brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2006
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
333 ml bottle. As a long time lover of fine single malt I was really looking forward to this beer. Despite some reviewers saying this tastes of whisky it does not; it is bland and sweet completely lacking in oak, smoke, or malt complexity that one would expect in a barrel aged beer. While one would not want much hop character in a whisky barrel beer there needs to be hop bitterness to carry the malt - this beer lacks that. It is unbalanced. It is easy to drink but boring and if I was not told it was an oak aged beer I would not know it to be other than a sweet Newcastlle Brown.
Finn (4531) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 0,33l. Golden brown. A creamy lasting head leaving patterns on the glass. Some burntness in the aroma. A soft sweet flavour. You have a whisky feeling in the aftertaste. No bitterness. More peculiar than good.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - AUG 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle BB 30/05/07) Whisky-like, toffee-like and roasted malty aroma. Bronze colour, bright, only very slightly sparkling and average size, white, slightly lasting head with fair lacing. Malty, whisky-like sweet flavour. Softly carbonated and light to medium-bodied palate with a hint of alcohol. Rather thin beer even though a slight whisky-like taste is some what interesting. 11/07/06
LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2006
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
bottle: Oh my god! What the hell are people talking about? This beer is disgusting!! Has everyone gone mad?
Pours an amber/whiskey colour with decent head and carbonation. Smells of oak (surprise) and whiskey. A very strong whiskey aftertaste. Trust me. Anyone who says no aftertaste or weak finnish is clearly mad. It tastes more like a scotch and water than a beer. If you like the taste of this, maybe you prefer scotch to beer (many do). If you like this vile excuse for a beer, save yourself some money and buy a big whopping bottle of Colt 45. It’s about the same quality without the pretentious packaging. Among the worst I have ever tasted.
CanadaCam (109) - CANADA - AUG 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Chocolate/fruit/woody aroma. Pours dark amber with a decent head. Goes down smooth and absolutely no aftertaste. An excellent brew.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. golden color. woddy aroma. honey malty taste. soft and weak finnish.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copperish colour with a white head. Taste is smokey with hints of spice, and also a little bit sweet. A good brew!
SHIG (3791) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red/brown amber beer with a froathy white head. Deep rich smoked aroma with a hint of spice. Sweet honey malt taste with smooth tangy enjoying finish.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The second ESB of the evening...This one also looks appetizing, with a clear, copper body and a lush, white head. Intensely smokey and bready aroma, very sweet - even of maple, and definetly woody. The flavor is also quite sweet, with a large dose of maple and smokiness. Smooth and easy to drink.
notalush (5172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear straw color, with minimal but lasting head - very oaky, vanilla aroma, with touches of whiskey, buttered toast - very distinctive oak and whiskey character in the flavor, but not an overwhelming one like in a lot of beers aged in barrels - somewhat bready but overly sweet - honey and spice in the finish - it’s a shame they filter and pasturize this; it would probably be a hell of a lot better if they didn’t.