Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                               Breckenridge Vanilla Porter is a very dark, copper beer that is opaque with a two-finger off-white head. Moderate aromas of apricots, melon, with roasted marshmallow and a little dark earth. On the palate, the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel that is crisp and refreshing despite its dark appearance. Ripe apricot on the front of the palate that fades into slightly roasted coffee bean and black earth on the mid-palate. The finish has a ritz cracker-like yeasty finish that adds a complex, savory component to a refreshing darker style beer. I recommend this beer in that November-December time frame, where it is not yet freezing cold but you need a beer to break the frost. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 86 Points

BeerAdvocate – 85 Points


Beer Selection –  Breckenridge Vanilla Porter 

Producer – Breckenridge Brewery 

Region – Littleton, Colorado USA

Style – Porter

Made with real vanilla beans

IBU (International bittering units) – 16 

Alcohol – 5.4%

Food Pairing –  Vanilla Porter Float with vanilla ice-cream, Shepherd’s pie 

What is a Porter?  

The origin of porter is a bit dark and murky, much like the color of the beer. What is important to know is that porters are ales and are nearly the same thing as a stout. The line between stout and porter is very thin, almost too thin for the average beer drinker to notice. The stout actually got its name from Porters. In the 1700s porters were strong, dark ales made with roasted malts. The strength of the porter was marked in X’s kinda like our logo. 7%ABV  would X, 9% would be XX and 10% and up would be XXX. Strong porters were referred to as stout porters. So over time they dropped the “porter” and just called them stouts. So whether a beer is a porter or a stout is really in the eye of the beer holder… Commonly, the major determining factor is the presence of caramel and caramelized sugars in the end product (which often denotes a stout). A fun and popular style of beer that has stood the test of time and is still a pub favorite. Try these beers in a dark pub at the first sign of winter, take a picture, send it to us and we may send you a surprise. Cheers !

From the Brewery 

Deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grows the perfect ingredient for an extraordinary Porter brewed in Colorado. Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter. An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure.

Vanilla Porter Milkshake

The Players

  •  4 scoops plain vanilla ice cream
  •  1/2 bottle Breck Brew Vanilla Porter


Combine vanilla ice cream and Vanilla Porter together in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Serves 1.