Thursday, December 24, 2009

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

Christmas Eve. Or if you're Hispanic, you probably think Christmas is today like all of my neighbors, my wife and like 60% plus of Miami. I still had some last minute things to pick up today for stocking stuffers and for my wife, so this morning I spread some of my holiday cheer with about 20,000 of my closest friends.

First, Target. Was actually terrific. I had never been in this particular store, but easily found everything, the mob wasn't horrible, the place wasn't trashed and I didn't need to wait for even one other customer to pay despite a fairly busy checkout area.

Across the street, the mall. Ugh. I've been there twice this week already just for lunch so I knew what I was about to encounter. Confidently browsed Victoria's Secret. I was already buying a gift card but wanted to pick out something sexy in addition to that. But alas, if you can believe this, the clerks would not model their clothing. That just left too much to my imagination, so I only got the card! The cashier did say, "Merry Christmas, I hope you get some!" as I was paying, though, so that made up for not helping with the wardrobe. She didn't really say that, actually. It was more of a forced Happy Holidays with an attitude. But I can dream!

Yesterday I got a really nice gift from a friend of mine, unexpectedly. At 6pm, the door bell was ringing. I was just about to tell the little neighbor girl to go home because it was dark outside already when I realized it was FedEx dropping a package off for me. Yep, 8 beers from out of the area. I'm about to drink the first one right now, the one that caught my eye most. And yes, I'm going to do it at work. Alone! So there!

I am drinking Breckenridge Vanilla Porter brewed by Breckenridge Brewery in Denver, Colorado. The label says "Remarkable" and "Partakable" and "Seldom Seen Never Duplicated". I did have to do a little bit of improvising as I don't have a bottle opener handy here. So I cracked this guy with the back of a mini screwdriver. Worked well!

Caramel with vanilla aroma, sweet, with light hops in the background. The flavors start out with caramel and malts at which point vanilla will start popping in and out constantly. Very noticeable. Not too sweet and actually a little bitter and even slightly sour. I took another whiff of this beer and damn! Lots of powerful vanilla, very intriguing! Very low carbonation, borderline flat, medium body, dry vanilla left behind on your palate. Despite being very vanilla focused and one-dimensional, I did enjoy this beer. I could and would drink it again for sure!

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