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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Combines premium malt with aromatic specialty hops. Brewed with our special yeast, this beer has a vanilla like finish. A robust ale. Pair it with holiday meals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abubbaofbeer (3) - , CANADA - DEC 26, 2008 does not count
Great vanilla smooth finish. A brown slightly red colour and thicker but small head. One of the better local consistent winter beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2008
Big chocolate aroma. Bright amber in colour with small white head. Strong white chocolate flavours. Very sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2008
A fairly good brew. Pours out a brown color with a small head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Flavor is similar with some choco in the finish. One of the better offerings from this brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
taste resembles that of Newcastle Brown Ale with a little more of a chocolate finish. Little head with a ruby red color. Fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
White chcocolate in aroma, mostly. Whitish thock lacey look, although mouthfeel was lighter. FInishes bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
donpasquale (5) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2007 does not count
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2007
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!

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