bulldogops (1680) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #857 - December 24, 2013. Amber brown pour with a minimal tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, vanilla, Strong malty notes predominant, slight roasty bitterness. Light bodied, balanced sweet winter ale that is beyond crushable.
Cinctus (194) - - DEC 25, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very sweet, kind of fruity almost like Christmas pudding. Very drinkable, would have again.
Reimer96 (1729) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 Pours a clear light amber with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, chocolate and some spiciness. Taste is vanilla, nuts, light chocolate, roasted malts and a nice mild bitterness on the finish. Overall a nice winter ale but a bit too artificial in the flavors.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with a lasting thin white head. Aroma is vanilla, sweet chocolate, and mild spices. Flavour is vanilla, nutty, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, and a mild bitterness. Not as overpowering as some say and from the Aroma the Flavour is more tame than one might expect.
koppertone (63) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I guess the problem with trying the clearance bin beers is they’re all out of season. So you don’t get to drink them during their intended target and there is also the possibility that they’ve gone bad.
I had been recommended this beer but I’m really not a fan. It overwhelmingly tastes like Vanilla with a hint of espresso. I had a lot of trouble tasting the underlying beer. It almost reminded me of what it would taste like if you took a bottle of Molson Canadian and dumped in an Irish coffee. I’m already not that excited about the components separately; when you add them together it doesn’t make things better.
I guess I could see how it might seem alright around Christmas, but personally I’d rather just have Baileys. Again though.. my wife liked it.
dreamflower (727) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Well, I love vanilla a lot, so this beer wins me over based on the subtle (but definitely apparent!) vanilla aroma, and taste. I like the shimmery appareance as well. So nice to enjoy a winter ale with a vanilla twist.
northropfrye (2972) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice, if one dimensional, white chocolate and vanilla aroma, fairly intense, even when cold. Actually kinds of smells like frosted cherrios, or, rather, the milk left-over afterwards. Amber body with white head, some lacing. Taste is similar but less intense. Kind of gimmicky, but still enjoyable.
cards04 (2510) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice amber with sweet honey aromas and some wheat and vanilla too. Very nice vanilla flavours.
bcBelgianbrew (114) - , British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A hit of vanilla up front that disappears quickly. Too gimmicky? Is it their pale ale with vanilla? I’ve got 2 more in the 12 bottle taster pack. I’ll drink them no problem. Probably won’t buy this beer again.
pictoman (842) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 330mL bottle. Clear copper brown with small off-white head. Vanilla, malt, toffee nose. Buttery vanilla cookie taste to start that transforms into mild hoppy taste. No finish. Fairly thin. Buy again? Maybe.