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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 01-13-2006

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Cambridge House in Grand Rapids, MI.

A: Dark brown/black in color, very small head which quickly faded, lacing was thin but sticky, remained through the entire glass.

S: Vanilla, toasty caramel and roasted malt.

T: Sweet...sweet vanilla, caramel, coffee, molasses, roasted malts, toasty vanilla aftertaste.

M: Smooth....not much in the way of carbonation, this is a thick beer with alot of heavy body.

D: Pretty good...I drank 2 very fast but that was enough. It sure tastes good and is smooth on the mouth but it's filling! It's like dessert in a glass!

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Photo of WillKorn
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am typically a bigger fan of stouts than I am of porters, but I just had this the other day and it is very good. I always love heavier beers like this from nitro taps because of how unbelievably smooth the nitro makes the beer. I enjoyed this beer after a meal almost as a dessert.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.49/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really strong and nice aroma that's reminiscent of red vines. The vanilla helps to restrain the roasted flavors a bit, making it a more mild yet fully enjoyable porter.

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Photo of hossua34
4.48/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black. A nice, fat head that fades away very slowly. Big patches of sticky, off-white lacing. Very good appearance.

S - Sweet, vanilla-caramel scent. A slight hint of chocolate and floral undertones.

T - Sweet, vanilla-cream first taste. Fades back to a malty flavor of dark chocolate and toast. Nutty, almost milky aftertaste. Pretty damn good.

M - Thick, but not syrupy. Low carbonation, but not flat. Very well-rounded, and very warming mouthfeel.

D - A fantastic porter - dark and sweet. Very filling, and the vanilla comes on a bit strong, however. Still, I'd have another one of these any day.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter is a dim, dark brown ale with a khaki head that quickly fades to a bubbly ring. The aroma is brimming with chocolate and roast. There is a slight hint of coffee in the nose and the vanilla seems to manifest itself almost as oak. It's medium bodied, smooth and sudsy. The finish is dry and clean. It tastes much like it smells, but stronger, with lots of chocolate and roast. There's a little coffee in there too. The vanilla is not prominent and comes off as oak. There's not really any noticeable bitterness or sweetness. There's a slight, roasty aftertaste. This is smooth, tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I normally don't drink porters, but I had to try what I think is Breck's flagship beer while in town. Easy to drink for this IPA fan due to a nice level of carbonation and a relatively light feel for the style. Vanilla is a nice buffer for the coffee-like flavor of porter beers. Would definitely get again, especially in the winter.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look//Pours Dark like a brown ale. Not as dark as I thought it would be but not a deal breaker.

Smell//Vanilla and Coffee Hints. Smells a bit nutty and sweet. Has a good aroma about it

Taste//Tastes like a good Porter. Can taste the coffee and vanilla bean hints. Good lacing and a foamy tan head. I'll definitely be reaching for this beer again. Worth trying.

Not as stout as I prefer however a real easy drinking beer. I rated it overall a 4.75.

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Photo of barondebourgogne
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep brown with a lasting off-white head. Beautiful deep rustic brown color.

Immediate whiffs of cocoa and vanilla. Very approachable.

Very well balanced, mouth watering, and just plain delicious. They hit the balance between chocolate and vanilla just right on this one.

Medium to light body. Very smooth and drinkable. Slithers down the throat in a very silky fashion.

A great, every day, easy drinking beer. Excellent go-to brew that never tires.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.44/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown that allows some light in. Not much of a head.

The smell is chocolate and vanilla bean.

The taste has a very little bitterness on the front followed by a quick roast and then a hugeee amount of vanilla.

It really surprised me to see such a low rating on here. The beer is exactly what I was hoping for and then some. In my opinion, VERY porter like with a lot of vanilla presence. I am glad I bought two bottles cause this is great!

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Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this because I heard many great things about this brewery. like Deschutes, and Russian River, and many others, there are some inherently GREAT breweries out there and I wanted to try this.
poured a very dark, but not totally black, ultra dark brown, with minimal head.
has a very 'rookie' smell to it although I must admit I know nothing of this brewery except I have searched for their other chocolate brew and could not find it... very nice, sweet, chocolate taste and smell, albeit subtle and subdued, but definitely makes an impact on the senses....
seriously disappointed that I found out (now) that it's ONLY 4.7% but oh well; I've been looking for relatives of this brew for awhile.... not bad...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is smoky and contains strong vanilla and roasted malts with a little bit of caramel & hops in the background.

