otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deeply brilliant woods Ė like those one finds in a centuries old gentlemanís club in the storied cobbled streets of London Ė cherry and mahogany. A thick tan head fades into a carefree bubbly collar bordering a thin puddle resting in the middle.
Dark fruits explode from the mahogany and cherry depths below with raisins, dates, prunes, and figs covered in sticky saucy black strap molasses. Black root and black licorice root in the raw. Plump earthen leathery spicy grapes. Cooked and cooled raw demerara sugars.
Sweet, rich, dense, mysterious, and a bit roguish. Burnt demerara sugars and unfettered black strap molasses and the finest dark aged rum one could hope to savor. Burnt brown sugar and molasses hard candies. Intriguing addition of red licorice in the back of each swallow. Swimming amidst it all are meaty raisins, figs, and dates. Eyes closed Ė a fine rummy dram. Eyes open Ė a fine Scottish pint.
Wonderful. Sweet suppable perfection in my glass. Innis & Gunn can play around with as many barrel/wood aged varieties as their heart desires. In return, I shall aspire to drink as many as possible because I can and I want to.
naivepegasus (342) - USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly ruby brown with about half a finger of head. Raisin and brown sugar with some syrup to the nose. A white raisin and brown sugar taste that ends with a molasses aftertaste. Lighter than Iíd expect from being barrel aged, but pretty good.
DomD (89) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. A nice aroma of rum and vanilla. Mostly clear amber with minimal white head. Has a light sweet taste. Light bodied and oily texture. Has a nice aroma and appearance but the palate leaves something to be desired.
brhenrio (2) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very aromatic, rum dominates taste however. Beer doesnít give much of a head when poured either.
DrnkMcDermott (2822) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 sample bottle. Not too strong an aroma; I donít pick up anything until Iíve raised a lot of foam in the glass, then thereís a clear scent of run and a bit of brown sugar in the air. Lends a nice alcohol note to the nose as well. Body is brown, but well-filtered so thereís plenty of light behind. Big head of foam that settles quickly like a soda pop. Mouthfeel, like that of the previous I & G beer, is a bit watery at first. It takes a little while for that sensation of, maybe, a rum and water to fill in. And that rum does not let any oak sensation filter through. But again, it is itís own beer, whit itís own character.
Rostosto (26) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can beer be too complex. This one might be, the balance is a little off but still a great beer. However this for me is working well with my mustard and roast beef sandwich. Iím loathe to agree with the hype of beer labels and pairing of food with beer but the slightly off balance of acidicy and sweetness is a good palate cleanser. Nice colour amazing nose but I think someone has sneaked a tot of rum into my beer giving the slightly over complex palate and taste and maybe thatís the point. Interesting beer but not amazing. Not a good feel on the toung, too gassy and light to match the flavour.
Godfather50 (63) - SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper coloured with nice head. Caramel comfort in the nose with little hop. The taste is lovely vanilla, coffee liqueur. Smooth warming after dinner beer. Cheers!
HopsandBolts (93) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle as part of a four bottle gift pack from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a clear deep copper colour with a couple fingers of white head with little retention.
Aroma: Vanilla, rum, bread, hints of caramel.
Flavours: Vanilla, rum, yeast, biscuit.
Mouthfeel: Crisp with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice beer but very similar to all of the other Innis & Gunn offerings.
RafeAU (179) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet scotch ale with a hint of oak and possibly rum. The oak is subtle but detectable. quite decent.
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle -
Aroma - golden raisins soaked in rum and cinnamon, slight coffee and butterscotch too...loved it!
Appearance - pretty average looking, crystal clear copper body with a small white head, average retention
Mouthfeel - fizzy/seltzer like upfront, with a little zing on the backend...medium bodied.
Flavor - honey, oak, butterscotch, toffee, some light wood. Bordering on a dessert beer, itís tasty though. Iíd buy this again.
PapaVillum (494) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml, flaske, 6,8 % ABV, købt i Netto, 24. oktober 2014.
Klar/filtreret og rolig kastaniebrun engelsk Strong Ale med en 4-5 cm tyk offwhite skumtop, som svinder langsomt.
Aroma af rom og træ. Sødlig.
En smule surhed i starten af smagsbilledet. Derefter går smagen over i en let sødme hånd i hånd med let bitterhed.
Vel karboneret på et medium niveau og en konsistens, der er tynd til oily. Kroppen er let og en eftersmag, der ikke er særlig lang.
En okay let sødlig engelsk Ale med underliggende bitterhed uden at sparke r__.