Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very clear light golden colour, with a light creamy like yellowish head. Very special aroma I thought. A mix of oak, roast, malt, coffee, whisky hits your nose. A meticulous examination of the sniff, gives you hints of hop and grassy notes as well. Mouth feel is not that powerful as the previous description would let you to believe. Medium bodied. Considering the bouquet, it is reasonable complex. The strong point is defiantly the bouquet and the finish, which is almost a full display of the before described aroma. Medium bitter-sweet and well balanced. Nice surprise and the best “Extra Special Bitter” so fare. Was able to compare it with “Morland Old Speckled Hen” that just seams monotonous compared with this ESB!.....well that is just my subjective opinion.
Gethinbeer (2261) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 Slight hint of honey and whisky and sweet oak. Great clear orange colour. Good carb. Nice frothy head. Tastes a little of whisky, smooth. Leaves a malty taste. Not my cup of tea. Definitely an interesting beer.
jazz88 (2583) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden color with a white head. Musty, basement, straw, smooth buttery floral vanilla flavor with lively carbonation. Rating from notes.
unclemattie (4328) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Picked up this clear 11.2oz bottle at Harry’s Marietta. Color of honey. White fizzy head. Aroma of an ashtray. Cigarette ashes? I got the aroma of the oak but it is more specifically of a Winston. Easy drinking. With lots of flavors of wood. Oh, its in the taste. Balanced malt/hop palate. Don’t know if it is worth the $5 dollar retail, hate to dee what it costs in a bar!
SSSteve (3899) - - NOV 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear orange/amber with a small white head. hoppy malt aroma. flavor is very woody. dry. light bodied. i liked it.
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong, euro lager aroma with faint caramel malt and hints of butterscotch. Crystal clear amber body with a slightly off-white, frothy, lasting head and some lace. Flavoful with a high alcohol aspect, sweet. Clearly not an American beer in character. Oak aged quality is there but doesn’t add much except perhaps for some strength. Toffee and wood flavors in the finish. Quite tasty.
Hansen (7238) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Normally I don’t like this kind of odd hopped aroma, but this time its spiced with coconut-notes, perhaps from the oak. The coconut is in the flavor too, real present. Clear and amber colour. Head is off-white and mainly lasting. Palate is a bit thin.
swiseman (440) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber color - rapidly dissipating head. Hints of fruit and whiskey in the nose. Flavour has a strong whiskey and wine flavour; the whiskey remains on the palate with notes of honey. This beer is definitely unique, as the label suggests. I will definitely be trying this stuff again.
KnutAlbert (6339) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fine amber ale with some head. Taste of malt, smaoke and oak barrels. Maybe the oak is a bit overwhelming, it takes strong flavour in the beer itself to take on the oak! Fine, but you would not want more than one of these at a time.
rederic (3200) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer coming in a clear bottle, bright amber color, with a white head, the nose is one of malty, with an oaky whiskyish, a woody accent, faint fruitiness note, a subtle brandyish aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a toasted malt, a brandy and whiskyish character, an oakiness accent, a subtle fruity note, leading towards a sweet malty whiskyish finish.