5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Nearly black, looks like an Imperial Stout, thin foamy dark beige head, spotty lacing.   Absolutely wonderful aroma of coffee, rich roasted malts, vanilla, and graham cracker.   This smells great!   Warming up front, coffee, vanilla bean, some dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little marshmallow and graham cracker.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not as heavy as I would have hoped.   Lingering roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of heat.   The aroma is great, and is a bit more interesting than the taste.   Regardless, great beer!   Could have used a bit more vanilla or at least sweetness on the backside.   Did have a mild bitterness that lingers... needing some more vanilla me thinks.   Otherwise good stuff.   Thanks Ron for the bottle!
glennmastrange (2255) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of toasted, dark chocolate and coffee with cream, light hops and yeast aromas of resin and earth, with background notes or toffee, charcoal and a big hit of vanilla. Head is average size, frothy turning creamy, light brown with fair lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown, almost black. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, creamy with a soft carbonation and a moderately alcoholic, and lightly dry yet sticky finish. Mouth-filling with tons of flavor and essence to go with a perfect palate, the vanilla really stands out in this Imperial Porter.
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from Samís Quik Stop. Great aroma, Malty, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Blackish Brown color, great head and good lace. Sweet bitter flavor. Thick Body, smooth oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Damn, thatís tasty, great vanilla and coffee mix. Wonderful.....the whole thing was great
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Small Bar, San Diego.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, coffee.
Appearance: Black pour, light tan head, good lacing.
Taste: Chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, malty, hint of alcohol, nicely bitter finish.
Palate: Medium-full satisfying mouthfeel.
Overall: Excellent, very flavorful, good depth, lots of character.
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Perfect color with a great tan head that lingers and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Taste is very bitter chocolate with a strong coffee presenceand the alcohol is well hidden at first but is more noticable the more you drink. Medium-bodied palate. This is a pretty good porter.
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark dark brown, almost black, viscous, smaller head... Loads of coffee, mild dark fruits, some vanilla, a little roast, very very complex... Very nice flavor, roast, vanilla, coffee, cream, some subtle fruits... Medium to medium full bodied, lingering vanilla with a little slickness, creamy... Excellent...
abcfan (720) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic coffee brew! Pours black with creamy tan head. Aroma is strong coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate and vanillla. Rather bubbly on the tongue for a porter, but very nice nonetheless. Havenít sampled many from BP, but this one is fantastic.
Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 First Sculpin, now this fine IP. Pours deep dark brown with a caramel colored soapy head. Has an aroma of roasted coffee, caramel and the perfect amount of vanilla to round it all out. Has a sweet chocolaty taste with that coffee bit and bitter hit, with nice vanilla notes through the finish. You are left with some coffee notes as well. Medium mouthfeel. Damn tasty. If you love coffee beers this will send you flying.
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark pour, small beige head, that doesnít stay around for too long, but laces decently. The smell is sweeter than I would expect. Coffee tones and roasted malts. Sweetness must be from the vanilla. Taste is coffee forward, with the vanilla coming up after. Dry aftertaste, the coffee sticks around for a while. Full bodied and creamy, which I didnít expect. My last Vanilla porter was way too watery for me, this really surprised me in a good way. I didnít want to put this down. Really, really good. I want another one already.
944play (350) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz at Toad in the Hole in Goose Island stem. Jet black with medium tan head. Big chocolate aroma fronts a few roasty and lactic notes. Vanilla quickly presents as the dominant flavor, but gentle chocolate and spiky caffeine are there in quantity too. Medium body does not betray its hugeness. This is a beer whose descriptors read more like a maduro cigar.