Breckenridge is currently celebrating its 25th year of brewing in the state of Colorado. When it opened its doors in 1990 it was just the 3rd craft brewery in the state and now there are over 200.
It’s also just been purchased by AB InBev.
Vanilla Porter is one of Breckenridge’s most popular brews and one that many know the brewery for. It is in its Mainline Beer Series, which are beers it brews year-round. Other offerings in the series are their Agave Wheat, Avalanche Ale, Breck IPA, NVP and their Oatmeal Stout. The Vanilla Porter has a standard low ABV porter base but with the addition of Madagascar vanilla beans.
The beer pours a very dark brown with a light brown head that mostly disappears quickly. It looks much darker and richer than the ABV would suggest, but overall is a nice looking beer.
It smells of chocolate malt, coffee and imitation vanilla. There’s some sweetness as well, almost a caramel or toffee aroma, but the vanilla and roasted malts are the more aggressive aromas.
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter has a really nice approachable flavor, nothing dominates too much, the vanilla is prominent, but it doesn’t overpower. It does taste a little artificial, but is isn’t off putting. I am getting some of the chocolate and coffee roastiness as well and overall there is some malty sweetness. The beer is a little thin, but still has a nice overall flavor profile.