I’ve had a bottle of the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter in my fridge for about a week, and though I’d never heard of Breckenridge Brewery before, I bought it because I was intrigued by the name. After reading a review of this beer on “Stuff I Write about Wine”, I decided to move it up to the front of the “beer review” line, since I love dark beer and am a sucker for vanilla. If a food or beverage has vanilla in it, there’s a very good chance that I’ll try it (think creme brulee, rice pudding, vanilla milkshake, vanilla latte, Nilla wafers, a glass of Tuaca liqueur, etc.). Will this brew live up to my expectations?
Appearance: Dark brown, practically walnut color. Quarter inch of head that subsides quickly and leaves little to no lacing.
Aroma: Dark chocolate. Medium roast coffee. Faint smell of vanilla.
Taste: Light carbonation. Mostly bittersweet chocolate palate, with some coffee and a hint of vanilla on the finish.
Though I enjoyed the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, the word “remarkable”, which is quite prominent on the label, has led to some mild disappointment. I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the vanilla, but in reality, I found myself searching for it (I guess I shouldn’t put too much value on a label!). I definitely liked this beer, but I didn’t love it. This is a very easy drinking beer, and with an ABV of 4.7%, having more than one shouldn’t be a problem. I give the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter a B.