Vanilla Porter | Breckenridge Brewery

1,082 Reviews
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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Photo of edward57
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid drinkable Porter, a beer I'll definitely buy again. However, I didn't get a taste or scent of vanilla. This Porter has a wonderful dark color, with a pleasant coffee / bitter smell. This tasted, like it smell. For me it was very balance.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very safe vanilla porter. A good balance of malts, chocolates and roastiness. Every few sips you get a deep splash of vanilla which calms the brew down even more.

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Photo of yungbrew
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It was ok. Not a whole lot going on flavor wise. Very easy to drink though, especially for a porter. Would have liked a higher ABV, but I guess this is a porter for the usually-a-light-beer-drinker. Wasn't horrible, but wasn't that great. Probably better as a nitro

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

Poured form bottle to snifter. Near-black in color, half finger of tan head that quickly dissipates to a thing ring. Nose and taste are spot-on for style: roast coffee beans and cocoa, not too harsh. The taste does have a vanilla bean flavor, fell is thin and smooth.

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

Had the base beer first. It's okay. 3.5. Has a little vanilla smell and taste. Mild roast malt flavor. Light brown lacing.

Then, I had a beer blend version. Base porter layered with Guinness (dry roasted malt) and Kahlua/Frangelico (sweet coffee, boozy). An improvement on the base beer.

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Photo of do_ob
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

5.0% abv.

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a medium brown which appears watery. Settles dark brown in the glass; red hues when held to light. 1/2 a finger of off-white foam quickly fades down into a spotty lacing. Lots of bready/doughy malt on the nose with notes of caramel, expresso, and roasted malt. Didn't really pick up any vanilla. Medium-light weight, and quite smooth/creamy on the mouthfeel. Somewhat carbonated but not overly-so. Artificial vanilla and weak coffee on the taste with backing notes of chocolate - mainly on the back end. Finishes pretty smooth, but still pretty carbonated. Leaves behind a sugary-sweet aftertaste with notes of vanilla and coffee.

Overall, not really a bad beer, but not impressive by any standards, either. Kinda tastes like a watered-down vanilla expresso.

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Photo of hophead723
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pure mahogany. It gleams with this proud woody hue when held to intense light. The head is broad, thick, and tan. It leaves spotty rings down the glass as I drink. Definitely the appropriate SRM for this style.

Smell: Subtle, sweet, vanilla accompanied by a well-rounded fruity ale yeast aroma. This beer was brewed with actual vanilla so freshness will dictate the intensity of the aroma.

Taste: This beer actually manages to capture some of the vanilla-like flavors attained from barrel aging with a subtly sweet vanilla flavor that permeates the entire taste profile. The ale yeast used provides an excellent counterpart as well with flavors of unfiltered honey.

Feel: Very smooth; so smooth you would think that you were drinking a nitro. The full body of this brew does the style justice, and leaves a coating of sweetness after each delightful gulp. I am a fan of high ABV brews, but this one somehow works with its relatively low ABV.

Overall: Yet another delightful and masterfully brewed beer by Breckenridge, this easy drinking dark is perfect for many occasions.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is tough because the last few of these I had, I thought they were much better than what I just drank. So this is the review for this last one, poured from bottle into clean Weizen glass. Might be the wrong glass for this style...?
L- dark brown, not black like I prefer in a porter. Head very thin, 1/2 inch.
S- the vanilla is def there, also sassafras. As I drank it down, smelled somewhat musty.
T- vanilla, sassafras, some hops?
F- thinner than I like. Bit of champagne. Created a deep belch I'm afraid. I did drink it fast.
O- nice enough taste, goes down easy, but thinner in all ways than I had remembered from previous VPs. Made me wish I had picked something else, or a different glass, or something. Will try again.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.79/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you ever get a chance to try the Nitro version of this beer, jump on it! I rate it a perfect 5.0.

Even the CO2 bottle version is a perfect example of Porter. Dark but not heavy, richly malty and perfectly balanced with the hops. The vanilla is perfectly subtle; just enough to taste without overwhelming the taste of the beer. Kudos, Breckenridge.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is hard to rate in that it initially has a nice sweet taste. After a few tastes, a strange after taste takes over. Can't place the aftertaste, but it is distracting. Scotty's Brewhouse Lafayette IN.

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Photo of nhopkins24
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep dark color, thin head. Smells slightly sweet, vanilla is not overpowering. The taste has less vanilla than I expected. Very smooth and thin in the mouth, which was unexpected as well. Nice summer porter.

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