Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle; pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled khaki head ; average retention, spotty lacing in this snifter. The nose is so muted; there are some chocolate, caramel malt notes..... and.... yeah.
The flavor profile is at first some bitterness from the hop profile, some chocolate malts; now if this beer was whiskey aged its nearly impossible to tell. As far as the smoked elements... super muted. This beer sucks, point blank. ICEatALAMO (1358) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle. The pour is black. The aroma is big on smoke. The taste has a little sour funk to it as well as the strong smoke. Not sure I get any vanilla out of this one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jw0406 (1315) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2012
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, sweet roasted malt, some smoke in the background. Medium bodied, a little too sweet BeerFanDan17 (1122) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Very unique brew here. Smokey, yet somewhat sweet from the vanilla with a faint tartness of black cherry. mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Dark brown almsot black pour with a small off white head. Aroma was light smoke and oak with small hints of whiskey, some cocoa too.. Bits of vanilla crept though but only slightly. Flavors were smoky throughout with a light vanilla sweetness on top of bits of wood. Light smoky finish that was bittersweet. Everything about this one was pleasant and not overpowering. Well balanced with lots going on. The smoked vanilla beans gave way to a lightly smoked brew that could appeal to the biggest smoked hater. Very good stuff.
AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2012
Somewhat sweet, similar to a milk chocolate flavor that is mixed with a smoky peat. There is also a little fruitiness, sort of a grape taste, that is also present. Medium body. jsh12bama (761) - 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.
elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 March 25th update. Opened a bottle from the cellar and it appears an infection is setting in. Big rocky foamy head that doesn’t go away, stark contrast from fresh bottles. Biggest difference is a funky sour/tart character coming to light in the nose and particularly flavor. Not totally gone at this point...still gonna drink it but not nearly as good as when it was fresh. A shame...
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
12oz bottle, served around 50F.
Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head that leaves some sheets and spots of lacing and holds a light creamy cap and ring.
Aroma starts with the smoke, primarily of the smoked meats variety, beneath the smoke is a nice healthy dose of vanilla, really nice, light whiskey notes along with your typical roasted malt, chocolate and coffee of a good porter. Very good strength and quite complex.
Flavor basically follows suit, smoked ham and bacon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, touch of whiskey, fairly sweet, hint of alcohol on the finish. Kind of like a meal and dessert wrapped into one. You get the savory smoked meats along with the sweet, almost sundae like qualities of the vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Unique and very tasty!
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, somewhat creamy, good carbonation.
Okay so this is really good. Excellent smoky notes along with a lot of vanilla...definitely lives up to its name. The whiskey barrel aspect does take a backseat, but there is enough going on here where that isn’t a big issue with me.
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. Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Top notch. The nose is roast and chocolate with touches of smoky vanilla. Transparent black with a tight fine beige head. Balanced between sweet malt and vanilla flavors and roast and smoke bitterness. Full side of medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and mouth feel and a balanced finish.