cfrancis (2249) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark auburn brown with a thinning white head. Aroma, man Innis & Gunn hit aroma so easily, this one isn’t as vanilla and oaky as the original but the notes of butterscotch and caramel are great. Small oak hints and vanilla. Taste is a little hot, alcohol is a little more upfront than other versions, small vanilla and butterscotch. Seems to be lacking the "grown up" tastes of oak, roasted malts but still is a great beer. Bought two and the second will be enjoyed on Canada Day
TheBaum (2) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ice cream head! Pralines and cream. Rich honey visual and taste. Floral undertones. Imagine a cow graising in a field of clovers in your mouth.
bortology (35) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is it good? Yes. Is it worth $5 a bottle? Nope!
The high alcohol content gives the beer an off tasting flavor. This is not a beer that I would necessarily recomend, as there are many other beers that are of higher quality and flavor. But I would not refuse it if it were in front of me.
JoeZasada (285) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a thin peal head. Very aromatic, smells sweet like caramel. Tastes moderately sweet, notes of caramel. Very oaky taste too - mediumed bodied, average carbonation. Finishes with a earthy bitterness, with the sweet malt notes and oak still there. A touch of canadian wiskey throughout. Finally, a I&G special that manages to beat out the regular one!
robinvboyer (2985) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light fruity aroma, a touch of uk hops, and some subtle vanilla and oak. Flavor is quite malty, sweet and bready. A super short finish with a light sweetness. This is really quite good! Wow a good innis and gunn beer? Its one of the rare innis beers that doesnt taste like abd oaky buttery mess.
pintbypint (2541) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml clear bottle, boxed. Clear golden/amber coloured brew with a big white head which fades to a long lasting ring. Very sparse lacing. Nose has some hops, sweet malt character, caramel and whisky notes. Flavour has big caramel start, mellow malt middle, finishes with vanilla, light booze/bourbon and woody notes. Hint of citrus hops in the finish and faint smokiness. Medium body, light carbonation, pretty smooth in the mouth. A pleasant surprise, a lot of these I&G beers are hit and miss. Would be happy to drink this one again.
TheJester (1779) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 mL bottle. Copper, with a ring of head. Less sweet coconut & oak than most of their offerings, but this isn’t a bad thing, as it allows some brown sugar and a little fruit to come through. Still on the sweet side, though. The flavour is a little more subtle as well, and there is more going on than in their other, one-dimensional offerings. The oak is there, along with booze, some earthy hops, some caramel, and graham crackers. Body is still a little thin, but it’s actually a nice sipper.
Lagerboy (1172) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite I&G offering also, at first I was alarmed to hear of the switch from Canadian whisky barrels to bourbon, but the result is just as delicious. The toffee, vanilla and oak flavors are still there, as well as the creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish. Also enjoyed the biscuit and bourbon taste. Well done!
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not sure if this beer will remain a separate listing or get lumpectomy in with the other Canadian Cask entries. Anyway, true to form it remains my favourite from I& G. If anything, this vintage offers even better balance with the oak elements. Creamy buttery toffee malts, burnt sugars, very subtle hop presence. Still my favourite offering from these guys.
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle saved from the light in a cardboard box with Canadian art. Dark amber with light froth. Aroma of dark toffee with hints of oak, coffee and chocolate. Flavour seems light at the front but then big dark toffee and alcohol hits the back of the palate and holds in the aftertaste. Could be a desert beer as it reminds me of an alcohol and toffee addition to ice cream. Initially I would pan it but that back end keeps getting more addictive. Very interesting. Happy early Canada Day to me!