jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with thick, tan frothy head. Great lacing. Aroma of chocolate and smoked malt. Taste is huge smoke, peat, chocolate, and light notes of vanilla. Big time smoke flavor. More like a rauch. Should just be called Smoked Gorilla. Pretty good.
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice very dark mahogany, almost blackish but very clear. Long lasting whitish head. Nose is dominated by meaty wood smoke, caramel malt, and a hint of vanilla espresso. Tingly carbonation with a super meat smokey flavor. Not much vanilla. Not much malt flavor either. This is pretty thin. Tastes like a rauch honestly. Smoke is not intense but it is more of a rauchstyle smoke. Decent but not great.
Rustyham (1781) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of roast, smoke is very slight. Spicy sweet cherries, sweet potato, dark malt. Brown molasses. Some vanilla is present. Gives a cool grape flavor. Bottle from j Barleycorn
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle-pours a dissipating ltight brown head and brown color with red tint. Aroma is smoky wet wood campfire. As it warms, caramel-medium malt. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel/roasty, bourbon, medium fruit-slight vinegar occasionally.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle from drowland). Pours a dark brown red color with minimal tan head. Aroma is savory smoke, vanilla and whiskey. Taste is semi-sweet with loads of chocolate. Light bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. A little hot, but pretty well restrained. Not bad at all
Damico (2799) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours beautiful dark chocolate with a decent off white head. The aroma is predominantly smoked malts with light sweetness, not much vanilla in the nose though. The flavor brings smooth notes of smoked malts and light vanilla on a smooth body that has no alcohol notes at all.
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle split among friends. Pours a jet back with a beige head that quickly disappears. Nose is very faint but traces of vanilla and roasted malts are there. Mouthfeel is thin and can’t quite carry the French vanilla, roasted coffee, and very subtle smoke. This beer was barrel aged?
bryanm18 (48) - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells very smoky and has a nice smoky aftertaste. I was expecting it to have a noticeable vanilla flavor, but it didn’t. Pretty good, but I’m not sure I’ll buy again.
Cybercat (3876) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is SERIOUSLY smoky, like burnt green wood, with a hint of, yep, you guessed it, vanilla, and a touch of coffee. It pours a warm opaque sable with a thick, fluffy, persistent light tan head. Smoky flavor has vanilla, coffee and molasses notes to it. Firm-bodied texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a woody, smoky finish that has hints of coffee and yeast.
derekbrown (106) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Heavy on the oak flavors, not on the vanilla flavors. Definite coffee flavorings on the head. Would be a solid porter offering if my expectations weren’t tainted to expect vanilla in the porter. It’s there, but extremely faint. Can’t quite cut through the barrel’s smokiness.