Vignale (2383) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maltig men med något lätt kropp och tydliga spår av ekfatslagringen i form av ek- och söta romaromer. Lite obalanserad.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Vanilla and brown sugar, a touch of skunkiness.
Ap: Deep ruby red, clear - medium tan head with good retention and sudsy lacing.
T: Full round maltiness up front, with brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and some dark caramel - very luscious malt character, with nice barrel notes - finish has a touch of butter and spicy hops.
P: Medium carbonation, with a full and silky texture, some slickness on finish.
O: Very deep and rich malt character - barrel notes are really nice, adds a lot of attractive complexity without any harsh booziness.
flying_pig (1074) - SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 Bottle (330ml poured into a snifter):
A lot of oak & vanilla & brown sugar which although strong is blended well. There is also some sweet malts and the tiniest of alcohol notes.
Reddish mahogany with a light, tan brown & bubbly head. Retention of about 30 seconds.
A warm, sweet vanilla flavour upfront that is closely followed by lots of oak and some spices. There may be some caramel in there too but it’s hard to tell, although there is some faint butterscotch & touches of alcohol.
A good amount of carbonation & very smooth, with a creamy texture. Medium to heavy in body and leaves a smooth but slightly metallic aftertaste.
To be honest I was expecting something more from this one & felt that it failed to deliver although it was by no means a bad beer, just not one I’m likely to drink/buy again.
reggiedunlop (3405) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very clear ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma is very skunky...reminds me of skunk cabbage...hint of underlying vanilla and rum but not that pleasant of an aroma. Flavor is slightly better...hint of spiced rum and dry oak...underlying caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is watery and the finish is very oaky and dry. Not nearly as good as the regular version!
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darker in color than the others, this is also quite nice. A small smokiness to it, it has a nice flavor that isn’t too sweet or sugary. Quite drinkable, it does seem a bit cheeky almost (weird to say for a beer I know, but that’s what it makes me think). Still pretty good though, esp. for having a white bottle.
RD400F (218) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Aroma: Similar to I&G Canada Day ’11. Bubblegum, toffee, oak, boozey. A bit floral and spicy, some citrus fruits.
Appearance: Beer to trappist glass. Transparent blood red, very little but chunky head formation that rapidly diminished.
Taste: Hmm, flavour components are similar to I&G regular and Canada Day ’11 but they are slightly different too. There’s definitely a rum/whisky thing going on here, the taste going down and aftertaste being the most noticeable. Definite spices, various woods and toffee, it’s nice, but a little subdued.
Palate: A little bit on the watery side, could be a little more carbonated. Flavours are well balanced however.
Overall: I really enjoy Innis and Gunn’s beers and I haven’t had one that’s mindblowing per se, but they are all very nice to drink. Here I am writing this up and the thing that’s going through my mind is "maybe I should buy a case of this?".
chefelf (55) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a lot better than I’d been expecting. It’s very smooth for the high ABV. The flavor of the rum and oak is more subtle than I thought it would be.
I’d recommend this beer for a cold winter night. I had it on a warm night in August. It was good but probably best on its own and after dinner.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 8/10/11 from a 330mL bottle purchased at Lush West Town. Pours clear, but very dark, amber with a very thick off-white head that slowly recedes to uneven lace, with a bit of residue left along the inside of the glass. The nose is nutty, somewhat roasted malt with some vanilla oak notes, and lightly spicy green hops. The flavor is sweet with light molasses rum, vanilla oak, caramel, maple, nutty malt, and some lightly bitter hops. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long lightly nutty and oaky vanilla rum finish.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a viscous basically flat rich amber with a small white fizzy head. Aroma is richly sweet, caramelly, toffee, bit of cat piss stinky hops, very nice rum note, there is that great spice note that usually doesn’t work with beer but it does here. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, with some added cola, rum in the finish, with some lingering butter/toffee. Body is still a bit sticky and viscous.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours a deep golden color with a small off white froth. Aroma is sweet and malty, lots of vanilla, some dark fruits, a bit of oaky wood and some sweet candyish caramel. Flavor starts sweet with vanilla again prominent, the rummy character is prevalent, picking up some toffee and a bit cola-ish in the finish since its so sweet. Finishes a touch bitter but still mostly sweet. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Cant quite decide how I feel about the strong rummy-ness. Its really sweetens it up, the rating may change over time