Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter
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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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Ratings: 4,210 |  Reviews: 1,096
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KI9A
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: medium cola brown, fading head, no lace.

S: Sweet, cherry, malt

T: Vanilla hits you right away, follwed by a chocolate covered cherry. Deep roasted malts follow, with a slight hop taste at the end. Nice

M: Low carbonation, clean finish.

D: Easy to pound a couple of these. But, the sweetness will limit it to that only. Wierd, but, it really doesn't remind me of a Porter at all. More like a Winter Warmer...ehh, actually ALOT like Winters Bourbon Cask Ale from AB....Seriously.

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3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of insearchofhops
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of hickmancase
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City. Served in a pint glass. Review from notes.

Look: dark brown with red highlights, a thin beige head, not much retention or lacing. Looks good.

Smell: vanilla bean stands out with a bit of malt behind it but otherwise not much. As a fan of vanilla porters, the smell is inviting.

Taste: a bit of a let down from the smell. Tastes strongly of vanilla extract. The malt doesn't come through, unfortunately. The vanilla doesn't complement the base beer well and it seems to overpower it rather than add complexity.

Feel: a little too light for me, light carbonation. It would be very sessionable except by the time I'm halfway through this beer, I'm nursing it.

Overall: an okay vanilla porter, but its really lacking. More body, more roastiness, a creamier mouthfeel, and a few other things could help this beer improve. Cheers!

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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a very deep and dark mohogany with a lacy head.
the aroma is malty, chocolate and vanilla.
the flavor has malty, chocolate, vanilla,hop spice, with a lingering pleasent after taste.
mouthfeel is nice
this beer has a little to much vanilla flavor for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle - No best by date visible.

Poured into Duvel Tulip -deep dark brown w/ one finger head that dissipated into a thin lacing,medium carbonation .

Smell - mild fruit hints with slight Vanilla & coffee.

Taste - burnt coffee hints upfront ,roasted malts maybe just a hint of vanilla,some fruit notes as well.

Drinkability - As this warms more distinguished flavors start to appear ,slight chocolates with toffees and light Vanilla, very drinkable and will seek out more in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It is a dark brown porter with a very thin tan head. It is less opaque then most porters and appears to be a little thinner. The smell is malty and faintly of roast coffee. There is a definite nice vanilla flavor, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. The body is lighter than the average porter. The flavor here is actually pretty good though nothing too special. Where I think this porter is lacking though is in the body. It’s too light and watery. Beer Advocate calls it “drinkable”, but I personally like my porters to be a little more robust. I’ve had worse, but I’ve definitely had much better also.

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3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured from the bottle into a clear pint glass, the brew is a clear but dark ruby/brown color. Nice one finger tan head that dissipated but still left a nice frothy top with good lacing.

S - Sweet smelling, malty with a bit of vanilla in the background.

T & M - Definitely a unique tasting brew...I haven't had a vanilla flavored beer up to this point and I guess it's not too bad. I guess I was expecting more Porter taste with a hint of vanilla, this brew is kinda more vanilla than porter. Mouthfeel was thinnish, almost watery. It did finish fairly clean. Not much in the way of carbonation.

D - I love the idea of a Porter infused with some vanilla. If done correctly, the taste would be phenomenal. That being said, I think if a different brewery gave this a shot (maybe New Glarus) the result would be much better. This wasn't a terrible brew, but one that should be brewed a little differently in order to be truly great. It was worth a try and I look forward to trying other breweries interpretations of this brew style.

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3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark in the middle, some brown and a little crimson around edges. Small caramel colored ring of head. Smoky roasted aroma, with clear, strong vanilla bean, and some sweet chocolate as well. It's definitely a porter by taste, some bitter coffee malt is there, mixed up with some sweet chocolate and some other almost fruity flavors tried to come through in the end but this beer is really dominated by a smoky, roasted vanilla which clouds a lot of other flavors. The mouthfeel wasn't chewy at all, it was kind of dry. This is a novelty beer, one or two might be a treat, but this is far from a session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 51.3% out of 100 with 4,210 ratings
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