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 88caprice
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Overall: it's good, but seems more like a brown ale. A little thin to blow me away as a porter.

Dark reddish brown. See-through. Fizzy head. Some lacing. Smells of vanilla, marshmallow, and sweet malts. Taste follows. A little sweet, but not too much. A very drinkable, subtle porter. Feels carbonated and soda like. Thin. Residually sweet and sticky.

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Photo of puck1225
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with good beige head and lacing. Subdued vanilla and toast smell. These flavors come out as the beer warms. A bit on the light side but an ok beer.

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Photo of Vanzomeran
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not terribly much on the nose, HInts of Vanilla, but mostly smells like beer. (take this with a grain of salt, I have horrendus allergies and thus a terrible sense of smell)
Definite vanilla up front, can get the chocolate late, and roasted on the finish. The roast tastes slightly burnt to me though, like you were melting chocolate and a small amount got burnt to the bottom of the pan. Not awful, just not as clean as could be.

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Photo of cdclark81
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A little light in color for a porter; it's dark brown but slightly transparent. Nice head retention and good lacing. Roasted malt on the nose with a hint of vanilla. Slight roasted malt on the tongue, and a little bit of vanilla and a slight smoky flavor. I hate to say it, but there's something a bit bland about it.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I did not taste vanilla like I anticipated, but instead it was like a muted porter. Smell is weird, almost like nothing! I seriously had to concentrate to see that it had a faint smell to it. Mouthful had a good feel to it, and was consistent from start to finish. Finished clean and was not dry.

This beer is not bad, but I think a little more vanilla would make the beer even more interesting. As it is now, it tastes like a weakened porter beer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with mild foam and very sticky lacing. Smells of nice vanilla, coffee, and nuttiness. The flavor is good but I have to say mild, I was hoping for more based off smell but it was muted. Getting vanilla, coffee, chocolate, nuts, and malt. The feel is very mild to light, overall this could be a great beer if the flavors were more forward, not bad but it could be so much more.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this as a past dated deal and it was a great deal. I tried it and was very pleased that the flavor was not stale. It had a great dark vanilla flavor with major coffee hints.

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Photo of D1noB
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A crisper porter with a thick finish, not bad but could be better,

Taste Rating in Words: It's a light snow on a hot day, pretty but not much to play with.

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

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a soft mostly dark brown color with no head nor lacing. The smell starts off with a light roasted coffee bean, vanilla slightly comes into balance with a light cocoa coming about. Light nuttiness does also enter in as it warms. The taste has a mellow roast to semi-sweet vanilla/cocoa that leads to a gentle dry and roasty coffee aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Overall, as an American Porter it works.

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

L: Dark brown, lighter where light gets through. 1 finger light tan head.

S: Coffee, roasted malt

T&F: Roasted malt, cocoa, slight vanilla, maybe some mild fruit as well. Fairly dry finish with a moderate body.

O: The vanilla wasn't as prominent as I was anticipating based on other vanilla flavored beers I have had. That isn't necessarily good or bad, just an observation. An okay beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi transperant brown with a small head. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste follows the nose with some sweetness. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall it's a pretty decent porter.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz Pilsner glass. Smell is light chocolate/vanilla with some mild roasted malts. Taste was heavier on the chocolate/vanilla side, but not heavy. I really didn't get anything on the nut side (wrong glass?). Very smooth, almost as creamy as the nitro.. with the flavors coming through on the front and back ends. I enjoyed this almost as much as the nitro.

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Photo of EliW
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I was a bit disappointed with this beer. It pours nice and the smell is great. The pros of this beer is definitely the vanilla. Unlike some other vanilla beers, in this one the taste is formidable and authentic. Unfortunately the body of the beer is very very thin. This to the point that it detracts from the overall drinkability of this beer. I find that the flavor only comes out if the beer warms up, it was pretty lousy out of the fridge, cellar temperature seems to be best. Knowing myself, I will end up buying this again, but I must say that I was hoping for better.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black, with faint dark brown at the edges. The head is creamy, beige, with moderate retention and excellent lacing.

S: Vanilla bean, coconut, cocoa, burnt toast.

T: Milk chocolate, malted milk balls, cocoa powder, toast, caramel, vanilla creamer, coconut.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy carbonation.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark reddish-brown color. There was a moderate tan head that left a little lace.
Roasted and sweet malt aroma, and vanilla.
I thought the taste was dominated by the vanilla. Some chocolate and some caramel present.
Too sweet, too much vanilla.

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

Dark toasted malt with vanilla and cocoa. Had a niceness frothy head and deep brown color. Smells come across as straight, simple porter style. Flavor is pretty straight forward with a nutty backbone. Lacking some complexity and depth. Hopeful for more richness in this medium-bodied offering as it warms. It's okay so far but not as remarkable as the label suggests.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter has a reddish dark brown body. A 1-finger tan head was produced. The nose is smoky and dominated by more chocolate malt than vanilla with some sweetness from caramel in the background. The flavor that first hits your taste buds is vanilla followed by roasty malts, chocolate, and a slight bit of coffee. The mouth feel is medium with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, the Porter is very easy drinking. Next time I may try adding a scoop [or two] of vanilla ice cream to see how that tastes.

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

I have recently been avoiding flavored beers. The few that I have had, from chocolate stouts, grapefruit IPAs to, yes, vanilla porters, tasted artificial and the added flavors overwhelmed the beer they were supposed to enhance. I tried this at a restaurant on a whim and enjoyed it. The vanilla is not all powerful, and it allows the porter taste like it should: only with a whiff of vanilla in the nose and on the tongue!

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Photo of Deschene2k
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean taste with a touch of chocolate and hints of a floral rather than a sweet vanilla. Lighter than other porters with a good mouth feel and a clean finish.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark brown you might expect from a porter. 1 finger head that dissipates with minimal lacing. Smells of vanilla and roasted malts. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and malts and that hint of sugary vanilla and finishes slightly bitter. Nothing shocking here. A solid porter that also comes off a little thin. The carbonation here is minimal to, if you're going to have a thin beer, you might as well give it some zip to hide that....Or else, make it really rich and creamy....The finish on this one is not very rich or creamy...It just kind of dies off at the end and disappears. Potable, but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant porter. Doesn't try too hard. Modest vanilla makes an interesting aroma. Coffee/chocolate roasted malts. Hops keep all in balance. Have again ? Probably.

And did two winters later and appreciate it even more. BB's porter doesn't try to do too much like a lot in this style. The vanilla is subtle enough and the roasted malts are dry enough and, still, pleasant. Perhaps thin, but that is how I need to get. So, I will have BB's porter yet again... perhaps in three years hence.

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Photo of degueulasse
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The carbonation adds a bit of bite to what is otherwise a rather bland beer. There isn't much of a distinctive flavor, and what is there doesn't taste all that much of vanilla. I think this was my first or second porter, so I'm not exactly sure what to look for, but this was altogether a rather uneventful drinking experience.

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Photo of Crakjak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Lighter side of optional porters. Very smooth. Great vanilla taste all the way through. Smooth vanilla smell. Very light feeling. Goes down great and smooth.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has vanilla in the name but chocolate is the dominate flavor in this dark beer. I'm becoming a huge fan of dark beers and this one is really good. Would have again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Easiest most simple review ever. Pours like a Cream Soda and tastes like a Cream Soda. Pretty damn enjoyable too, drinks smooth and crisp. Moderate ABV makes this porter borderline sessionable if you can find the right time and place to rip into a couple. I'm thinking fireplace, ski lodge, after shoveling... winter specific.


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