mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Key Food, Brooklyn 4-pack ($12.50): Pours a mahogany color with a beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is not as strong as the taste and as such does not really indicate, at least initially, how the beer will taste. Taste is quite sweet (very different from the normal Innis and Gunn). It has toffee and vanilla flavors swirling throughout. There are hints of run in there as well (well not like any old rum, it is a certain rum taste pertaining only to some of them). However, the rum and butterscotch tastes do a good job of hiding the high alcohol. Furthermore, if someone were to taste this and not think this was a beer, I would not be surprised. Very creamy body. A pretty good beer overall though, with a definite complexity to it.
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a garnet-hued body of uncompromising clarity and crowned with a sudsy, ivory-hued cap.
Smell: Sweetish nose of sugary malt notes - toasty, nutty, and moderately caramelized to a point. Fruity scents mixed in smelling of black cherries, raisins, and dates. The inclusion of the rum is a bit more assertive and forward in the nose.
Taste: A sweet taste of butterscotch, toasted coconut, vanilla sugar, a thin drizzle of molasses and a small chunk of chocolate stirred up with a licorice rope. Pronounced vinous fruitiness throughout. Hint of faintly smoked nuts and fine Virginian tobacco as it warms. Notable rum accents, though itís not particularly pronounced. Modest charred wood tones. Light bitterness. Smooth, sweetish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, fairly soft. Slightly creamy texture to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I liked it. Itís a decent mix of flavors leaning towards being malty sweet. Interesting and pleasant enough for at least one go-around.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep red body. Aroma brings all kinds of aroma, vanilla, cola, dark fruits, burnt sweet malt. Flavor got cola, coffee, butter, malt, dark syrup and is little bitter hopy in the end. To sweet!!
Niko100 (1923) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, oak, & rich caramel; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, buttery caramel, toffee, vanilla, and light fruit; Finish has some rum notes; Nicely balanced; Overall, unique stuff - pretty good.
Theis (13227) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Clear red/brown - white head. Raisins, fruity, licorice, nutty, rum, light buttery, caramel, rum, sweetness, wooden, oakey, dried fruits, light bitterness. Buttery fatness.
ALCOHOLNIZM (164) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
STRONG ALES ,ALTHOUGH NOT FOR EVERYONE, HAVE A ROBUST AND WONDERFUL COMPLEX FLAVOR. THIS DARK AMBER ALE HAS A LIGHT HEAD WITH A SWEET CANE SUGAR ALCOHOL AROMA. THE FACT THAT THIS BEER IS AGED IN RUM CASKETS IS APPARENT AND PLEASANT THE FLAVOR IS DISTINCTIVE OF RUM, SWEET CARAMEL AND ROASTED NUTS . NOT QUITE THE BEST STRONG ALE YET STILL GOOD.
Quack-Duck (7728) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from Waitrose Sidmouth (08/2010). Brown colour, small head. Dry, slightly hoppy with a touch of rum. Not spectacular but interesting.
SSSteve (3719) - - OCT 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. clear dark amber under a medium, creamy, beige head. aroma is woody with vanilla and coconut. light body with a bit of abv showing up. flavor has coconut and wood notes. a good bit of sweetness to cut the abv and dry wood character. i think this is pretty excellent and puts the old I&G into a whole light. good work!
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - OCT 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A red/brwon colour with a nice, medium head. A very distinct caskflavour with vanilla, some dried fruit. A very clean nose; Not to much, not to little.
Its the same for the flavours, with a nice carbonation, alittle too short aftertaste, but a overall nice rumflavour in the back of the mouth.
rrosenbl (1) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The rum is very promenant but smooth throughout this beer. They found the perfect way to improve an already amazing beer. Althiugh the flavor of rum is very smooth in this beer, i would not recomend this beer if you are not a fan of rum.