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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1840) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2012
[355ml bottle, courtesy of Ashton McCobb] Amber beer with a very thin head. Pretty soon, totally flat other than a small ring around the glass. Smells exactly like Start - honey covered malt breakfast cereal. Some vanilla in there as well. On the taste, sweet vanilla honey and some brown sugar. The ultimate flavour is cream soda - which is really rather strange. Thanks for the bottle Ash, but it’s pretty poor [24032012]

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2592) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 19, 2012
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Rusty brown, small off white head. Aroma: Vanilla, cream, eggnog, a little spice and a hint of sour milk. Flavour: Vanilla, like a vanilla candy, not very nice, lactose, eggnog again, bitter, a little sour milk. Long vanilla and bitter finish. Weird.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Listigovers (288) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
At first sip I hated this. It had the sweetness of rotting fruit and a dirty aftertaste. After a few sips the taste became slightly lless offensive. Some might like it but I would say avoid it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2117) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2012
355ml bottle, thanks to Robert C. Pours amber with steady bubbles and a nicely proportioned head. The nose has honey coated cereal. The taste has more honey and cereal with some sultanas. The palate is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a clean finish. Overall, very balanced and drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2012
draft. dark amber color. very unique hazelnut and vanilla taste. Enjoyable. A little creamy feeling. Nice vanilla finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
Draft at The Black Tomato. Pours clear bronze, thin cream coloured head. Lacing is average, for a draft beer. Nose is cinnamon, light fruit, malt, maple, and red licorice. Flavours are lightly spicy, with soft red fruit as well as apples. Finish is spicy plum. An inoffensive, but unremarkable winter ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (5929) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Draft at the calling. A very likeable sweet and chocolatey esa. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a light and creamy mousse on top. Sweet milk chocolatey nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Pronounced chocolatey quality with a bit of brown sugar. Not much hop in the finish. Very approachable, broad appeal.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VertBaconStrips (2022) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
On tap at Sherlocks downtown. Medium amber thin white cap. Thin chocolate caramel toasty perfume vanilla aroma. Decent smell. The taste is ok but the gassiness got annoying quickly. Vanilla, light chocolate with a faint orange flavor, toffee toastiness, slightly astringent, light tang that is very short lived as well as a smidgen of bitterness but only on the odd sip. This is on the brink of being too sweet. Not great but a decent light weight option at the bar.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bendrixian (988) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
Clear brew and has an amber colour. sweet notes almost vanilla and caramel note. more of the same on the palate but light body and almost no alcohol kick. i find it thin and overfiltered.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atheist_Peace (884) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
341ml bottle. Pours clear, dark amber with a hint of tan head that doesn’t really stick around. Very sweet nose of caramel and butterscotch with a maltiness underneath and a little vanilla. There’s a definite green note on the palate with that same caramel and vanilla back. Finishes crisp but there’s a lagery feel at the end.


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