chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, best before Sep 2012, drunk in December 2011. It is indeed ruby red. The rum treatment is immediately apparent on the nose. Quite fruity. On the palate it makes a beer that is invariably sweetish and vanilla influenced even more so. But the greater richness and depth coupled with a pleasant warming alcohol presence means it all works quite well. I’m not usually a big fan of Innis & Gunn but I rather enjoyed this one.
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown and is almost flat. No head and only a little carbonation. Aromas of oak, vanilla, rum. Taste of oak, caramel, alcohol, and some dried fruit.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper pour with settling head and minor oil lacing. Smells somewhat like rum and wood but mainly of raw confection dough. Taste is extremely sweet but bitter hops do shine through. Tingles the palate but not cloying like one might expect - strictly medium body. Feels pretty carbonated. I will have to try the whiskey version in the future.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark amber color with golden orange edges and a two finger frothy, off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Earthy aroma with grassy hops dominating the nose. Floral with some pine and sweet malt but not much of a barrel presence. only subtle oak but not much else and not a trace of rum.
Medium bodied and much more complex than the aroma suggests. The barrel makes more of a presence here but is still pretty tame. Some dry oak with some spicy rum note but these flavors are subtle allowing the elements of the base beer to come through. Sweet caramel malt backbone with some biscuit, nut and toffee countered by dry, grassy hops without being bitter. Dry finish.
Overall this beer is a disappointment for me. The barrel aging didn’t do much to affect the flavor add little oak and hardly any rum. The ABV is nicely masked but it’s just kind of boring. I’m glad I found a smaller bottle so I didn’t have to dump the majority of a bomber.
Japalo (1586) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear bottle!. Clear redbrown. Small head. Carribean notes of sweet raisins or prunes. Dry with a sweet finish. Geuine brew. Feels strong alcoholic but Suprisingly fresh.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Rum Cask
Date: February 23, 2011
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: big sweet skunky aroma, touch of caramel
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, hint of fruityness, big ode du skunk, light candy caramel, touch of smokeyness
Overall: this could be a really good beer if it was not in a clear bottle
Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 8/20
Score: *+ /4
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Asda. It pours deep ruby, with a thin off-white head. The nose is gingerbread, oak, rum and spice. The taste is caramel, oak, wood varnish, rum, sweet dark fruit and spice with dry, woody finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Solid balance. Easily the best beer I have had from the Innis & Gunn lot to date. Decent.
fsquirrel29 (82) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 This is almost the perfect beer. It is smooth and has a slight boozy spicyness. The original taste is somewhat unusual, but the after taste is actually better than the original swallow. That can be a bit dangerous as it is a high alcohol beer and that after taste leaves you wanting another swallow. The head is somewhat lacking (hence my average appearance rating), but with flavor like this, I’m very forgiving on the overall score.
stefannilssons (1561) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Det här var lite av en besvikelse, smaken är för syrlig och romtunnan känner jag alldeles för lite av. Men efterbeskan var i alla fall trevlig.
mikem409 (1948) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark ed/ brown with minimal head. aroma of berries and slight rum. taste kinda weird no rum flavor very malt