Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter
4,217 Ratings
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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

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Photo of airforbes1
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a lot more red in this beer than I'd normally see in a porter or stout, but that's not why I dinged the appearance. The head is really thin for the style and doesn't properly crown the beer. But the proof of the beer is in the smelling and the drinking, not the viewing! The nose is modest, with a sweetness that reminds me of a milk stout.

The taste is OK. There isn't any vanilla bean flavor to speak off. I taste some vanilla extract flavor, but it tastes more like skimmed milk to me than anything else. The milkiness isn't necessarily bad, but I compare it to skimmed milk just because it's really thin for the style.

This isn't a bad beer, but it does suffer an identity crisis. It's sweet enough to not be poundable, but isn't flavorful enough to amaze me. It's not a bad beer, but I don't know when it will be in my refrigerator again.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single purchased as part of a mixed 6 pack at Whole Foods in Duluth, GA poured into a standard pint glass

A: A very dark brown color. You would think it was opaque, but holding it up to the light makes the red highlights in the brew show up. There was almost no head at all even with an aggressive pour. There was not enough bubbles left after what little head was there settled to leave any lacing at all.

S: Roasted malts and vanilla pretty much sum up the aroma of this one up.

T: Sweet taste from the roasted malts and vanilla. There really isn't any hop presence to balance out the sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee make it a bit more interesting.

M: Its got a medium body and surprised me a bit with its creaminess since it seemed to lack any carbonation.

D: This one is pretty drinkable for me. The only issue is the sweetness level that is not balanced at all. A few would work well as a desert.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of a kind - yes. At first I found this un-remarkable, but in 2 more tries, I like it better.
It makes a great blend with a hoppy session beer like Boat Beer, improves both.
MY recommendation with this beer is to blend it.

EXCEPT for a dessert beer, or as part of a sweet series, I'd skip this one.

A - Pours a deep dark brown, with plenty of amber highlights. Decent head, tight, returns with a swirl and laces moderatly. Seems slightly thin.

S - When I got a fresh bottle I found the aroma satisfying and complex:
Nuts, sour malt, chocolate and of course vanilla, and a bit of bakery. (but do I want this much vanilla in my beer)?

T - The flavor answers the question: No, I dont want this much vanilla in my beer. Definitely let this warm and drink it like an after-dinner drink.
Follows the smell... flavors of coffee and roasted nuts upfront giving way to cola/caramel/vanilla sweetness with caramel and toffee. Surprisingly not cloying, but still too sweet and too vanilla for me.

M - Starts creamy but end too thin and sweet. Neat tingle and long finish. Grows on you.

D - "for someone with a sweet tooth." I'd not have more than one. I'd save for dessert only.

This brew does get better as it warms, serve at cellar (porter) temperature.

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Photo of mattster
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 Fluid Ounce bottle into Nonic glass. Bottle date not marked.

Poured a nice had of 1" that reduced to light lace across top of mostly opaque dark, dark brown brew. I would be more convinced of real vanilla bean if there were bits in the glass, but that is not always possible - I guess.

Smells of - guess what - VANILLA, no other notable smells - but it is pleasant - not too sweet of a vanilla smell. Taste of vanilla is very dominant, but there is also a slight hint of coffee. Bubbles are a little more than they should be (in my humble opinion). Except for bubbles, very smooth aftertaste. Is a drinkable brew, nothing outstanding though (I would drink another if I had it).

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Photo of crobtay
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stampfler07
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark brown, almost black with a rather flat brown head

Smell: A few notes of sweet chocolate, fruity

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with vanilla on the front, only a slight bit of bitterness in the middle, finish is of faint chocolate and again a hint of vanilla

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a body that's lighter than expected

Overall, the taste is pretty good and I'd certainly drink it again, the aroma and appearance just bring it down a bit.

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Photo of KraziEyezKillah
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy dark brown in color. Pours with little head and little lacing. Smell is a very mild roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla. Whiffs of earth and smoke also present. Taste follows smell with a mild blend of medium roasted coffee, semi sweet chocolate, vanilla and sugar. Does indeed have a smokey and earthy quality as well. Medium bodied, on the thinner side of a porter. Decent beer, best served as close to room temperature as possible to get all the nuances.

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Photo of mpk_tx
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Intro to the style for me. I liked it, but I was hoping the vanilla would shine through more. Would try again.

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Photo of Contagion
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a dark mahogany coloring to it that matches the woodwork in my hotel room. Light passes through with some difficulty around the edges. When poured into a glass a dense quarter inch thick head formed. It was tan in color and made up of tiny bubbles. It slowly faded to a ring around the edge of the glass. There is some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is a combination that reminded me of fresh, unprocessed ginger. There was a hint of vanilla, toffee and chocolate malts. The scent was enticing and pleasant. The taste had a nice roasted malt flavor with a touch of vanilla and chocolate to it. There was a touch of biscuity taste to it. As it warms the scents and tastes opens up and are more noticeable.

This is a medium bodied beer. There is a nice creaminess to it that coats the mouth and throat. It's easy to drink, but it's rather filling.

I was rather surprised by this beer. I figured it would be one of those overly sweet flavored beers, but this really wasn't.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came with little head and a scant amount of foam across the top of the beer. Looked like a draft root beer in color.. A deep brown yet light enough to let a good deal of light in around the edges. Some light lacing remained and no visible carbonation.

Aroma was indeed of vanilla and some roasted notes. A touch of coffee.

Interesting flavor and the issue here is it's a bit artificial tasting. Very much vanilla & coffee. The sweetness also plays a rather dominant role. It tasted like a Dunkin Donuts Vanilla iced coffee. Some roasted notes, but not a great deal of depth.

Very creamy mouth feel. Not much carbonation.

A bit too sweet to be really drinkable. An interesting beer to try, but not one I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A big four finger head of off white cream consistency, some snap in the bubbles. Fairly good retention on the head for this beer. Body is a little disturbing but not awful. A cloudy brown when finished but pours with a good solid chestnut out of the bottle. Some sticky ring lacing. Ok...

Bouquet... something is off. Weakened vanilla I'll give it that, but where is malt, coffee, roast anything? talk to me here... It's a very odd smell also, like watered down vanilla extract barely a hint of some chew bread. Ok they did manage some vanilla but it is weak and the rest on the nose is really missing hardly remarkable so far. It's as if the vanilla does not match on the nose with malt or the other ingredients that should go with this beer. It's a strange mix on the nose and it seems to just not meld well.

Taste... ok this is much better. Mild weakened root beer quality vanilla and bean feel. Wet though, but it has a nice simple supermarket simple bread chew. Has a soda characteristic though which seems real strange for a porter. Small mouthfeel no carbonation, and vanilla creeps up after a swallow for a short time.

Next to nothing for abv and it shows. This is like drinking soda beer or something, but it's a piece of cake. Might even make a simple easy weakened dessert beer for people with training wheels. But it's easily likeable to drink so I'll rate it good on those points, and not hard at all, a very sessionable drinking beer which some might find kind of fun.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mlkluther
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of irishtimepiece
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -2.7%
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 -2.7%
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 -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pvivalo23
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dbauer
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briman
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -2.7%
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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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 4,217 ratings
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