I had a Porter come of age this past weekend, one I had seasoned with a medium toasted oak spiral and 3/4 Vanilla bean. Definately needs more bean but the oak added a great finish to it.
I think I will make this again and add 1 1/2 beans to the secondary and maybe a hint of Cherry extract.
Also, my SO and I were at the store the other night and wandered across the "mix your own 6 pack" area, we both looked at each other and said almost simultaniously "research".
Gwad, this is a great hobby.