KyotoLefty (9123) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber color, a tint of orange. Clear. Very nice, foamy, fine head. Very fragrant of malt, toffee, vanilla, a touch of hops, and oak. Very malty flavor, quite a bit sweet, lots of oak flavor, along with tons of toffee and some vanilla. Very smooth, a whiskey-like flavor and finish. Not a whole lot of hopping. Creamy, slightly lactic, a bit like an oaked chardonnay. A very interesting beer, and I do like it a lot, but it is a bit too lacking in balance for me. I could not drink a lot. It needs more hops, more bitter and sour to balance the richness.
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours caramel brown with a small off-white head. Aroma was oaky with caramel and had a hint of vanilla. Flavor was caramel, oak/wood and had some vanilla sweetness with a touch of bitterness.
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light a light amber with a large white head. It smells quite sour at first, almost skunky, but opens up to aromas of oak and vanilla after a good while. The palate is extradorinary, very creamy and rich. Tastes strongly of vanilla, with a subtle hint of oak and toffee.
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear copper, no head. Its in a clear bottle - skunky? you bet. Some malty notes through the skunk. Flavor isn’t as bad, with some caramel and toffee and a little bit of oak, I guess.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: malty, loads of caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak, sweet, a bit too much but very enjoyable beer overall.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours dark golden, nice creamy white head. Aroma is very odd. Raw mushrooms, butter, vanilla and caramel. Very earthy. Flavour is similar, but kind of meaty and awfully sweet. Body is medium, full and smooth carb. Might have been a bad bottle, judging by the other rates on here. Will rerate.
PaulsPissed (37) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my all time favorite beers, sweet oaky aroma, no real head, sweet toffee flavor with an oak aftertaste with a hint of vanila.
strowlands8 (182) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma and taste were both of sweet bread, but you could also definitely taste some woodyness from the aging. An expensive beer here in Toronto, but a good unique taste and its something interesting to try. Maybe even buy it again.
Dragonblaze99 (353) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toffee and caramel aroma. Amber with little fast dissipating head. Flavour is strong caramel, vanilla, toffee, honey and malt. Medium bodied with not too much carbonation. Finishes toffee. Not to every taste, but it is certainly to mine.
kwik-lime (1667) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not necessarily expecting a lot from this but I really liked it. Deep amber with about a 1cm head that quickly dissipated. Strong, malty and somewhat earthy aroma. Good, sweet mouthful with the vanilla coming to the fore along with toffee, honey and an earthy maltiness. Really enjoyed this.