Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

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4,162 Ratings
Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,162
Reviews:
1,085
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
16.06%
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
1,139
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Ratings: 4,162 |  Reviews: 1,085
Photo of irishtimepiece
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark, opaque. Short head, decent lacing. Looks kind of like a darker Coca Cola. Smell was excellent, roasted malt and a distinct vanilla to it. Taste was vanilla upfront with a malt sweetness you can't miss, not terribly complex. The mouthfeel was far too thin, almost watery. Overall, not bad at all. Not for everyday consumption, but I can see myself wanting one of these again sometime.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark, reddish brown when held up to a light. Tiny light tan head which was gone in seconds.

Smell - With a good sniffer you can detect the vanilla.

Taste - Tiny bitterness, light vanillla.

Mouthfeel - Something sat there on my tongue, could not figure out what it was, but it disrupted a smooth rating.

Drinkability - Light body, sharp at first but went down easy.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. Not much nose, has a slight bitter/metallic taste and not finding a lot of vanilla. Just OK. Perhaps I am biased towards the stronger taste of stouts, so to be fair porters seem pretty bland to me in general.

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Photo of Ivan84
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pvivalo23
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dbauer
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briman
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into standard pint glass.

Poured a dark brown with some ruby hues when held up to the light. Very thin tan head that was gone just about as soon as the server put it on the table.

I didn't detect much in the nose of this beer. If anything, some slight roasted malt aroma, maybe a touch of malt sweetness.

Taste was the same, slightly sweet with touches of roasted malt. Didn't really get the vanilla in the front, but it definately came through in the finish....enough so, that any other flavors seemed to take a back seat.

Medium bodied at best, low carbonation....pretty smooth. Probably a beer I could have one or two of in a sitting. Any more than that might be bit too much sweetness for one session.

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Photo of denver10
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very little head as I poured and minimal retention, only a thin, thin, thin line touching the edges of the glass. The beer presented itself a nice, smooth, consistent, dark appearance. Very inviting.

S: Sweetness coming from the vanilla complimented with some coco and a subtle roast.

T: As it warms the vanilla really comes out supported by a roasty, coffee like backbone.

M: Some mild carbonation with medium consistency to it.

O: Overall, a pretty good, sessionable porter. I have had this before (probably a couple years ago) and thought it was pretty bad, so glad I gave it another chance because I definitely liked it more this time around.

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Photo of Nick4202
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Goodspeed83
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jco3
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lovegarden
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewskifan55
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Dark brown with more of a foamy tan ring than head. Light lacing.

S: Vanilla blends in nicely with chocolate undertones.

T: Follows nose with a smooth chocolate/vanilla mixup with a bit of nuttiness thrown in.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation. Creamy.

O: Nothing spectacular, just a decent porter with those great vanilla touches. Sessionable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark reddish-brown color. There was a moderate tan head that left a little lace.
Roasted and sweet malt aroma, and vanilla.
I thought the taste was dominated by the vanilla. Some chocolate and some caramel present.
Too sweet, too much vanilla.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Capital Ale House Innsbrook, as part of their steal the glass night - so hey, at least i got a free glass out of it.

Pours a jet black (it is a porter) with minimal head. looks slightly light, definitely not thick or chewy. Very mild vanilla essence. i was worried that flavor would overwhelm, but it didn't. a bit thin on mouthfeel (this seemed to be the trend of this night's session). i think i agree with other reviewers that it is a perfectly drinkable beer,but not one i would drink often.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark purple with a brown haze to it. The head is a manila collar that left behind some nice lace.

Smells of old coffee, old over-ripe fruit and a touch of astringent bitterness. This is nestled into a sweet French vanilla.

Tastes of a dry toasty cereal grain with a splash of coffee. The dryness of this bites at the sides of my cheeks. This quickly fades delivering a sticky sweet French vanilla that reminds me of the vanilla in vanilla coke.

