Featured Contributor: Rick Fenwick Rick@fenwickkoller.com
In my pursuit of the craft beer experience, I go through phases. Right now, I am particularly enjoying porters and stouts. I have always had a preference for darker beers and the porters and stouts today are offering a lot of flavor and choices. I really like the vanilla porters, but I have noticed it can be difficult to sense the vanilla in some of them. I was browsing in one of my favorite craft beer stores and found a six-pack of Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter. Breckenridge Brewery is in Denver, Colorado and was started by a home brewer, Richard Squire.
This vanilla porter is probably the best I have had. The tagline was accurate: “(Seldom Seen) Remarkable, (Never Duplicated) Partakable.” Every drink was full of flavor and quite enjoyable with no spicy aftertaste. I could taste the vanilla with a hint of chocolate and sweetness. This is what I prefer with a porter and find the vanilla much easier to drink than a heavy chocolate flavor. It was not overly spiced as some and following each drink I was looking forward to the next. This was not a heavy beer either. With the low alcohol (ABV 4.7%), it could be a session beer.
I’m noticing more beer with vanilla as one of the flavors. I saw several different brands of vanilla porters and some stouts as well advertising vanilla in my recent browsing. I’m hoping they collectively sell well enough to stick around, as the vanilla porter is becoming one of my favorite beers. I will definitely purchase more of the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. It is excellent! I next want to find their Barrel Aged 72 Imperial Stout!
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