sebsky (221) - ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
330 ml bottle @home,bb accidentally wiped off ,2018 something.
Amber/copper colour,smell of artificial honey (yes,such thing actually exists),alcohol and traces of smoke. Taste is the same. Unpleasant,bordering with disgusting. knight65 (103) - Dordrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2017
Strong ale with a special taste of vanilla, toffee and oak. Less sweet than you will think. BrewWhatIWant (263) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2017
Pours copper colour with a short lived white head that leaves fine lacing. Aroma is lightly malty with a touch of smoke. Taste is sweet with a biscuit malt note and a bit of toffee and fruit. In the finish there is vanilla, oak, whiskey, figs and smoke. Body is light-medium, and carbonation is moderate. A pretty approachable beer with a surprisingly complex finish. Not an easy drinker though, some of the harshness from the whiskey does carry over. martpez (266) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2017
Lovely toffee and caramel notes. Nice strength and warmth to it. It has a wonderful copper color for such a strong bold ale. pixelgate (4) - yxcv, SWITZERLAND - JUN 28, 2017 does not count
I have no idea about rating beers, all I can say is that I enjoy this particular one.
Wixie (616) - BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2017
Clear golden liquid, small head. Light aroma of smoked ham. Light body, hardly any carbonation. Taste of smoked ham. SVD (2053) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle at home, amber beer, small head. Aroma is malt, vanilla, wood, honey. Taste is the same, bittersweet, not bad rob19a (409) - - JUN 22, 2017
15/20 a lot of complexity to the big taste. Strong sweetness which is unusual but maybe a little sickly. Whisky, bananas, malts. A sipping beer which hides its abv bpreo (2888) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2017
I had high hopes, what from the labeling and the not being an American beer thing, but in the end it was disappointing. Alengrin (5563) - BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2017 Strong ale in the traditional English sense of the word, from this well-known Scottish brand, now owned by Tennent’s; Innis & Gunn’s most widespread beer, found this at a Lidl supermarket in Hulst in the southern Netherlands. Medium thick, egg-white head, quickly reduced to a moussy rim and some flat ’islands’ in the middle, over a cristal clear ’old gold’ coloured beer with orange hue. Aroma clearly pasteurized, ’cooked to death’ as it were with that ’cooked T-shirt’-kind of smell, yet with more flattering impressions underneath: caramel, vanilla (certainly the oak factor), honey, yellow raisins, melting powder sugar, candied banana, apricot, polenta, sugared camomile tea, maple syrup, vague hint of iron. Restrained fruitiness in the onset, some background hints of banana, pineapple and peach but otherwise fairly neutral, almost lager-like, sweet with the sweetness further enhanced by residual white candi ’sugariness’, lending the middle phase a honeyish character above a very cereally, simple, rounded maltiness with - again - sweet caramelly edges; carbonation remains spritzy all the time, though invisible in the glass. Slick, bit oily mouthfeel, but a little bit impaired by the carbonation, which remains above average for an English strong ale. Ends with a subtle touch of vanilla-ish oak - so subtle that the tannins from the wood remain a very faraway echo, attempting to add some dryness to the overall sweet profile of this beer, but not quite achieving that. Finish maintains the honeyish sweetness, the ’cooked’ pasteurization flavour and the overall simplicity I’d associate with a (pimped) lager more than with a strong ale; adding insult to injury, there is a ’jenever’-ish alcohol presence at the back, totally inappropriate for a beer below 7% ABV. I was hoping to position this beer as an introduction to the classical English ’strong ale’ style, but forget about that, take Fuller’s 1845, Marston’s Owd Rodger or Adnam’s Broadside instead - this is an insult to this tradition, quite heavily industrialized, bland, ’dead’ and overly sweet. It seems a lager in disguise, as there is very little left of the natural estery fruitiness of ale fermentation. Fortunately the wood factor adds a little bit of depth, but not nearly sufficiently so for my preferences (it remains as subtle as in e.g. Palm’s Cornet in Belgium, to name just one); a volatile and generic leafy hop bitter touch lingers but remains engulfed in sweetness. This kind of beer is the reason I ventured into craft beer, both traditional and innovative: I have a strong suspicion this is a strong lager rather than a real strong ale. Another cheaply made, desperately pasteurized, bland, industrial product trying to present itself as a decent, traditional British ale - with a devastating AB InBev stamp on it, standardized pottage so to speak, and this company is indeed the ultimate owner of Tennent’s which in itself owns Innis & Gunn. They can have it - and for all I care, let them throw me off this site which they - very disturbingly - partially own now. Expected a lot more, to be honest, but at least it isn’t half as bad as most Leffes, which I am convinced are mostly strong lagers disguised as abbey ales.