Ratman197 (14070) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (12675) - 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.
jcwattsrugger (12317) - 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 (10580) - 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.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10oz (requested a half-size) on tap at Cock & Bull. Good woody whiskeyish vanilla aroma from the barrels, works well in combination with the classic Vanilla Porter vanilla nose. Some toasty malt and chocolate syrup aroma, too. Some smokiness. Medium body. Black color. Thin tan khaki head, little dots of loose lace. Little dark fruit. Sweet taste, though not cloying. Very interesting and tasty stuff.
arminjewell (9457) - 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.
onceblind (8450) - 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 canít 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.
JaBier (7394) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Glass of the month for January 2013 at Winking Lizard Crosswoods. Darkest brown pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, butter, vanilla and slight bourbon. Malty and caramelly flavor with butter and a bit of booze at the end.
Chudwick (3000) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - pours brown with beige head and thin lacing. Nose is vanilla and cheese. Flavor adds wood and a base maltiness. Not what I expect from a porter but I recall liking the non barrel aged version. The barrel does add to the complexity but I doní think it improves the beer because by calling it barrel aged I expect it to be bolder and stronger, but this is weaker. Mildly sweet with light bitterness. Easy to drink.
wchesser (2004) - 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. Iíve always liked Breckís 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.