I am looking to brew a beer later on this year which will be ready for the winter months and decided that I wanted to take a crack at adding some bourbon to an imperial porter. I am looking for some advice as to what type of bourbon you all have used in your beers and how you think they came out. I do drink bourbon semi regularly and have a few bottles at my apartment but am certainly not opposed to buying another bottle and have access to a decent variety. My current selection of bottle on hand includes: Buffalo Trace Elijah Craig 12 Year Maker's Mark Wild Turkey Buffalo Trace is my favorite (and the front runner for the addition) but I really want to know how you think different bourbons integrated with your previous homebrews. I have tried mixing these into commercial beers in the past but all with mixed results and it really varies based on the beer that I am drinking at the time, I find this method to work alright but it is a little haphazard which is why I turn to my fellow homebrewers for advice. The most desirable traits that I am seeking from the bourbon is the vanilla/mellow oak taste, however I am not going to be incorporating oak chips into this brew, I know it sounds wierd that I want oak flavor but no oak chips, but there is a difference to me between the oak flavor in bourbon and the oak flavor directly from oak chips.