GRM (2687) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample, draught, drank on site, savoured on February 9 2007; eye: copper, amber, slight effervescence, little beige head, clear; nose: malt, hops, vanilla, concentrate sweetness associated to the vanilla; mouth: malt, hops, vanilla, concentrate sweetness associated to the vanilla, surprising finale almost all in vanilla with a hint of hops, not much carbonated except in the finale where is seems fizzy, medium body, slightly sticky texture, lightly acidic, a tad of acidity is present throughout the tasting, mildly bitter; overall: correct
Échantillon, en fût, bue sur place, savourée le 9 février 2007; oeil : cuivrée, ambrée, très légère effervescence, petite mousse beige infime, claire; nez : malt, sucré concentré associé à la vanille, assez vanillé; bouche : malt, houblon, vanille, sucré concentrée associé à la vanille, finale très surprenante presque toute en vanille avec une petite pointe de houblon, peu carbonatée sauf en finale où elle semble pétillante, corps moyen, texture légèrement collante, légèrement acide, petite acidité qui est présente pendant toute la dégustation, moyennement amère; en résumé : correct
steaky (26) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stuff is like candy, so you have to be in the mood for that. I can have 2-3 at most. They hit the spot though.
Vanilla and caramel smell and taste.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper colour, fluffy dissipating head. The vanilla/butterscotch aroma is stronger than any beer I’ve had before -- truly overwhelming. A bit one-dimensional, but it serves its purpose. The taste is much like a slightly watered-down vanilla Coke float, with a hint of metal and alcohol. Good call on the cardamom, Oakes. Like I said, sort of one-dimensional but a study in flavour, and for that deserves accolades. Loses points for the thin body, although it suits the style.
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful golden brown. Smells of vanilla and butterscotch and the taste doesn’t disappoint, unlike most sweet beers I’ve had; and definitely unique for a winter style ale. A great desert beer and perfect for the winter season. Not something you’d want to have too much of (it’s very sweet) but great for what it is.
mansquito (2877) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks pretty nice with a small thick head and a dark amber colour. Smells sweet like a cream soda pretty much. Has a really nice creamy sweat taste going for it. Lots of vanilla taste in it. It has a kind of bite to it and the end, which is a wee bit hoppy, but not really too much. Definately a strange brew eh... I would drink it again because it is not too bad, but definately different from other beers that are out there.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Ugh! This is hardly beer at all, but cream soda with a few hops thrown in for good measure. Pours light amber with minimal head, cheap vanilla aroma. Tastes like Barqs without the bite. Minimal hopping, good carbonation but thin finish and lingering sugary aftertaste. Yuck. Not for beer-drinkers.
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have not yet been able to pinpoint the nice vanilla flavor of this dark ale. It’s just perfect for the season - not too strong and not too light (well maybe a smidgen too light)
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark amber, lively carbonation with a small head. A somewhat bitter nose with a malty undertone. Some hints of alcohol. The flavor is mostly vanilla with some sweet malts present. Body is average the finish is full of vanilla bean.
Parsons (5) - CANADA - NOV 14, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you want your tastebuds tantalized give them one a go. If you are out of towner come to Vancouver in the Winter just to try this beer. I kid you not you will not be dissapointed.
HeatherLeather (1) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dear Winter Ale,
I know SO many people who have never been beer drinkers, but LOVE Granville Island Lions Winter Ale. I tell people about it constantly. I even buy as much as I can afford near the end of the season so that I can drink it all year. One summer, I ran out in July, and I called the brewery to try to get my fix. They didn’t have any, but the woman that received my message actually called me back, and was very empathetic. I’ve even thought about making commercials for this stuff, it’s so good. If I could live off of it, I would.
Love, Your Biggest Fan.....Heather