BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml clear bottle from Threshers in Bloomsbury Way.Poured a coral amber with big white frothy head & lacing. Cherry vanilla nose with lime notes. I would not be able to identify this as beer from the aroma. The favour is floral citrus - too floral for me. Watery mouthfeel. Long bitter citrus finish. May appeal to non-beer drinkers.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pasturised bottle from Threshers, Tring, Hertfordshire. 500ml. Sweet/vanilla/doughnut. Pretty good.
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The initial aroma is instantly recognisable as rising from a Marston’s brew - a wisp of sweet malt whiskey. Then some tasty and interesting vanilla notes creep in and start to take over. The taste is initially malt again, but as with the aroma that vanilla is going to come along in a minute. Before the vanilla, though, there is caramel and soft, sweet toffee. Mmmm. Tasty brew. Quite soft, and very smooth. The smoothness is a negative for me, as I prefer my beers with a little edge. And the vanilla... At first it’s quite interesting - creamy and delicious, but when the bitter notes from the hops make themselves felt, and the oakiness comes through, it all clashes in an unpleasant, almost disgusting manner with that vanilla. The finish is very dry and bitter, with a tannic quality that could be cherry skins. This is an interesting brew, and if you had just a few gulps you might find it quite tasty. A full pint is a little too demanding and off-balance. As this comes in a clear glass bottle I am sure that by the time it gets to America and is stored badly in the shops this might end up as being rated one of the world’s worse beers. [2.9]
Relaxing in the garden with Piers and Zelie I found this much more pleasurable than my previous visits. Big vanilla aroma - ice-cream and wafer. Soft caramel flavour - slight hint of cherry in the finish. Mild cherry stone bitterness. Some almonds. Very pleasant. [3.5]
leaparsons (7504) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear bottle. I was expecting bad things from this beer. Appearance is amber with a small white head. Aromas are, phwooey! Once you open the bottle the skunky aroma filled the room - then it settled down to caramel and vanilla. Not bad. Flavours are caramel, cherries and more vanilla. This beer is quite a success considering the initial whiff. A good, if unusual beer.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vanilla. End of review.
What do you mean, not enough words?
OK; aroma is... vanilla. Tastes of... vanilla. Looks like...uh, well, it looks like a damn fine bitter, actually. Golden orange, pleasing white head.
And lest we forget, an underlying woody, malty, bitterishness to it.
With just more than a hint of vanilla.
Catharsis (9) - North London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. I'm a big fan of beers that add some more unusual flavours into the brew, and vanilla is certainly not one I've come accross before! From the moment the bottle was opened, the presence of vanilla was quite distinct, although it was complemented by a definate woodey aroma. As for the taste, I found it sweeter than most beers, aided by a strong hint of caramel. Overall, I perhaps wouldn't want to be drinking this everyday, but as something different, it's a winner.
Sigmund (4540) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(500 ml bottle). Deep golden to amber colour, moderate head. Aroma is hoppy and dominant vanilla. Flavour is not sweet, quite bitter actually, and the vanilla somehow seems out of place. I guess there's a reason most beers don't smell and taste strongly of vanilla. Nice for a change of pace, though.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found this beer an above average brew. A light orange colour and lots of vanilla in the aroma and vanilla and caramel in the taste. At least they are trying something different and the mouthfeel wasn't
Garrat (1249) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled.Golden/ginger colour fine white head. I was struck by a chocolate aroma. Amazing considering the look of the beer. Bitterish finish. Doesn't stand out from the Marstons bunch.