presario (4709) - 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 (1619) - 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 (8323) - 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 (4620) - 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 (7428) - 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.
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared by tarjei. Clear, golden pour with an off-white head. Quite sweetish and malty on the nose, with some peat in the background and a good fruityness. Sweet, slightly peaty, carmelly flavor with fruityness and a touch of bitterness. Full-bodied, slightly warming mouthfeel. Long finish on the malty side. A rather unusual beer, pleasant and pleasing. (080731)
gunnfryd (11219) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma iswhiskey, malt. Flavour is sweet, whiskey, malt, heather, hop. OK, but could be more.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,5 l bottle - shared with gunnfryd and yngwie in Korshavn. Bought in York. Clear amber color, moderate white head. Aroma is sweet malty with woody elements. Flavor is sweet malty, has a kind touch of whisky cask. Nice fruity and dry finish. Good, but I had expected more.
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Whisky Shop Inverness. Good strong tasting ale. Very malty. Short lasting head. As it says in the description, best drunk cold!!
kmacphail (37) - Isle of Lewis, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I purchased this from the Cave on Great Western Road in Glasgow.
The beer poured a dark golden colour with a decent white head, this deteriorated to a 1mm film very quickly.
The nose is dominated by smokiness and toasted malts, with a faint mix of spices in there to.
The taste was immediately dominated by smokiness; very reminiscent of an Islay malt whisky. This was again followed by toasted malts and a nice variety of spices, but only slight not too dominant.
The beer was medium bodied and is a very nice alternative to the usual, however it is way too rich (and pricey) to be an all night drink. Worth the try, but only for one.