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 (1121) - 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 (5306) - 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 that’s 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 (2261) - 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 didn’t 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 don’t like whisky! Beer does have decent malt backbone, with a touch of alcohol in the finish. For an ESB its pretty non-bitter it’s really more smooth then anything ells, the beer leaves a sweet toffee after taste that lingers for a long while. I don’t understand the hype of the beer for an ESB it’s very weak and the oak aging in my opinion just makes it taste like rye. Its drinkable but not anything to get excited over.