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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla Porter pours an almost black color with a small lacing head. Weak aromas with hints of smokey malts. Taste has huge natural vanilla flavors. Good body and feel. Overall a great beer if you love vanilla.

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Photo of CraftBeerCellar-SpaCity
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of traditional Porter chocolatey and roasty flavors, with wonderful hints of vanilla throughout the experience to include taste and smell. Aroma is a little on the faint side, but pleasurable nonetheless. Mouthfeel is also that of a typical porter, bitterness lingers from the roasted malts. I'm not a huge Porter guy, but this one has definitely gotten my attention.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ox bottle. Dark brown pour with minimal lightly lacing tan head. Aroma is toasted malt, a bit of chocolate and espresso, and hues of vanilla. Taste is medium sweet with an oily lightly carbonated vanilla finish. A pretty good offering from Breckenridge.

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Photo of matcris
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Dark brown, ruby up to the light. A finger of tan head, goes away quickly. Not much for lacing, looks watery in the glass.
AROMA: Vanilla is there. Sweet. Some roasted malt.
TASTE: Very sweet. Kind of an overkill with the vanilla or fake, like extract. Some dark dried fruit, and slight roasted malt quality.
FEEL: Thin body, average carbonation, drying on the finish.
OVERALL: Very artificial tasting and thin.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of those "X tastes good, Y tastes good... maybe X + Y will taste good" experiments. Nope.

I like vanilla, and I like porter, but this is weird. Color is decent enough, a dark cola with a light tan head. Nothing exceptional. Nose, typical porter malts... and yep, there's a sweet vanilla cloud there. Taste: maybe for a split second I thought this would be decent, then the vanilla kicked in, and it's too strong, too much like candy all through the middle of the flavor profile. And then if that's not enough, it sort of gets watery at the end. Mouthfeel is nothing strange, but leaves an aftertaste that's a little too much like artificially flavored candy. Glad I only bought one. Best by date was 6/19/16 ("06B19B16"), so freshness was not the problem.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour, thin, 1/6" tan head. Aroma is a little bit of this and that, roast, small amount of vanilla behind that.

Vanilla more prominent in the taste but it never treads beyond complimentary to the roast and body. Same with the notion of a woody aspect to the malt roasting. Some chocolate malt. Not a flavor or vanilla bomb, stays relatively dry, not sweet.

I liked it. Good format. One of this brewery's more enjoyable beers for me.

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Photo of Bachbeer
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


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Photo of Raime
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.

Bought at complete random to round out my mix a six. A guy at the store told me it wasn't very good but I tend to take everything I hear with a grain of salt. Always need something dark to keep fron getting IPA palate fatigue since I bought quite a few of 'em tonight. Anyway, haven't had much outta these guys since I rarely see their brews and when I do they are way out of date. This one is fresh so I figured why not.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a dimpled pint glass. This brew pours what appears to be black but isn't quite there once held up to the light seeing as there are some very apparent ruby high lights that can easily be noted. The head however fills out very nicely and just barely touches over the brim of the glass though without a drop of spillage. Khaki coloration sits amongst the top on feathery smoothness whilst dying down to a mere finger with residual lacing being left. Carbonation is unreadable

Smell - Much sweet than I had anticipated. Honestly doesn't smell much like a porter at all, more akin to an über sweet doppelbock or perhaps some kind of Belgian Dubbel. Fruity with quite a bit of cherry and only a faint dosage of vanilla of you really want to look for it.

Taste - The flavor profile is also highly reminiscent of a different style. Once again it is very sweet with lots of cherry and even perhaps a fruitcake like presence. Is this English style by any chance? Because then it would be a bit more to style. Vanilla is once again very tame and sometimes not even a factor. Traces of Graham cracker on the finish.

Feel - Rather watery in terms of body with a faint pillowy froth in the mouth. Carbonation is definitely higher than I had expected. Flavors remain much the same with the sweetness being the main factors here. Still miniscule levels of vanilla and the graham cracker essence turns up a bit. Swallows easy.

Overall - I'm not sure if this was a bad batch or what but this wasn't much a porter as it was a doppelbock or something. Or didn't deliver on virtually anything it promised. About half way through o stopped rating it according the style and started going on overall enjoyment. It is a fine beer for sessionability and maybe even new guy beer pong, but overall if you go into it expecting a porter you will be immensely let down.

