berkshirejohn (4400) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Sainsburys. Deep copper with a ruby tint and a trace of white head. Aroma of vanilla and oak; buttery toffee flavour with more vanilla; alcohol builds to give a warm finish.
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 A good Summer ale but does not quite live up to its premium price. It runs second position to its sister (cheaper) ale, the Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer (6.6%). Burnt amber in appearance, with little head. The aroma didn’t hit me and, strangely, the flavours were subdued compared with the 6.6%. You can still taste an infusion of vanilla, malt and whiskey, with a hint of sweetness. Serve chilled.
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Deep copper with a moderate head. Buttery, almost kellerbier-like aroma, with a whiff of vanilla oak. Flavour was of toffee, with lots of alcohol in the finish. Good.
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A mid brown coloured beer with a tan coloured head. The aroma has some sweet toffee and some clear smoky barrel notes. Quite a deep rich nose. A very full mouthfeel with lots of sweetness and vanilla. Becomes a bit cloying towards the end but there’s a certain quality feel to it. Nice bready malts also.
harrisoni (13276) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Sainsbury. Deep chestnut colour with thin off white head. More toffeeish that the regular version, buttery. Not a huge whisky presence or indeed wood flavour. A lot of greasy melted butter. No huge aroma. Again not impressed. OK, but what is it?
johndoughty (3880) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden and poured with a large head.No lacing and lots of slightly smoked vanilla swirling around. Sharp clean taste with none of the overpowering sweeetness beers of this strength sometimes have. Not that distinctive but still quite pleasant.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very disapointd here. Aroma was ovrly malty toffee apples with a touch of ethenol. Tastw was similar with alcohol quite present though carbonation does try to hide it.
johninmelb (1124) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet caramel and toffee nose with a subtle underlying alcohol. Pours pure amber. Flavour carries on where the nose left off, with sweet malt and raisins interplaying with whisky and some astringent ethanol. It’s ok, but the finish is sharp and the alcohol not as disguised as it claims on the box. Not a bad beer but not amazing.
boltonmark (9) - Uppingham, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2007 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The initial gentle flavour of toffee is replaced with hint of whisky - a bit too strong - lovelly beer though
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper bronze, good lasting white head and moderate condition. Vaguely fruity and woody in the nose with hints of whisky, peppery herbal hops and slight vinegar citric notes, quite full and sweet in the mouth with hints of vanilla woodiness and whisky oxidation note, sligtly dry and woody finish with some sweet caramel.