A year round member of its Mainline series, Breckenridge Brewery boasts of using fresh vanilla bean in the brewing process of Vanilla Porter. This is certainly evident in the beer, with a strong vanilla nose the minute you open the bottle. The first taste delivers a strong root beer and vanilla essence, followed by a quick cascade of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and roasted almonds. This beer finishes nicely and lingers pleasantly with notes of cocoa and coffee. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than other porters, but that doesn’t stand in the way of the beer being a very enjoyable one.
B+ / $10 per six pack / breckbrew.com
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