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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1781) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2011
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2011
(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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2799) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 22, 2011
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?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bryanm18 (48) - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3876) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
derekbrown (106) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2011
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.

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