Vanilla Porter
Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #1,027
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,838
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Reviews:
1,189
Ratings:
4,559
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Breckenridge Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
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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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md3kcn from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single bottle from Kroger for $1.69. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Motor oil black with a one-finger thin tan head.
S - Toasted cacao nibs, toffee, and cavendish tobacco. Very malty backing.
T - Rich cocoa and vanilla on the front. Notes of fig, lightly roasted coffee, and cola. Finishes with toasted chestnut. Little bitterness.
F - Full in body. Smooth. Not too filling. Light in carbonation.
O - What a bang for the buck! A good beer throughout, with not much too add but one critical note: not enough of a bitterness, nor much of a hop backing. Other than this, I will buy this again if given the chance.

May 20, 2021
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Newtobeet345 from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice chocolate color with a nose and taste of vanilla and chocolate. Probably needs more bitterness to cut through the chocolate taste. More like drinking carbonated chocolate then a Porter

Mar 28, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a couple of brown 12 oz. bottles came the pours that now lay inside a clear glass liter mug. The liquid is similar in color to that of the dried vanilla fruit. It's a very dark brown with a modest biege head. The aroma is pleasant, of roasted malt with hints of vanilla. The tongue brings more of the taste of the second most expensive spice on the market. There is almost no glass lacing and unfortunately, that may be a sign that there isn't much body. Roasted malt and some hops add to the flavor in a positive way. This is nice, but a little more body would improve it some. The carbonation didn't outlast a reasonable time frame to consume the brew.

Mar 22, 2021
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Elemental19xx from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks dark brown with some red hues, with little head. The smell is just slightly sweeter than your average porter. I really like the flavor of this porter, its not overly sweet like some other "dessert" beers I've had. It definently has chocolate/mocha notes in it, but the vanilla is more subtle, like the faint taste of a vanilla tootsie roll. Overall i thought this beer was relatively pleasing, and would certainly consider getting it again.

Feb 20, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep, dark brown color. Large, fluffy tan head with good retention and very nice lacing.

S---Vanilla, as advertised and some light chocolate.

T---Much stronger than the nose. Vanilla and chocolate are there, as per advertising. Roasted nuts show up very late in the finish.

O---A very nice porter. It hits it's advertised notes, which gets bonus points.

Feb 07, 2021
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awayne56 from Texas

2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Disappointed, won't buy again.
L - Poured into a pint glass. No head or lacing whatsoever.Color was a dark-reddish brown.
S - No vanilla detected. Smelled like a flat cola but with some banana and bread.
T- A little better than expected based on the look and smell. Tasted like a coke zero but with some hoppiness and slightly bitter.
F - very thin. I was hoping for amore substantial mouthfeel more typical of porters to help me through what is forecasted to be a very coold week. Alas, this one will not do the trick.

Feb 07, 2021
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The vanilla is strong and you might fool someone to believe it was root beer. It lacks much head. The porter body is good and the vanilla is fine. An enjoyable brew.

Jan 18, 2021
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic looking dark brown brew with a hefty tan froth. Caramel, cacao and dark fruits in the aroma. Sweet up front with a little treacle, vanilla and more caramel, but notes of pine and coffee are quickly found to balance. Medium in body just like it should be.

A perfect Indian summer beer for a not-so-perfect Indian summer.




A great combination

Nov 14, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2020-11-08
12oz can from a mixed 15 pack served in a tulip. Best enjoyed by 12/18/20.

Pours very dark brown, medium head that collapses to a fairly thin cap. Smell is mild, vanilla, roasty coffee/chocolate.

Taste is moderate vanilla, more roast bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty effervescent. Overall, pretty simple, straightforward porter with a little vanilla in it.

Nov 08, 2020
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JamarcusMarinovich from California

3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass , nice creamy head was high point. Light nose of caramel and vanilla, actually rather light and not very full-bodied. Vanilla notes were subtle, malty-caramel flavor was a light drink and went down fine, but more like a Newcastle than any sort of porter. Overall it was just an ok pour...there are much better vanilla porters to be had.

