Breckenridge Vanilla Porter was the first beer I tried for The Brew Club from Breckenridge Brewery out of Colorado. I chose it because two of my favorite things are combined here. Porter + Vanilla!
Pouring the beer, it looks absolutely wonderful! Very dark in color, almost black, you can’t see through this beer no matter how hard you try!
I found the aroma to be very nice. Malty with a touch of vanilla, I was getting very excited get to taste time!
Taste was similar, but being the most important part of drinking beer, this is where it fell apart just a bit from the aroma.
See the taste was good, but I think that the vanilla was perhaps a bit much, and I thought that is was more bitter than I would have liked.
Chocolate bitter is cool, vanilla bitter needs more acceptance on the part of my tastebuds.
I also found the mouthfeel to be very sticky. Too sticky. I didn’t like it.
On the other hand, I thought the body was VERY nice. Medium to heavy, this might have the best body of any porter I’ve ever tried. If it weren’t for the stickyness…
Overall, a nice beer that lost me with the bitter vanilla and syrupy stickyness, and looking back, I’m glad I only purchased a single of it to try and not a whole sixer.
As far as porters go, I still think Otter Creek’s Stovepipe Porter is my domestic favorite. Oh well. I still have their Oatmeal Stout and Agave Wheat to try!