Minderbinder (1284) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 22oz 
Pours very dark brown/black with low beige head. Red reflects. Aroma is of alcohol, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, fruits (including dark ones), bourbon. Taste is of roasted malt, fruits, caramel, sugar, vanilla, alcohol, bourbon. Palate: Full bodied, syrupy texture. Overall: Not cloying. Very complex. A pretty good sipper. Classy, warming. Lots of alcohol, but not to the point of dirtyness. Port-like.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Tommy for finding us this one. Pour is dark brown with very little brown head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, booze, oak, chocolate. Taste is pretty without being cloying, very boozy, very complex. Body is a bit thin for such a big beer. Overall, a bit disapointed by this one, still it was very good but not as much as the hype was telling.
tom10101 (1797) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22 oz). 2012 vintage. Thanks to pantanap and POTABLE83! Reddish black with a low beige head and no lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, bourbon, fudge, hazelnut, caramel, boozy notes... really intense. Taste is heavily sweet (not cloying though) with vanilla, fudge, bourbon, caramel, hazelnut, wood, boozy notes and a warming finish. Full bodied, but not thick (thinner than I thought it would be). Sirupy mouthfeel. Really complex and intense. There’s still a ton of vanilla in there despite being 1+ year old. A tad too hot, but I felt it was less than 14% abv. The balance is average. Really good beer, but probably not worth the hype. GI Rare was way better than this (more complex, smoother, more drinkable).
burg326 (2711) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle poured dark black with aromas of warm bourbon, vanilla, and fudge. Flavors follow suit with some sweetness in the aftertaste. A great beer overall fudgy aftertaste.
ryanfolty (1671) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
July 3, 2013 - bottle shared by Joe. This will be rating 1492 for me, the year that Columbus discovered America. Fitting since this beer marks my discovery of something that is at the same level as Goose Island’s BCS Rare. Yes, what I thought was my one and only 5.0 rating now has a companion. How can I say this is as good as Rare? Well after drinking, my wife and I say to Joe that it is one of the best beers we have ever had, but not sure it is better than Rare. What does Joe go and do, yes he pulls a Rare out of his cellar and we do a blind impromptu tasting!!! I admit on this day the Vanilla DL was better than the Rare (I was able to choose each correctly), but the Rare did not taste quite as good as when I had it initially. I can’t thank Joe enough for his generosity on this night. I guess I will put some actual beer comments in now. Of course this was a black pour with tan head. The aroma and taste were magical blends of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Each one in perfect harmony that created an other worldly experience. 2012 vintage, bottle 408 of 934.
Borup (4396) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at CBC 2013.
Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark dried fruit, oak, vanilla and bourbon.
adamjackson (1734) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours like cocoa. No head
Huge nose. Loads of candy corn butterscotch licorice vanilla and espresso.
Tingling sensation. Huge body.
Holy shit. This is kilos upon kilos of vanilla beans. This must have been expensive to make. Boozy and roasted chocolate. Insane vanilla and milk chocolate with marshmallow fluff. This is a special beer.
jackl (3444) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ CBC 2013. Black, thick pour with a small tan head. Menacing appearance. The nose is toasted shredded coconut. Sweet marshmallow smore. Plenty of sugar, dark chocolate. Burnt caramel. The taste is very sweet. Vanilla-accented marshmallow smores. This and the brandy variant would definitely appeal to marshmallow enthusiasts. Milk chocolate, a bit of charred grain. Hot woody bourbon on the finish. Very oily and viscous. Thick. A real sipper indeed. Overall, quite good, though certainly not my favorite of the variants. Still, this was great to try without having to trade an arm and a leg for it.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black with a tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, vanilla, bourbon, marshmallow, cocoa, bourbon, and alcohol. Taste of roast, smoke, vanilla, char, dark fruits, coconut, dark chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol in the finish.
Phillies08Champs (618) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 bottle from Brent at Damico’s. Pours dark brown with little head. nose is chocolate cake, coconut, dark chocolate, black forrest cake and candy corn. taste is bourbon, brandy, chocolate cake, caramel mild coffee. finish is clean and smooth. I just had a shot of bourbon with God.