Just bottled my attempt at Denny's BVIP last weekend. I found the beer incredibly rich in flavor and mouthfeel. Kind of like the death by chocolate cake of beers! The bourbon added a smoothness to it that I do like. However, I was underwhelmed by the vanilla contribution. NB doesn't sell vanilla beans, but I did find them on AIH. I bought two of these and put them in the freezer in the original plastic bag until ready to use. I thought this might help to retain the flavor. After primary fermentation was over, as per the instructions, I split, scraped the gunk, chopped up the pods and threw it all into the fermenter where they sat in the beer for over 3 weeks. Does anybody do anything differently here? Are there sources of vanilla beans that may be better? Anyone try vanilla bean paste? Anyone try throwing the vanilla beans in the bourbon to soak and just throw the mix into the bottling bucket?