thornecb (4711) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep, dark, ruby-tinged mahogany into a snifter. White head with little retention recedes to hug rim leaving scant spots. Sour molasses aromas. Sweet caramel and molasses upfront turning to slight rum and oak in the medium length finish.
DruncanVeasey (7424) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Dobbies (where the f**kís my presentation box??). Pours clear ruby under a slim tan lid. Naughty, buttery shortbead dipped in Bourbon and coke aroma. Flavour-wise, nothing really happening but oak; waffles and cream, custard, coke spiciness..more bourbon than rum to me but then Iíve never tasted rum that tastes of anything but...pain. No alcohol discernible. Works well chilled- straight out of the fridge, clear glass and all. Itchy carbonation ill-suited to the flavours on show. Something of an alcobeer, but drenched with attractive oak flavours. Definite guilty pleasure.
unclemattie (4336) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definitly worth trying. Clear, 330ml bottle. Cola colored, with a thin almond colored head. Aroma of hickory wood coared with a splash of rum. Kinda boozy, some butterrum candy, vanilla, coconut, and wood all in the nose. First sip leaves the impression of bread soaked in rum then dissolved in water. Flavor has a lot of caramel, lots of wood, Very watery texture, thin, with zero carbonation on the tongue. With that, Iím not sure how the head of foam lasts til the end. A mesmerizing journey. Nose is more impressive than the taste. Not outstanding over some of the greats. Definitly worth trying.
FatTony (175) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle- pours out a really beautiful auburn color with a thin white head, very attractive in a pub glass. Aroma was sweet, a quirky mix of wood and candied berries. Tastes of apples and brown sugar, very enjoyable. Mouth filling and smooth. A very nice brew with a wonderful potential, Iíll be looking for this one again.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, vanilla, slight wood, and slight rum. Poured deep amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer as well as around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, light vanilla, slight wood, caramel, and sugar. Light to medium body. Thin, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, sugar, slight wood finish.
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 canít 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 (9177) - 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 (4524) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Doesnít reach the same good taste as the regular oak aged version. A promising beer that falls short of the goal.
highlandlad (1434) - 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 thereís quince paste and some clove spiciness but overall itís thin and sweet. The alcohol is evident in a sharp, warming finish. (330ml bottle. BB Dec 2011)