daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle. Amberish color. Light head. Aroma is malty and smells very sweet. I get some booze(scotch)in the nose as well. Flavor is sweet with a dose of scotch? flavor. Not bad, pretty smooth. McWorta (1627) - LUXEMBOURG - JAN 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 Light CO2 a bit spicy, frothy head and some nut tastes. Orange-brown...ale colour. Light fruity and sweetwith a dash of sourness. Well developped body a bit oily texture some fizzy carbonation. All showing a long pleasant finish.
Rightly balanced and the oak rounds it all off. A must give it a go! altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Amber body, no head. Malty and oaky. Taste of hops, apples. Quite strong for my likes. PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Medium sized egg-shell colored head which dissapears quickly. A slight skunk smell, but also some sweetness. Golden color. Flavor is complex...definitely some unfermented sugars, a bit of alcohol taste, and some vanilla, and a bit of citrus (grapefruit?). I keep thinking I’m tasting some oak, but that’s prob because I’m reading the word all over the label. Not one of my favorites, but I can appreciate it. Very well rounded and mellowed, presumably from the aging process. BiddleBrau (1219) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Clear and rich amber color but little to no head to speak of. Malty nose with some oak aromas. Toasty malt, notes of vanilla and oak, hops are very light and it finishes a bit dry with a medium body.
marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Pours reddish-gold, aroma is pleasant - cola is the best I can come up with - but understated.
Flavor is subtle, and incredibly smooth. There’s little to point to here that would indicate the oaking other than general smoothness. No vanilla or sweetness that bourbon casks might impart, but that might make it too saccharine.
Doesn’t taste like 6.6%. Not bad, not bad. bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle from Morrisons. Attractive orange with a white head, I tried this a few years ago when it first appeared and was quite impressed. Under Greene Kings stewaedship it has dived considerably. The barrel aged smokey/woodiness has almost gone, the carbonation is less smooth and ant evidence of hops ihas vanished. The remaining flavour is best described as toffee apple stewed iin diacetyl.! vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 Poured with a limited head, nice aroma, different taste than expected. Didn’t love this beer as much as advertised.(rate edit) grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
Bouteille de 750ml, dégusté dans un verre de style sniffer. Bière de couleur orange cuivré avec un peu de mousse qui adhère moyennement bien au verre. Au premier nez nous retrouvons une odeur de houblon bien marqué d’un filet de bois et de vanille, l’odeur du whisky en laisse c’est particuliarité de finesse.Il y a aussi une petite touche de poivre et de thim comme épice en 2e nez. Après 5 minutes nous pouvons sentir de la pelure de banane et une touche de coconut. Goût boisé, vanille, peu amère,caramel bien carbonisé et laissant un goût d’orange. Une bière de bon goût sans explosion gustative mais le tout se joue en finesse et subtilité. Ne pas oubliez le crémeux de la bière se développe en bouche une fois le liquide réchauffé. En bref, une bière avec du style et polyvalence pour tout party. Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2009
An interesting beer right from the pour: sweet aroma to match the reddish brown appearance. Flavor was buttery smooth, sweet in the mouth, with a delectably tasty finish that I learned later was akin to toffee. This is a wickedly refreshing beer that I would love to get my hands on again. Cheers.