mannika (140) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber with a pure frothy head. Aroma is very unique, is surprisingly oaky, with a sweet caramel smell that is quite unique for a beer. Very sweet flavour, a dry buttery toffee taste with a tinge of mint. The finish is a long sweetness with a dry bitterness right at the end. Overall, extremely unique and interesting beer.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2007
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Being a Scottish ale, I was expecting this to be disgusting as most are. I suppose at least it wasnít battered, like most Scotch produce, though it probably would have tasted better if t was! A sickly sweet taste, horrible oaky vanilla flavour - almost undrinkable! I understand this is oak aged. For me, this beer is to real ale what New World wine (i.e. Australian/Californaian) is to fine wine. Namely, it has been spoilt by giving it unnecessary oaky, sweet flavours, thus making it unpalatable for connoisseurs comme moi! Iím not sure if putting it in a small bottle is an insult, as they think it is so good and refined (when it isnít), or a blessing in saving oneís taste buds?!?!
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear amber. aroma of toasty malt, caramel and some oak. waterish mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet with toasty malt, caramel, some oak wood, slight whiskeyish. Pretty good ale.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Poured to an orange-red, with medium off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing up and down the glass. Aroma was a malty sweet oak, with hints of vanilla. As the beer warmed, the alcohol made itself known a little more in the aroma, almost like a mild whiskey, muting the other scents. Flavor was also sweet oak, with a touch of honey. Mouthfeel was pleasant enough, and the palate was sweet at first, but the alcohol became a little more dominant toward the end.
Not bad, but I could not drink many at once.
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[187-20070114] 330mL. Very unique aroma, like old socks and ham with some musty wood and honey. Clear, orange brown body with some slow small bubbles and a big medium-lasting foamy white head. Tastes like honeyed oak, strong wood characteristics. Medium body, fairly smooth. Tastes better than it smells.
ekstedt (5435) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber clear color with a thin off-white head. Strong malt aroma with pineapple and apricot, and a wooden character with coconut and vanilla, but no hops whatsoever. Medium bodied, with a sweet, unbalanced and somewhat stale finish.
TheRoot (38) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
.... .. ........ Best before date of September 20/07... Itís February 24, 2007... It poured a lovely amber colour with a slightly disturbing head reminiscent of urinal foam... It tasted like the urine of a rabid wombat had been filtered through a pair of panty-hose taken from a transvestite hobo that had been used as an emergency fan belt on a mid 60ís VW beetle stretched over a urinal puck holder.
And Iím being overly generous....
kopher (592) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright orange with white foam. Aroma is sweet hops and citrus. Very watery, but interesting flavor--sweet and sour malt-y-ness. Sweet fruity finish.
iLikeGoodHead (6) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I loved this beer. To me it was almost as if someone mixed beer and cream soda together. It is scary how easy this beer is to drink with the alcohol content. This hit the spot yesterday on a cold winterís night watching some basketball on tv.
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange-brown, with a white head made of the tiniest suds jam-packed together. The head never went away--at least 4 mm covered the surface of the beer for the whole glass.
The aroma is, as the bottle touts, vanilla and butter toffee, but, due to our friend the clear bottle, a slight bit of skunk (ever-so-faint and therefore not considered for the rating, but on my mind).
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, battering my palate with bubbles of joy, and crisp.
The taste is very reminiscent of whisky, and (again) vanilla, butterscotch, warming alcohol notes (strong ale, after all), and (surprisingly) a hint of dill. The aftertaste is all vanilla and dill. I enjoyed this beer a whole lot and was sad to finish it as it was a gift originating from far, far away.