Maverick34 (3313) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2009
For whatever reason, I had never had this, thinking that all the old supermarket bottles must have over-halogen lit and hence skunked. So i picked up a fresh-y one at whole foods. Poured as it looks in the bottle (duh), taste is like butter toffee cookies after english tea. Really. And that’s a good thing. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottle from daknole--thanks Dakine! Cool bottle, me a no happy that it’s clear. Yep, it is a little skunked nosing it after the clear amber pour with a one finger off-white head. There is also some diacetyl and lots of caramel. Faint oak is present with maple syrup and honey. Damn--sweet! Flavor mimics the aroma just fine, which isn’t really fine at all. So much diacetyl. Minimal bitterness in the semi-dry slightly woody finish. Light prickly carbonation with a medium-light body. Me no likey. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Bill on 07/12/2009. Clear caramel amber body with a thin off-white head. Sweet caramel, oak, vanilla and light fruit aroma. Sweet vanilla, oak and fruit flavor with a caramel background. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2009
bottle, reddish gold pour with lots of foam and lace, aroma of oak and maple syrup, flavor has sour maple, roasted nuts, butterscotch, slight funk from the clear bottle
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2009
bulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
Source:Bottle purchased while in Dublin.
Glass:Yazoo Hop Project pint.
Appearance:Clear amber/gold pour with a two finger white head that quickly dissipated.
Aroma:Very clean malty aroma with a hint of oak and peat.
Flavor:Up front a clean maltiness dominates. This quickly gives way to the oak and vanilla from the barrel. Excellent.
Palate:Medium body with solid carbonation.
Overall:I wasn’t sure what to expect here, especially with the low rating. I am very pleased with the oakiness. Would love to have more.
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 Bottle. 6.6%. @ Metro Billiards in Edmonton. Beautiful honey/amber colour with a creamy white foam. Taste of honey, toffee, and the oak casks used are present in the flavour. An expensive beer here at home, but a rare treat. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Special thanks to Kramario. Amber, white creamy head. Soft vanilla and caramel warm to just a hint of old oak. Light honey vanilla and caramel flavors balance on a touch of booze and wood. 6.6% shines. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, quick dry finish. A touch basic, but still worth a try if given the chance… jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2009
From a bottle poured amber with a fair amount of head. Nice bitter light hoppy flavor with a lasting aftertaste. Strangebrewer (1333) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2017 bottle/can. Poured clear orange-amber with lasting rocky white head. Sweet and spicy rye aroma. Medium body, creamy carbonation, buttery mouthfeel. Caramel malt flavour, oaky with vanilla and peppery notes, warming alcohol finish. hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle… Clear amber ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Excellent retention. The nose is very woody – smells mainly of oak, but also presents a note of vanilla, a hint of white pepper and a touch of honey. Medium-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Way too sweet, like a South American pale lager. There’s a little oak essence thrown in, but the sweetness is cloying and way over-the-top. My favorite beer style is Scotch ale, but this stuff just hits me in all the wrong places.