bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle.ith Pours a very deep amber with a white creamy head. Minimal lacing. Very nice looking beer in the glass. True to the description huge vanilla aromas along with some bourbon toffee and a little wood. Flavours are much the same as the aromas thought the vanilla is slightly more restrained replaced by malt sweetness. Minimal bitterness. The vanilla makes this slightly one dimensional but never the less a really nice beer. RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2010
Overall a pretty decent beer. Not particularly hoppy and a bit more sulfur than I’d like, but it’s extremely refreshing and easy to drink while retaining a respectable amount of class. Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
I can find nothing critical to say about this beer. The aroma is like ambrosia right off the bat. Beautiful scents of vanilla and toffee hit you, and you can discern a hint of malt already drifting upwards. A beautiful caramel flavor hits the palate as soon as you take a sip. It is a very complex beer with beautiful vanilla overtones that follow through to the finish. The finish itself is long and almost sweet still...this is my absolute favorite beer right now. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours an unclear golden amber with medium white head. Aroma and flavour of honeyish malt, vanilla and whisky. It’s quite thin in mouthfeel and finishes more sweetly than desired. A rather forgettable strong ale. jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2010
I can tell from the smell when I open the bottle that this beer is pretty well skunked. I don’t understand some brewers’ persistence to use clear bottles, when brown bottles obviously do a better job of protecting from this... oh well. Pours a clear golden amber with a decent, moderately lingering white head. Through the skunkiness on the nose I can detect a decent, sweet, toasty malt character, along with signs of the oak aging. In the mouth it is all malt, again with an oaky chracteristic and some light smokiness, and I can definitely taste the vanilla, but it also seems dull and watered down... There is also a sort of tang in the aftertaste that isn’t to noticeable, but isn’t very pleasant. There are some decent flavors in there, but as I said, it seems watered down... Would be better if it was more full and robust, maybe a darker, smoother malt character would have been better.
Joakgust (1452) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle, 33cl - Clear golden amber beer with a small head. Aroma is malty with clear notes of butter scotch, white toast and some hops. Flavor is malty with notes of butter scotch, sourish corn and some milk chocolate. Croff (164) - Ostra Sonnarslov, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 Dark amber in color. Nice frothy head that goes to lace. A aroma of sweet and whiskey. Medium carbonation. A caramel whiskey honey vanilla flavor. With a caramel sweet aftertaste. The end is sweeter than I care for. The brew needs more body, it is on the watery side. But still, it is a very nice brew. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle at Porterhouse in Dublin, Ireland. Pours golden with a creamy off-white head that leaves no lacing. Arome is redolent of oak, vanilla and some citrus. Flavor, like the aroma is strongly of the barrel, oak, vanilla. Medium bodied. cfrancis (3444) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2010
This beer just gets me. I could stick my nose in the glass and sit there for hours. The aroma of whiskey is so beautiful, and blended with sweet malt just adds to the aroma. Pours a amber golden brown with a light white head. Taste again is honey, whiskey and slight oak dry mouthfeel. I adore this beer and make it a staple in my cellar. AaronBouchard (150) - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
330ml bottle. Strong pleasant English toffee specialty coffee or butterscotch aromas. A lasting frothy milkshake like head. Cherry coke looking body. Sweet deserts are abound in this oak aged treat. The bitterness of the oak is quickly overtaken by maple. Ive never tasted anything quite like this.
I would skip the after dinner delights for a pint of Innis & Gunn any time.