Vanilla Porter
Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #1,031
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,438
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 14.95%
Reviews:
1,170
Ratings:
4,498
From:
Breckenridge Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter
Notes: 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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vainosuomi from Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L-Deep brown-black, tan head
S-Vanilla, molasses, caramel, hints of chocolate.
T-Follows nose, moderately sweet, somewhat bitter finish.
F-light/medium body and carbonation

It's fine. All the flavors seem subdued. Nothing stands out, good or bad.

Apr 25, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best enjoyed by July 20.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appears dark brown almost black, with a foamy tan head that dropped quickly and some lacing.
Smells Malty, sweet, chocolatey.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a nice porter but I was expecting a little more, I might order again.

Apr 21, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer looked fine, but went downhill from there. Smell was pretty bland, and taste was also not particularly interesting. There was some roasted malt and some vanilla, but the former was very one-note without much complexity, and the latter felt artificial and not blended very well with the other flavors. The mouthfeel was light, sort of like a cola although less carbonated. I will say in this beer's defense that it was pretty smooth and, with only a 5.4% ABV, was quite drinkable and thirst-quenching. But there are lots of other beers I'd rather drink to quench my thirst.

Apr 16, 2020
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Jeff_Lebowski_69 from Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown, cola-like color, with a bit of a tan head. Smells like vanilla and malt. The initial taste is indeed vanilla and malt, but the aftertaste is bitter and unpleasant, perhaps caused by too many hops. The carbonation is nice and it feels nice enough in the mouth, although I would have hoped for a more creamy mouthfeel to complement the vanilla.

Overall I'd call this a decent beer. if it was offered to me, I wouldn't turn it down, but given the choice, I wouldn't buy it again.

Apr 06, 2020
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Martin194 from Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Dark ruby red (black when not under a light) with an off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Vanilla, dark fruits, banana, roasted nuts, chocolate. The scents are pleasant but not very strong.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. Pretty sweet vanilla that lingers throughout, roasty in the mouth along with alcohol.

Feel: Light carbonation and body, leaves a sort of sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: It's fine, drinkable, but not great. Another reviewer claimed that it tastes like PBR with a spoonful of vanilla syrup; I wouldn't quite go that far, but the taste and feel do strike me as a bit "cheap" if I'm being honest.

Apr 01, 2020
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defunksta from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a dark, only slightly clear, dark ruby, brown color with a small medium-tan head. SRM of 22-23. (3.50)

Aroma: Strong aromas of vanilla mostly. There's also dark, sweet bread, banana, vanilla and spice. Some dark fruit, raisin & plum too. Overall, a strong vanilla scaffold. (3.50)

Flavor: Strong flavors of vanilla, alcohol, and bitterness. Some roasty and bitter hints of chocolate, but not much there. Strong vanilla and banana sweetness lingers on the tongue. Quite unpleasant. (3.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation. Sticky vanilla lingers on the palate. (2.75)

Overall: I really had to force myself to drink this to complete the review. As others have said it has a Belgian banana flavor to it. Not in a good way. Strong alcohol burn and bitterness. Does not complement the vanilla well. Poor flavor and just as bad mouthfeel. I don't need any more reasons not to come back to this one. (Final Rating: 3.08)

Mar 07, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - looks like flat pepsi cola
S - minimal nose
T - tastes like imitation vanilla in a flat watery beer
M - light
O - weak, fake flavors, disappointing. Ended up pouring the last quarter of the bottle down the drain

Feb 22, 2020
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klarcbarr3

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Formed a half inch head poured into a pint glass, which was gone within two minutes. A faint sweet scent greets the nose, and the beer essentially looks like a cola. The taste is vanilla, with minor caramel, malt and hops notes.. My preferences run to dark and sweet, higher alcohol porters, stouts, and pumpkins.. but sometimes, I want lower alcohol with a clear, thirst quenching profile. This is, essentially, my summer beer. It has a much better mouthfeel than seltzer.

Feb 09, 2020
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hreb from Washington

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from a 6pack, best enjoyed by 03Apr20. Served in a pint glass. Very dark, red-hued brown in color. Slightly sweet aroma of vanilla caramel candy. Obligatory nod to roasted malt in the flavor. But otherwise this beer is thin, fizzy, and just not that flavorful. I don't find it particularly sweet, and I don't find the vanilla all that strong. If anything I want more vanilla in a dessert beer like this.

This beer used to be legendary. And now, it's nice that I can get it in Washington, but surely AB-InBev has fouled up the recipe? This can't be the vanilla porter we used to rave about.