T: The taste is loaded with vanilla, more so than any other beer that I’ve had. There’s a little bit of caramel, spice and hops in it but they only show up briefly. The malt character is very hearty as you would expect. The after-taste is sweet. Previously, I have disparagingly described other beers as tasting like cream soda. While this beer tastes more like cream soda than those beers that I berated, this one does it well, because it retains taste qualities of beers that the others did not.

M: Very smooth with a decent amount of crispness, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, very good representation of style within the style (while it's listed as an Herbed/Spiced Beer, it probably should be listed as an American Porter), this beer is one I could drink quite a few of until I get too full, but it’s still very good.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Breckenridge balloon glass. The beer is a coffee black, with a cola cream colored head that dissipates to a thin film with chunky bubbles around the edges. Foamy lacing randomly shows up on the glass. The beer smells of burnt malts, rich chocolate, and finally a good vanilla bean presence. The beer starts with a good vanilla note, but not overly so, then leads to burnt malts and some bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is just a bit watery, but I still like it as it is smooth.

Overall, there are better pure porters on the market, but I give this one high marks because of their excellent use of Vanilla. It's a great dessert beer and I like to revisit this one from time to time.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sapsuckers in Huntington poured this in a regular pilsner glass with a small head. The color is a dark caramel but it is clear and translucent. The vanilla bean is prominent on the nose along with hints of caramel. The first sip hits you with the vanilla flavor, slight effervensce, and is not very thick in the mouth. It finishes clean with a hint of chocolate. A great beer and at 4.7% can have a few while watching the Jets attempt to play football.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good dessert beer. Great to drink right after a big dinner. It pours a nice black porter color with a two finger tan head. Right off the bat, vanilla, malts, and spices slap you right in the nose. The taste was very good. almost like a vanilla milkshake with roasted malts, spices, and big vanilla bean flavor. It was very easy to drink. It was thick and smooth. Very easy to enjoy.

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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 Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass.
Found it at Grapes and Grains in Denver.
This is a good one. I'll have to have more to compare it with Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter. This one has a nice head, perhaps a little thin for a porter. Keeps, but spotty.
Good aroma of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, malt and nuts.
Tastes comes on strong vanilla, but only at first. Typical porter of nuts, chocolate, malt. Coffee taste is the dominate flavor, yet isn't too strong. It says it uses real vanilla beans, and that comes through in the taste. The vanilla is strong, yet in the background.
It's a good beer, but I'll have to drink more to truly get the feel for it.
--update. OK, I've had a six pack. A nice smooth beer. Doesn't linger too long in the back of your mouth. don't drink other beers after this one unless they are big tasting.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew reminded me why I like dark beers and why porters are the ones I always keep an eye out. Every now and then, I come across one, like this one, which blows me away...

From the glass it pours a very dark brown, almost black liquid, but with surprising red highlights - distinctly there, no doubt. The smell had everything you would expect in a dark beer - the roasted malts, caramel notes, and of course with this one the vanilla - truly special. The beer was lightly carbonated (a plus up in my book) with a creamy texture I am certain I noted. There were not only the hints of the caramel, roasted malts, and vanilla, but an overall strong beer flavor which mixed well with all the other ingredients - I was impressed. Overall, it a great beer, probably one of the best if not best porters I have had to date.

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Photo of seedyone
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 2014 - Rattle n Hum, on tap. Seems vanilla is farther back but still a worthy brew.

2013 At Rattle N Hum Caught this on the cusp of the season. Glad to see it. This is a fine brew. Balanced & polite. Not much is given away under the nose but the coffee, chocolate & of course the vanilla, jump out on the tongue. Subterfuge at it's most hospitable. 74F outside & it still has relevance. Go you Breckenridge.

2013 Rattle n Hum, NYC. On tap. Second try reveals serious vanilla followed by a nicely balanced taste & mouth feel. Well crafted. Demands a second helping & at a friendly 4.7 ABV, let's do it.

01/10/12 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. Nice. Not too sweet. Medium body. Not the winter warmer I expect from a porter, but worth a try.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz=>Two Melbourn Bros. Long-Stemmed Tulips

A ~ Pours a deep mahogany/black with a milky, light chestnut head. Looks damn smooth.

S ~ Lovely nose of roasted malt, French Vanilla Ice Cream, faint cocoa powder & powdered sugar.

