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Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Dark brown, nearly black, but when held up to light a reddish-brown shines through. A nice half-inch head rests and remains on top for a while. Pretty decent head retention. Lacing is good, thick layers cover 50% of the back of the glass and much of the sides as well.

SMELL: Very faint aroma, but what is there is pleasant. A mild roastiness along with vanilla undertones. If only the smell were stronger.

TASTE: Again, the flavor is pretty mild here. It’s good, just not very intense. This beer will offend only those most averse to dark beers. As the name and smell would suggest the flavor is nice and roasty. A solid vanilla flavor backs it up and becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. A very slight coffee-like bitterness finishes each sip.

MOUTHFEELL: A very light sparkle compliments the otherwise smooth mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, but not as big as some other vanilla porters I’ve had.

OVERALL: This is a perfect gateway beer. Your friend that only drinks Guinness might see the light in something like this. Obviously not the same style, but something a little more flavorful that they could get into. This will never be my go to, but certainly a good fall back beer.

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Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: March 28, 2013
Consumed: April 5, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a brownish-black (more black) color with two fingers of khaki tan lacing that dissipated rather quickly. Average lacing on the sides. Minimal retention.

Smelled roasty nuts, toffee, caramel, vanilla bean ice cream, faint bitter coffee beans, milk, chocolate and faint smoky fire.

Tasted surprisingly stronger than the smell. My first thought was Nesquick chocolate milk. Also cocoa, milk, vanilla, faint bitter coffee beans and still that light smoky fire.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Slightly bitter, but still smooth finish.

A pretty good porter overall. I’d definitely have it again. Not as much vanilla as I would have thought, more of a chocolate milk taste, but it gets the job done.

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 4,237 ratings
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