Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

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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.

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Reviews: 1,147 | Ratings: 4,424
Photo of smaddock
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Real vanilla beans can enhance the flavor of stouts and porters, but this is not an example of how to do it. Ugh! This tastes more like a bad soft drink than a beer.

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Photo of sbruno1025
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured it into a frozen porter glass. Not much head, good lacing though. Front is nice and carbonated. The finish is sweet and smooth. Can taste vanilla and nutty notes. Good to have with chocolate ice cream.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Best enjoyed by 9/27/18"; drank 7/20/18 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Creamed corn, mild vanilla, mild brown sugar & faint vanilla notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Creamed corn, wheat & faint vanilla flavors.

Hardly a porter at all, this tastes like a cream ale. Permanent pass.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium body as well as carbonation which dissipated quickly. Aroma is malr,coffee,and vanilla. Taste is coffee and malt followed by vanilla as it warmed up. Overall it was a decent beer but seemed a little weak in all areas

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

SURPISE! Delicious, smooth, creamy Porter from a can. Now that I know it's worth getting a glass for, I will do so next time to observe color and more fully enjoy the aroma.
This is right up there with Left Hand milk stout, which from me is high praise.

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Photo of mmva321
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: An almost opaque brown-tinted black body highlighted by some carbonation on the outer part of the glass. I got about two fingers of tan that dissipated quickly but leaves a fair amount of lacing around the edge.

S: Robust and sweet. There's a little bit of a burnt quality I don't like in this beer, and the vanilla is a little sugary, but really, this has a great roasted and dark chocolate character that really drives the smell.

T: It tastes good, but it is wildly inconsistent and evolves too rapidly on the tongue. It's always sweet, but it starts out with a good roasted taste, almost like a chocolate soda. However, very quickly the bitterness and roasted qualities get drowned out by an overwhelmingly sugary sweetness. It tastes good, but it is odd.

F: Nicely active and appropriately robust but not thick. There is a little too much of a watery quality, though.

O: I'm glad I tried this, but I doubt I'll seek it out again. Just a little too sweet and inconsistent, but it is still a good tasting, sweet porter.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a reddish brown with notes of mahogany red, creamy tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of vanilla, chocolate and cherry.

T: Notes of chocolate vanilla and cherry, a little watery.

F: Medium body, feels slightly watery.

O: This is an average vanilla porter.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark rust color with minimal head.

S: Deep rich malty, vanilla, dark fruit.

F: Thin but sticky. Little carbonation.

T: Takes awhile for the flavors to develop. Starts off with coffee, then the vanilla kicks in, then ends on a nice mellow burnt malt.

O: Easy to drink porter, but quite forgettable.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: Black-brown color. Medium Off white head. OK retention.
AROMA: roasted malt with some sweet vanilla.
TASTE: less of the vanilla, but some. Char, tea, cola.
FEEL: a Tad flat, but OK for the style. A tiny notch thicker than medium body.

A tasty option.


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Photo of spectru
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, almost opaque, creamy head recedes quickly but is quite lacy; A mild subdued aroma, distinctive but faint - I can't name it; Smooth feeling, not overly carbonated, but not flat; Flavor is mild, pleasant, not robust, the vanilla in the name isn't apparent. A good beer - I could drink more of them.

The label on my bottle doesn't say "Remarkable" or "Partakable" like the one shown here on BA. I would say that this porter is definitely partakable, but not particularly remarkable.

