mr_h (2313) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle courtesy of JohnRMurdoch - clear deep amber brown, thin beige head, no lacing, aroma of vanilla, caramel and alcohol, flavour is vanilla and caramel, sweet, oily feel, finish is sweet with vanilla and a hint of rum
Gethinbeer (2058) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber colour with a frothy lasting head and lace. Toffee malt aroma. Malt vanilla flavour. Strong vanilla finish. Whisky barrel background.
BenH (1917) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Looks nice, mahogany reddish brown with tan head. Aroma is strong, toffee and vanilla with a fruity berry edge. More of the samenon the taste, fairly standard innis and gunn flavor profile, quite unbalanced but with a pleasant fruitiness. Quite sweet and alcohol prominent. Not their worste
rocbyter (1854) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet robust malt and fruit aroma. Clear red orange color with a small white head. Mild sweet beginning with a light bitter finish.
kschep (1494) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
#1196 draught; Nose is dry lemon, cedar, little alcohol whiff, feel is watery, carb is medium, taste is medium lemon, little red apple, then soap
wheresthepath (1427) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[330ml bottle from Beers of Europe] Deep amber with a moderate cream head & moderate fizz. Up front are the trademark rich Innis & Gunn flavours that I love of oak, vanilla and (in this particular one) cream soda. However, the carbonation is stronger than usual, and the hops used here give a lemon flavour, neither of which go with the style of beer. In addition there was an unfortunate slight sourness in the finish. I still liked the barrel-aged flavours, but this was not one of the better I&G specials.
andyhwcinc (1301) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago, IL; enjoyed after the last work day of 2011. Appearance is a dark ruby red with a thin white head that rims around the glass. Aroma of vanilla and oak, a touch of English hops, slight malt, smells nice. Taste goes down nice and smooth, can definitely tell itís oak aged with the vanilla notes and a touch of bourbon. Iím not really getting any spice which is typically attributed to winter brews. Itís still not bad, good stuff.
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted next to the original and rum cask last night. This easily has the most hop influence and last amount of barrel influence of the three beers. In fact, Iím not sure if this was barrel aged like the other two. Mellow spice and molasses flavor. Decent winter beer thatís still tasting alright here at the end of summer.
HeistAlmighty (1030) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from the 2011 run, ABV listed at 7.4% this year rather than 8.5%. Pours a plum ruby colour with a moderate tan head. Aroma is dark, sweet fruits and whiskey. Taste is very complex. I got oak, bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, not necessarily in that order. A hint of spice. Very little bitterness. Palate was nice and thick. Overall, maybe a touch too sweet for some tastes, but this was a very nice sipping or desert beer.
rangerred (838) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a clear medium ruby with a one finger off-white head.
Smells strongly of toffee, caramel, and banana. Also a slight rum smell along with some vanilla.
Flavor of toffee, caramel, vanilla and banana. Really quite a bit going on here. When this beer was cold I definitely picked up a lot of banana and vanilla. As it warmed some more caramel and toffee started coming out. There is a slight bitterness towards the finish.
Overall this is a decent beer but not my favorite from Innis and Gunn. I would have it again, though.