HenrikSoegaard (10090) - 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 (1864) - 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 (10781) - 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 (372) - 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.
DiogŤne (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle from LCBO. Clear copper colour with a medium white head that vanishes quickly. The aroma is earthy, with notes of cookies, caramel and wood. The aroma is similar, but with notes of vanilla and whiskey, but the whiskey is not as strong as when I first tasted it a year ago, it is milder that in my memories. Good brew.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is warm bread and sweet caramel with distracting hay notes. Body is a rich amber color and holds a lasting, two finger thick, white head. Fore is sweet malts and vanilla with ample wood and whiskey notes. Itís slightly light of body and the flavor concentration is not intense, but I liked it and Iíd drink it again.
emjay (30) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours an orange copper color with a small head. The aroma is like sweet whisky and the only thing different about the flavor is the strong taste of wood. Yuck. While drinking this I was very thankful it was a fairly light bodied beer... a heavier beer tasting like this and I wouldnít be able to finish it. Itís drinkable... but barely. There are just so many better beers that anybody can get for cheaper, so Iím staying away from this from now on.