MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Marvellous embossed bottle and very attractive labels. Best before 24 June 2006 and aged 77 days! This poured a clear, medium copper colour with a smalish foamy off-white head. Lacing - NOT!! The aroma was very gentle and light, perhaps some hop bitterness over malt, with also some intangible scent which I presume was the oak. The taste was not unlike the aroma, and the aftertaste was clean and smooth. A very good beer. Truly the sweetness makes this taste more like a scottish ale rather than an ESB.
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from the LCBO. Love that aroma! I could just open the bottle and let it sit around as an air freshener if it wasnít for the fact that it cost as much per ounce as gold. Great vanilla and oak taste, but a bit thin in body, and gets a bit sweet by the end of the glass.
ClubGonzo (5075) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber body, medium carbonation. Although an average brew in texture and body, this little beauty has integrated the complex flavors of Scottish whiskey in a very elegant way, and has to be given cred for it. A smooth caramel aroma and the unmistakable hint of whiskey barrels oak really lifts this beer up beyond the standards of its otherwise light feel. One of my favorite all-rounders.
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a rich, golden color with a thin, fizzy head. Aromas of vanilla, oak, and malt. Flavors of toffee , vanilla, citrus and oak. Rich texture, light-medium body. This beer was my first oak aged beer and it changed my idea of beer. I love it and apparently I love it a lot more than most beer lovers, but thatís alright.
garza (573) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - JUN 21, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not much aroma, sceptic to look because of the cristal clear bottle. Pale brown appearance. Sweet toffee taste, and vanilla aftertase. Some people may like it, but this how a beer should not taste.
markas101 (2220) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
33 cl bottle, Mulmur, ON, Canada. Solid golden colour, thin head. Primarily skunky aroma with some oakiness coming through. Some grains and malt once the skunk has settled. Sweet, with some sourness on first sip, gives way to a quite smooth, building sweetness that finishes too sweet.
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crystal clear copper, a small off white head appeared when first poured but quickly vanished. I noticed a slight skunk smell when bottle was first cracked but it didnít last long, there seems to be tons a caramel and wood making up the rest of the aroma. I thought I poured my self a beer and not a rye and coke, the oak aging process they describe really flavors the beer like whisky, I donít like whisky! Beer does have decent malt backbone, with a touch of alcohol in the finish. For an ESB its pretty non-bitter itís really more smooth then anything ells, the beer leaves a sweet toffee after taste that lingers for a long while. I donít understand the hype of the beer for an ESB itís very weak and the oak aging in my opinion just makes it taste like rye. Its drinkable but not anything to get excited over.
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice amber beer with a small white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is very malty with some sweet caramel or toffee and a hint of oak. The flavor is also quite malty, in a sweet almost buttery way, with whiskey alcoholic notes. Interesting brew!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a golden body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís lightly malty with notes of toffee, vanilla and wood as well as a light hoppiness. Light to medium bodied and smooth.
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a good looking amber clear brown with small white head. Aromas of whiskey, oak and grain alcohol. Vanilla and butter flavors. Very smooth on the palate. Tastes better than it smells.