Sigmund (5345) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml clear bottle in cardboard box, from Vinmonopolet. BB July 2014. ABV is 8.3%. Cloudy reddish amber colour, pours fizzy with a small short-lived head, slightly off-white. Sweetish aroma with notes of caramel, raisins and dark dried fruits, notes of "oak" (cherrywood, of course). Sweet flavour, too sweet maybe, loads of caramel, maple syrup and dark dried fruits, also cherrywood, minimal hops. Okay, but probably not something I would buy again.
Scopey (7643) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BROWN bottle from Aldi. It pours clear mahogany brown with a small beige head. The nose is pretty damn sweet, malt-driven, brown bread, wood, treacle, syrup, caramel and cola. The taste is sweet, toasty, caramel, cola, maple syrup, plenty of vanilla, wood, sugary and some alcohol heat with a sweet, sticky finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Tastes a lot like coke vanilla, except gives you a boost. Too sweet for sure, but not as bad as I had feared!
ts743 (8) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2015 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from Aldi, poured into a glass. Nice rich, dark hue, looks a lot like a glass of coke! Very drinkable, perhaps due to its overwhelming sweetness? Hints of banana and caramel. Nice, but not standout.
Pyobon (995) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 7.4% not 8.3% ABV) Clear golden amber, small off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel with vanilla and maple hints. Medium body with good carbonation. Great taste - the sweetness has very interesting notes, I would have guessed at honey, but presumably it’s maple syrup. There are some gentle wooded notes adding balance and plenty of interest to the taste. There’s some pleasant rather restrained bitterness in the finish which is sustained and takes with it some of the interesting and unusual flavours. An excellent and unusual beer.
Franckg (132) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Au nez, on reconnait immédiatement les arômes typiques de I&G, soit le malt bien sucré et de fût de chêne. Un arôme de sirop d’érable semble vouloir se démarquer aussi.
En bouche, le malt explose suivis du sucre et de notes de bois. On perçois des touches de caramel, sucre à la crème et de houblon. L’amertume et très courte et douce.
Très bonne bière encore un fois de I&G. Très bien balancé et aucune trace d’alcool malgré le taux relativement élevé.
gegwilson (1535) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Aldi. Pours deep amber with a small off white head. Sweet flavour with fruit and moderate ginger spice. Not bad.
47574xeCD (270) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. 7.4% ABV.
Deep Copper Cherry colour with off white to tan head, that doesn’t last, Aroma of toffee, treacle, taste of toffee, roasted barley and malty notes, crisp sweet finish and quite pleasing.
Quack-Duck (8299) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, Tesco Honiton. Golden colour, fluffy white head. Malty with vanilla and a touch of wood, also some honey there.
YantarCoast (254) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330mk bottle. Pours dark copper with a beige head that doesn’t last long. Aroma is caramel, wood, whiskey. Taste is syrupy sweet with hints of maple syrup.
Nilz (424) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle pours a deep ruddy clear ale with a smooth creamy light head. Aroma, caramel, fragrant, some hint of whisky. Taste, sweet, honey, caramel, liquor whisky, thought there might be some bitterness somewhere but pretty much in the background. Rather pleasant though one to savour as a single.