kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(clear bottle) gold with white head. Aroma is whisky and honey. Flavor is mostly whisky and some toffee. Not very balanced - all you taste is the barrels. A bit sour in the finish.
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of the most unusual beers I’ve ever had. It’s honey coloured with honey in both the aroma and flavour. The aroma also has some floral qualities. The flavour is malty sweet, with toffee and vanilla very much in evidence. It definitely tastes its strength with a boozy warmth coming in on the finish.
Dacrza (775) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intirgued by the end cap at the Shop Rite Liquors for some time, I figured this kind of brew was perfect for sampling after the 2008 Brew Fest. So in between card plays of Greg Hughes’ wildly entertaining game Discombobulation, I jotted down some notes... golden, scotch-like copper pint... white, pencil-thin head that sits on a sparkling body... malt and honey abound with an aggressive weight... bouquet is wildly fragrant... smooth, slick and very drinkable (for a 6.6 ABV!)... uniquely pleasant... tastes begin simply with butter, caramel and toffee... however, those flavors also suggest vanilla and some other flavors I’m not good enough at this time of night to detect... overall, the discussion alone with Ryan, Jer, Cheri, Russ and Amy was worth the purchase--although $4 a bottle is a bit hefty on a weekly wallet--and the beer’s finish warmed without rudeness or alcohol...
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet smelling aroma of wood , flowers, tofee, and a strong smel of alcohol. Light amber/honey in colour with no head. Can taste wood and oranges. Has a strong taste of alcohol like a spirit. Powerful stuff with an acquired taste couldnt drink too many of these.
jroyale (1) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There is something about this beer I love. Very enjoyable with a complex body and relatively clean finish.
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an amber orange with impressive off-white head. Aroma mainly of malt and oak. Taste was about the same with some earthly hoppiness. A good beer that everyone should try.
alari (30) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rather an odd one for me. I found it a little over-carbonated, with a taste like no other beer I’ve come across. Honey and malt to start, rather a bitter finish. Strange butter/soured oak aftertaste. I really can’t make up my mind whether I like this or not.
shoestring (344) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 Still don’t know whether I love it or loathe it. ’Very vanilla’ is how I owuld describe it. Sweet finish.’ Oily in the mouth. mmmmmmm need to retry sometime. Far better than Marton’s Firestoker (another ’vanilla effort)’ . Rerate jan 14. Enjoyed but got slightly clawing at end. Vanilla aftertaste?. Palate creamy. Toffee and hint of oak and vanilla.. doesnt seem 6.6
Rune (10522) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle at Le Mirage in Tromsø. Pours a dark amber body with a slowly fading, off-white foamy head. Aroma in the direction of dark honeyed oak. Malty taste mixed with vanilla and wood. Low, but noticeable bitterness to the finish. Well bodied. Not exactly the perfect drink to meat (19.07.2008).
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a right little hopper. Ginger beerish, or marzipan. Also reminds me of fried pre-cooked bangers with tomato tomato sause. A sweet edge is apparent