pivnizub (9444) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle:Deep golden, small, but stable lacy white head; wood, vanilla and turpentine in the nose; moderate sweetish flavour, medium bodied; vanilla aromas in the sweet-bitter finish. Who needs this.....?
MoritzF (8776) - looking for a flat around Munich, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(33cl bottle) Clear, golden colour with a medium-sized, slightly off-white foamy head. Sweet and slightly oaky, barrique-like nose with peaty accents, notes of alcohol, vanilla and a restrained hops character. Sweet flavour, medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Soft malty base with distinctive notes of vanilla, toffee and slightly peaty, whiskey-like flavours; medium-dry, sweet and faint bitter finish with shy hoppy notes and too much of vanilla and alcoholic accents. It´s like in the wine, I just must not have barrique flavours (05.03.08).
masto (77) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2008
1.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Oaky hoppy peanut butter aroma, but not that pleasant. Clear copper color with white head that leaves a bit of lace. Taste is very bitter oak that drowns all else. Like eating lumber. Tastes like this thing is more than 20%, no way just 6.6%. Vile, vile stuff. No way I can drink all this. 240208
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Vanilla in the taste and sweetish malts remind more of whisky than beer. One dimensional but nice and drinkable.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light amber with a small creamy white head. Lots of buttery vanilla in the aroma, with a slight earthy note, and just a bit of sweetness. Semi-sweet flavors with a nice bit of vanilla/oak, some caramel, a bit of a citric undertone, and a very slight note of whiskey. Palate is medium/light, strong vanilla aftertaste, and just a bit of whiskey like burn. Interesting and well balanced, but not great, and certainly way overpriced.
AWS9 (563) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet, malts in the aroma and taste. Nice amber colour. Bitter but also tangy in the after taste. It’s refreshing to see honey used properly in brewing, unlike the so called honey lagers all around A little odd, but I like it.
dmac (4741) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2 oz bottle purchased at Oak Tree. Pours a clear reddish amber with an initial large foamy white head. Complex aroma of vanilla, oak, whiskey, earth and then some off notes of butter and sulfur as well. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Flavor is a real let down and the oak simply dominates and is not complimetary. Hardly any beer flavors are present and I thought I was drinking a boilermaker rather then a beer. Well it is Scotish and it is crap.
Krausen (102) - USA - DEC 29, 2007
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge skunky nose that took some time to blow off. Why do breweries package in clear glass? Aroma is light vanilla with a laffy-taffy like banana. Flavor is a mild whiskey and oak with a drying astringent (but not bad) finish. Fairly one dimensional, but clean, balanced and drinkable.
downender (7050) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Copper coloured with a decent off-white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla oak. Flavour was very sweet with a hint of warming alcohol in the finish. Not bad.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2008 RE-RATE: Bottle (330ml). Poured golden orange with a good sized, thick, frothy, white head which was fully lasting. A rich aroma with sweet buttery caramel malts, strong notes of creamy vanilla, oak, tangerines, English style marmalade and some light notes of banana cake. Flavor was a mild hop bitterness with smooth buttery caramel, vanilla oak, creamy toffee, a touch of butterscotch, mandarin, light notes of pears and a nutty/biscuity finish. Very well hidden alcohol. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry/creamy mouthfeel and a good lasting finish.