godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2011
750ml bottle from LCBO. pours clear orange with a small, frothy white head. aroma is skunky with some mild notes of vanilla. taste of watered down whisky, some oak and some sweetness. not much bitterness. mouthfeel is medium bodied and low carbonation. not a very good beer at all. glennmastrange (2859) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Bottle. Moderate caramel and light bread for the malt, a hint of cooked orange for the hops, faint dough for the yeast, with background notes of wood, vanilla, candy sugar and bourbon. Head is small, frothy white with some lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear orange/amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and finishes lightly sweet, and faintly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, slick and has a soft to lively carbonation. Either the aging or the remnants of the cask contents play a big part in the taste of this English Strong Ale. Frothmeister (792) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours a clear light orange, with a thin white head that quickly diminished. Lots of carbonation. Uh oh. Aroma has a little skunk going on (Butter too. Double uh oh.), with notes of basil (?), sumac, caramel malts. The taste is slightly sweet with again some skunk, notes of honey, corn, oak, dough, orange and some bitterness in the finish. canadian_drunk (3) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011 does not count
This is my second Innis & Gunn, having tried the Blonde one first. I loved the first one so I was excited for the original. However, this time, I did not pour it in a glass. All I can say, is that the smell is similar to the Blonde, but has more of a oak smell. More of a golden color, very smooth. The taste is the same, more oak, little bit less vanilla. More drinkable than the Blonde, which I find too sweet. This one became one of my favorites. Now I’m looking forward the the limited edition ! :) czar (9004) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2014 pours clear orange with a frothy head. caramel malts, toffee, wood, vanilla and more wood. subtle hops that lack of presence. average carbonation, although slightly strong, medium body. there’s an interesting silkyness about this beer, maybe the woodsy notes and aging. kind of cloying and buttery. ok.
gramity (1638) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
one finger white head - minimal lacing. rusty brown color. aroma of skunk and vanilla. Taste starts skunky with hints of vanilla. Finish is bitter with hops and metallic aftertaste.
Not very impressed and not surprised this is what you get when you discover a beer by accident. SpringsLicker (3616) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Clear gasoline colored gold that throws up a tall, thick, mostly white head.
Sour sharp aroma.
Some malt comes out in the flavor, no hops. Really doesn’t go anywhere. jzzbassman (1619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Hmm...clear bottles are not kind to this beer even in a store that cares for its stock. This is a completely different beer than the rum barrel version. While not horrible, it is tough to get past the really skunked aroma. Smooth, with a strange butter note that is not exactly unpleasant but is strange. tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle, bought from random offie in London, consumed at home, poured into pint glass.
Excellent white lacing, bog standard copper colour with good measured carbonation, aroma is oak, diacrytl, butterscotch, spices, wood and egg. Really not great.
Taste is oak, wood chips, alcohol, plum, leather, some spirits, burning finish of plum, wood and alcohol. Interesting combination. Has evened out a little and is one to age but just not doing anything for me whatsoever. Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a clear gold/copper with a big white head. Aroma was a muddled mix of malt, vanilla, wood, grain. Taste: very muddled malts, vanilla, wood, bourbon, grain, sweet-ish. Thinnish body. Overall not a bad beer - but it is very undefined... seemed to be lost.