Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
1,068 Reviews
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,068 | Ratings: 4,059
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.

 240 characters

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.

 304 characters

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

 533 characters

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.

 335 characters

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.

 164 characters

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.

 157 characters

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.

 618 characters

Photo of THSdrummer
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.

 606 characters

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.

 791 characters

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.

 656 characters

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.

 215 characters

Photo of ajilllau
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I usually don't like porters, but this beer was very good. It smelled like vanilla and coffee, which increased as it aired a bit. The taste was smooth with hints of coffee and an unsweet vanilla. It's lower in abv than I expected. Very good drinkable beer.

 256 characters

Photo of dbl_delta
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear deep brown. Thick head of coarse, light tan bubbles that lasts a long time. Initial impression is mild vanilla (of course...), with some light caramel, bread, and nutty undertones. Also a touch of roasted malts. No hops to speak of. Everything is nicely understated and complementary. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Smooth finish. Very well-balanced and enjoyable.

 422 characters

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Very dark brown color with a minimal straw colored head, half a finger, slow dissipation with decent lacing. Vanilla was the first taste to appear followed by chocolate. Very smooth, but slow to tantalize the taste buds. A "Remarkable and Partakable" beer.

 308 characters

Photo of cwmayer
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had it at our local bar. Nitro beer. I'm going to rate it high. I really enjoyed it. Smooth. Hints of vanilla. Dark and malty but not overpowering at all. Drinks much lighter than it looks. I could easily down a few of these on a cool, brooding autumn afternoon (and did.)

 275 characters

Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Brewery - Vanilla Porter. 5.40% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass.

Look: Dark brown, pretty much black. Non aggressive pour yielded a half finger head, light tan in color, that dissipated very slowly, leaving thick, sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Some roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and dark malts on the nose, along with a very faint hint of vanilla; none of which very strong.

Feel: Thick and creamy, with the head contributing to the creaminess. Minuscule amount of carbonation, but still present. Has a dry finish to it.

Taste: Up front, and most profound is roast coffee, with the chocolate and some nuttiness backing it. Dark malts on the back end and into the aftertaste. Very little, if any noticeable vanilla.

Overall: This was the first Porter I tried while getting into craft beer. I thought highly of it then, since it wasn't bitter, and I actually liked it. After trying more since then, and revisiting this, I still do like this, however it does not leave the same impression. This beer has a nice feel to it, and tastes good, but it is not extremely remarkable.

 1,108 characters

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

Pours almost black with a thin head that disappears instantly.

Smell is burnt coffee...but only faintly so. By far the most stand-out aspect of this was, to me, the carbonation, It has a real pop. Not unpleasantly so though. As for the vanilla.....I had to strain to taste it. Not sure that I did to be honest.

But it's a nice American Porter. Unique in the mouthfeel. Definitely a keeper.

 400 characters

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

I've started loading up on Colorado brews again - heading there for skiing in about 6 weeks.

This one has the look and aroma of a good porter.

The taste is a nice malty sweetness. It's a little thin but still quite serviceable. Recommended.

 243 characters

Photo of ribby
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I haven't had too manythe tnilla porters, but I am starting to develop an opinion about them. They should have less hoops. Maybe even none. It is okay to be a little sweet, the vanilla will balance the malts sweetness, you don't need the hops to do that.

The Breckenridge had a nice red color
It lets a little more light thru than typical porters. The aroma is shaped by the roasted malt. As I suggested above, the three way balancing act of malt hoops and vanilla is a bit off. The hops and vanilla clash a bit too much in my opinion. I think you could get the same effect by adding a teaspoon of two of Mexican vanilla to your favorite porter. Even better try adding it to a sweet Scottish ale.

 699 characters

Photo of dacrza1
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: October 18, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: soaking up the tears of a Browns wasted opportunity... APPEARANCE: coal-black body, to be expected of porter; reasonably thick, slush-brown two-finger head that becomes a screen shade on the glass while keeping a quarter-inch ring--suitable... AROMA: vanilla bean, smoky, toasted dark malts and a milky lactic allure; little in the profile otherwise... PALATE: rather light-bodied for a porter; swift and dissipating aftertaste... TASTE: soft vanilla is present but almost an additive, like in a soda; speaking of which, this exhibits the cola qualities one expects from a porter, with some ginger and hops at the finish... OVERALL: a reasonable, dutiful porter that has some nuance but doesn't stand out as one to reach back for ...

 811 characters

Photo of schwansmantr
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark porter with a nice light carbonation with very little aroma and nice head. The aroma you do get wich is oh so faint of vinnila. This beer shocked the crap out of me and I thought I would hate it before my first sip. It went down extremely smooth with a slight hop taste followed by another of vinnila. Absolutely hardly no after taste and extremely drinkable with a meal or just at the camp fire. A for sur

 418 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at America on Tap.
Deep brown with a small off white head. Lots of vanilla flavor with some light caramel and chocolate maltiness behind it. I would have preferred a richer sweeter malt base to counter the vanilla.

 221 characters

Photo of JSigsbach
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo depicts product accurately; Direct pour into snifter-style glass, approx 48 deg.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, ruby tones; Sustainted tan head; Amber/black tones; Inviting

Aroma: Dank; Ever so slight hint of perfume/sweetness

Body/Texture/Mouthfeel: Thinner/fizzier that expected; Astringent character;

Aftertaste: Slightly boozy on retrolfaction; Resiny

Overall: Moderately drinkable; Good for cutting richer food with more robust flavors/characters

 461 characters

Photo of PA-hunter
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.4% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark charcoal with a light brown head that diminishes. Quite dark.

Smell- Toasted bread, Vanilla bean, molasses.

Taste- A sweet baked bread malty flavor quickly turns into a rich blast of vanilla. Not much unlike vanilla ice cream. Prominent roasted nuttiness midway through, finishing with yet even more vanilla richness with slight bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Medium in bosy with fair carbonation.

Overall- The richest vanilla flavor I have yet found in any beer, as the name implies. Very flavorful and sets this beer aside on its own with the heavy vanilla use. The independent nature of this makes this porter stand out. A must try for fans of vanilla. Well done porter.

 760 characters

Photo of Sirwootalot
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a very deep, thick, and rich dull brown (almost black), with a 1/2-centimeter vanilla colored head. It smells absolutely wonderful, but not pungently so - roasted toffee dominates utterly, with hints of vanilla bean, caramel, and a tiny hint of coffee cream. The body is similarly rich and creamy, where vanilla utterly dominates over a mild porter (more like a strong brown ale). There aren't a ton of roasted notes - instead, a smooth, buttery softness takes center stage in the mouth, with much less stickiness than one might expect. Hops, if they are here at all, are completely undetectable.

I really enjoy this, but without the excellent vanilla infusion it would clearly be a merely okay run-of-the-mill session beer. It happened to pair incredibly well with my polish-style Goulash!

 835 characters

Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.