Monday, November 26, 2007

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter review

Breckenridge Vanilla PorterWow. I think I've found another great porter. I heard about this beer on a recent beer podcast and thought I'd try it out. It's another local Colorado product from the Breckenridge Brewery in Denver, Colorado - their tasty Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. As you can see from the beer image, this dark beer is full of rich dark malts and has a smooth, and I mean smooth, vanilla finish to it. I've become a BIG fan of porters these days and this one is now on my list for repeat buys.

In my continuing lifelong beer tour, I bought a six pack of this stuff over the holiday weekend as my stock of other beer had already been finished off. This beer had gotten great reviews on the beercasts and I was anxious to try another porter. This is classified as an Herb and Spice beer only because it is brewed with vanilla beans in it. Don't worry, this is not a soda-pop beer by any means. It's a smooth dark porter with a wonderful vanilla aroma and finish to it.

Vanilla Porter weighs in at only 4.7% ABV, but that's ok. It still has one nice kick to it. The Vanilla Porter has a low bitterness factor (16 IBU) and a rich malt taste. Breck Brew put in a nice combo of Two Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Black, and Roasted Barley malts into this fine brew along with a light mix of Chinook, Tettinang, Perle, and Goulding hops.

I've already had 3 beers from this six pack and look forward to finishing them off. I'm going to give this a nice rating of 3.6 out of 5. Ever since I've started trying out as many new beers as possible, I've really become a fan of porters and stouts. I'm turning to the "dark" side of beer and am loving it. You simply don't get that rich malt taste in lighter beers.

Related articles:
- Breckenridge Small Batch 471 IPA.
- Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale.
- Boulder Beer Planet Porter review.
- Breckenridge Pandora's Bock review.
- Breckenridge Mighty Brown review.

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