peroskar (1) - SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2011 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The rum taste really comes through, good or bad? I can’t tell. Along with the high alcohol content I got the feeling of having mixed rum and beer. But it works, its pretty smooth, sweet and tasty.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transparent gold amber, puffy white head, large bubbled. Caramel, bit of dry spiced oak, peppery, bit of diacetyl. Velvety body, thin with low carbonation. Flavor of tea, wood, light caramel and chocolate, bit of smoke ash-tray and more butter. Diacetyl actually plays well with the spiced quality, probably the only one at the tasting that enjoyed it a bit.
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330mL thanks to beerandblues2. Poured a deep amber with a wispy, off-white head. Aroma is diacetyl, sharp macro lager metals, old toffee and amber malts, pretty much has the exact same nose as regular Innis & Gunn Oak Aged. Taste is heavy butter, some whiskey. Really it comes across as Jack Daniels and soda. Palate is diacetyl heavy. Poor.
AndySnow (4413) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Doesn’t reach the same good taste as the regular oak aged version. A promising beer that falls short of the goal.
highlandlad (1432) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another Innis & Gunn that promises more than it delivers. Their base beers seem to be too drab to gain much from barrel maturation. The packaging is the best thing about the range, playing off a style made famous by the whisky industry. The beer is a deep rummy brown with a modest head. The aroma is very sweet - lots of candy sugar and some restrained oaky notes. Hints of rum but not too pronounced. Medium-bodied and oily. In the mouth there’s quince paste and some clove spiciness but overall it’s thin and sweet. The alcohol is evident in a sharp, warming finish. (330ml bottle. BB Dec 2011)
imdownthepub (10989) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 330ml in presentation box from Sainsburys, Banbury. Poured Tawny brown but hard to muster up a head. Innis & Gunn aged beers are difficult to rate for me as the titles on the boxes are so intriguing so that the final results are largely disappointing. This is perhaps a little fuller than most but the depth appears to be butterscotch, caramel notes. The beer is fairly sweet, I get some astringency, woodiness, but the discovery is never a eureka moment. Just slightly on the dull side.
McGarnigle (573) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this is the right one (Rum cask, 7.4%, 57 days?). Say what you want abut clear bottles, but this one looks great, with a classy label to boot. Clear mahogany, nice head. I get a whiff of skunk at first, but it doesn’t come through on the tongue (it is a low hopped ale). Sweet, rummy, faint oak and low carbonation. Possibly not as rich as I’d hoped, but good.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big, buttery rum character in the aroma. Big vanilla rather sweet flavor seems to have a slightly hollow mid-palate, but it’s pretty good.
DocLock (8253) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Nose is aoky rum, brown sugar, toffee, hops. Tastes very oaky and bourbony, with notes of brown sugar, hops. The palate is medium in complexity and density, and this one gives a good strong oaky rum flavor, but doesn’t rise to pinnacle of this style.
BeerandBlues2 (10450) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of plum, butter, vanilla, and rum. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of wood, plum, butterscotch, vanilla, and rum. Light body, medium warmth and carbonation, and low creaminess with a sweet finish.