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Day #77 – Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

March 19, 2011

New brewery and a new style today, which is shocking on both accords.  I can’t believe it took me 77 days to get to a Breckenridge beer and even more shocking to get to a Porter!  Breckenridge Brewing Company is based out of Denver, Colorado which is basically the craft beer capitol of the world.  They are the 40th largest brewery in the United States; craft brewers only included in that.  Also, the style is known as a porter.  Porters and Stouts can often be very similar and share many of the same qualities and characteristics.  Porters can often be lightly to medium hopped and are always dark brown to a black color.  Stouts are typically heavier but that’s not always the case.  The debate between stouts and porters will go on forever I think.

The beer today is a vanilla porter, and believe them when they say VANILLA.  The commercial description lists it as having a “vanilla kiss” but the few times I’ve had it before it’s been more of a “vanilla bodyslam”.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s try the beer first.

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

This is another beer that I can smell way before I even get close to it.

The beer pours a very dark brown color that lets a little bit of light through when you hold it to the light.  Big frothy tan head.

The aroma as I mentioned is intense.  There is a huge vanilla sweetness that overpowers almost all other scents.  It is a mix between a vanilla extract flavor and almost a super-sweet vanilla medicinal quality.  Very powerful.

Mouthfeel is creamy indeed.  Lots of sweet vanilla with roasted malts and bits of chocolate.  The vanilla happens to mix a lot better in the flavor with the other elements than in the aroma.  This is a good thing as I was super worried about it being unbalanced.

Well they weren’t kidding when they put vanilla on the label.  The draught version of this is a bit more subdued which is to be expected.  Think about the amount of space for flavors to distribute inside a keg verses the space in a 12 ounce bottle.  That is typically why bottled beer is more intense and sometimes unbalanced.  This isn’t bad.

Cheers!

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