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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Big, bold, black and aged in bourbon barrels with ... vanilla beans. The lengthy barrel conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness.

OG 23.5 Plato / IBUs 55 / 10% ABV

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (842) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 30, 2014
500ml bottle thanks to NHhophead! Pours dark oily brown-black with tiny thin tan head. Nose is rich baker’s chocolate, coffee, raisin, vanilla, subtle bourbon. Taste is bourbony fruit, dark chocolate covered raisins, vanilla extract. Finish is bitter roasty fruity bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, lasting vanilla. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 500mL ][ Ernesto987 ][ Bonus ][ Mini Globe ][ 10.4.14 ]
>> Clear deep cola brown pour, tan foam. Big barrel nose, fumey bourbon, soy, cherry cola, flash of mushroom. Taste is rich bourbon, brown sugar, warming alcohol, flash of mushroom. Palate is fairly bitter, earth, soil, black tea. Rich, barrel forward. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle @ GT’s Cat Cabana. Thanks, GT. Black pour with a small khaki head. Really nice combination of vanilla, cocoa, and nice roasted aroma. Slight nuttiness, a bit of coffee, burnt sugar, and dark chocolate. The flavor has a nice mix of chocolate, vanilla, and sugar cookie. A lot of roast and coffee, too. Slight roasty bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WanderinCelt87 (179) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Pour from a bottle is a nice black with a tan colored head aroma is a little boozy but has notes of a smooth vanilla. Taste is a malty with hints of vanilla and coffee. Leaves a dry after taste with a little licorice taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Lighter roasted malts, a solid hit of vanilla, and not too much sweetness. There’s a great balance between the roasted notes and the vanilla sweetness that provides great drinkability, like when you add just the perfect amount of cream to your coffee. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5592) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2014
(500ml bottle) medium brown, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of vanilla, chocolate malt, maple, french toast, toasty, oak. Taste is rich, vanilla, toasty, french toast, caramel, burnt sugar. Medium thick body, chocolaty linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. Malty flavor with vanilla and bourbon before a chocolate and vanilla finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5451) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle at RBSDADG 2014, courtesy of Jay I believe. Pours a deep brownish black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is rich vanilla bean, sweet chocolate, soft roast and coconut. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, really delicious vanilla, coconut, butter and chocolate working very nicely together. Almost don’t believe this is 10% - a well-crafted decadent porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle... Pours hazy and dark brown. The bouquet is an opulent fusion of vanilla, mocha and whiskey. Medium to full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and reserved carbonation. The flavor is a burnt, bitter intermingling of dark, un-Dutched chocolate, deeply-roasted coffee and whiskey. Lengthy charcoal and whiskey finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (875) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
I brought the whole 2012 set to our monthly tasting.

A - Pours jet black with a decent one finger tall tan head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small webs of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, coconut, coffee and smoked dark malt. The vanilla is strong, but not as strong as the coffee version is, while still being well balanced.

T - Starts off with plenty of sweetness from the vanilla and chocolate malt slowly being joined by the dark roast, day old coffee, toasted coconut, cream and warming woody bourbon. Finish is pretty roasty with some nice vanilla sweetness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with some mild roastiness to balance it out. A bit of booze creeps in as it warms up but it never gets in the way of the other flavors.

O - It is tough for me to choose between this one and the coffee, I give the slightest edge to the coffee because it integrates so well with the other flavors but this one is just as good. I would love to have this one again in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1365) - Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle; I Had this one after the "Regular" Barrel Aged variant. I found the labeling confusing. Going into it, I expected this to be a vanilla bean version of the regular (non barrel aged) default beer. I guess Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer doesn’t fit :) But I get it now. The nose is chocolate morsel, mild astringent, with a strong vanilla presence and light brown sugar. I found the additional sweet vanilla character to impact this bourbon barrel variant negatively. I say negatively light, but I found the regular barrel aged version to feel nearly perfect for the style. The additional vanilla over powers the nuances somewhat, but either way : Chocolate, light bittering hop presence, moves to velvet grain, light brown sugar, vanilla syrup , light smoke, and a very light barrel presence. I highly enjoyed trying this beer

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