Spab (3973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2011
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear burnt orange with small off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with some toffee, a little vanilla and oak. Taste is vanilla, tobacco, light oak and toffee . Alcohol is quite apparent and gives a light tingling to the mouthfeel. Not worth 5 bucks but nice. pintbypint (3733) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
330ml clear bottle, boxed. Clear golden/amber coloured brew with a big white head which fades to a long lasting ring. Very sparse lacing. Nose has some hops, sweet malt character, caramel and whisky notes. Flavour has big caramel start, mellow malt middle, finishes with vanilla, light booze/bourbon and woody notes. Hint of citrus hops in the finish and faint smokiness. Medium body, light carbonation, pretty smooth in the mouth. A pleasant surprise, a lot of these I&G beers are hit and miss. Would be happy to drink this one again. northropfrye (3662) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2011 Bottle. I and G is known for the whiskey aged stuff, which I’m not a huge fan of. This is a great beer, though. Malty and delicious. cfrancis (3514) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
Pours a dark auburn brown with a thinning white head. Aroma, man Innis & Gunn hit aroma so easily, this one isn’t as vanilla and oaky as the original but the notes of butterscotch and caramel are great. Small oak hints and vanilla. Taste is a little hot, alcohol is a little more upfront than other versions, small vanilla and butterscotch. Seems to be lacking the "grown up" tastes of oak, roasted malts but still is a great beer. Bought two and the second will be enjoyed on Canada Day Metalchopz (3447) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
Purchased at the LCBO in a single box. Pours an amber colour with little transparent flakies floating around. Off-white head that stays a while and minimal lacing. A nice nose of fruits over caramel and butterscotch. No alcohol felt for a 8.3% ABV brew with no burning. Quite smooth and almost creamy-oily. Again, the caramel is in the taste with fruit, like raisins. I do not sense the bourbon barrels influence. Very easy to drink and nicely blended between the sweet sugars and the tasty fruits.
BenH (3436) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
Impressive appearance, mahogany reddish brown with white head. Aroma of alcohol, slight hops. Taste is spicy, toffee, caramel, some tutti fruity with a ginger finish. Growing on me the more I drink but still no GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle from the LCBO. Ruby-copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla toffee, bourbon, toasted oak with a hint of hops to take the edge off. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. Flavour follows on the aroma pretty closely - initially seems like it might be too sweet, but after a few sips, it comes together nicely. Vanilla toffee is predominant, with an oaky backnote, a wisp of woodsmoke, and quick Fuggles hops in the finish. As with several other I&G beers, the beer itself could use a bit more heft, but in terms of flavour and character, it’s quite alright. rederic (3340) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2011
330ml clear bottle, vintage 2011, clean copper-amber color, with a bubbly beige head, mild stewed apple, faint apple pie yeasty fruitiness, light vanilla oaky nose, with some candied dried raisin, toffee, biscuity, toasted, munich malt accents, with a mild spone toffee, sugar pie sweetness note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet dried fruity, raisiny, toffee, good biscuity, toasted, caramelized, munich malt character, with some mild vanilla oaky, woody flavors, and a faint sponge toffee, sugar pie, kind of maple syrup backbone, with a light earthy english flowery hoppy undertone, leading towards a warmth, sweet toasted, biscuity maltines, toffeeish, dried raisin, vanilla oaky finish. Davros (3246) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
Pours coppery brown with a large, creamy head.
Nose shows toffee, caramel, butterscotch, oak and vanilla. Very sweet-smelling.
Similarly sweet flavours, almost syrupy sweet. Butterscotch, golden syrup, brown sugar, oak and soft booze. Pretty cloying to be honest.
Could use a thicker body and more carbonation. stravale (3088) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - SEP 6, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Bottle from The Cask, Glasgow.
Appearance - Typical I & G. Orange with quite a thick off white head that dissipates.
Aroma - Oaky wood, sweet malts, occassional hint of rubber, bit of alcohol, no skunk (in a nice box)
Taste - Wood, very sweet malts, candy sugar, honey, glucose syrup, vanilla, bit of caramel malt and toffee, very little hops, slight metal. Quite well blended but not very beer-like.
Palate - Smooth mouthfeel , creamy, medium body, soft carb, finish warm and sweet with a slight hint of earthy hop.
Overall - Initial impression is that it’s a lot better than standard I & G - smoother and less rough but rather sweet. No whisky. Interesting at first, then after a while it gets a bit boring, just sweetness, candy, vanilla, wood. Was worried it wasn’t going to be that great, but was better than expected and more refined and smoother than the standard stuff. I expect the I & G fanboys will love this stuff. I actually thought it was quite good, despite its faults, so it’s a 14/20. (12/20 for standard I & G)