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Photo of Nass
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is okay, but sort of on the softer side of things. The vanilla sweetness is their, it's light & refreshing. It's different due to your average porter is usually more malty tasting than this, but it's good to drink something that is a tad bit different from the norm. Cheers! B-

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Photo of ajm5108
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty bland but otherwise inoffensive. Not a tremendous amount of vanilla but the porter flavors are easy going and fine, just doesn’t have much muscle or identity

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Photo of nunitn
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge goes down very well a very thin taste like a true ale. Amazing for what it is. Would have rated it higher if it had more smell and taste. Well done. I'm a big fan of this Brewery

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Photo of SB2017
2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, this looked like root beer with its large bubbles and thin foamy head. The nose was nice at first, like mild banana candy with a little bit of smoke, but quickly gave way to a distinctly metallic odor. The taste is okay, again, very mild on first taste with nothing in particular standing out. You don't get any vanilla until the aftertaste, but it's a very cream-soda flavor, which is followed by a sort of medicinal smokey quality. The mouthfeel does this beer no favors, as it drinks like an extremely light beer or soda. Pretty disappointing.

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Photo of Jerrbear1999
4.49/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer on accident, and was very surprised at how good it was, nice dark color, hangs on the glass just a bit, very rich, but not overly hippie...

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Photo of jadpsu
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark, dark mohagany with red rues and a tan, coffee colored head that give off good side glass lace.

Smell: Vanilla extract, vanilla bean lots of vanilla, burnt malts.

Taste: Cream soda, sweet vanilla bean, cocoa bean
Enjoyed, but a beer I would only hve with a meal or one at a time.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Deep black porter, but the tan head is a bit smaller than expected.

Smell: A slight vanilla scent overlaid on toasty (but not bitter) malt and bread. Surprisingly, some chestnuts in there too.

Taste: Not as bitter or as roasted as a typical porter. Like a sort of caramel rye bread, with that faint vanilla floating around in there.

Mouthfeel: A lot thinner than you'd expect, with decent carbonation.

Overall: A good beer overall, but not quite as special as I expected it to be with the heavy advertising of its vanilla content.

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Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a small brown head. The aroma is vanilla with malt. The taste follows the nose. a great winter brew.

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Photo of edc20
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thinner than I'd expect for porter. Also relatively high kcal for the ABV (210kcal), even considering it's a porter. FAir amount of carbonation. Kind of reminds me of a more robust black and tan.

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Photo of Trailboss76
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cola-like color. Thin beige head. Appears to have considerable carbonation. Somewhat of a caramel and nut aroma. Smooth tasting. Not much bitterness and that's not a bad thing. I bought it off the shelf not chilled and threw it in the freezer for an hour or so - so it would be cold and ready to drink that afternoon. Might have overdone that a bit. I'm liking most everything about this beer. On the next go round I'll try it simply refrigerated which is likely to be a tad warmer. Almost feel like the super-coldness suppressed the flavor a bit.

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Photo of SMZBrew
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

There are so many things here just just miss the spot. The the non existing head dissipated almost immediately. The nose was coffee and maybe chocolate with maybe a hint of vanilla. The taste follows the nose with overpowering coffee (not in a good way) and some chocolate. There is a very mild vanilla flavor that has to be really looked for. Considering this has flavoring added and has "vanilla" in giant letters on the bottle, it is disappointing. The mouthfeel is where this just falls on its face - thin and watered down are two things that come to mind. It would be ok if this was a decent porter but it doesn't even deliver on that. There will not be a repeat of this unremarkable brew for me.

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Photo of Dcsmith126
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was a decent porter, my main thing is that in the first few sips, the vanilla hits you in the face. It smells and looks wonderful. Glad I tried it but won’t search aimlessly for another bottle.

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Photo of Lampro
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not anything particularly special. Felt quite crispy and lively with carbonation, but not very full-bodied. Have not gone out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of CiscoBR
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a clean tall cristal glass it shows a deep brown color and very fine bubbles that rise slowly, like th coffee cream on a good espresso ristretto. On the nose it doesn´t have as much vanilla as one would expect from the name. Initial taste is flat but as the beer wrms more notes come out but the vanilla is never overpowering. The feel is a bit thin for a porter. I would drink it again.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap nitro to pint glass. Very dark amber, nearly black. Nice full tan head with good retention. Bready nose, hint of vanilla malt sweetness. Sweet but subtle vanilla, with roasty malt balance and grain finish. Full mouthfeel that finishes dry. Drinkable.

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 4,424 ratings