Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

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 EasternDivide
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After a few weeks in Colorado and getting my fill of the local goods, I decided to branch out with the "make-you-own" sixer. One company that caught my eye was Breckenridge. Their Vanilla Porter has a complexity but it isn't the most drinkable or the best porter I've had this season. Its appearance is a deep brown, nearly on par with guinness. The nose is mostly candies and hops with just the subtlest of hints of its named ingredient. When it comes to flavor, I love the boldness of the flavors and the unabashed use of hops, but the hops seem to overpower the malt that I was looking for. The benefit of this is that you have a clean palate, ready for the next drink.

Though I couldn't drink a few pints of this it is a good solo pint. I can see it doing very well at a christmas party, but wouldn't drink a whole growler myself.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass

A-- Poured a dark coke color. One finger light brown head. Little bit of carbonation bubbles. Good head retention.

S-- Very thin smell. Just hints of Vanilla.

T-- Lots of vanilla, little bit of chocolate and toffee. Some roasted malts as well.

M-- Vanilla bomb. Really strong vanilla and some toffee and coffee. Quite sweet.

D-- For a low ABV beer it was hard to get through. Not something to pair with food. Desert, yes. I thought it needed more to offset the massive vanilla flavor. When I have had on tap it is more balanced but not as good on tap as in bottles. One is enough.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown beer with a smallish off-white head, decent lacing. Very faint aromas aren’t too promising..not picking up a whole lot of anything really, particularly in the way of vanilla or the typical roasted notes of a good porter. A little bit of sweet malt and traces of coffee.

Flavor is pretty light as well. Very faint in terms of the vanilla, and not much roast, chocolate or coffee either. Light, watery, vaguely nutty, just traces of vanilla and coffee.

Easy to drink, with low ABV, clean finish, medium carbonation. Pretty disappointing, I’d say, although I didn’t really have high hopes for this to begin with. Lacking in just about everything I love in the porter style. I’d almost say it would be hard to identify it as a porter if tasted blind, so definitely loses points based on its lack of adherence to the style. Won’t be back when there’s still so much more to try.

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Photo of jale
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear brown with a dime of a tan head.

S: A little roasted malt a just a hint of vanilla.

T: Some roasted malt. Slightly sweet and tiny amount of vanilla. Slight sour finish

M: Moderate carbonation. Thin body for me.

D; One and done for me.

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Photo of rye726
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A perfect silky tan head. Not the darkest porter, but a deep redwood color. Nice aroma as well. A well balanced vanilla over a very decent porter. Tasty malt structure is complex yet nice and dry. Medium body with a nice carbonation. A little syrupy from the vanilla. A quality brew, just a little strong on the vanilla.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown color with ruby edges. Poured a half-finger light tan head that dissipated to and even layer. Light, broken lacing.

S: Lightly toasted malts and sweet cherries. Toasted malts more prevelant as the beer warmed. Surprisingly, no vanilla.

T: Mild toasted malt flavors up front then sweet light fruits. A hint of vanilla (but I was looking for it). Mild bitter finish to balance.

M: Light side of medium body. Enough carbonation to balance.

D: A little overly sweet in a bit of a cloying way. Suggest you let it warm a little.

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Photo of hts417
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- dark brown borderline black with off white tannish head. Retention was short lived

S- coffee and caramel notes with whiffs of vanilla

T-the vanilla is surprisingly subtle. Coffee and roasted malt flavors with the vanilla coming in on the finish

M-fairly thin for the style. Just slightly cloying/ sticky on finish

O-overall not bad but left a lot to be desired. Not really an amazing porter and not enough complexity to be an interesting variation on the style

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Photo of Riggsy
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into Nonic pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, ruby highlights show off when held up to the light. A thin creamy beige head forms, falls quickly to a surface film which stays throughout.

Complex aroma of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Vanilla is pretty powerful which some might find off putting but I found it pretty pleasant.

Vanilla and an almost cloying sweetness dominate the flavor. Some chocolate and coffee in the background. The sweetness took away from this but would still be real good as a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is full and thick, like syrup. Not much carbonation, some more might make it less heavy on the tongue.

