February 18th, 2007 by Andy
Not long ago, I wrote about the Breckenridge Christmas Ale in a most unflattering manner. The beer’s showing was so poor that I had essentially written off the Breckenridge Brewery– in fact, I had seen their Vanilla Porter a number of times since tasting the Christmas Ale and ignored it. That all changed a few nights ago, in what could have been a moment of weakness; however, it turned out to be pure genius. Breckenridge’s Vanilla Porter is outstanding!
This fine ale poured a dark brownish true porter color with a light head that dissipated quickly, leaving a slight tan lacing. The real essence of this beer, however, is its fine nose, which is pleasantly sweet vanilla with hints of burnt malts. The taste is equally as nice with elegant hints of vanilla much like that of a cream soda. There are traces of caramel too in its taste, which can easily complement a tasty dessert. The finish is also endowed with vanilla, in such a manner as to leave you eager to taste another sip.
I must say that I find the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter a remarkable find and I can assure you that this particular beer won’t last long in my fridge.