmel like most good porters

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Photo of jkblr
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bb 5/11/19 poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 5.4% ABV. The beer pours bright light to medium brown with chestnut highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing. The aroma is faint with with chocolate and weak roasted malt. The taste is semisweet watery chocolate with a non-bitter barely perceptible vanilla finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, not much. This is a very generic shell of a porter. More off a watery brown ale. Okay with food or conversation, but nothing much too it. No huge flaws though.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark mahogany with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Dark fruit, toffee and dark sugar sweetness, toasted bread, a little roasted malt, earthy notes, and faint vanilla.

T: Dark fruit, fig and raisin, also hints of banana, vanilla, spicy earthy notes, roasted and toasted malt, burnt toast, chocolate, and a little coffee, rounded out with toffee and dark sugar sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, faintly creamy on the finish.

O: I really hate to be harsh, but this barely resembles a porter to me. It's almost got a dark Belgian ale quality. Sure it's drinkable, but when I want a porter I'm looking for more roasty notes and less fruit.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The vanilla flavor is there for sure but is not prevalent. It has a nice feel and is not super bubbly as compared to some porters out there. The smell is definitely the best part as it comes off as sweet but not overwhelming.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 10/11/12: Pours a clear ruby brown producing 1.5 fingers of variously bubbled soap foam, dark tan, somewhat lasting head that leaves excellent sheets of lace. Aroma is dark roasted malts: semisweet chocolate, roasted nuts, a note of char/burnt and vanilla. The vanilla is very minimal and a little disappointing. Taste is dark roasted/burnt malt, biscuit, bitter chocolate and nuts with toffee and pepper spice in the finish. Aftertaste is roast malt with a little smoke and bitterness. No discernible vanilla is detected until the brew has warmed considerably at which time a chocolate/vanilla flavor similar to fudge ripple ice cream develops.

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Photo of dueserdo
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a surprise for a 5.4% ABV. I normally buy 7% or higher. The taste is over the top as far as I am concerned. The pour is nice with a 1 1/2 finger head. My wife who is a winer, said this is really good. Being in my late 70's, still finding the good beers is still my goal and this one is on my list.

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Photo of mudROCK
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

A good initial taste van porter, but fades quickly and leaves a pastie residual. Very thin... too thin for this style. I even prefer the Lienenkugel's Snow Drift van porter to this. All that being said, it's decent... just not enough to say really good.

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Colorado! But happy to find this single at Publix in Chelsea Alabama!
Fresh bottle, poured less than 2 months old.
Nice dark appearance. Conservative pour. Minimal head.
Smells like a vanilla porter should! Strong earthy and roasted chocolate malts with a nice vanilla sweetness.
Very flavorful! Taste matches the aroma.
Very drinkable and thickness is just right.
Will buy this again! Very solid and flavorful porter.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pint from draft in an opaque plastic cup, from AB's brewery lights 2018. Hard to see, but appears dark brown with lingering head. Light aromas of malt, pale chocolate, nut, a bit of cherry, banana (bad batch?) and vanilla. The pint I had was pretty weak in smell and taste. It's almost really more like a mild brown than a porter. Almost no bitterness, mildly sweet. Thin mouth feel. Really pretty watery.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer is black or extremely dark brown and the tan head lasted a while. For having vanilla in the name I got a lot more cherry aromas. The beer flavors are a mix of cherry flavors and chocolate with a very small sweetness of vanilla. The beer has good carbonation but feels thin for porter.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vanilla Porter is one of the first beers that I spent hours driving around town hunting. I couldn't recall the name exactly, but there weren't many porters at the time, and even less with adjuncts. I still remember it fondly, though it certainly is not the beer that I remember it being. I think that has a lot more to do with me than with the beer itself. Bringing this to a party or a barbecue is definitely not a bad move.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Middle of the road and nothing remarkable, this was a very basic porter with nothing to write home about. I gave it a higher rating because it is quality made but it just doesn't have the depth some other porters have.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee black body, one finger caramel colored head
Chocolate, cherry pits, cream soda
Vanilla, cocoa, acorn, cola
Creamy and medium body
Straightforward, good but a little watery

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.92/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A well done and lovely porter with underlying vanilla flavor thats not over done, still underwhelming and not very exciting.
The look is nice, the presentation is a little bland. What sold me was the "vanilla" in its name. The smell is typical for a darker beer, if you have had a amber or munich dark, you know exactly. Vaguely chocolate aroma but its faint. The taste is pleasant and full of rich dark malts, roasted, toasted goodness with a hint of chocolate that wisps away quickly. The vanilla comes in at the middle of the sip and is very subtle. As the beer warms, you get more vanilla coming through. The finish is that nice burning bitterness that goes dry. The feel is medium at best, its not heavy. When you swallow, you get a nice creamy texture. I think this is a well done and wonderful beer however, it is some-what bland to be considered a craft beer. The vanilla was underwhelming and leaves more to be expected. Id rather have a Modelo Negra.

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 4,424 ratings