Trev (1821) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle: Pours a clear copper with a medium white head.
Aromas of malt with a pronounced whisky-ish apricot-vanilla aroma.
Flavour was slightly sweet fruit and definitely scotch-like with a lasting oakey aftertaste.
Crockett (1001) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours light clear gold amber with reddy hues. Nose of mild skunk toffee and wood chips. Smooth but thinner than expected moutfeel. Vanilla and sweet earthy malts with more than a trace of butterscotch. Stewed apple, and sweet apple syrup. Cedar wood resin. Mild piney bitterness. Hops? Marginally interesting.
DerWeg (1426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oaking imparts noble scotch-like hints in the finish. Almost half-way barley-wine like flavor and roundness but of course lighter, and long in palate. Pretty great actually. Smells and looks elegant. Screw peer pressure, this should be in the high three’s I think. LCBO, clear bottle is dumb.
Eructoblaster (2830) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber body topped with an average off-white foamy head. Decent malty aroma with hoppy, herbal and flowery notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Malty taste with hints of bread, oak, vanilla and whisky. It is relatively complex, but it lacks strenght. This is an interesting product that should be bottled in dark glass bottles.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly copper with a large frothy white head. Mild aroma of whisky, oak, caramel malt and citrus. The flavour follows the aroma and tastes like an average quality beer with a shot of whisky in it. It’s different I’ll give it that but it’s more of a novelty and an acquired taste. Fun to try but not something I’m likely to get very often.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A 77 day brewing process involving 30 days in oak barrels and then 47 days in a marrying tun sounds wonderful, but the beers then pasteurised, filtered and sold in clear glass bottles, Hmmm!. Age old brewing techniques meet modern mass market stupidity. Inane, to say the least! Poured into a stumpy tulip, cool and not cold. Clear auburn orange body with whirlpool-like bubbles raising to a single island of white froth in the centre of the glass. Strong oak and whisky malt nose with a little vanilla, caramel and an odd hint of peppermint; not overly inviting but intriguing none-the-less. In the mouth it initially reminded me of a watered down single-malt whisky, with strong spicy oak barrel flavours dominating its otherwise one-dimensional palate. Medium bodied and relatively smooth, a little vanilla and nutty caramel dessert flavours came through, keeping it sweet for the length. Quite weak in the finish with a little lingering wood flavours reminding me of the palate. Overall, it wasn’t too bad, a nice, very slow sipper that went down smooth. Unusual!!! (33cL, BBE 03/06)
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh woody character with vanilla, caramel and toffee notes to the aroma. Clear copper coloured body with decent off-white head that recedes slowly to ring with some lacing. Malty fresh flavour with plenty of oaky vanilla tones and light suggestions of peat. Interesting is that it does seem quite reminiscent of a single malt scotch yet at the same time has some nice malty beer-like character. Complex woody flavour up front with moderate bitterness and lasting sweetness in the mouth. Medium body with moderately lively carbonation that prickles on the tongue and cheeks. Unfortunately, after a while the sweetness becomes somewhat cloying and sticky. Still very interesting though perhaps not one that I could drink regularly. Tulip glass. Cellar temp. Bottle. Thanks, DougShoemaker!
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from the LCBO. Tasted in pint glass. Colour is deep amber / rusty orange with a thin white sustained head. Aroma is of burnt wood, hickory, almost mesquite. Flavour is rich, hints of vanilla, burnt oak, toffee and spice. Quite nice actually.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Deep amber with dissipating head, some lacing. Palate a bit too soda-like. Super buttery with strong hints of smoke and honey. Very malty (caramel) nose. None too subtle, but its uniqueness definitely won me over. Not an everyday beer by any stretch, but a tasty diversion. Also, it masks the alcohol brilliantly.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Same colour as in the pciture to the left. Light bodied, with pretty much nothing but wood to taste, felt like i was licking the dining room table. Subtle caramel and whiskey-ish flavours. But theres too much wood flavours, particularly for a how light the body is. Not good.