Chad9976 (908) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I hate it when a beer tastes totally different between tap and bottle and thatís the case with Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. I had this on tap and it was delicious so I picked up a bottle at my beer store and it was only good. Perhaps I got an old bottle (there is absolutely no freshness date whatsoever), so all I can do is review what I have in front of me: a tasty, by-the-book porter with a vanilla twist in the end.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a Irish stout glass.
Appearance: Cream soda complexion of brown and ruby red. Seemingly opaque, but translucent with visible carbonation in the light. Forms a large, dark tan, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Standard porter aroma of dark malts, a touch of honey or some kind of confectionery sweetness. Mild, though.
Taste: I had this beer on tap and it was as robust as many imperial stouts, but when I tried the home version it was quite different. Itís a porter in pretty much every aspect. Mild, toasted dark malt through the palate with sweetness in the background the entire time. Minute taste of dark fruits, but nothing not found in most other porters. The finish is what gives the beer its uniqueness with a burst of vanilla flavor and a quick kiss of bitter dark chocolate. These candy flavors linger momentarily, but then the palate fades away cleanly. I enjoyed what was there but I wanted a lot more.
Drinkability: I was shocked to discover this beer is only 4.7% ABV since it seemed like a much bigger brew on tap. This makes Breckenridge Vanilla Porter an anomaly of a brew since itís a tad too big to be a classically defined "session beer," but I think itís one you can bend the rules for. The body isnít too thin, the mouthfeel is comfortable, and thereís no cloying sweetness or dryness whatsoever. Itís a good alternative to the usual boring porter.
jmalecki05 (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating = 1/5 = Good, but I would not seek this out again. Very attractive appearance with 1.5 finger foam. Froth reminds me of chocolate milk, but somewhat lighter like Kahula. Aroma is quite intense of sweet vanilla, but no additional complexities outside of additional malts and alcohol burn on the finish of the nose. Very watery on the palate, especially for a porter. No taste of vanilla throughout the tasting. The light palate, does make for a nice sessionable beer however. The beer is easy to drink. Taste is non complex with "light" traditional porter notes. Wouldja - No.
kewlhand (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Over all a nice refreshing session beer. Great vanilla aroma and clean finish. Nice mouthfeel.
BSchnab (44) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is vanilla appears is dark with little light coming through, taste is vanilla and malty, overall decent beer
mike5326 (104) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a chilled bottle into a glass. Chocolate brown color with a minimal head. Smells like chocolate with vanilla. Light roasted chocolate taste with vanilla .
rbrazell (1013) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at proof. Cola pour with a creamy tan head. Roasted malts, vanilla and slight chocolate. Sweet vanilla, roast and more chocolate. Slightly thin palate and low carbonation. Meh.
Tide (787) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Hazelís beverage world. Dark brown color, beige head. Sweet taste with vanilla, coffee, chocolate, nuts and bread. Velvet smooth body with mostly malts and vanilla aroma. Bittersweet finish with vanilla and roasted malts. Very nice porter.
Beerathon (635) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge vanilla flavor with the rich creamy malts. Dark brown/black in color with frothy tan head.
BrewBoxer (1260) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep black color. Sweet vanilla nutty taste. Drinkable and not heavy. Would love to have with some ice cream
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vipinvelp (1223) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque dark ruby red, not quite black with light brown small foam head, lacing. Aroma is caramel with vanilla. Taste is chocolate with nuts and some cold coffee. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, coffee. (Houston 201306)
ajtrupp (56) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The vanilla on this isn't as strong as I remember it being from previous encounters... which is a good thing. I used to be afraid of buying a 6 pack and eventually getting sick of it, but that definitely wouldn't be the case.
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