Present and viscous with a soft carbonation. It fades quickly but leaves a bit of a sticky film behind.

Not the best, but I find myself attracted to the sweetness of this one nonetheless.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color that has a nice reddish hue to it with a thin creamy head which gives way to very little lacing. The aroma is of big vanilla over hints of coffee and light chocolate. The taste is much of the same vanilla flavor in a big way along with hints of coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the close with basically no carbonation. The drinkability is okay, it has a very nice flavor, but it is very sweet, I couldn't see you make it a session beer, but it is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of foogerd
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown colored body, about an inch worth of head that died down quickly that left a line of residual head and some lacing.

S- Pure vanilla bean and coffee roast, the vanilla is really sweet almost syrupylike.

T- Nice bitter roast at first, then the vanilla takes over and dominates the taste, really fresh vanilla, almost artifical like in how strong the vanilla is.

M- Pretty good, nicely carbonated, and decent mouthfeel.

O- A decent brew for your buck, it aint remarkable as the label says but it doesnt disappoint.

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Photo of mcallister
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown burgundy. Well the burgundy shows through when held up to light. Very little head and lacing.

Subdued aromas of vanilla, roasted malt, and slight bitter chocolate.

Fabulous flavors of vanilla extract, roasted chocolate & caramel malts, big thick creamy mouthfeel, easy to drink. Slightly too sweet to drink all night.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown with small tan head. A fairly transparent look for a porter. (3/5)
Smell: Vanilla not as strong as I would’ve thought. Chocolate and toasted aromas. Roasted malt doesn’t come though much but everything else does (3.5/5)
Feel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. (3.5/5)
Taste: Vanilla very strong but pleasant. Chocolate flavor nice and makes it sweet (maybe a little too much) which is balanced by a good roasted flavor. Coffee flavors also come through (3.75/5)
Overall: This is better on tap. A little too sweet but has some nice flavors to try to balance it out. (3.5/5)

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Globe glass.

A. Big foamy 2+ finger head. Very dark brown almost black. Some lacing left on side of glass.

S. Malt, vanilla, caramel, chocolate.

T. Vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate. Very sweet. Dominated by the vanilla.

M. Low bodied for a Porter. Somewhat of a creaminess that leaves a coating on the mouth.

D. Maybe a little too heavy on the Vanilla. Not a beer I could probably want to have more than one of. Not a bad dessert beer though.

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Photo of colts9016
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany color with no head.
Smell: Roasted malt followed by vanilla, molasses and a hint of esters.
Taste: A nice roasted malt, nutty, and, vanilla hints of esters and hops.
Mouthfeel: Is coating and creamy with a semi thick body
Drinkability: Enjoyed once and I will enjoy again.
Overall its a good American porter that had a hint of hops on the finish.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ruby brown with absolutly minimal head, that was gone in an instant.Slight lacing.
Scent was typical malt, no vanilla aroma. Taste has a hint of vanilla extract note, mostly sweet malt though.Very pleasing on tounge ,does not linger. Not bad overall.

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Photo of tsmcneil
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Remove cap = Nice initial aroma!

First pour = Where is the head?

Held up to the light = Dark, dark red (no head)

First sip = Somewhat disappointed. Thin and approaching flat come to mind. Good taste though. Not much in the vanilla realm detected.

Empty glass afterthought = Left quite a bit to be desired. Very light aftertaste. Olfactory senses feel left out.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eh, not a fan of this beer, probably cause i really don't like porters!

the appearance is nice, black but not midnight black, good on that...little head with splotchy lacing

the smell is a little eh! a weak vanilla comes to the nose....with a sweet sugary smell as well

the taste was a lot more defined than the smell....it has a medium vanilla flavor, with decent chocolate notes as well

the feel is thin like a porter should be

overall this is an ok take on a porter, but really not my style and the vanilla was overboard

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
3.55 out of 5 based on 4,162 ratings.
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