Nice dessert beer, but wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

The label says Remarkable Vanilla Porter, but I found it was really only one of the three. I could go through all the categories, but if you imagine all those categories for a generic porter you pretty much have this beer figured out. I found it an average porter, but got almost no vanilla and nothing really special from this beer. It is painfully average, so you will not hate this beer, but you will probably not love it either.

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Photo of frequentgear
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

pours some appealing creamy head, which fades to almost nonexistent lace. dark red, practically brown.

smells delicious, sweet bread and vanilla/liquor scents.

slight malty taste. not very much in the way of body. the vanilla is powerful and isn't as good as it smells, but tastes sweet before a somewhat bitter finish/aftertaste. kinda reminds me of vanilla cola...or flavored coffee creamer, in a not-so-good way. would rather have a full porter or a stout. it's okay

wouldn't really seek it out again though.

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Photo of N3ptune
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served: bottle into a mug.

L: Worried right away. Not nearly as dark as I would have expected. Finger, finger and a half of head that dissolved very quickly.

S: Vanilla, coffee, malty, even getting a hint of cherry. Smells lovely.

T: Malty. Slight coffee roast. Vanilla and caramel come through at the end. No big flavors.

M: Very thin for a porter. More carbonation than expected.

O: Not a bad beer. Not exactly what I expect from a porter though.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark, but when observed in the light, you can see right through it. Its actually a dark ruby red color. Dark tan head.

S: It smells really sugary and sweet. Roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

T: It tastes like a pretty standard porter, but just watered down. I don't really get too much vanilla in the taste as I do in the smell. Slightly bitter and dry, which is nice. I get a strange stale, burnt coffee taste that turns me off a bit. Turns watery in the finish.

M: There is something wrong with the mouthfeel of this beer- it's too watery. The finish tastes and has the texture of carbonated water.

This porter is very meh. I can't really recommend this beer to anyone when there are much better porters (non-flavored) out there.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger eggshell color that fades to a very thin collar in no time.

S: Light vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, and cream soda. Nice sweet smell, but not very porter-y in my opinion.

T: Cream soda...a LOT of cream soda in general. This isn't like Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean where the (overpowering) vanilla totally clashed with the smokiness...the (overpowering) vanilla here at least meshes moderately well with the base beer. There's a little bit of nuttiness near the finish, but this beer seems like little more than a canvas to show off the vanilla flavors.

M: Pretty creamy, but at the same time, too oddly foamy and light feeling...just like cream soda! Carbonation could be toned down a little, as well.

O: Well, your enjoyment will come down to one question - do you like cream soda? If so, you'll probably like this too. A one and done for me, but I don't regret trying it.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into an average pint glass. It looked a lot like root beer, produced a cool webbing of foam on the glass.

S: not much to it.

T: I was expecting a whole lot more. There wasn't a "natural vanilla" flavor; rather it seemed manufactured - like the difference between imitation and pure vanilla extract. A coffee flavor showed up now and again in the beginning. As it got warmer the beer showed signs of hope. A more malty flavor emerged but it was rudimentary.

M/F: it had lager characteristics. Very carbonated

D: it was decent. I had two and that was enough.

Conclusion: It reminded me more of a black lager then a porter. I was expecting more flavor and smoother texture. For a porter it was on the lower end of average for me. I might drink this again at a bar if the options were limited, but I wouldn't purchase a 6pck.

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Photo of thethrone
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark, translucent brown. Appearence is thin and watery, with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong vanilla aroma. Smells very sweet, much like brown sugar.

T - Vanilla overpowers the palette here. Hints of roasted coffee at the finish.

M - Light, soda-like feel. Sweetness lasts in the mouth from the first sip through the last.

D - Tasty, but much too sweet for my tastes. Almost more like a soda than a beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rustic brick red exit from the bottle was dark sherry in the glass. The head was thin, spongy with a dark bronze/tan coloring. A thin whispy lash was all that was offered for lace.

S: The aroma was of dry vanilla powder, cherries both very light in strength. Light chocolate roast, fresh cocoa powder adding some sweetness but again still very under utilized.

T: The flavor was simple and thin, fresh chocolate flakes, light roast with dry vanilla barely being recognized coming off more as creamer powder. Small flashes of chocolate cherries. Overall very thin in substance not a lot of chocolate or vanilla to be recognized.

