donpasquale (5) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an amazing little beer - sweet but still very refreshing. Hints of butterscotch without being too in-your-face. A shame that it’s not available all year.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 A seasonal offering from Granville Island Brewing with distinct vanilla notes in the nose and palate, especially at the end. Spicy and cinnamon aromas too, contributing to the pie/cookie-like character. A little buttery too. Medium-bodied and warming. Finishes surprisingly clean because it seems like it would be sweet. A good effort from this brewery. Can be nice on tap...rerate wow the cream soda craP is crazy. The pie notes are there when warmer but get rid of that vanilla cream overload!
GRM (2794) - 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 (3047) - 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.