stravale (2778) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Bottle from The Cask, Glasgow.
Appearance - Typical I & G. Orange with quite a thick off white head that dissipates.
Aroma - Oaky wood, sweet malts, occassional hint of rubber, bit of alcohol, no skunk (in a nice box)
Taste - Wood, very sweet malts, candy sugar, honey, glucose syrup, vanilla, bit of caramel malt and toffee, very little hops, slight metal. Quite well blended but not very beer-like.
Palate - Smooth mouthfeel , creamy, medium body, soft carb, finish warm and sweet with a slight hint of earthy hop.
Overall - Initial impression is that it’s a lot better than standard I & G - smoother and less rough but rather sweet. No whisky. Interesting at first, then after a while it gets a bit boring, just sweetness, candy, vanilla, wood. Was worried it wasn’t going to be that great, but was better than expected and more refined and smoother than the standard stuff. I expect the I & G fanboys will love this stuff. I actually thought it was quite good, despite its faults, so it’s a 14/20. (12/20 for standard I & G)
Davros (2773) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours coppery brown with a large, creamy head.
Nose shows toffee, caramel, butterscotch, oak and vanilla. Very sweet-smelling.
Similarly sweet flavours, almost syrupy sweet. Butterscotch, golden syrup, brown sugar, oak and soft booze. Pretty cloying to be honest.
Could use a thicker body and more carbonation.
TheJester (2532) - Cavan Monaghan, 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.
patricks110 (2417) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is a bright golden copper with a thin ring of beige head. Some carbonation in the body. The nose is sweet and woody with a light fruit and mild biscuity malts. The taste is sweet mostly with a light earthy tone and subtle oaky note. The malt is of light caramel and biscuits with minimal hops. Overall, note a bad brew at all and one that truly enjoyed.
TheCametron (2347) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle. Pours a reddish amber. Smells of booze. Not great. Tastes sweet. Somebody said ginger nuts. Good shout. Head fades. This was a disappointing beer.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from the LCBO. pours light brown, reddish amber with alasting beige head. nice cara malt and spicey aroma with some wood as well. very sweet malty flavour, minimal barrel character. to sweet to drink quickly and not overly pleasent to sip at either. typical I&G brew.
bulldogops (2250) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2013 330mL Bottle from Liquor Depot. 8.3% in 2011. I have been waiting on this all week. Dark crimson pour with a bubbly tan foam that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is bold, capturing a fruity note of dried grapes, mild citrus, and a whiff of Crown Royal (Canadian Rye whiskey). Lightly carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied, this packs a punch. Strong alcohol character balanced by the gentle bitterness of the citrusy hops. Hint of toffee and oakiness in the finish similar to other I&G brews. Absolutely superb.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ncmussel. Pours clear copper with a white head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, caramel, and some bready malts. Flavors of oak, caramel malts, dark fruit, and peat. Drinkable.
Lagerboy (1931) - 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!
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
[330ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Darkish amber pour, decent white head. Sweet, vanilla nose. Sweet, fragrant flavour. A touch caramelly, but that extreme sweetness overpowers everything else. Are we giving the Canadians the gift of tooth decay for their celebrations?