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Vanilla Porter

A friend of mine likes to say that his Friday nights consist of “porn and sadness,” and while I’d love to argue about how sadness and porn don’t generally mix, I think I can say that it should be “beer, porn, and sadness.” Since my Tuesdays are more of a Sunday given my work schedule, we’ll use that descriptor for my Tuesday nights. Now, relax dear reader…I’m not about to scar your fragile little psyche with my unholy tastes in porn, heavens no. I’m here to scar you with my unholy tastes in BEER.

Breckenridge Brewery – Vanilla Porter

One of the things I hate the most about a lot of beers is that they will quite frequently boast a flavor that draws my attention to them, only to fall short on delivering the actual flavor…and as lame as it sounds, vanilla is one of my favorite flavors/scents. Tempt me with vanilla, that’s fine and dandy, but you better make with the fucking vanilla, pal. We cool on that? Yeah? Ok.

So, if you can’t tell already, I’m disappointed in their lack of vanilla flavoring in the beer. Now, vanilla-porter-greybackthey might have used vanilla beans in the brewing process, and that’s great and all, but I can’t taste it, nor can I pick up on the smell. Now, maybe it’s because I’m a straight-from-the-bottle drinking heathen. Perhaps I should have a nice set of porter/stout glasses, and pour my beers before consuming. Actually, that part I somewhat agree with. After recent experiences at a local craft beer bar, I think a glass might actually be of great benefit. It might not help this vanilla-less beer be any more than what it is, but who knows? Maybe I should try it poured into an appropriate glass at some point in the future and see if there’s a difference, and report back. Sounds like a good plan to me, but let’s move on, shall we?

So…doesn’t taste like vanilla to me. Not as rich as some of the stouts I’ve had in the past month or so. Not bad, not great, just…..there. I hate it when I want to be impressed by a beer and then…nothing. It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong. Try it yourself, I’m just some jackass spouting my opinion, yours may differ. It just didn’t really make me say “Ooh, I’m going to buy that again” or “Wow, you know what this would go well with?” It’s merely OK, and for the price you pay at the store for it, that’s not a good price for just OK. I could have bought a 12 pack of Yuengling for the same price. And on that note, I think nothing more needs be said.

In the night Kitchen?

There’s a reason I named this blog Sushi and Stouts…namely because those are two of my favorite food items, all in all. Curries are also one of my all time favorite foods, but I couldn’t bring myself to break with the alliterative allure that Sushi and Stouts held over me. Having said that…

I’m not a beer connoisseur by any means. I’m a neophyte with a few decades of experience, who knows what he likes. I’ve had swill, I’ve had worse [malt liquor], and I’ve had better. I couldn’t tell you by taste whether a beer is high in hops, malt, barley, or any other ingredient in the brew. What I can tell you, however, is what I think I taste in a brew. It seems that lately everyone is all about the IPA’s and lagers. Lighter color beers are ok, there’s nothing wrong with them at all, but there’s something about a dark, rich, heavy stout (or porter) that just really appeals to me.

Breckenridge Brewery – Oatmeal Stout

First and foremost, that artwork. It’s on the bottles and the box, and it screamed “BUY ME, YOU BASTARD!” It reminded me a bit of some much older comics and books I had seen (or seen pictures of) in the past, such as Little Nemo in Slumberland, and In The Night Kitchen were the first two things that came to mind. Curiosity and nostalgia can be a strong combination for me.

So, I can’t tell you that there were any particularly strong or outstanding notes or flavors that really grabbed my attention. It was fairly smooth, and easy to drink. Almost too easy to drink, actually….not watered down or anything like that…more like you start drinking it and before you know it you’re three beers in. One of those.

So, would I recommend it? Yes, for around $9-10 for a 6 pack it’s a very nice treat for you and a friend, or just yourself over a few days. For those who imbibe on a regular basis I wouldn’t recommend it as a nightly beer, but then I wouldn’t say that about most stouts. Stouts, for me anyways, are a sometimes food. Thanks, Cookie-Monster.

Note: It took me almost a week to write this up, and when I started I was writing about the beer while drinking it. Haven’t purchased more to make this review a bit more….thorough and professional…ish? I need to learn to get it all out and done over a two night stretch, while I still have the beer handy to get my thoughts on it