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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Ale aged in oak whiskey barrels with vanilla beans


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Pours a dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Nose is a smokey wood, spice, vanilla and dark roast coffee. As it warms the whiskey starts to show. Taste is a bit confusing. Initially the smokey oak with some vanilla sweetness and some dark roasted malts. I donít really get too much whiskey but more caramel, chocolate and some coffee. And really not much vanilla. It definitely gets better as it really warms. This, like the Old Stock ale, has a dense foam all the way through to the end, which seems to make it creamy.This brewery is pretty good, this is the second I have tried, gonna have to trade for some more.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Dark brown with quickly dissipating tan head. Musty dark fruit nose reminiscent of many European stouts. Smokey, musty, dank. Taste is surprisingly bright as musty notes take a back seat. Some sour/acidity up front with lingering smoke. This gets more and more weird as it opens up. Dark notes almost totally replaced with sour fruit. Never got any vanilla...Quirky and clumsy from beginning to end. Not sure Iíll finish it.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
phaleslu (7373) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
12 oz. bottle from stevemastny- thanks again, Steve! Pours a dark, deep, mostly opaque coffee brown with a small tan head that leaves a lasting ring. Smokiness emerges from the aroma immediately, with notes of dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and whiskey- pretty much what it advertises but something was just a wee bit off; maybe too much fruit? Is infection starting to set in? The flavor confirms that yes, something is off. There is a ton of tart fruit in complete opposition to a really nice woody, smoky note; some cocoa and bacon. So unfortunate. Itís not terrible and totally undrinkable, but it is in no way what was intended. Half of the flavor is fantastic but is torpedoed by the rest. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smoky, tart mouthfeel. Both linger, too, so itís insane on the palate. Damn.

2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
fluffy (1909) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2012
oh, god this was awful. i usually love rauchbiers (like Z Lager, or the german ones i cant pronounce), but this was just heinous. a weird sweet/smoky flavor that was awfully unbalanced. maybe i got a bad bottle or something, as i would give this another chance. but this was a drain pour after one sip.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpkin (28) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2012
12 oz bottle, pours brownish black color, tan head medium carbonation, smells of smoke chocolate and vanilla, taste of smoke, bourbon, then vanilla shows up at end. As beer warms kinda get a strange barrel taste. Just ok

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with little head and aromas of grain silo and peat with a little vanilla. Flavor is discombobulated, to say the least. There is a tart edge to it at times, a bit of dustiness and vanilla and a fairly sweet brown sugar and maple syrup finish. Itís not awful, but not a beer I will ever try again.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2012
12 oz. Pours dark w/ tan head. Nose is ehh, funk. Taste is syrupy vanilla, and ashtray. Cheap shit. Not for me.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1782) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
bottle. pours a dark brown with minimal tan head. was not a big smoke aroma but there was in flavor. could use more vanilla

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
12oz bottle from secret santa. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, roast, wood, and bit of vanilla. Flavors of chocolate, roast, bit of smoke, but not picking up a ton of vanilla. Body is a little thin, but handled the smokey flavors ok. Would have been better if a little bigger.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Vanilla Gorilla, Smoked
Date: September 30, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: smokey dark chocolate aroma, just a hint of vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, touch of dark chocolate, light smoke, hint of bourbon brings out the richness in the chocolate, as it warms the oaky smoke comes out and the sweet vanilla receeds to become mostly dry with a touch of roast

Name: Vanilla Gorilla, Smoked
Date: November 19, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: tmac kennesaw
on draft the sweet vanilla comes out over the top with too much sweetness like a creme brulee,

Name: Vanilla Gorilla, Smoked
Date: February 15, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
picking up a sourness, little sweetness left, drink em up boys,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4


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