Oct 29, 2020
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Shelbs90 from Montana

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks great. has a coffee aroma. i enjoy it a lot. it’s a great dark beer. i will be buying this again soon. it’s a perfect beer for a nice cold night in

Oct 25, 2020
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malinali14 from California

2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Pours a dark ruby-brown hue. If held up to the light, you can see that some light does pass through. Very, lackluster.
S: Smells of toasty and light caramel malts with a whiff of sweetness towards the end and kind of funky.
T: Tastes hardly of caramel and some lingering dark chocolate mngled with toasted coffee.
F: Has a good amount of carbonation, it has a smilar feel of mineral water or a watered down soda.
Overall, this beer wasn't what I had hoped for. I was left with wanting more aromatics and complex flavors and possibly some lacing or head.

Oct 10, 2020
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johannyne from California

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a very dark amber brown. With enough light, you can see it is transparent. Almost no head which translates to no retention. Light to moderate lacing. Bubbles linger on the surface White ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass. Carbonation bubbles are present along glass wall
Smell: Toasty, bready malt backbone...that smells oddly banana like. Very sweet scent. There are notes of caramel, coffee but nothing else really. I'm surprised the vanilla doesn't kick through. I smell none.
Taste: Flavor is moderate angling more toward weak and watery. Tastes nothing like what it smells. Malt comes through. Zero sweetness, more dry than anything else (really odd). Caramel notes are so subtle, they're almost non-existent. Same with the vanilla. Honestly, I can't understand why this is called a vanilla porter, seeing as I can't really taste any vanilla. Finish is smoky, malty, dry and dissipates quickly. Honestly, it reminds me of a watered down amber ale.
Mouthfeel: Watery. Light-bodied. Very, very low on effervescence. It's kind of like a soda that's about to become fully flat but not quite.
Overall: A solid C. I don't know if I got a bottle that was treated badly, but this tasted like almost nothing and was super watery. What I did taste wasn't bad. I hope Breckenridge has better...

Oct 10, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark root beer appearance, that smells like banana bread. Taste is sweet caramel to start, with a creamy carbonated finish. Smooth mouth feel,was expecting a slightly thicker consistency.

Oct 01, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with a 1/2 inch beige head; carbonation clings on the side of the glass & reminds me of root beer. The primary aroma I get from this beer is the roasted malts, also has coffee, vanilla, earth notes as well. Taste follows the nose as expected, kind of has a chocolatey flavor to it as well. Light-bodied, thin feeling to it. I honestly expected this beer to be much thicker, I think a higher ABV would slightly improve this beer. Overall, not a bad porter though.

Sep 15, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking reddish tinged dark with a thick tan head. Sweetness, toasty notes and vanilla are all on the nose, still decent here. The flavor is where it lacks a bit, good sweetness but just touches of roasted and vanilla flavor and no bitterness on the end. Medium in thickness with medium/light carbonation. Good enough to drink.

Aug 19, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter has a thick, crackling, beige head, and a clear, bubbly, red-brown appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is of faint dark malt and perhaps vanilla. There is a similarly faint flavor of dark malt, cocoa powder, and some vanilla. No bitterness is detected. Breckenridge Vanilla Porter has a medium body and a medium-dry finish.

RJT

Aug 09, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had higher expectations for this beer, but it really did not live up to them. The flavor is very ordinary and there is really nothing special about it. It is an okay Porter, but it is nothing that I would seek out.

Aug 03, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep reddish brown, thick khaki head, ok retention, rings of lace
Vanilla cola, slight earthy chocolate
Vanilla cola with a bit of hot cocoa flavor
Medium-heavy body, light carbonation
Decently drinkable and satisfying

Jul 28, 2020
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vainosuomi from Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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 +4.6%
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 -10.1%
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 -17.4%
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 -7.9%
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 North Dakota

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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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