Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

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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: 1,140 | Ratings: 4,409
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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Photo of smaddock
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Real vanilla beans can enhance the flavor of stouts and porters, but this is not an example of how to do it. Ugh! This tastes more like a bad soft drink than a beer.

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Photo of sbruno1025
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured it into a frozen porter glass. Not much head, good lacing though. Front is nice and carbonated. The finish is sweet and smooth. Can taste vanilla and nutty notes. Good to have with chocolate ice cream.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Best enjoyed by 9/27/18"; drank 7/20/18 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Creamed corn, mild vanilla, mild brown sugar & faint vanilla notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Creamed corn, wheat & faint vanilla flavors.

Hardly a porter at all, this tastes like a cream ale. Permanent pass.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium body as well as carbonation which dissipated quickly. Aroma is malr,coffee,and vanilla. Taste is coffee and malt followed by vanilla as it warmed up. Overall it was a decent beer but seemed a little weak in all areas

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

SURPISE! Delicious, smooth, creamy Porter from a can. Now that I know it's worth getting a glass for, I will do so next time to observe color and more fully enjoy the aroma.
This is right up there with Left Hand milk stout, which from me is high praise.

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Photo of mmva321
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: An almost opaque brown-tinted black body highlighted by some carbonation on the outer part of the glass. I got about two fingers of tan that dissipated quickly but leaves a fair amount of lacing around the edge.

S: Robust and sweet. There's a little bit of a burnt quality I don't like in this beer, and the vanilla is a little sugary, but really, this has a great roasted and dark chocolate character that really drives the smell.

T: It tastes good, but it is wildly inconsistent and evolves too rapidly on the tongue. It's always sweet, but it starts out with a good roasted taste, almost like a chocolate soda. However, very quickly the bitterness and roasted qualities get drowned out by an overwhelmingly sugary sweetness. It tastes good, but it is odd.

F: Nicely active and appropriately robust but not thick. There is a little too much of a watery quality, though.

O: I'm glad I tried this, but I doubt I'll seek it out again. Just a little too sweet and inconsistent, but it is still a good tasting, sweet porter.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a reddish brown with notes of mahogany red, creamy tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of vanilla, chocolate and cherry.

T: Notes of chocolate vanilla and cherry, a little watery.

F: Medium body, feels slightly watery.

O: This is an average vanilla porter.

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