tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Alcohol, cinnamon, vanilla notes to the nose. Clear ruby-brown body topped by a low off white head that recedes rapidlt to a thin partial cover. Initial vanilla, caramel and toffee flavours are joined by plums, raisins and alcohol. A bit like a liquid fruit cake or Christmas pudding (rum and all). A bit of a sour undertone with some light spices in the finish. Medium body is quite dry with moderate to strong carbonation and gentle alcohol warming. Snifter. Cellar temperature. Bottle. Brewery Creek. Nov-08.
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
330ml bottle from NB Liquor. Poured into a Leffe goblet a ruby red with minimal fizzy head that quickly dissapated. Oddly, no noticable aroma. Flavour is bland and watery, with a bit of spice just before a non-existent finish. Very disappointing.
garthicus (2469) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from lcbo. Ruby red, large frothy off white head. Aroma: candy cane, rum, pepper, spices and cinnamon. Flavour: wow, caramel, cinnamon, rum, malt with a nice lingering sweet finish. Really enjoyable.
Spab (1972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear but dark brownish red with minimal off-white head. Strong aroma with alcohol, oak and fruit. Sweet malts and fruit prominent in the taste with a strong, dry finish. Interesting and certainly different.
Gethinbeer (2025) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. Rich aroma of oak and honey. Nice amber colour with a decent white head and good lacing. Rich flavour of honey and rum. Bitter texture. A little bit vinegary in the finish.
TheJester (1644) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 mL bottle. (bb Dec 2009). Dark chestnut brown with a small but foamy head - pale beige. Aroma of vanilla, oak, alcohol, candied fruit, and rum. Flavour is oak, sweet malt, tart fruit. Alcohol in the finish. No bitterness. Thinner than expected. I’ll try this one again in a year.
pintbypint (2272) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Chestnut brown in colour, orange red highlights. Light wispy head. Nose is woody, boozy with toffee. Flavour has modest malt character backed up by a nice rum sweetness, some cola and toffee notes. Finish has some alcoholic warmth, with dark rum character. Ends dryly, some light malt aftertaste. Light to medium body, carbonation has a bit of a bite to it. One of Innis & Gunns better efforts for sure.
TipsyMcStager (1120) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
mild fruit, slight rum/vanilla aroma. Pours a dark red with thin head. Comes across like Malibu rum. Pours flat and lifeless. It seems the cask flavours are a crap shoot leaving little room to manage the overall outcome of the beer. Props for trying something different, but not much as far as execution.
shorlin (550) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thick deep reddish-brown. Little head. Mild lacing. Looks pretty good. Spicy fruity aroma. Also smells a little like store brand cola. Not the good stuff, but the cheap stuff. Flavor is really not what I was expecting. It is a lot like drinking a rum and cheap cola that someone watered down with beer. But thats not all bad. It is interesting and drinkable. Palate is smooth, a little thick. Could be fuller. Overall, I willl take it and enjoy.
tomthompson89 (1837) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
poured a nice ruby color decent foam that is gone quickly. nose is some rum and oak malts as well. Odd hop flavor up fron rum and oak with a bit of a sugary finish. cask aging is interesting but doesnt make a beer. pretty thin.