JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Features a chameleon-like appearance, with a swirling medium-brown tornado in the middle of the glass that fades to gold towards the edges. From a distance, hops seem to dominate the aroma, but stick your nose in the glass and youíre assaulted by heavy toffee, butterscotch, caramel and vanilla Ė very nice. The palate evolves interestingly, from a sharp effervescent beginning to a gorgeously creamy middle and a seemingly everlasting vanilla finish. While itís just a little too sweet for its own good, this oak beer is an innovative and interesting beer that gets you smacking your lips in between sips.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oak and honey stick out in the aroma. Clear orange body with thin white head. Vanilla, Oak and whisky stand out in falvour. Hints of sweetness aswell. Bit of a bite going down with a nice warm finish. Pretty good beer but too much of this would make me sick.
haukur (1164) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
destincht oak and whisky in the aroma, this is a very unusual brew, although being heavy on the palate it is almost ruined with the MASSIVE amount of whisky in the aftertaste; malt, hops and whisky sums this up
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Attractive orange/ginger colour with a modest, but persistent off-white head. There may be a hint of smoke and oak in the aroma, but its mainly soft malt. The flavour is heavily influenced by the oak and is imbued with vanilla. Very soft vanilla. And its quite sweet too. I donít think the underlying beer has enough guts to stand up to the oak treatment. I found it a bit wearing and sickly after a while. Just too flabby. The vanilla seems just too raw and not well integrated. Anyone who has tried Don Darias, or one of the other beers used to season new oak Rioja casks will understand the sensation. Thereís also a rather insistent alcohol afterburn. All this adds up to a beer that has some appealing individual elements, but the overall effect is unbalanced. Not my thing at all. However, I recognize that may be more down to my preferences than particular faults with the beer. 330ml bottle from Sainsburys.
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brilliant amber-orange color. A senous nose of oak, caramel, a touch of smoke and a pale malty nose. It kind of reminded me of a chardonnay. Light-med body with oak, smoke and whisky notes. Very oaky finish with a touch of scotch. if you like oak, you will like this beer.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 We had this in my work for ages and i only had one bottle when i was drunk one time and i didnt like it. However im trying now and very suprised. Bottle although clear makes the beer look fine. Vanilla sweet maybe chocolate 9in there too. Would love to try it again, plesent suprise. RERATE: Apple and toffee in the nose, alcohol in the finish, my palate has inproved or this has got worce, i recon both.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
330 ml clear bottle. Copper colour with a mostly diminishing creamy off-white head. Caramel, light oak, alcohol, and carrot(!) aroma. Brown sugar initial flavour gives way to an oaky and buttery alcohol bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth but thin mouthfeel.
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 Iím concerned this stuff can remain ísleeping in oak barrelsí as long as it likes. Just donít wake it when Iím around.
presario (4522) - 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.