M: Some malty substance, creamy with a light carbonation detection. Nice chocolate roast fade on the swallow.

O: Overall not as robust as I hoped or envisioned. Not a lot of depth malt nor chocolate wise. Flavor was thin, a bit watered down and can be easily mundane if you were expecting a hearty vannila porter. One dimensional and liner flavor, easy drinking, but comes with a meh factor.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: Opaque/brown with a little ruby/caramel light showing through at the edges. Light tan head with little retention. Decent lacing.

Smell: Standard chocolate malts, hint of vanilla icing, very sweet, bubble gum

Taste: A bit bitter on the tip of the tongue, roasted malts and bubble gum on the palate, clean bitter coffee flavor going down. A touch of roasted malt aftertaste, but nothing overpowering. Average sweetness.

Feel: A little thin and light. Moderate carbonation.

Drink: Average, an easy drink, but not something you'll be tempted to gulp down.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep brown/mahogony color with 1/4" of head that fades fast with no lacing.

S-At first it smells of soy sauce?(served too cold maybe)but as it warms there is a sweet smell of vanilla that opens up to a nice malt backgound.

T-Dry,roasted malt,smokey chocolate.A hint of vanilla but not overpowering.It has a sweet but slightly bitter hop finish.The vanilla taste opens up as it warms.

M-Light body,expected a little heavier feel.Low carbonation.

D-Something different.I could and would enjoy 1 or 2 but not more than that.Maybe I'm not used to vanilla in my beer,but the smokey malt taste lets me forget that.

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Photo of MACrist
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 jlenik
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: not much head, amber notes through the dark brew. looks unspectacular.

s: chocolate, biscuit flour, vanilla, bitter sweet chocolate.

t: taste is pleasant, mild dark malt flavors, some dark chocolate, a healthy dose of vanilla as well.

m: smooth, not flat, carbonation coats the tongue well, I get some alcohol feel which I find strange for such a low abv beer.

o: not as robust as it should be but a decent vanilla porter. if only founders would do a vanilla version of their porter. until then I shall settle with alternatives!

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Photo of ski271
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, slightly ruddy, dark brown with a small, tan, foamy head that slowly dimishines to a thin film. Smells of lightly smokey, roasted malts with light vanilla. Taste follows suit, but with the vanilla MUCH more noticable. It has a medium-full body, texture starts out creamy, then gets a little syrupy, and then turn dry late on the finish. It's not a very complex beer. Not terrible, but nothing special.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown with a half inch light brown head. Not much vanilla smell at first. After the beer warms up a little I could smell the vanilla. Not much vanilla taste at all. A very dry tasting beer with a dry finish. There is a slight sweet smell and taste. Was a bit disappointed in this one.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at U.S. Beer Company; poured into a plastic cup.

A: Pours at dark brown with no head.

S: Smells, nice and smooth. There is chocolate and coffee notes with a vanilla sweetness.

T: Unfortunately, this doesn't carry over into the flavour. The dark notes are far too weak and bland and the vanilla tastes very artificial.

D: Brought down by the disappointing flavours, but alcohol is hidden (only 4.7, however). Mouthfeel is watery.

Overall: Not the best porter I've ever had. The flavours are weak at best and fake tasting. Also, without any of that coffee bite that porters require, its a bit out of style.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out a rich tan head that stood two fingers tall. Deep mahogany color with good clarity this beer looked picture perfect.The aroma is sweet and caramel, vanilla and raisins come through in the beginning and then I perceive some canned corn smell. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body with light carbonation. There is a good layering of brussels lace as this beer goes down.
First taste is semi-sweet and the malt character is a bit weak and there is a metallic flavor that brings down the rating. Vanilla is noticeable and in more quantity than other vanilla beers I have had. Not a terrible beer and the flaws can be overlooked.

Happen to have this with some caramel corn and it was a descent pairing.

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Photo of bulldog91
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thought I ordered a vanilla porter, but kept waiting for the vanilla.
A very good porter - poured dark with a modest head and gave some vanilla smell, but barely. It was easy and light in the mouth and the taste was good. But I kept wanting more vanilla - not dominating it, but just a touch more would have made it phenomenal

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