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 – like those one finds in a centuries old gentleman’s club in the storied cobbled streets of London – 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 – a fine rummy dram. Eyes open – 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.
bb (8270) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Vanilla and oak aroma. Vanilla and oak flavor with light rum, light caramel, and light citrus. Medium bodied. Vanilla and oak linger with light rum and light caramel.
Gehbe (13) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - MAY 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look: Redish dark amber and clear. Medium creamy head, doesn’t last long though.
Aroma: Oak, vanilla, some spicy and malty notes.
Taste: Rather sweet, oaky vanilla mixed with maltines, very light bitterness on the finish.
Palate: Medium body, quite creamy, some alcoholic warmth but not in excess.
Overall: Nice beer, a tad too sweet for me, but that’s what I expect from scottish ales. The oak and spice notes provide a nice balance to the maltiness.
Erzengel (7296) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Many thanks to Eike for sharing this bottle! Smooth malty, nice wood, intense and sweetish. Wood, hints of rum, sweetish. Very dry with woody hints of rum. Interesting with a sweetish malty body.
Claves77 (213) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2016
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Little carb, good dark color. Deep rum taste. Not a good balance. To much odd up front
Dermi (1051) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
6.8 % abv. 33 cl, bottled. Pours red brown with a minimal white head. Aroma: Toasted malt, berries. Spruce. Spiced rum and oak. Taste: Sweet, quite creamy sweetness, toasted wood. Vanilla. Malt. Alcohol. Slight toasty bitterness. Palate: Near medium body, slick. Alcohol feel. Ok.
GenkiGonzo (963) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Abbots Ale House. Pale walnut pour. Full of oak and whisky, not much rum.
fdomig (712) - München, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle at home in Feldkirch. Aroma is oak, rum, light bubble gum. Appearance is clear amber with a thin white foam. Taste is sweet and light bitter. Soft carbonation. Light dryness. Very good.
DrNosha (1396) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aus der Flasche. Braunes klares Bier, flacher Schaum. Malziges Rum Aroma. Im Geschmack auch etwas Rauch, Rosinen, Rum.
Michael27 (307) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aus der Flasche von Händler des Vertrauens. Rotgolden im Glas mit instabiler Schaumkrone. Im Geruch und Geschmack deutlich nach Rumfass schmeckend. Endlich einmal, wo Anspruch und Realität korrespondieren.
Pedro_Pinho (105) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a copper color liquid with a thin head. Somewhat metallic aroma of roasted malt. Taste is rather flat, disapointing... will not buy again. Rather pour bear.