blutt59 (6425) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, reddish gold pour with lots of foam and lace, aroma of oak and maple syrup, flavor has sour maple, roasted nuts, butterscotch, slight funk from the clear bottle
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source:Bottle purchased while in Dublin.
Glass:Yazoo Hop Project pint.
Appearance:Clear amber/gold pour with a two finger white head that quickly dissipated.
Aroma:Very clean malty aroma with a hint of oak and peat.
Flavor:Up front a clean maltiness dominates. This quickly gives way to the oak and vanilla from the barrel. Excellent.
Palate:Medium body with solid carbonation.
Overall:I wasn’t sure what to expect here, especially with the low rating. I am very pleased with the oakiness. Would love to have more.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 Bottle. 6.6%. @ Metro Billiards in Edmonton. Beautiful honey/amber colour with a creamy white foam. Taste of honey, toffee, and the oak casks used are present in the flavour. An expensive beer here at home, but a rare treat.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Special thanks to Kramario. Amber, white creamy head. Soft vanilla and caramel warm to just a hint of old oak. Light honey vanilla and caramel flavors balance on a touch of booze and wood. 6.6% shines. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, quick dry finish. A touch basic, but still worth a try if given the chance…
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle poured amber with a fair amount of head. Nice bitter light hoppy flavor with a lasting aftertaste.
Strangebrewer (1106) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 bottle. Poured clear orange-amber with lasting thin white head. Sweet malty aroma, a bit woody. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. Some caramel and burnt oak flavour with a warming alcohol finish.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle… Clear amber ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Excellent retention. The nose is very woody – smells mainly of oak, but also presents a note of vanilla, a hint of white pepper and a touch of honey. Medium-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Way too sweet, like a South American pale lager. There’s a little oak essence thrown in, but the sweetness is cloying and way over-the-top. My favorite beer style is Scotch ale, but this stuff just hits me in all the wrong places.
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 wasn’t 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 (5226) - 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.