Stellaaaa (253) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly clear black with a thick, soapy head. The aroma is of malty vanilla. The taste is of thin-bodied bread with lots of sweet vanilla. Slightly more intense than original, but not overwhelmingly different.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The clear glass bottle freaked me out a bit, but this one’s not bad (and thankfully also not light struck). Deep amber red with a fizzy white head. Caramel, oak, vanilla, and light rum aroma and taste. Pretty good.
tommann (2737) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a large head. Aroma is vanilla, fruity rum and some wood. Some Coke. Vanilla and dark fruit start. Rum and Coke in the finish with some wood. Fruity aftertaste. Different.
JJAlexander (46) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
caramel, bread, cereal, coffee, nuts, toast, roasty, floral, herbs, leather, earthy, alcohol, smoke, vanilla, woody, brown, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Rum, wood, and vanilla on the nose over soft sweet malt. Malty, toast and a light soda sweetness. Toast, rum, wood and some warming alcohol on the finish. Liked this one better than the whisky, in spite of not being a huge fan of rum. Nicely done.
joe19612 (1858) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Found this in bottom of a cupboard, Best before date December 2008. Pours a deep dark red colour with a firm white head. Real deep rum aroma, the taste is light with some spice with a dry finish.
mansquito (3416) - 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 (4386) - 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 it’s 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. It’s 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 (2009) - 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.