Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a pretty, warm, dark amber golden with a small, yellowish head. Odd, sweetish vanilla aroma. Medium body - perhaps even a bit watery - with a very soft mouthfeel. Odd, artificial, perfumy notes with a hint of vanilla. Bourbon?, not really - and no bitterness either. A strange brew. 260307
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty bourbon and vanilla aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and vanilla flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish with hints of bourbon and vanilla in the aftertaste.
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden-amber colour. Vanilla nose. Flavor is mostly vanilla as well. Sweet and light with hints of caramel. Actually, it’s got enough balance to be fairly drinkable, much better than other vanilla-oriented macro fare like GI Lion’s Winter Ale.
brokensail (12508) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A: The pour is a clear copper color with almost no head--just a bit of off-white foam popping up as I pour the beer into the glass.
S: Quite the aroma we have here. Lots of metal/iron is noticeable immediately. I also get cough syrup and maraschino cherries along with some fake vanilla flavor. Seems to be some bug spray and tomato vines, too.
T: Just as delicious as it smells. Plenty of metallic tinge, fake vanilla, cough syrup, vegetables, and a strong bitterness. There is a slight bread flavor, which was sort of surprising, I must say.
M: The body is thin and slightly watery with a low to moderate carbonation.
D: Overall quite bad. Not the worst beer I’ve ever had, but certainly near the bottom rung.
bhensonb (12150) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium malt aroma with some sort of veggy/herb adjunct. Nice amber color with a decent light tan head. Tastes like warm malt and there’s vanilla. Not so sure about the bourbon - it might be 1 flattened cask per million gallons - or not. Nice though. For the price it does not stand up to the majority of artisanal ales, but it’s good stuff. A tiny bit of similarity to AVB Winter Solstice.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy mar) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of wood, mustiness, caramel, vanilla, and light smoke. Flavor of vanilla extract, hops (floral), nuts, and some oak.
argo0 (11972) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(draft) Crystal clear amber body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, nectarine/cherry, light vanilla/bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, caramel, faint bourbon. Light body with low carbonation. Tried without knowing it was AB -- have to admit, it was better than I might have expected. They had enough sense not to bludgeon the beer with the bourbon.
Tmoney99 (11698) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Poured a clear dark amber with a small creamy white head that diminished quickly but did leave fair lacing. Light roasted malt aroma. Medium body. Light bitter sweet flavor with a short small cask finish.
Ratman197 (10896) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured a clear dark amber with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of carmel, vanilla and a hint of cocoa. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, vanilla and a faint hint of bourbon with a smooth sweet finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Source: Wild Wing Cafe, Marietta
dark amber, whispy beige head, sweet carmel malt aroma, big sweet vanilla flavor, lots of sweet carmel, light bitterness, good for a $2 pint
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 7/20