Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter
4,216 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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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a three finger head the slowly recedes leaving little lacing. The beer smells heavily of malts with very little vanilla. The taste is very malty as well with almost not vanilla flavor, however as the beer warms it becomes sweeter and the vanilla more apparent. Good porter over all in my opinion.

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stein at 45F. The beer poured a very dark chocolate color with a 1F head.

The aroma was malt and light vanilla- I was expecting more vanilla.

The carbonation is mild.

The taste is quite good, but unfortunatley, the aroma and MF do not complement it.
Some roasted malt, lemon, light vanilla( I was looking for more). A very good porter taste.

As the beer warms, there is a sweet vanilla and some cocoa.

The body is just right- medium light.

Overall, a very good porter. The taste is better at 50F+.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no dating that I remember seeing on the bottle or label to indicate bottling date or freshness date. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style pint glass. I bought this six pack after a sales rep was handing out Breckenridge samples at the liquor store I stopped by on my way home from work.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields barely a finger of cocoa powder colored head, and it is very sparse/thin looking. The head has dissipates almost immediately, reducing to a rim of foam around the edge of the glass and a sparse mottling of film before I can even pick up the glass after rinsing the bottle out to recycle. Body is also a bit thin looking, overall a dark walnut brown, but with some translucence and lighter brown, reminding me of cola with less carbonation. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

Smell - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and lots of sweet vanilla characteristic are the three aromatic pillars of this brew with the vanilla being the dominant profile. When I sampled it at the liquor store, I remembered it being more rich, with more chocolate and coffee notes, but that is sadly missing. I can't help but wonder if my sample was influenced by the regular oatmeal stout that I had tried moments before.

Taste - Again, vanilla is the star, giving the beer somewhat the impression of mild coffee with too much cream and sugar. Bittersweet and roasted notes in the form of chocolate and oats are also present, but take a back seat to the sweetness. I honestly like it, but wish there was a bit more bitterness to counter the sweetness. Roasted malt is present, but subdued.

Mouthfeel - This is where this beer falls down the most, imho. Much too thin and lacking in body for a porter. Carbonation is also low, and the aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Overall, it's a beer that drinks pretty well as a whole, but doesn't really do anything amazing on any of the individual components. Definitely a case of the sum being better than the parts. I can't help wonder if Breckenridge would be well served to blend their oatmeal stout and vanilla porter to improve the body and balance between the sweet and bitter components.

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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a very dark color

Poured with very little head.

It has a somewhat strong aroma of coffee, which I like.

The initial taste is black coffee, the vanilla comes at the end.

It is not a bad beer, just would not be the first one that I will buy.

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 4,216 ratings
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