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Photo of Owlish1
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. This Porter had almost no head - looks almost like a cola in the glass. There is almost no aroma, just a faint hint of acetyl acetone, maybe a slight fruitiness. The vanilla flavor is also faint and the sweetness is balanced by a dark chocolate bitterness. Has a medium to thin mouthfeel with heavy - but not unpleasant carbonation. Overall, it is easy to drink but not outstanding.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured dark brown without much head. Smell and taste is mostly the vanilla with some sweetness - I'm not getting much of the roast malt/chocolate etc. Lighter feel and with more carbonation bite than I typically expect from a porter. Almost reminiscent of root beer. Overall, good but not quite what I was hoping for. On the other hand, it has a lot of character given its drinkability/sessionability.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours brown, translucent body with cherry highlights, small light brown head that reduces quickly to leave splotchy lacing and a little retention.

Aromas are cocoa and vanilla, I actually get a light smokeyness, toffee, sweet malt. On the tongue is lightly sweet vanilla and chocolate, caramel, finishes with sweet brown sugar. Light-ish body with medium low carbonation.

Very drinkable and flavorful, not overly complex but good for those getting into darker beers.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Decided to give this one a second chance after having a six-pack that I'm pretty sure was a bad batch (very inconsistent, very little noticeable vanilla, only two bottles even had "roasty" porter/stout type flavor.) Single bottle this time, best-by date is April 6th, 2016 (or "04 B 06 B 16" as it's printed. 04/06/16 with B's instead of slashes, that's kinda neat actually.)

Anyway, on to the beer! It pours a dark cola-like brown, settling into something a lot closer to black once in the glass, though I can see hints of dark brown around the edges. Seems to be pretty clear, as my little LED flashlight pierces straight through (albeit only in the form of a circle of red dots... it's dark enough that the light beam itself doesn't quite make it all the way through.) Not a lot of bubble activity though, even with the flashlight I only occasionally see one rising up. There's a pretty good layer of foam on top (light tan in color) when I first pour, but several minutes later it's shrunk to a thin cap on the top with a thicker ring around the sides. Leaves some pretty nice trails behind on the inside of the glass, too -- and these last basically forever, the lacing from the first couple sips is still very much present even as I'm getting near the end of the glass.

Smell is a tad faint after the initial foam has shrunk away, but there's a good bit of sweetness, some vanilla, and a bit of roastiness hanging out in the background. The sweetness has a bit of a raisiny fruitiness to it. Toward the end of the glass it's coming out as more of an earthy dark malt sort of thing, with the sweetness and vanilla not standing out in the smell as much anymore (though they are present in the taste all the way through to the last drop, fortunately!)

Taste is roasty right away on the first sip, blending in a bit of that raisiny thing from the smell with a dark bready sort of malt flavor and... okay, yeah, this is DEFINITELY a vanilla beer, I feel like I just had a bite of already-mostly-melted vanilla ice cream. On later sips, the raisiny thing fades away a bit and it's more like roasty/malty straight into nice smooth sweetish vanilla. Occasionally it comes across a little weird at the moment the roasted malt gives way to the vanilla, but that's my only real complaint here and it's a minor one.

Feel is on the lighter side, but at only 5.4% ABV that isn't too surprising. It's not at all prickly or harsh and is EXTREMELY drinkable. I'm not sure how they do it but this legitimately does leave my mouth feeling like I just had a little sip of a vanilla milkshake, or partly melted ice cream, right after I swallow -- not sure if that's entirely mouthfeel or a mixture of that and the flavor, but either way it definitely works.

Overall, this is DRASTICALLY better than the six-pack I had before -- enough of the roasty malt flavors to work as a porter, but also a load of vanilla. It's a really nice combination. There's so much vanilla that I can only really see this working as a dessert beer rather than with a meal... but considering that dessert-beer is exactly what I wanted when I grabbed that bottle out of the fridge, that works for me!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a hint of amber and mahogany. A modest creamy head and lace that clings to the glass.
Aroma is sweet all around. The dark fruits the nose, followed by vanilla which predominates throughout the rest of the drink. There are also some light coffee and roasted malt tones to balance out the sweetness.
The taste is interesting and a bit unusual for a porter. There are some roasted malt tones, however, surprisingly I detect more of a fruity presence, particularly a slightly citric and sour finish. The vanilla flavor is also there .The hops bitterness is minimal. The body is medium and perhaps a bit thin for a porter. It is easy to drink however and would make for a good session beer.
Overall I did like it. I think Peyton Manning should have endorsed this local Colorado brew instead of Bud.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Dark brown with more of a foamy tan ring than head. Light lacing.