T ~ Lush chocolate shavings, dark malts & vanilla wafer that fades into fresh heavy cream & coconut milk, finishing with nutella-smeared-toast. Almost a mocha thing going on.

M ~ Sweet & sensual throughout with a twinge of bitter on the end reminding you it is indeed a porter. Pleasant cinsistency; they've got the cream factor d o w n.

D ~ Amazing feel & flavor that is smooth going down. The chocolate flavors remind me of notes in Boulevard's Chocolate.
Wish I had more!
Cheers & Thanks saramisu!

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Photo of Brewmiser
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice dark brown color, with a good 2 fingers of head.

Smell - Vanilla,

Taste - Vanilla, & roasted carmel

Mouthfeel - very light for a dark beer

Drinkability - would make a nice cool weather beer.

Overall - very good beer if you like Vanilla.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with hints of ruby when held to the candle light. This one supports a head that is only a half of a finger before reducing quickly to a collar of flimsy tan foam.

S - Deep roasted grains and milk chocolate with some nice espresso tones. There are some nice cola notes that are not out of place, and the vanilla aspects are subdued and pleasant. Some nice nutty notes come out with warmth.

T - Sweet Count Chocula cereal flavors abound, with hints of cocoa powder (for making hot chocolate), Rich Chocolatey Ovaltine mix powder, and Hershey's chocolate syrup. Wow! That's a lot of chocolate power for a vanilla flavored porter! This is a wonderful desert brew!!

M - Medium bodied, with a more full feel after the swallow, Carbonation is mellow and silkly, and the finish is extremely sweet.

D - A damn tasty desert beer. I wouldn't want more than one though. This has the complexity of hot chocolate and vanilla, and reminds me of a good coffee drink concocted by the best barrista at an Italian cafe, but lacks the magic necessary for a truly drinkable brew. The massive sugary sweetness detracts from the drinkability, but this is a really nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 2-3-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a dark brew, one finger of foam, can't see much carbonation but it had a decent layer of froth

S - Dark roasted malts, fair amount of vanilla but not overpowering, hints of coffee, not much hop aroma present

T/M - Medium bodied, taste a good amount of vanilla and roasted malts, smoothed fairly easy

D - Very tasty porter, vanilla was the amount for me. Not too sweet just balanced right. I would get this brew again, very easy to have more than one of. I highly recommend this brew

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Photo of marcpal
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Havent seen this brewer on the shelves in Jersey so when in Charlotte, picked up a few interesting six packs, DIPA included. Vanilla beans in a porter intrigued me.

A: Virtually black with a light tan head that didnt hold on long while the lacing did. Look like a knife and fork beer in thickness.

S: Vanilla, almonds and other sweet malty flavors. Some chocolate covered fruit too, pretty complex here.

T: Vanilla did not sell short. Coffee is there, sweet roasted almonds again but nothing as strong as the chocolate. Cocoa nibs were like milk chocolate on the tongue- another fine beer that is like taking a bite out of a Charleston Chew.

M: Filling to the mouth but not to the stomach. Nice chunky body and you really do notice the quality beans used to brew, adds mouthfeel character

D: Very high. Based on the flavors within the bottle, would not have guessed that there wouldnt have been more alcohol punch smooshed into this beer. Among other things, the sheer potential in accompanying this beer with good grub lends tons of possibilities.

The two things that surprised me about looking the beer up on here to put in my review was that it was not higher rated and the abv was so low.
Glad I got a six and it will go really fast.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a dark brown with mild, ruby transparencies. A fluffy, light tan head slowly fades into a mild cap and a bubbly collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge vanilla notes, caramel, and brown sugar with a dusting of cocoa powder, molasses, and milk chocolate.
Taste is of vanilla laced cocoa beverage with a hint of mocha and a touch of mint.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, and just sweet enough to keep me coming back for more. This is a very drinkable, lip smacking, after dinner brew that keeps you so interested that you don't want to put the glass down.
I could pound a few six packs of these and keep coming back for more.

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Photo of TCog
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark color, decent head but, but nothing extraordinary or remarkable.

S - Pleasantly vanilla-y without smelling artificial or over the top.

T - The balance in this beer is spot on. The vanilla is seemlessly part of the porter.

M - Smooth, creamy, and and enough weight to satisfy and remind you you're drinking a porter, but not too heavy.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. I sat down to have one, I found number two and three followed pretty easily.

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