The Etruscan (498) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beige creamy head. Darl mahogany colour. Aroma is malty, fruity (prunes) with vanilla and toffee notes. Flavor is malty too with light fruity (dates) and caramel tones, ending in a moderately dry wooden finish. Medium bodied.
JoeZasada (285) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with a very long lasting thin white head. Aroma of toffee, Vanilla, Oak. Tastes sweet, with a slight sourness and bitterness. After taste of oak. Overall, pretty good... but canít really taste any thing like rum.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle shared by Jimmack. Ugh- this really wasnt my thing. Pours a crystal clear filtered look to it- amberish light brown with a thin fizzy cola-like head. Aroma is old honey and syrup with sweet rum with iodine and earthy rotting oak. rum gets a bit harsher and harder to detect in the flavor, more harsh almost scotch-like iodine comes through,. some peat and smoke, harsh malts, and just seemed dirty. Mouth feel was kinda harsh and prickly with the alcohol being detected as well. meh.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Jim Mackís Pre-Beer Wars Gathering. Thanks Mr.Mack for the share. Pours an amber brown body with a white head. Rum roasted malt, a hint of vanilla thin watery apple brandy character. Not so bad.
weaselkenievil (1606) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Not impressed. Not a great fan of oak aged beer and the Innis & Gunn oneís always seem far too buttery for my palate, fair do if you like that sort of thing. Rum in the nose and flavour of course but there are beers that do that job much better. Got a few flavours in there, alomonds, fruit, figs, just a little strange. Itís not bad, just not my thing maybe.
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber in colour with an off-white coloured head, good retention, good lacing. The aroma is lightly fruity, some caramel malts, lightly sweet with some chocolate. The flavour is of chocolate and caramel, dark fruits, woody with a moderate sweetness. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes with some sweet fruits, lingering.
Much better then the butter bomb that we got at the LCBO last year. The soft fruits and lingering sweetness are nice.
330ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario.
Opened on December 8, 2008.
Best before December 2009.
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not sure why I havenít already posted this rating. Only comment was íslight alcohol taste occasionally overwhelms but tends to be balance out at a more appropriate temperatureí.
pootzboy (1578) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep ruby-chestnut color, smallish puffy off-white cap.that lasts well and laces.
Sweet predominates the aroma, some dried fruit some musty woody rum-like demerara tones and caramel.
Caramel malts with some rum-wood tastes, light hop balance, slick mouth feel, sweet wet finish.
Nice drink but all these I&G brews are a tad too sweet for my palate.
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (330ml). Pours a deep ruby with an average size lasting foamy off-white head. Mild aroma of rum, slightly sugary sweet along with some raisins, caramel malt and wood. Flavour of malt and rum along with some hints of fruit and spices. Light to average bodied. I donít much care for rum so this definitely isnít the beer for me, but Iíll try not to let it influence my rating too much, I guess itís an O.K. beer if you like this sort of thing.
matt7215 (2151) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle from the LCBO. pour deep ruby with a small off white head. a quick head reduction leaves surface foam which leaves spotted lacing on the glass. big malt nose with spice and some wood. the flavour is similar to the aroma but the rum comes through more in the flavour. a bit thin in the mouth and although the flavour profile is layered i find it somewhat boring. this is a fine ESA but there are better examples out there, some of which dont even use rum or wood.