S: Vanilla blends in nicely with chocolate undertones.

T: Follows nose with a smooth chocolate/vanilla mixup with a bit of nuttiness thrown in.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation. Creamy.

O: Nothing spectacular, just a decent porter with those great vanilla touches. Sessionable.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty decent Vanilla porter. I recently had this and Saucony on consecutive days and I think Saucony Creek tastes better but Breckenridge has a much better texture. The Vanilla in this one doesn't work as well but it is still pretty tasty.

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Photo of C_Solodkin
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brownish tint. Minimal head retention and very little lace. Has a nice vanilla scent. Drinks smooth with a nutty vanilla being the dominant flavor and hints of oatmeal and clove. Smooth and light finish. Very drinkable and on the lighter side for a porter but didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. It pours a dark brown with cola hues and a thin, khaki-colored head and lacing. It features a nice vanilla scent. The taste is vanilla forward with coffee, dark chocolate, and nuts. It has a nice blend of vanilla sweetness and bitter coffee grounds. It also has a slight sourness at the finish. This porter is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and very easy to drink at 5.4% ABV. Overall, it is tasty and light but not nearly as flavorful and satisfying as Victory at Sea, Eddie Fitz or Founders Porter

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The Vanilla Porter is an easy drinking dark beer that has a great scent and balanced taste. The beer poured a nearly opaque dark with ecru head that is leaving a lace. The scent is vanilla. The taste is slightly sweet with vanilla and peat presence. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's drinkable.

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Photo of Bennybgood7
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice porter. There is something different going on, but the vanilla eludes me. Not bitter, but also not cloyingly sweet. Still very good, glad I bought a 6 pack.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The vanilla flavor interacts in an interesting way with the roasted malt of the porter. It isn't sweet, which is good, but some of the bitterness is altered.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an oval glass. Poured down the center with no tilt.

L - dark brown color with brown highlights. Not an aggressive pour, so only one finger of head. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - milk chocolate, vanilla, dark malts, coffee, oatmeal.

T - chocolate cake, chocolate milk, followed by a dark malt finish. Pairs well with vanilla ice cream

F - pretty light in body. Not too much carbonation. Not too heavy.

O - did not get too much vanilla but I have heard other people taste it. Unfortunately, they just sold to AB-INBEV, which is too bad. It's pretty good though, give it a try.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a black with a decent sized cafe creme colors head. Leaves behind a small lingering of lace. Taking a whiff brew hits the nose with a sweet, vanilla flavor, inviting you to take a sip, or long swig. The taste is fantastic. It starts off with some flavorful malts which mix with vanilla. It certainly has a delightful, sweet taste. Mouth feel is great. It feels smooth and creamy. Exceptionally easy and a pleasure to drink. Overall, this is a lovely brew. Great flavors right now, with a nice sweet taste that is not overwhelming.

Served in 12oz snifter. Bottled before Breckenridge Brewery buyout.

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Photo of CalebM
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle, slowly poured into a cheap-o pint glass I have.

Look: dark hickory, minimal head. Lots of lacing that lasted the entire time.

Smell: Vanilla, some nuttiness (walnut? pecan?). Tincy bit of of dark chocolate.

Taste: I noticed the vanilla a bit more upfront than some of the other reviewers here, but it didn't wow me. The same roast-y, nutty character in many porters--and it works. Somewhere along the line, the vanilla tasted too sweet, if not artificial. Would love to see the ingredients :)

Feel: Surprisingly light, very drinkable. Pretty highly carbonated, and it sticks to your mouth a little bit.

Overall: Less than expected in taste factor, but this is a good, ballpark porter w/ a vanilla twist. Worth trying if, like me, you see a lone bottle at your beer stop.

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Photo of theBubba
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good "proper Porter color" with a nice but not long lasting head. Lace that really did last...'til the end of the glass. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate and a bit of coffee.

After tasting, my first impression was that of a slight sourness and a thin mouth feel. This stayed with me to the end but I have to say that this Porter was still tasty and non offensive in terms of bitterness. I'm an avid hater of the current IPA trend and believe there is more to beer than hops.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but at its price (I payed 3 bucks for a 12oz. tall neck) I can think of better. It seems as the craft beer trend is peaking so are the prices of partaking.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at a restaurant.

Is a very standard, all around porter with a greater emphasis on vanilla. Vanilla, to me, is a bit artificial but otherwise it's a nice vanilla porter.

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Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
3.55 out of 5 based on 4,150 ratings.
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