DrFunk (80) - Sorumsand, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample from importer.
beautiful clear amber. Sweet malty notes with evidence of oak. honey and delicate spices. A great beer!
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: I had been wanting to try this one for a while. Hid alcohol well until it hit the belly and then it was pleasantly warming. A really nice surprise since I’ve never really heard anyone talk about this one. I think it was the first light oak aged beer I’ve ever had. It was much more subtle than I thought it was going to be, but way more complex at the same time.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium orangey amber with nice carbonation and a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished except for right around the edges of the glass and left fair to good lacing. The aroma was great, but a little weak. There was moderate caramel malt, oak, vanilla and slight citrus. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderately acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet, light to moderately acidic, lightly bitter and slightly sour with an average to long duration. The light to medium body was dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a light alcoholic finish.
smoothgrain (5) - St Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
the beer that opened my door! I had no idea beer could have so much flavour, look so bueatiful, smell so interesting. I take it out of the fridge and just leave it in front of me for a little while and I get more excited to pour it by the minnute. pours crystal clear and golden honey colour. head is light gold, two inches and then fades. Taste and smell are a little vanilla, not quite sweet, and keeps you interested as it warms. I enjoy it slowly to the last drop. Actually I cherish it, one bottle when I am lucky to have some quiet time to myself. My favourite but I am tasting others to see what the beer world has to offer.
Kevman (28) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - LCBO
Comes in an interesting bottle, pours a honey brown colour with a very small white head. Smells strongly of hops and malt.
Very strong taste, a hoppy bite with a nice toffee finish. Very good beer to relax with.
CH-303 (1623) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 Appearance: Light brown, good amount of creamy head.
Aroma: Smoky, oaky. Wood.
Taste: Oaky, smoky.
Info: 330ml bottle, 26/9-2005, 26/300
arth (2) - , Connecticut, USA - JUN 25, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A full bodied oak flavoured beer that defies classification. The head consists of big bubbles, with no crema to speak of. It’s clearly not an ordinary ale, despite the colour and name.
The initial aroma is of oak and honey. It finishes well with a slightly sweet aftertaste that reminds me of madeira, which isn’t surprising considering that it has been "aged" in whisky (or, rather unfortunately, whiskey) barrels, which in turn previously were used for plum products.
This beer is also excellent for cooking -- the flavour is strong enough to lend a good taste to any stew or sausages.
A perfect companion for strong tasting game or steak and kidney pies. It’s too good for guests.
Camrakipah (17) - Birmingham, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trois cent et trente milliletre bottle (just under 3/5th of a Pint) from Sainsburys. Excellent aroma - as a single malt whisky fan it promises the best of both worlds. The appearance is interesting, a bit like a dark lager. The flavour is very interesting with a positive malty and toffee flavour and definite high alcohol content taste. Various subtle flavours as it progresses on its way. Overall, I am very impressed. I get the impression that this resembles the ales brewed by the ’Maltster’ in Hardy’s "Far from the Madding Crowd". Highly recommended... enjoy.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
beautiful amber gold colored pour wonderfull notes of vanilla caramel oak and light fruits extremely smooth and creamy flavors followed by slight yeast
very good and easy to drink but a little pricey
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vanilla aromas, spicy caramel notes, fruity yeasty aromas, definite english yeast aromas. Pours amber blonde with a thick white head that disipates quickly. Vanilla, very creamy flavors, oaky, with some fruity yeast notes, with caramel malts, with a hint of spicy hops. Very creamy though.
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty/vanilla nose. Flavor is sweet vanilla and oak. Pricey but worth trying at $4.49 for a 330ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.