renffisch (681) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottlle rom sainsbury. sweet, malty,smooth easy drinking, tastes quite rummy, not bad for a greene king.
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark reddish amber with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel, wood and rum notes. Sweet flavour with toasted malt and rum notes. Finishes sweet with warming alcohol.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark amber, firm beige head. Buttery and alcoholic nose, rum, oak and syrupy spiciness. Strongly syrupy, herbal rummy flavor with raisins, malibu, little vanilla and warming alcohol. Smooth but light palate. Intetesting, but not that satisfying.
thomat (1796) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, redish amber with a small white head. Swetish with "woody" tones. Malt, fruit and oak taste. Medium body with a bittersweet finish.
wheresthepath (1390) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[300ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, Reading] This is the 3rd I&G special edition beer Iíve tried, and was looking forward to it immensely. The previous two had been intriguing and slightly bizarre - the Cask Strength had tasted of green bananas and a million other things, whilst the IPA had been like a cream soda. Therefore my only expectation of this beer was of the unexpected! I drank it in an unusual location - my wife and I had rented a day boat on the Thames to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary, and I drank it drifting past the Queenís back garden with views of Windsor Castle! It comes in the usual slightly over-packaged but nevertheless impressive cardboard box - the box is black this time. It pours a deep, rich but slightly dead-looking mahogany colour with no head. The rich, heady, tempting aroma is dominated by oak & red wine; itís like sniffing a good Rioja. Thereís some slight carbonation. The taste is... well, the taste is exactly as youíd expect from the commercial description. A mellow, woody sweetness like an old ale leads through some vanilla into a big hit of dark rum and an alcohol kick in the aftertaste, although this is not overpowering and itís well balanced against the soft oaky foretaste. Thereís is a slight syrupiness, but far less so than for other beers of this strength. Overall itís another top-notch concoction from Innis & Gunn, possibly the most balanced beer Iíve tried from them. If . However, it lacked the surprise factor of the other two - I was almost disappointed that it didnít taste of something peculiar like hedgehog and chewing gun! Having said that, perhaps the surprise here is that itís an Innis & Gunn special edition that actually tastes of beer and what it says on the bottle, and isnít totally strange!
DrFunk (80) - Sorumsand, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at norwegian importers 1 year anniversary party.
What a great color! Dark ruby and very clear. Great pale malt aroma, and the rum presence is subtle. Just as sweet as you would suspect, but the balance is great
Bov (8837) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 courtesy of Laurent Mousson - clear ruby-brown colour with a little and elusive beige foam; solid aroma of rum and dried raisins; sweet, a good malt body maintained by a solid carbonation; the finish is sweetish with more notes of rum and warming alcohol
omhper (18366) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
<i<Bottled. Nut brown, creamy head. Potent woody rhum aroma. Sweet with rounded mouthfeel and medium body. Fruity with lots of vanilla and some sugar. The barrel flavour dominates the beer, which is probably good as Iím not fond of the base beer. Finishes with powerful rhum flavour rather than bitterness.
JK54B (1535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown reddish colour. Soft round taste. Hints of rum aromas in the taste. Also well hopped.
cgarvieuk (12270) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home ... deep copper ... sweet rum nose ...light vanilla quite a lot of rum fruity but again it just doesnt cut it. Reminds me of a based rather than a beer.