gunnfryd (9379) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is vanilla and whiskey. Flavour is whiskey and malt
sayravai (4668) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 (Bottled) Clear amber color with a medium, foamy and fading, lacy head. The aroma is toffeeish with lots of vanilla, and some oakiness - still quite dull overall. The flavor is initially very oak-barrely, and the actual beer’s sweetish toffee - blended with light vanilla hints - begins to emerge in the finish. The maltiness seems more robust than last time, but the oak is still a bit aggressive. On the other hand, if you like it, you like it. Light to medium-bodied palate with quite high carbonation. In the end, this is not bad, and you’ll get used to the oakiness after a while. Still it’s not quite my thing.
(Bottled, was 5-4-5-3-10=2.7) Clear amber color with a medium, foamy and fading, lacy head. Aroma starts off a bit harshly hoppy, then rubbery, earthy urine with oaky hints. Later on, a more mellow, toffeeish aroma follows, with some whiskey notes, but urine still flowing in the background. The flavor is whiskey without the alcohol, with very strong oak barrel and some vanilla. Pretty low, mellow maltiness. The ABV feels even less than what it is. Light to medium-bodied, dry and quite low-carbonated palate. Like whiskey blended with lots and lots of water. Has next to nothing to offer as a beer, IMO.
dj (440) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 330ml. A clear, dark amber pour with an average lasting head. Strong aromas of oak and hops. Flavour is mostly oak, but with hints of hop and malt. Average duration finish of malt and oak. The taste is certainly unique, although it doesn’t really do much for me. I think it would be nicer with less Oak and more noticable hops and malt.
zathrus13 (1666) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amver, with a white head. Aromas are malt and whiskey. Flavors are malt, hops, whiskey, and oak. Body is medium. Thanks to radiomgb for this bottle.
LadySusan (716) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark amber color with a sweet caramel taste. The oak flavor is not that notiable, it is a very pleasant drink.
jmcnally (21) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some have complained that this tastes oaky but I didn’t find that at all. Quite a pleasant beer with a bit of a distinctive flavour.
oh6gdx (19683) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Honeyish yellow/amber colour with big offwhite head. Aroma of oak, hops and vanilla. Flavour is malty, oaky and also hints of vanilla and caramel. Finish becomes fruity and vanillaish. A bit too sweet, but otherwise very nice.
TBone (11378) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Bottled (BB 04/2006)
Amber color, good creamy off-white head. Aroma has oak wood and vanilla. Medium bodied. Very sweet toffeish. Lots of oak barrel, whiskey and vanilla flavors. Barrel maturing comes quite clearly to flavor and aroma but overly too sweet to be really good one. (6/4/6/3/12 3.1)
[Bottled] (BB 04/2007).
Amber color, small white head. Flowery hoppy, oaky nose. Alcoholic, flowery hoppy with whiskey and vanilla presence. As someone said, a bit similar to Duckstein. (6/4/6/3/12 3.1)
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darkish amber w/ frothy off-white foam. Vanilla, caramel, oak & berries on the nose. Light, slightly grainy feel. Flavour is sweet w/ caramel & toffee notes & a whiskey-ish character in the finish.
Stew41 (1625) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big head, creamy in texture and colour, well formed. Nice dark amber hues. Bouquet doesn’t do a heap for me, basic ale notes, a touch stale. Palate kicks in nicely, flavour weight in the mouth is immediately noticeable, almost liquor like. Nice malt treat, appropriate sweetness, really really good mild carbonation suits the beer perfectly. Oaked aged treatment not noticeable, at least for me.