GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear copper/rust colour with a nice tan (almost green) head. Lots of big bubbles. Aroma is quite interesting with notes of sweet honey, oak, malt and vanilla. Nice balance of oak, malt and honey flavours with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very creamy, almost like chocolate milk. Oak and Alcohol flavours lingers in the mouth for some time.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2005
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Why do people want to add things to beer? Beer is great on its own. This substance is absolutely revolting. Aroma is of burned toast soaked in alcohol. The taste is dominated by cheap vanilla ice cream. As far as I’m concerned this stuff can remain ’sleeping in oak barrels’ as long as it likes. Just don’t wake it when I’m around.
presario (4437) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear bottle but since the beer is new to Alberta that should not matter. The description on the bottle has me anticipating a real treat. Head starts out thick and merangue-like. Settles into a thick foam looking like heavy cream. Thick film left around the glass. Lots of bubbles. Honey-hued is correct or golden amber. Aroma is light and a mixed bag of soft scents. Thin but very creamy body. Alcohol is noticeable as is a definate liquor-like note. Either the oak overpowers the beer or there wasnot enough beer to start. Taste is best described as a watered down rum andcoke.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Copper colour with a white head. Sweet malty woody aroma and a sweet malty citrus taste. Medium body and a sweet finish.
joergen (18930) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange coloured with a small off white head.
Malty aroma with notes of grain and alcohol.
Sweet malty flavour with notes of alcohol.
I can’t taste that it’s oak aged.
scotty (1014) - SCOTLAND - MAY 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant copper brown with a tight white head leaving nice lacework. WOW! what a nose, rich,bursting with loads of vanilla, and fruit with sweetish malt in the background. Quite lightweight but packed with crisp citrus hops, smooth malt on the finish...lingers on the tongue for ages, an unusual "love it or loathe it style" An interesting marketing ploy that has worked. Bottle from Morrisons.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clever marketing concept that leverages off the international passion for Scottish whisky. The presentation, clear bottle, beer colour, "handwritten" brewer’s authentication and reference to barrel aging all mimic the whisky industry. The concept of aging ales in whisky barrels has potential but it would help if the whisky saw the barrels first and the beer chosen for aging had more character. Which is not to say that this beer is without merit, just that there’s ample scope for improvement. It poured a clear amber colour with a rocky 2cm head that laced well but didn’t last. Could only find the faintest whiff of oak in the aroma. Otherwise the aroma is dominated by pale malt, vanilla and - I hate to say it - corn. Interesting palate, initially medium-bodied but developing an oily texture in the finish. Flavour profile is malt-driven and rather simple, with honey notes to the fore in a warm, sticky finish. To be honest, it brings to mind a honey ale on steroids. Bit too sweet and sticky. To use a whisky comparison, this is more like the Stags Breath liqueur than a single malt. (Bottle, best before 23/7/05)
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber coloured, thick white head. Wooden/tar nose. Sweet, smooth, honey, vanilla flavour. Fresh bitterness. Smoky palate with hints of whiskey. Malty, medium bodied.
Jukkabro (3485) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange color with hints of brown. Little white head, some lace in glass. Sweet, toffee, vanilla, mild coconuts, also mild whiskey in aroma. Flavor has strong whiskey tones with lasting vanilla, toffee and smoke in the end. Medium bodied. Very dimensional and original brew.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 pours a honey golden colour with a moderate head. Nose of malts, caramel and vanilla, the oak barrels used to age the beer also come through here and add a bit of interest, but it does smella little skunked. a little thin in the mouth, has a light grassy finish.