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 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 (11197) - 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 (576) - 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 (8397) - 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 (10608) - 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.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Boozy oak nose with lots of metallic notes. Taste its sweet, no bitterness, some caramel, toffee, dark fruit, some dirty yeast and butterscotch.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by BeerandBlues2: Pours a clear bright copper amber with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a sweet buttery oaky nose with some sugary caramel character. Starts with a rich chewy sweet caramel and light fruity notes with some unique rum and oak flavors before a sticky sweet butterscotch finish. An interesting brew, but could use some more bitter balance.
argo0 (11972) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, thanks BeerandBlues2. Small beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, rum/vanilla, some coconut. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla/rum. Medium body.
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pretty similar to the regular oak-aged innis and gunn. Aroma is pretty similar. I don’t really get any rum on the nose. It comes through in the flavor. Lightly boozy molasses and rum flavor covers up some of the butter and makes the beer more palatable. Still not great.