Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear bottle. Poured clear amber brown with no head. Aroma of heavy oak, vanilla, malt, citrus. Taste is also very oaked. Plenty of malt, citrus, and whiskey come through as well. Body is not too big, with light carbonation. Overall, an interesting bottled brew.
Markys (64) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2009
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2009 The colour is dark yellow/brown-like. Almost like a darker Trocadero or scotch. Copper is the word Iím searching for. The aroma is fruity. I can smell pineapple and coconut. The flavor is both fruity and strong. Honey and oranges comes to my mind. It tastes almost like scotch. It really stands out from many other beer types.
n49921 (108) - USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with very little head. Aroma is malty with a hit of sherry or a little scotch. Taste a caramel malt that ends with a bit of scotch or sherry taste. Very good.
Furseth (2080) - Kungšlv, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear dark red colour with a nice head. Aroma of tar,whiskybarrels, oak citrus,and sweet maltynes in the end.Coplex allready here. Flavor is tar,smokey,citric and thin to medium body, aroma and flavoris almost the same, thats is nice! Meidum to long tar/smokey finish.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, Waitrose. Plainish copper. lots of dingey gray head. Odd tinned fruit aroma, old man caramel. Tongue-numbing menthol, oddly artifical mint and mouthwash, vanilla flavored cough drops. Surprisingly little direct alcohol flavor (you know, apart from the tongue numbing/mouthwash thing). This is an absolute trainwreck, and yet kind of a fun experience. In the way it’s probably sort of fun to drink your own moonshine, even as it dissolves the enamel off your teeth.
wheresthepath (2074) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2008
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[January 2007, from Waitrose, Marlow]. I note that the beer is stronger than your regular ale, but comes in a smaller bottle, so I assume the extra 40p of my hard-earned cash I had to part with was for the value-added packaging! Having finally extricated my beer and made a quick visit to our cardboard recycling box, I was able to get at my beer and... woah, this is a weird one. The horrible sour smell from the bottle nearly put me off drinking it, but I persevered. The texture is smooth, but itís the taste that grabs your attention. Tastes sweet, then more sourness, then as you get into it I caught glimpses of malt, vanilla, unripe bananas (I think this accounts for the sourness), ripe bananas as well, whisky, lemon and caramel. Oooh, was that some sawdust as well?! And.... errrm... margarine?
I got the impression that someone is going for the complexity of a trappist beer, and simply hasnít had enough practise at at mellowing the flavours so they complement one another. Instead the different levels of taste fight for dominance in your mouth with the sour green banana coming back to give the others a good hiding at regular intervals. So we have enormous depth but no refinement - the layers of flavour simply donít sit easily with each other.
Some will find this beer interesting, others simply bizarre - Iím wavering between the two. Itíd probably be a good introduction for a newcomer to the noble art of beer tasting, and certainly provokes discussion. However, at present Iím not convinced that this beer is actually designed for drinking! I know for a fact Iíve never tasted a beer like this! Maybe it would mellow with cellaring (although I firmly believe that beers should be sold at the ideal drinking age, so Iím not having with any of this storage malarkey!). I also note that the brewers have only been in business since 2003, so Iíll be interested to see what their future beers are like - this one is intriguing and shows promise, but needs a little more time spent getting the recipe exactly right - if they keep persevering with this I think it could become a super beer. Perhaps it would also help to bottle condition it?
Errm... is that cough mixture coming through now? *hic* feeling a bit drunk... and very confused... what just happened to my mouth?
keepersj12 (3057) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber color with a good white head. Aroma is whiskey and vanilla. Flavor of whiskey, oak, vanilla. Sweet finish.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma of malt, biscuit, and vanilla.
Pours a clear copper amber beer with a small cream coloured head. Oaky, malty flavour with vanilla and some sweetness. Creamy texture. A bit sweet for my liking.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well, I suppose this is a bit better than the dire 6.6% Oak Aged. Slightly less of the vanilla ice cream, thank goodness. Amber colour. Sweet caramel aroma with a little toast and marmalade. Sweet, sticky taste with some alcohol and no bitterness to speak of. Come to think of it, itís quite good.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A Mes rate: Bottle thanks to our Terry
Nice amber colour with a thin, creamy off white head. Fairly sickly aroma of toffee and whiskey. Oddly enough, a fairly sickly flavour of toffee and whiskey. Tastes very oxidised like it is just about to turn. Barrel notes are quite obvious but the whiskey imparted feels cheap and nasty. Finish is sugary sweet and close to unpleasant. Not a great beer full stop.