rangerred (841) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle into an Innis and Gunn tulip.
Pours a crystal clear reddish brown with a one finger off white head. Not great head retention and lacing.
Aroma is full of caramel and coffee. A lot of citrus aromas too. Peaches and oranges come to mind. Oak is really in the background and not very detectable.
The flavor has lots of caramel up front with nice oak undertones that are more noticeable as the beer warms. Once again there is a lot of fresh fruit and even some earthy hops in the background. Bitterness is moderate but is a little heavier than other Innis and Gunn beers I have had. Slightly sticky, full mouthfeel.
Overall, a decent beer but not that much different than other I&G brews. Nonetheless it is a pleasant drinking experience and I could put back a couple on a hot day.
bluejacket74 (1180) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that didn’t stick around for too long. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like caramel malt, apples, vanilla and a bit of nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, apples, oak, vanilla, and a little bit of butterscotch. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a decent enough overall brew.
S_Side_Smitty (384) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful crystal clear amber with a minimal head. Aroma is caramel and thistle - a little spice as well. Flavor reminds me of a Twisted Thistle with some extra caramel flavors. The beer has that slightly astringent ’tea’ thing going on. Not bad and very easy to drink.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear and light red orange color with virtually no lacing. Creamy caramel and vanilla nose with hints of candied apple. The palate has a candied apple feel with almost a cider aspect. Definitely not too heavy which is true to the Innis and Gunn fashion. Probably could drink one or two of these on a hot 4th of July afternoon but might lean on other less sweet options.
tgncc (2614) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is oak, butterscotch, vanilla, caramel. The appearance is clear red/amber, white head. The flavor is butterscotch, diacetyl, vanilla, not much whiskey. The finish is sweet, butterscotch, light pine hops. Medium i body. Not bad, not great. Really like most Innis and Gunn.
BigBeer45 (1199) - Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this beer had a clear red pour with a little bronze and brown color at the sides of the glass, the pour made about a one finger faint off-white head that receded to a thin cover, it left spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of he glass,
this beer had aromas of light malt with rum like liquor and wood, and faint caramel,
the flavors were light malt, caramel, liquor and wood, and it had a light bitterness after the finish,
the mouth feel was a little less than medium, the mouth feel felt light for a 7% alc. drink, a nice beer.
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. clear tan with no head. vanilla, oak, and caramel nose. a light body with smooth carbonation. the flavors are nutty with burnt caramel and vanilla. innis and gunn do a great job with barrel aging. nice to see them do some experimenting within their niche.
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is ok. The aromas a baked bread, vanilla, and a touch of diacetyl. The beer is amber with a fizzy fading white head and no lacing. The tastes really bring out the oak with notes of vanilla and butterscotch and a baked sugar cookie. The beer is medium bodied and very much on the sweet side but finishes dry with a very mild bitterness. Honestly I think the oaking may have been a little overdone for this particular beer.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
6/20/12. On tap. Light caramel pour with a small khaki head. Very mild aroma with caramel, diacetyl, and a tad of baked bread. Slightly sweet caramel flavor with butter, molasses, a bit of wood, and lingering bread and crackers. Meh.
glfuller (1) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
wish it had a bit more body. SOur mash flavors come through and ballance well with the malt. really an exception beer.