AshtonMcCobb (3560) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle. Pours a nice clear honey colour with a nicely proportioned. The nose has spiced balsalm would with a hint of stewed apple. The taste has more spiced apple, some butterscotch, some sweet wood spices and then it slightly falls away. The palate is medium bodied textured with a slightly cloying finish.
pictoman (726) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 330mL bottle. Clear copper colour with dissipating white head. Toffee, oak, vanilla aroma. Similar tastes with an overlay of rum. Quite light with little finish. I don’t think the rum works as well as other finishes - seems gimmicky.
unstablefable (227) - SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep amber orange head, aromas are of the obvious oak caramel and vanilla trying to find the rum but struggling. Little bit more rum on the Taste with an oaky back drop, nice beer but a little one dimensional,
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Radek Kliber (6587) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330 ml
Aroma: aged for over a month gave fairly strong rum cask notes , caramel malt as backing, slight dryness of alcohol. 7-
Look: clear amber with short lived frisky top. 2+
Taste: medium full bodied. Soft mellow sugary base with smooth rum feel. Light spice noted behind. Vanilla with caramel. Sticky. Its good and is as advertised spiced rum sided strong malty ale with sugary backing.
Spab (2696) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden orange colour with small slightly off-white head. Aroma is toffee, butter and light oakiness. Flavour is rather buttery with caramel, vanilla and a bit of oak though no real spice to speak of. Slightly lifeless mouthfeel. Not my favourite Innis & Gunn effort.
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from the bottle a rich orange with thick foamy head that quicly dissipates, leaving not even a hint of lacing. Aroma is heavy on caramel, oak and vanilla with a little rum, but no noticable spice. Medium body with lively carbonation. Smooth and slightly syrupy with a drier finish. Taste is sweet toffee at first, becoming oaky in the middle and finishing off with rum and spice notes. Overall, pretty good, but a tad sweet and syrupy for my taste.
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent dark golden orange, fine white head, lots of carbonation. Aroma: Really strong notes of vanilla and toffee, hints of rum. Smells really sweet; Not spicy at all. Palate: fairly thin bodied but not watery, fizzy, syrupy, slightly dry in the finish. Taste: very sweet, gets spicier closer to the finish.
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A sweetish though not cloying ale. A moderate richness in the finish from an aged anejo black rum cask. Light in the spice department its mostly the vanilla. Drinkable, significant oak mid sip.
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nov 14, 2012. 330ml bottle pours rich amber colour with small foamy head that fades quickly to ring and leaves no lacing. Aroma is fantastic! Sweet caramel malt with nuts and rum, hints of vanilla and floral. Expected the flavour to be stronger based on aroma but quite subdued. Not much spice but rich rum malt with typical Innis vanilla and toffee flavour. Palate was very smooth and like silk to drink. A tad too easy drinking and light for this style.
Metalchopz (2526) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Single bottle from the LCBO. Pours a clean deep amber colour with a foamy head. No lacing is found. The nose is quite sweet with loads of toffee, and balanced by nuts, wood, rum alcohol, flowers and mild vanilla. Thankfully, the taste is not as sweet. Soft caramel malt at first, grainy in the middle and a little hop comes out in the finish. The vanilla-oak slightly comes out in the aftertaste. Always nice to see a new experiment from Innis & Gunn, but this one just misses the boat a bit (pun intended).