wilftanat (7) - Shrewsbury, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013 does not count
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle. so overconditioned that it poured all head, the aroma was oak and nothing else, which pretty much applies to the flavour. The best thing to say of it was that it had no obvious production faults and that the idea was good.
BenH (1359) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown with off white head. Funky sharp brett aroma woth some chocolate fudge and wood, little alcohol kicking about. Taste of brett, wood, biscuit, fudge. Slightly sweet and sour. Not that in to this
zacgillbanks (962) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A dark brown cloudy beer which pours with a large foamy head. It has a smooth mouthfeel with flavours of vanilla, oak, raspberry and currants with rich warmth and a roasted finish.
teorn88 (1198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle for CBC, Clerkenwell. It pours a deep ruby / mahogany colour with a huge beige head. Actually this is a slow gusher. Foam is soapy and looks bretty, leaving lacings on the side of the glass as it dissipates. Aroma is quite complex with wine, bourbon and brett above all. Notes of port wine and madeira, leather, tobacco and vanilla. Brett funk in there too. Taste is mostly sweet and slightly acidic. Some tiny smoky notes. The taste is very similar to the nose, but more muted in intensity. Certainly full of red wine, bourbon and barnyard notes. A great combo to me. Palate is quite thin with soft carbonation. Only thing where this beer could improve to me is in getting a bit more body. All else is sublime and well executed. It could use some more intensity in flavors as well, but overall a greta brew.
rlgk (7470) - Skövde, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craft Beer CO, London. Cloudy deep golden/brown beer with a huge lasting beige head. Woody, oaky aroma, leather, barnyard, figs, raisins, berries, caramel, roasted, ash notes. Woody leather aroma, barnyard, vinous, raisins, floral notes, caramel. Kinda interesting.
RichTheVillan (849) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines; cloudy dark brown pour, off white head, powerful whiskey/oak aroma, woody malty flavour with blackberries, wet autumn leaves, can feel the warmth of the alcohol, delightful beer.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at White Horse Parsons Green, Old Ale Festival - 23/11/12.
Murky chestnut brown.
Nose is toffee, light smoke, berry fruits.
Taste comprises berry fruits, toffee, bitter tones, light hoppage.
Medium bodied, soft carbonaton, some bitterness in the finish.
McNeillR (252) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stifling mix of earthy sweetness and vanilla with a deep, boozy nut nose.
Vigorous auburn body returning no real head to speak of. Bold Ribena-ish punch of sweetness to the initial taste. A sleeper assault of bourbon amongst the sweet kola nut pepper in the palate. Sweet, sticky hazelnut finish without a hint of dryness - just pure em-bellowing depth of flavour from the ageing to contemplate. Superb.
Their flagship beer, without a doubt. In the same way the Cromarty AKA IPA brought flashbacks to those off radar hop wheelbarrow US beers this was shadowing what Innis & Gunn used to amaze us with via actual ageing in actual oak barrels to produce an actually decent beer. This beer wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, it was much better. Would love to see the difference in taste on tap.
Bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh
Beersiveknown (1625) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home from source cafe. Pours hazy brown with pillowy toffee tinged head. Chestnut highlights. Spicy hay and wood notes on the nose with underlying vanilla coke, rich alcohol and a touch of pear (yeast esters rather than higher alcohols). Balsamic vinegar replaced by earthy blackcurrants. low carbonation, fairly dry with a lengthy finish. Coffee, cola, bitter malt, medium bodied. A complex sipper.
tommann (1996) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a very hazy dark brown with a large head. Aroma is woody, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is oaky with vanilla to start. Vanilla, chocolate and bourbon on the finish. A bit too fizzy. The beer Innis & Gunn wishes it was.