nearbeer (5561) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Pint on tap at Tyler’s Durham. Opaque with a lasting ring and spits of foam. Nose is chocolate, whiskey and vanilla with some toasted oak notes. Tastes the same. Near medium body has a medium carbonation and a nice balance except for the over-barreling and boozy notes. doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2012
This was the bomb! Poured dark with a light head. Black! Great bourbon vanilla aroma. taste was very much of the bourbon, vanilla, and malt. Excellent mouth feel. Warmer it got the better it was! Great aftertaste! I had to have two! Brought home 8 bombers for friends! freekyp (2389) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2010
On tap at Foothills 11/17/2010. Redolent with bourbon, rhis amped up version of People’s Porter pours a somewhat murky dark brown with minimal tan lacing. Medium bodied, the bourbon leaves its mark all over this beer from the initial aroma, to the flavor, to the finish. Espresso notes intermingle with vanilla in the finish leading to a long drawn out close. Delicious. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Cask at Broad Street Cafe, for the Tri-beer event. No mistaking that this is the vanilla bean version (or, if it turns out I am mistaken, they have vanilla’ed the fuck out of the regular barrel version). Dark brown pour, not as thick or frothy as the regular PP (nor as hefty as I’d like from a cask pour). But the nose is so deliciously sweet and inviting, so prominent but without being overkill somehow. Very nice base porter always pleases me, with the earthy malts graciously allowing the barrel and the bean to take over. Thinnish body but quite nice. timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Cask at the Brewtopia fest at Grapevine in Fort Mill SC. Dark brown pour with reddish highlights. Miniscule white head that faded quite quickly. Peaty roast malt and chocolate nose is dominated by vanilla. Tastes is a good mix of vanilla, oaky molasses, peat and chocolate. The vanilla is probably the strongest, but that accompanies the barrel very well. The "porter" is a bit lost in there.
Pretty standard medium body. My friend thought this was too overpowered by the barrel. I thought this was actually a pretty good balance and even better than the regular barrel aged porter I had at the S.C. release event. This is much less barrel offensive and more drinkable.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Very nice beer, what a treat to have at the Grapevine Brewtopia. Nice pour, color is the same as the regular peoples porter. Nose is a bit subdeued at first. Warming helped out immensly. Having had the PVW Porter a few weeks ago I anticipated a much larger beer, not to fret though. Nose of light vanilla and warm dark sugar followed by a sweet roastiness. Mellow and sublime, the blending helped this beer not become the leviathan that would betray its cask heritage. The finish seems short and delicate, but as it lingers the vanilla bean shows. Delicious, and seemless as the signature goes. Well worth the wait. emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Had on Cask at Tylers Apex WITH turdferguson. Pour is dark black with the mildest carbonation. I expected this to be the BA Peoples Porter aged with the vanilla beans but as I heard from the brewer it was a blend of the regular and BA version. As a result there isn’t as much barrel character as I would like. Vanilla comes through and plays a nice complimentary role, would have worked better in conjunction with the oak/bourbon character I was expecting. Does allow the base porter to come through though. However, I feel like this should have been all porter or all BA porter. The blend doesn’t allow the best aspects of either product to come through. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Cask at Tylers in Apex. First beer of the night and I was really excited. This was a bit of a letdown considering how much I loved the regular Pappy Van Winkle aged PP. I think the mixing toned it down a bit. Palate is a bit thinner than I’d like with some light roast, and cocoa flavors. The cask dry hopped Foothills Hoppyum that was also available blew this one away. Hope to this one again but maybe a bit better balanced or planned out.