I haven’t had this brew for a couple of years and it was one of the first Porters I ever tried, so I thought it would be good to give it a proper review.
The description from the website, breckbrew.com, has this to say about the Vanilla Porter.
Who would have thought deep in the jungles of Papua, New Guinea and Madagascar grew the perfect ingredient to build an extraordinary Porter in Colorado? An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure, real vanilla bean. Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter. A vanilla kiss in a rich, dark sea.
I think I’m ready for some malty goodness!!!!
This Porter has an ABV of 4.7% and comes in a 12 oz. bottle.
The beer poured a very dark, very clear ruby/brown color with a light tan, nicely sized head produced from a fairly aggressive pour. It appeared to be both creamy and soapy in texture. The retention was not great and the lacing was just ok in my opinion.
The aroma had a nice fragrance of roasted coffee bean mixed with fair amounts of milk chocolate and, the all important, vanilla notes. The vanilla did seem to be a tad bit relaxed however. A whiff or two of marshmallow cream brought about even more sweetness. It smells sweet, however it’s not overly robust or out of character. Only the most minute hint of grain was attained in the fragrance. The coffee and chocolate were malty, harmonious and enjoyable.
The vanilla was more pronounced in the taste than it was in the aroma. Also, more of the roasted, toasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate were there along with a bit of “smoke” flavoring. Nice!!! The hops were kept to a minimum and the grain was barely detectable. Overall, the taste was very good, rich and complex enough to entice my taste buds.
The mouthfeel was medium, dry, only somewhat creamy and mostly smooth. It’s kind of chewy, although not much flavor is left behind for enjoyment. It’s not bad, but I just wanted more I guess.
I’ll tell ya, I think this is a pretty good Porter. Solid. I actually liked the bits of vanilla mixed in. It gives it a unique twist to the traditional style. The vanilla may be too much for some, but I found it to be most enjoyable. I also thought it to be a tad bit “filling” and “heavy” even with the modest 4.7% ABV. If you are looking for a Porter that is slightly off center from the norm, pick this up and give it a try. I think you might like it!!! I’m sure I will sample it a few more times before it’s all said and done.
What’s your favorite Porter?
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Score: 3.8 out of 5