Jan 22, 2020
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RJLarse from Washington

2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not good. The vanilla flavor is overdone. Added to the roasted grain flavor it has a medicine taste. There are better flavored porters and stouts. I would avoid this one.

Jan 05, 2020
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ASKasten

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking bottle and label. Smooth finish but the hoppy bitterness does linger a tad after every sip and/or drink. Spices and sweetness are prominent.

Dec 22, 2019
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Brook82 from Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Deep brown color, some light passes through. Light tan head that dissipates fast and left little lacing. Taste followed aroma, kinda on the sweet side with vanillla dominate, almost to a flaw.

Dec 22, 2019
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MNJR from Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tastes thin and a little bit sour. Not a porter in any sense of the meaning of that style. It is like a dark lager with some perfume-tasting "vanilla" added. Not very good at all... another blow to the reputation of AB INBEV, maker of poor to average beer which I strongly suspect is not entirely made of natural ingredients. I will not buy again. Drain pour, nasty stuff. Like PBR with caramel coloring, a half teaspoon of sugar and a drop of vanilla flavoring.

Nov 20, 2019
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cousintom

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/dark chocolate color with very little head if any at all. I get lots of Toffee notes on the nose along with toasted marshmallow and a small hint of coconut scent. Upon tasting the toffee and coconut smells dissipate and the flavor morphs into a heavy vanilla bean flavor which is nice with the toasted malt used in the beer. The drinking experience is great and I would drink it while watching football or just watching the news. This is my go-to choice for porters and feel like it is an excellent and well balanced all arounder.

Nov 16, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle pours out nice dark clear brown, little head dies fast
smells lika 50's beauty parlor, hair spray, nail polish, perfume (fake ass vanilla)
taste follows "nose", but better, like a hairdressers bra, milkshake
the mouthfeel is good and easy to crush
overall , it's a creme soda for dads like me, but one is enough to share....too gimmicky

Nov 11, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with 1/2 inch tan head. Beautiful lacing as you go. Light carbonation.

Aroma of oak, coffee, vanilla, molasses.

Taste is lots of roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, oak. Light bitterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Slightly foamy.

Good example of a porter. Does seem a bit light.

Oct 10, 2019
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branham1989 from Texas

3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter 5.4% ABV 16 IBU. This Porter pours a dark clear dark mahogany brown almost the color of coke with light shining through the glass with a half finger width tan colored head that dissipates almost immediately. The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate with a nice nutty aroma there’s also hints of vanilla toffee and maple. The flavor up front is very malty and chocolate with a little bit of coffee before giving way to vanilla molasses and nuttiness it finishes with a little bit of bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is thin and watery it’s also slightly over carbonated it’s almost like drinking a soda it’s so carbonated. 2/5

Aug 31, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark colour, with a nice head that remains a minute after pour.

Vanilla shines at first sip, almost reminiscent of a creme soda. The hops balance nicely at the finish and feels smooth on the tongue.

Aug 28, 2019
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Beers-As-Black-As-My-Soul from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Truly a simple beer for a simple person. Smell is unusually delicate for a porter, but pleasant nonetheless, with faint notes of vanilla and oats.

For such a lovely pour - smooth, effervescent, and a beautiful Amber color - the mouthfeel is jarringly thin and watery.

Overall, just pretty okay. No bad or "off" flavors to complain about, but nothing notable either. This is a beer that's refreshing but not fulfilling on its own.

I've served it as a reasonably priced alternative to domestic "economy beers" for friends and acquaintances who are new to the world of craft beer and intimidated by it. This is nothing I'd suggest for the seasoned beer snob.

Aug 02, 2019
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good average porter. Poured with some good foam. Smell is nice, heavy on chocolate and malt. Taste up front on the palate is heavy on chocolate molasses followed by malt and a little vanilla on the back end.

Jul 21, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad porter, but nothing particularly special about it. A bit of a vanilla flavor, but none of the flavors within really stood out strongly. Probably drinkable without food at least.

Jul 11, 2019
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BucBasil from South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer, and it has a good malty flavor. However it feels a bit light and watery, and after drinking for a little bit loses its initial appeal. Not much vanilla to be found, and as some others have said is somehow more like a brown ale. Drinkable but not remarkable.

Jul 05, 2019
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TryThemAllOnce from California

3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Jun 19, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Jun 14, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Jun 14, 2019
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 4498 ratings