jcwattsrugger (12401) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours mahogany with a light tan head. Aroma is whiskey/wood, dark fruit-plum/raisin, medium malt. Taste is whiskey/wood, dark fruit-plum/raisin, medium malt, vanilla.
adnielsen (10594) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ 471. Brown appearance with a light tan head. Vanilla, mild chocolate malty, delicious Stranahans whiskey aroma. Tasty vanilla, chocolatey flavor return all of the Stranahans deliciousness- vanilla, oak and toffee. Definite upgrade over the normal version.
Ratman197 (14526) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Breckenridge BBQ poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, dark chocolate, carmel and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of whiskey, carmel, vanilla and dark chocolate with a smooth lingering whiskey finish.
wchesser (2051) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Rackhouse Pub, Denver. No head. Thin watery body and mouthfeel. Clear watery edges with caramel brown core. I’ve always liked Breck’s Vanilla Porter and think of it as a standout among their otherwise average line with evenhanded use of vanilla. The whiskey blows all other balancing elements of the beer out and leave you with a bourbon vanilla bomb. Like a vanilla coke with Jack Daniels where the ice has all melted. Yeah, not that good.
zizzybalubba (1851) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Paramount Café Beer Festival, pre-GABF on September 28, 2011, Denver, CO. Dark brown pour with very little head. Light whiskey and vanilla aroma with light chocolate in the background. The whiskey brings the vanilla to the front of the flavor and is a very nice addition. Medium bodied. A very nice improvement on the standard beer.
BeerandBlues2 (13060) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2011. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is vanilla, hot whiskey, roast and chocolate malt. Flavor is malty with moderate peated whiskey, light sour mash, oak, and a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
arminjewell (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brownish black at Rackhouse Pub, aroma had big sweet vanilla, chocolate, toffee, some coffee, roast in there, smelled very tasty like a vanilla chocolate milkshake almost. Taste disappointed a bit, was a bit watery and tastes were a bit weak, but notes of vanilla, some bourbon adding to that vanilla, some oak, chocolate, toffee and coffee, finishing roasty.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
All I can say is wow. Whiskey vanilla nose that just pops out of the glass. Black red color with great ephervescents. The palate stays clean without bein too weighted down. Could almost be drunk on a warm day but great for cooler weather.
onceblind (9184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft during Great COntenders 2011. Clear dark ruby brown with a dense khaki head. Rich aroma of milk chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, Irish creme, and smooth oak. Amazing aroma, the likes of which I can’t do justice with words. Taste has some dominant whiskey tones, but without any of that palate ruining booziness or heat. Lovely restrained whiskey flavor with a ton of vanilla and a big fat dose of milky chocolate, with a mild oak tone. Just incredible.