Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Pours a clear golden color with a small, foamy, off-white layer of foam. A gathering of clear bubbles forms at the edge. Scattered, micro-spot lacing marks the glass. The aroma shows sweet pale malts with hints of butter and graham cracker, with a toasted oak character and a very light touch of residual smokiness. Flavors show sweet whiskey malts, light toffee, and hints of corn. The whiskey character is very faint. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel. This looks, feels, and tastes like a golden ale aged in twice or thrice used whiskey barrels. It doesn’t even come close to resembling a Scotch ale as I have come to define the style. I’m not impressed.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light head, standard yellow-orange colour. Nose has sweet malt, eggs and sherry notes. Carbonation is the first thing I taste...followed by a definite backdrop of whisky, a little rum, wheat and nuts. Alot happening here but it doesn’t seem to blend well together. Not quite in-sync. Aftertaste is much better with light oak and subtle butterscotch. A little too carbonated as well.
yespr (31040) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Mild butterish and slight wooden dry aroma. Sweet malty flavoured with a distinct wooden touch. Not much whiskey flavours, but certainly wooden. Lasting sweet and malty finish. Lacks some depth to be really interesting.
Rune (7999) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle from Cornelius Beer and Wine in Edinburgh. Clear, dark golden body. No head, except a white top when poured into the glass. Aroma of malt and plums. The sweetness of anise is prominent in the flavour supported by whisky-like notes and earthy malts. Well bodied, but rather too sweet [26.10.2008].
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Same as presario I purchased this at Willow Park in Calgary. Bright brassy gold with a big bubbly white head. Very sweet aroma of cereal with equal amounts vanilla and whiskey. The palate is hampered by the base beer being awful. It is of malt liquor proprtions. Waaaay too sweet and corny. The boozy thing is there bigtime and clashes poorly. The whole thing ends up being a too-sweet mess. No bitterness to dry things out either. Poor.
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Green bottle purchased in Calgary. Amber. Thin partial white head. Musty aroma with light alcohol and perhaps a trace of wood. Dirty sweet flavour with alcohol presence. Majority of flavour is from the whicky casks but the beer seems lost.
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2008
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
[500ml bottle, gift from my wife from distillery’s own stand at the Henley Fair] Pours an amber orange with a large off-white head that slowly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Smells sweet and malty.
Head tastes very sweet. Actual beer tastes quite strongly of sour citrus with a sour whisky mash in there as well - in fact, an unpleasant sourness was my overall impression. Leaves a sticky, syruppy mouthfeel. Overall it’s pretty grim and hard to finish (apologies to my wife as it was her gift!). However, the high ABV still made me pretty merry and led to me dancing with my two year old daughter, which made her happy - so it’s not all bad news!
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber with a small head. Aromas are grain and whisky malts with citrus, vanilla and oak. Some hints of apricot, too. Flavours are sweet grain and honey sweetness with warming, heady alcohol.
skortila (4483) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Bought @ Cornelius, Edinburgh. Aroma has peat/medicine, malts, fruity hops. Clear, copper-brown coloured with a thin head. Taste is slightly sweet, bit hoppy, malty with an enormous iodeine peat background. Bit light bodied. The peat is just too heavy for this light bodied beer.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, at London tasting, May 2008. Clear ginger colour. Obvious whisky in the aroma but also lots of vanilla. Rather too much for my liking. Touches of peaty malt in the flavour but the mouthfeel is quite sweet and rather soft. To my mind the underlying beer needs to be rather fuller, richer and generally more assertive to stand up to the whisky treatment. And sweet, malty Scottish style ales don’t really provide the necessary backbone in my book. I can see how some might find this appealing but it is not really my thing at all. I’m not really surprised by that as I’m not that keen on the Innis & Gunn beers either.