Ratman197 (10732) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, oak and vanilla. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of oak, carmel, vanilla, light whiskey and light toffee with a smooth lingering finish.
HapyAcid (4) - IRELAND - JUN 7, 2007 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle poured half filled into 33cl glass with stem, 07/06/07. Served at room temperature. Appearance: Golden brown, rich and clear. Large thick white head reduces to a small light white head after two minutes which then holds up for duration of tasting. Aroma: Noticed while pouring, vanilla, vanilla, vanilla! Toffee aslo noticed in the background. Taste: Oak is there but again vanilla rules over. Toffee noted again along with very slight citrus bite. Slight fizz but generally a very smooth beer. Verdict: A smooth, warm beer with lots of character.
imdownthepub (11147) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 330ml, pasteurised. Burnt orange with little lasting head. Strangely I had a light deposit with mine when I poured it. Mellow, smooth flavours synonimous with aged beers, though sweeter than most. There are woody, vanilla notes to the fore with a touch of whisky about it. Malty in a warming way, maybe a little cloying, but a decent enough beer.
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 A good one for the Summer. Burnt amber in appearance, with little head. The aroma didnít hit me but the flavours did! A wonderful infusion of vanilla, malt and whiskey, with a hint of sweetness. It is a crisp, refreshing ale, with flavours bursting on the taste buds. The best thing about this ale is the warm glow left on the palate and its lingering flavours that stay with you for some time. Definately one to serve chilled.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2007
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A clear bottle always makes me nervous, and this beer was somewhat skunky. So this review might be considered atypical, but not unfair -- if you use a clear bottle, you take your chances. It had a golden pale caramel color, with some malty aroma finding its way through the skunkiness. There wasnít a lot of flavor -- a little oak up front, but otherwise this struck me as a fairly standard Euro-lager. The finish was smooth and clean. Average at best.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Pours a dark orange, brown colour, with very little head which is odd. Smells strange, malts, alcohol, I guess the strange aspects come from the "oak-aging" in barrels used to make scotch. Taste is strong, very little hops or even malts, all I could taste at first was alcohol and whisky. Itís pretty alcoholic tasting for something thatís only 6.6%, which isnít all THAT much. Thereís some vanilla and caramel notes hidden amongst the woody-barrel and scotch tastes. Aftertaste is sweet and bordering on pleasant. The aroma is kind of getting on my nerves. Seems like they might have gone a little overboard on the whisky aspect, which kind of leaves me feeling like if you want to something that tastes like whisky then just drink whisky, and leave the poor vat of beer alone. This beer costs more and is not worth it in the end IMHO. Iím not proud, but this was my first serious DRAIN POUR.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a cream soda color with a sliver of a head and not a whole lot of carbonation. Nose is wood over a beery scent. Flavor is sweetened oak muting the underlying funk/beer notes. I enjoyed the flavors stemming from the time spent in the oak barrels, however, I was disappointed in the overall beery flavors. It was balanced but leaned to the caramel tones. This beer has potential and maybe if it is fresh, it is much better. Additionally, at $5 a bottle, I rather doubt I will be experimenting with this beer again in the future.
cgarvieuk (16663) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2007
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
While this smells quite nice (vanilla smokey) and has an interesting flavour(sweet vanilla, and fruity) to start with i found it really quite clawing by the end and struggled to finnish it.
Cybercat (3801) - Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Color is a beautiful honey-amber, promising a good ale experience. Aroma has strong fruity overtones. Flavor has a brandy-like bite, but is otherwise fairly typical of a good ale, with smoky/burnt undertones and just a hint of apple or pear. Smooth yet edgy, this is a beer made for sipping rather than guzzling.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. A crystal clear, golden brown beer. Thin beige head quikly reduced to a ring of foam. Prominent sweet whiskey aroma. Also hops, honey, sweetish fruits and toffee. Taste is sweet and malty with a wooden note. A decent hopbitterness makes up for the liqueur-ish mouthfeel. Good body. A bit on the sweet side for my tastebuds. Nevertheless, a nice one!