flemmingwillum (1080) - Nysted, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yellowish beer with a head that quickly dissapears. The aroma is whiskey-like, wooden, a little alcoholic and also a little malty. Very special aroma indeed. The flavor still have wood and whiskey, but also butter and a little acrid hops towards the woody butter-aftertaste. The beer can seem a little too sweet, but at the same time you wouldnít want it less sweet because some unfortunate alcoholic or non-pleasant wood-notes might be more obvious. I have also recognized some coriander in this beer, but it might just be some weird barrel-taste that are represented. I really donít know what to think of this beer; do I like it or not? However, it is a unique, good quality brew and might be very pleasant to other people, so I have given it a fair rating.
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2015 The colour is as pictured with an off-white head. Aromas of vanilla, butterscotch and whiskey. Sweet palate, very caramelly with a dry woody component that dominates the flavour profile. Too much oak, too little malt, too sweet.
Borup (7135) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, fruit and wood.
HenrikSoegaard (11278) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor, average finish. Oily palate.
tomthompson89 (1926) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber colour, lotsa head, malt oak vanilla, good mouth feel but as has been said before not something i would have all the time.
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 330mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours a nice amber, with a good-sized slightly off-white head that fades relatively quickly. Leaves some nice, (if slightly chaotic) lace. No skunking, fortunately, but no beer should be in clear glass until itís in my glass. The beer description on the bottleís accurate - touches of citrus in the scent, with a definite toffee note. Not as much malt in the scent as I was expecting. Certainly appetizing, though. I donít pick up much vanilla. Taste - quite unique. Thereís a toffee note in the flavour. The malt is more under-stated than I expected, probably due to the barrel. The scotch influence from the barrel is, fortunately, not overpowering - Iím a single-malt fan, but I was afraid that this beer would taste like itíd been mixed with scotch. An unfounded fear, itís quite subtle and pleasant. This one needs to be served at a slightly warmer temp, it really opens up with some warmth. A little bit of butter in the finish. Are there even hops in this? One of the least bitter beers Iíve ever had. Doesnít show itís alcohol content at all - probably thanks to the moderating effect of the barrel. Overall, itís an amazingly delicious beer. Definitely recommended. Iíll be drinking a lot more of this.
Addendum (29 Oct): Re-rated lower, as one of the bottles I picked up was light-damaged, which this beer doesnít handle well. No more clear glass, please.
Christian (11628) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber beer with fluffy white head. Caramel toffee aroma with hints of butter, lemon, vanilla. Quite sweet with a complex wood, caramel, honey flavour.
daniel0017 (402) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Amber with frothy head. Hoppy aroma mixed with scotch whiskey. Well harmonized flavors of butter, oak, scotch and smoke with alcoholized aftertaste. Velvety richness throughout sampling. Always a favorite.
panderson (3) - CANADA - SEP 22, 2006 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours nicely with a nice high head that fades somewhat. Aroma: vanilla, scotch, butterscotch, wood. Taste: lovely scotch whisky with some woodiness and nicely hopped. This beer gets better each time I have it.
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma: Sweet vanilla, Skunk, floral hop character, diacetyl
Appearance: Straw gold, tight bead that disappears quickly leaving little belgian lace.
Flavour: Warming, hoppy, sweet malt and skunk, diacetyl, good bitterness
Palate: Chewy, light bodied, prickly carbonation
Overall: An interesting beer ruined by a poor cosmetic marketing decision. Skunk and diacetyl overwhelm the beer- the oak character is surpassed by skunk and diacetyl. As it warms the whisky character comes through, but it is fighting itís way through the problems with this beer.