Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the finest noses I have ever come across. Rich melted belgian chocolate over a powder-sugared crépe’s. Hints of spicy malbec grapes softened by lush endless malt. Waves and waves of the malt follow into the mouth, all gently wrapped in a roasted glaze and finished off with sutle mild hops. Such a tragedy that this beer just slightly loses its edge with a bittery finish and also a touch too much carbonation. Still, gorgous beer.
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
White chcocolate in aroma, mostly. Whitish thock lacey look, although mouthfeel was lighter. FInishes bitter.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Butterscotch, toffee, vanilla and chocolate in the sweet aroma. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes slowly to a lasting cover with some lace. Toasty and doughy malts with notes of biscuit, wafer-cookie/waffle, vanilla, cinammon and chocolate up front in the flavour. Mild bitterness keeps sweetness from becoming overwhelming. Medium body with moderate carbonation that is lightly prickly and does a good job of concealing the somewhat slick texture. Half-pint glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (BCLS at Kingsgate, Dec-07).
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample on tap at Granville Island Taproom: Brownish amber color with a small off-white head. Mild vanilla/root beer aroma. Flavor is spicy with vanilla and caramel and a mild bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.
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 (5218) - 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 (3274) - 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.