marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 (1291) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
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 (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle. Great deep brown reddish colour. Smells of strong malts, and oak. Tastes of vanilla, toffee, and oak. Pretty cool beer.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear Bottle- Poured a caramel amber with a white head that simmered away quickly. Nice whisky-light rum aroma. This was more like an aged light liquor with carbonation. Rather smooth and tasty but uncharacteristic of a beer. Still good though.
The Etruscan (629) - Tuscany, ITALY - DEC 28, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off white foamy head. Light amber colour. Aroma is malty, fruity (pear, dates) with light caramel, milky and toffee notes. Flavor is malty too with banana and toffee tones, ending in a moderately fruity finish. Medium bodied.
daniele (8061) - ITALY - DEC 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
ambrata schiuma media discreta persistenza note di vaniglia toffe legno leggero diacetile in bocca non molto intensa ma piacevole stessi aromi un leggerop citrico
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 [330ml bottle, gift from Lee - cheers mate!] I had been planning to have a Rochefort 8 as my 300th beer, but when the time came I fancied something lighter, and after scanning the beers in the cupboard decided that as Innis & Gunn are one of my favourite beer brands, this would be a good one for the 300th. It pours a gingery amber colour, with no head and rather excessive carbonation. The aroma is of vanilla and oaky wood. The taste is of vanilla and cream soda with lots of woodiness and a buttery finish, which means its much smoother than the fizziness would suggest. A slight sour/cough mixture whisky taste comes through afterwards, and you can taste this and the woodiness long after you have finished drinking it. Perhaps not as good as some of their limited editions, but a fine beer nevertheless. Re-rate 20/3/2009: Previous comments stand, but less fizzy and more buttery then I remember; enjoyed it more as a result. Adjusted ratings accordingly.