Kevman (28) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - LCBO
Comes in an interesting bottle, pours a honey brown colour with a very small white head. Smells strongly of hops and malt.
Very strong taste, a hoppy bite with a nice toffee finish. Very good beer to relax with.
CH-303 (1770) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 Appearance: Light brown, good amount of creamy head.
Aroma: Smoky, oaky. Wood.
Taste: Oaky, smoky.
Info: 330ml bottle, 26/9-2005, 26/300
arth (2) - , Connecticut, USA - JUN 25, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A full bodied oak flavoured beer that defies classification. The head consists of big bubbles, with no crema to speak of. It’s clearly not an ordinary ale, despite the colour and name.
The initial aroma is of oak and honey. It finishes well with a slightly sweet aftertaste that reminds me of madeira, which isn’t surprising considering that it has been "aged" in whisky (or, rather unfortunately, whiskey) barrels, which in turn previously were used for plum products.
This beer is also excellent for cooking -- the flavour is strong enough to lend a good taste to any stew or sausages.
A perfect companion for strong tasting game or steak and kidney pies. It’s too good for guests.
Camrakipah (17) - Birmingham, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trois cent et trente milliletre bottle (just under 3/5th of a Pint) from Sainsburys. Excellent aroma - as a single malt whisky fan it promises the best of both worlds. The appearance is interesting, a bit like a dark lager. The flavour is very interesting with a positive malty and toffee flavour and definite high alcohol content taste. Various subtle flavours as it progresses on its way. Overall, I am very impressed. I get the impression that this resembles the ales brewed by the ’Maltster’ in Hardy’s "Far from the Madding Crowd". Highly recommended... enjoy.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
beautiful amber gold colored pour wonderfull notes of vanilla caramel oak and light fruits extremely smooth and creamy flavors followed by slight yeast
very good and easy to drink but a little pricey
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vanilla aromas, spicy caramel notes, fruity yeasty aromas, definite english yeast aromas. Pours amber blonde with a thick white head that disipates quickly. Vanilla, very creamy flavors, oaky, with some fruity yeast notes, with caramel malts, with a hint of spicy hops. Very creamy though.
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty/vanilla nose. Flavor is sweet vanilla and oak. Pricey but worth trying at $4.49 for a 330ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.
Theres (50) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Innis and Gunn? Almost an anagram for Guinness, very interesting. Golden, clear body. Frothy pale head. When poured, it is actually a smell whisky! After a couple of minutes, there is almost no aroma at all. Ohh, it is a very special taste, but I would like it a bit more citrus-fresh. I recognize the taste of hoho-bottles-of-rum! That might be the woody feeling. Quite ok when I get used to it. It says ’serve chilled’- I say 10C. (Tromsø, 120608)
Dredd (742) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting aroma of honey, light toffee, slight vanilla and almost a slight resemblance to sweet Sake! Pour is a bit average with a bit of a thin mixed head on it, quite sudsy. But the flavour is very enjoyable, the vanilla is a bit more prominent along with the honey some herbal notes and butteriness. This would go well with Vanilla Ice cream or a sticky date pudding.
heemer77 (5211) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber body with a lightly off white head. The aroma has strong notes of vanilla and butterscotch. There is also some fresh cut wood, but that rich buttery character overwhelms it. The taste has some rich toffee and wood notes. There is also some light vanilla, but it is subtle. Overall, it is an interesting beer and it seems to benefit from the oak aging. However, I can only see it being a pleasure to those that love a light and buttery tasting brew.