hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, - 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, it’s quite good.
Fritz123 (566) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Small snifter. Golden-brown pour with light head. Mostly clear. Aroma of oak cask, booze, toffee, malts, and leather. Taste similar. Booze flavor isn’t as strong as the aroma. Toffee, leather, malted barley, oak, must. Smooth mouth. Malty finish. Very nice.
DocJitsu (610) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear, rich, bourbon golden color with a short beige head. I hate when a pretend know it all about beer (at World of Beer) server pours my beer out of the bottle for me without asking. Aromas of toasty malt, sweet fruit, and hints of sassafras. Smooth, mellow, moderately thick mouthfeel. Mildly scrubby. Oaky vanilla up front. Sweet fruit, but not too sweet. Toasted malt adds to the lingering, yet mild sweetness. Very good beer.
fitzpatm (1) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2013 does not count
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Too sweet, like soda sweet. Dark amber appearance, aroma is sweet. I’m a bit disappointed by the body, expected more body with mellow oak overtones. Not an overwhelming flavor when drinking with a sweet oak finish.
madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
21st July 2012
Thanks to Scopey for excavating this one for me, cheers Paul! Cloudy brown beer, good pale cream coloured head. Oxidised caramel malt nose. Oxidisation on the palate as well but some vigorous agitation got rid of the worst of it. What’s left is smooth creamy malt, lactose and a little caramel. Soft milky vanilla oak and sherry. Trace of dried fruits. Smooth finish. Usual I&G huge oak - can’t help but like them!
agibney (6) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed in the lovely Whiski bar in Edinburgh, only served in half-pints due to the percentage. Most enjoyable, not too strong a taste for a 7% beer. Actually quite light for a dark beer. Loved it.
Marduk (1681) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Deep copper color. Medium size off-white head appears. Intensive malts, oak in aroma. Notable roasted malts, oak, whiskey in flavor. Tar like mild bitterness. Feels kind of unnatural.
peral2 (516) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
OK. Hade väntta mig en lite mer spännande öl. Inte så mycket "toner" i vare sig arom eller smak. Borde varit mer humlerik.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 17, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
rbesg07, first beer of the day. dull amber coloured with minimal head; simpl vanilla and caramel aroma; some honeyish sweetness but nasty bandaids in the finish
kylechaney (10) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into what looked like an oversized champagne flute. A truly different beer than I’ve.tried. strong strong smells of vanilla and oak. Tastes like vanilla, toffee, caramel and wood. Went down real easy. Would definitely order again.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to PaulUnwin for the share. Pours a clear amber-orange with a small off-white head. Nose is big oak, vanilla, wood, slight peat, a hint of smoke and lots of malt throughout. Flavor is similar with oak, wood, vanilla, big malt, slight peat, and small smoke throughout. Light to medium in body and enjoyable overall.