Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

4,195 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 foogerd
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.6%
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 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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Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, almost close to black. Thin head that leaves quickly until just a thin layer left. Decent lacing. Aroma is malty with just a hint of vanilla, not as much vanilla as I expected. But of course I do not see any bottling date or drink by date. This beer I am sure is alittle older, as I have seen it on the shelf for some time. Taste is nice and smooth with a nice blast of vanilla and a Three Musketeers Like taste, interesting. Very drinkable and smooth, light bitterness, roasted malts and lot of sweetness upfront. Feels good going down, coats the tonque and is a little thick on the palate. Overall, a well balanced, lighter porter.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy 1.5 finger head fades semi slowly with a little lacing, over very dark brown, with a rosy hue.

Nose adds some light roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, tons of vanilla, slight syrupy caramel, that's mostly it, just lots of vanilla, some light roast and chocolate.

Taste is just tons of cheap vanilla flavoring, its like cheap vanilla ice cream with a little bit of porter mixed in, a very light roast and coffee, caramel, a creamy demeanor, but pretty much just cheap vanilla. Finishes a little bitter, but semi sweet, and little bit of minerality.

Mouth is medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and decent carbonation.

It's not bad if you like overpowering vanilla and cheap vanilla ice cream, but nothing special.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigCheese
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Near ink black , thin tan head, some lacing, head dies down quick.

S: Molasses, roasted malts, coco, some vanilla, espresso and honey. Pretty sweet overall with coffee backbone. LIke a liquid tiramisu.

T: Some caramel, toffee, vanilla sweetness upfront. A bit of milkyness/lactose. Some honey and bourbon notes as well.

M: Thin but creamy, a rare session porter, sweetness might take away its session-ability though.

O: Solid dessert beer or breakfast beer. Would pair well with food as sweetness may be overbearing.

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Photo of iSip
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Breckinridge Brewery Vanilla Porter: This porter has the standard black body and tan pillowy head. The head actually lasts rather than thinning out as the head on some porters do. Aroma is subtle, sweet with notes of mellow roast. On flavor, the vanilla really comes thorough. It is a nice complement to the porter flavor. This beer is sweet, smooth and easy to drink. While I am not a big fan of flavored beers, the vanilla in this Breckinridge brew does work well.

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Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes dated July 8th, 2013. This was a guest beer at Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) while they were renovating the brewing facility and expanding their restaurant area.

Appearance: dark brown, mahogany; wispy head.

Smell: sweet, grainy scent; light vanilla note.

Taste: vanilla beans; mocha and cocoa; light caramel; slight hop bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body; glass-smooth; semi-dry.

Tastes better than it looks (not that i looks weird, just lacking a decent head). Flavorful, balanced; decent.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with some ruby hues when held to the light. Not as dark as expected for a porter. But, it has a white soapy head that dissipates to a bubbly skim, and it leaves decent traces of lace down the glass. Nice.

The nose is a little odd. i get the vanilla and some sweetness here, and some light coffee and roasted malt. Wanted a bit more, but ok.

So, the vanilla is all in the nose. Decent balance of sweet cream and some coffee. Dark roasted malt has enough toasty edge to transition well from the sweetness in the beginning. there is a nuttiness as the palate clears, and as I sipped, something in there, just barely, that was herbal or medicinal. Lightly bitter and nutty in finish. Strength of flavor was a bit lacking, but still decent.

Mouthfeel was appropriate and facilitated drinkability. I liked this one, and probably could have a couple, but would not be able to session. Worth a try.

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Photo of buffettfan
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was plesant. Appearnce was very dark, like drinking a pepsi. Decent head, didn't stick around too long. Smell was dominated by vinilla, as was the taste, with a sligh chocolate, and a little nutty coffee as well. Not overwhelming, but I would buy again, a nice, differant porter.

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Photo of kevo237
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Decent head throughout, nothing special.

Smell is of a typical stout; roasted and slightly smokey. Mouthfeel is very good, I'd say. Nice carbonation and smooth going down. The vanilla aspect is lacking definitely. I can only detect a sweet stout taste, and just the slightest vanilla on the back end. Slightly disappointed in that since this is the first porter I've had with "vanilla" tasting notes. The vanilla reveals itself a little more once the beer warms up, but it's still underwhelming. This is a decent beer but once my six-pack is gone, I doubt I will get another.

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Photo of Spiral517
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhillyRiver
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is tough because the last few of these I had, I thought they were much better than what I just drank. So this is the review for this last one, poured from bottle into clean Weizen glass. Might be the wrong glass for this style...?
L- dark brown, not black like I prefer in a porter. Head very thin, 1/2 inch.
S- the vanilla is def there, also sassafras. As I drank it down, smelled somewhat musty.
T- vanilla, sassafras, some hops?
F- thinner than I like. Bit of champagne. Created a deep belch I'm afraid. I did drink it fast.
O- nice enough taste, goes down easy, but thinner in all ways than I had remembered from previous VPs. Made me wish I had picked something else, or a different glass, or something. Will try again.

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Photo of KeithDixon
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty consistent with name. Good smell and drinkable.

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Photo of PCbeer
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wish it had just a tad more vanilla taste overall nice whole taste to it but wish it had more vanilla on the back end bite

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Photo of rjp217
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zachrolo
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, chestnut brown, with a very thin head that vanished quickly without a hint of lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, raisins. Some toasted grain and a hint of cocoa.

T: Slightly sweet, slightly acrid gain malts. Some coffee and dark fruit appear later. Bitterness is really mild in the finish. Vanilla is present start to finish, but not in an overwhelming way.

M: Thinner than I expected (I won't go as far as saying "watery"), and pretty low on the carbonation. Certainly out of proportion to the color and style.

O: Just OK. Smelled and tasted fairly good, but lacked the punch of a real porter, and the vanilla contributed very little. I'm not regretting buying it, but neither will I return for another.

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 4,195 ratings.
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