jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours mahogany with a light tan head. Aroma is whiskey/wood, dark fruit-plum/raisin, medium malt. Taste is whiskey/wood, dark fruit-plum/raisin, medium malt, vanilla.
Ratman197 (11106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Breckenridge BBQ poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, dark chocolate, carmel and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of whiskey, carmel, vanilla and dark chocolate with a smooth lingering whiskey finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10715) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2011. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is vanilla, hot whiskey, roast and chocolate malt. Flavor is malty with moderate peated whiskey, light sour mash, oak, and a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ 471. Brown appearance with a light tan head. Vanilla, mild chocolate malty, delicious Stranahans whiskey aroma. Tasty vanilla, chocolatey flavor return all of the Stranahans deliciousness- vanilla, oak and toffee. Definite upgrade over the normal version.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brownish black at Rackhouse Pub, aroma had big sweet vanilla, chocolate, toffee, some coffee, roast in there, smelled very tasty like a vanilla chocolate milkshake almost. Taste disappointed a bit, was a bit watery and tastes were a bit weak, but notes of vanilla, some bourbon adding to that vanilla, some oak, chocolate, toffee and coffee, finishing roasty.
DrSilverworm (8363) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10oz (requested a half-size) on tap at Cock & Bull. Good woody whiskeyish vanilla aroma from the barrels, works well in combination with the classic Vanilla Porter vanilla nose. Some toasty malt and chocolate syrup aroma, too. Some smokiness. Medium body. Black color. Thin tan khaki head, little dots of loose lace. Little dark fruit. Sweet taste, though not cloying. Very interesting and tasty stuff.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Glass of the month for January 2013 at Winking Lizard Crosswoods. Darkest brown pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, butter, vanilla and slight bourbon. Malty and caramelly flavor with butter and a bit of booze at the end.
onceblind (5313) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft during Great COntenders 2011. Clear dark ruby brown with a dense khaki head. Rich aroma of milk chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, Irish creme, and smooth oak. Amazing aroma, the likes of which I can’t do justice with words. Taste has some dominant whiskey tones, but without any of that palate ruining booziness or heat. Lovely restrained whiskey flavor with a ton of vanilla and a big fat dose of milky chocolate, with a mild oak tone. Just incredible.
Chudwick (2416) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - pours brown with beige head and thin lacing. Nose is vanilla and cheese. Flavor adds wood and a base maltiness. Not what I expect from a porter but I recall liking the non barrel aged version. The barrel does add to the complexity but I don’ think it improves the beer because by calling it barrel aged I expect it to be bolder and stronger, but this is weaker. Mildly sweet with light bitterness. Easy to drink.
JPDurden24 (1650) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A much stronger version of the vanilla porter in the barrels. The whiskey comes through along with some wood and dark fruits. It is good stuff.