Metalchopz (2605) - 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).
TheJester (2165) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 mL bottle. I admire their forays into more adventurous finishes, but I still wish they’d solid up their base beer. This one has the typical buttery vanilla notes in the nose, with hint of some underlying wonderfulness in a spicy-boozy note. Alas, it is not to be. While better than most of their offerings, this one is let down by the uninteresting base beer. The rum notes are there, the spice notes are questionable.
solidfunk (5256) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of vanilla with some oak aromas and some loww quality rum. Im thinking probably bacardi or captain morgans casks. Pours pissy clear and rum looking. Some foamy head. A little bitterness from the oak. These beers are all marketing.
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is oak wood and malty sweetness. First sip is oak sour and caramel sweet malts. Aftertaste is dextrin sugar and smooth oakiness.
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Single bottle purchased from a Liquor Store at the Airport in Vancouver, BC on 10/22/2012. Colour: Dark brown with thin white lacing. Nose: Definitive oak with a nice vanilla backdrop. Sea salt air. Spice is present but not heavy. Swirling brings out cherries. Taste: Medium-high sweet, medium-light bitter, medium-light sour. Strong presence of icing sugar among a bed of spices. Floral and a bit poofy. Not really my bag.
Cirrhosis (1261) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ok I’m going to give Innis & Gunn another chance after a few years of boycotting this crappy beer company I decided to give it another chance. Clear amber brew with a creamy white cap floating on top. Sweet bready aroma with hints of spice, and honey. What is that fruit?!?!?!?! I can’t nail it down. Oak is starting to show now when warm. Buttery oak flavour with possible raspberry, rum is coming through. Wow this is not good, not good at all. How does this brewery keep making the same crappy oak aged beer. Malts are ok quality but the oak doesn’t complement it at all it just turns in to sweet butter drink. I guess there was a spice but at this point I don’t care. I think I need to give this place another three year break.
ksosh (6) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma has hints of cereal malt with a strong sweet woody backbone. Appearance is an awesome clear amber with light carbonation bubbles. No real head, though small carbonation bubbles come up to the surface frequently. I’m actually not a fan of the taste compared to the non-spiced rum cask I&G. Taste is a medium sweetness balanced with medium/heavy bitterness. Can definitely tell the spiced rum character, and it’s nice, but not amazing. Palate has a medium body, texture feels thin and oily. Carbonation is fizzy, and there is an long bitter/astringent finish.
Overall, I LOVE the idea of this beer, and I’m a big fan of their normal rum cask version, but the taste just wasn’t what I was hoping for. I think personally it need much more sweetness to it.
NikkTwist (2003) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Khyber strongly appears to be this version. Definite sugar rum elements but not convinced it is the aged version. Medium-light caramel flavors. Butterscotch. Vanilla bourbon. Cinnamon. Fresh oak. Honey tangerines. Hints of some heathery peat in the dry finish. Complex aroma but feels a bit thin.
oh6gdx (22588) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@SBWF2012. Amber to pale copper colour with a small creamy slightly off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, toffee, mild spices, some sugary and sweet notes along with mild vanilla. Flavour is fudge/caramel/toffee with some sugary and a bit herbal earthy notes. Quite sweetish finish with mild vanilla as well.
tricyclist (1044) - Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sniffer pour, deep golden amber. Aroma is full sliced rum, sweet malt and caramel. Flavor follows, nice spice more than rum flavor. Caramel and toasted sugar. Little to no lacing. Not bad, overall. Not amazing