Thursday, May 31, 2012

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

Type: Vanilla porter (no shit, Sherlock)
Origin: Denver, CO
Price: $8.99/6-pack
ABV: 4.7%
NSP: 11.12
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Trying to punch my way through my backlog of Colorado beers before I start grinding through my huge craft beer club list.  I've said before that I'm not much of a porter or stout guy, but I figure it never hurts to try one now and then.  I know Alex has a semi-chub for this one, and I actually picked this bottle up for him.  But it turns out Breck distributes to the east coast, so he has access to it, the SOB.  When are they going to start sending stuff out this way, dammit?

Anyway, this one's brewed with vanilla beans from PNG and Madagascar.  It doesn't really look like a porter as much as it does a brown or black ale because it's slightly translucent (though only from the right angle, as the picture shows). It smells pretty damn delicious- plenty of rich roasted malt, heavily laced with a whole buttload of vanilla.  There's not much more than that, but both of them are really nice so more isn't really necessary.  The richness doesn't translate to the body at all- it's really light and easy to drink, helped by a relatively (for a porter) high carbonation.  And the vanilla is all over everything- and I love vanilla, so it's right up my alley.  As it warms, the vanilla become even more potent, which makes me want to drink it faster and have another (which I regrettably don't).

Maybe I'm slowly starting to change my tune on this style.  It's still not going to be the first type of beer I reach for, but there are definitely those times when something like this would hit the spot.  If Breck started distributing here, I'd probably end up having some of this in my fridge all the time, just for those occasions when I felt like one.  Since they don't, maybe I'll grab some of Brendan's favorite, Knee Deep Tanilla (and, as he said for that one, an imperial version of this would be intriguing).  Good stuff.

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