valpoaj (606) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a traditional black porter color with a short, quickly dissolving tan head, leaving some lacing on the glass. A pleasant aroma leads to an intense vanilla flavor immediately upon tasting. This porter leaves a nice chocolatey/vanilla aftertaste and is pleasant on the palate. Would like a bit more of an alcohol flavor to a porter, however. Contrary to a large portion of the posts here, I found the vanilla flavor quite impressive; if you’re gonna make a flavored porter, no reason to half-ass it, and Breckenridge definitely didn’t skimp on the flavor...on a short side note, I have noted strong differences in flavor from bottle to bottle (have had 3-4 bottles of this beer...would be interesting to try on tap)
dyetube (1153) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer pours black with little to no head. This beer is quite strong on the vanilla. A little to strong if you ask me! I can taste the roasted coffee and chocolate in this thing but it gets overpowered by the vanilla... This would have been a much better beer had the vanilla not overtaken the chocolate and coffee’s. I still like it though. Cheers!
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A dark brown color with a laced light brown head. A strong vanilla aroma with chocolate and toffee malts. Vanilla bean flavors with a mild toasted tofee malt flavor. I think this may have too much vanilla and not enough malty and chocolate balance, as if it was added on top of a rather simple porter.
ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2006 bottle drunk on 11/3/06
Dark chocolate colored body has some tawny highlights on the edges and seems clear (and filtered) when held to the light. Light tan head is initially medium in height but recedes steadily to partial cover, providing no lacing.
Dry vanilla emerges, timidly from the glass, wrapped about by a sticky, though light, caramel sweetness. Some cola notes and an almost carbonic edge (LOTS of carbonation in the liquid) are dry through the middle, while a washed out roastiness, more reminiscent of tar and tobacco ash sit starkly on the end. An odd, lightly sourish note of cherry-vanilla, not terribly sweet collects on the nose as well. Not sure what to think. The roast seems harsh, poorly executed and the rest of the beer just seems to lack for true maltiness. No alcohol in the nose, medium to medium-low aroma strength.
Light sugariness perks up in the flavor, and an odd meaty-like flavor of sourdough and buttercream is apparent. Vanilla is dry again, with a strange (phenolic?)-like spicy/pepperiness that might be perceived as anise or black pepper. It diminishes the already weak amount of malt flavor (dry, hard crystal maltiness) and quickly transitions in to a char/black, dark roast finish (overdone chocolate and/or black malt in the grain bill). Not overly strong, but there is just so little else there to balance. The odd sweet-and-sour meatiness never leaves on further sips, and the vanilla just seems out of place, as do most of the other flavors here. Overly loose, artificial carbonation and a watery, lean texture. No alcohol noted.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark black with reddish brown hues. Aroma of bread dough, toasted brown malt, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is brown malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but not impressed.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The second Vanilla Porter I’ve had. Dark pour, sugary malt and vanilla aroma. Apparent subtlety wasn’t what they were going for when they added the vanilla beans. The vanilla just seemed to overwhelm the rest of the beer. Some chocolate and roasted nutty flavors in there as well like any porter will have, but just too strong on the vanilla for me.
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
O.K., I don’t like vanilla in my beer, so what was I expecting? Poured like black rubies with a decent head and good lacing. Medium bodied with nutty notes, but the vanilla just runs all over everything. Behind that aggresive bean is a decent porter, I’m sure.
stoutloveril (21) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark color with quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma is vanilla sweetness with hints of chocolate and malt. Taste is of sweet malt followed by vanilla finish. This is a very unique porter and a welcome winter distraction.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish-brown color with a medium thick tan head with decent retention. The lacing is pretty good, it coats much of the glass. Strong vanilla aroma along with some chocolate and malt. Medium body, smooth with just a bit of carbonation. Flavors of vanilla bean, roasted malt and more chocolate. The finish maintains the vanilla theme, with a nice nutty flavor in the aftertaste. Unlike a lot of Breckenridge beers, I would actually seek this out to try again.
Metalhead (621) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark brown with minimal head. Aroma of mild malt,hints of vanilla. I’m not a big fan of porters in general but this caught my eye. It’s "ok". The vanilla is not as upfront as others have noted. Body is thin and somewhat watery. Won’t buy again.