JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 12, 2012
Bottle at Papsø tasting. Dark orange with a small white head. Intense woody, smokey, tobacco-like aroma of aged malts. Flavor is spiky, overripe malt sweetness with oaky notes and a dry, bitter, lingering finish. Quite full bodied, oily texture. To relax. Papsoe (25062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Very sweet whisky aroma. Medium body, sweet caramel and again a neat but rather sweet whisky notes - but at least not butterscotch as the worst Innis&Gunns. 120412 Boutip (6397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of oak and vanilla are quite powerful with light sweet malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some vanilla notes with some notes of oak and a sweet malt backbone with some light caramel notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not something I would necessarily search for on a regular basis but a lot more pleasant then some of their first barrle-aged offerings. bhensonb (15345) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle from Half Time. Pours dark copper with a creamy near beige head. Aroma is sort of floral rum. Probably not a rum barrel, but it smells like it to me. Med body. Almost. The flavor is lightly spicy, definitely roasted malt, and something like a touch of wintergreen. And still, I think floral. Finishes not exactly dry, but not very sweet either. After a while I can get the oak. A fairly flavorful and somewhat astringent finish. I like it. DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber, medium off white head that shows poor retention. Aroma is oaky vanilla, and soft banana and cherry fruit, hints of spice. Flavours of caramel and oak, banana and marzipan. Once again this is an I&G beer that seems totally out of balance, over-oaked and under-malted. Light in the body for the ABV. Not terrible, but not worth premium prices.
TheDog (586) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Amber colour with thin beige head. Aroma and taste of malts, caramel, oak and whisky notes. Soft carbonation and sweet vanilla finish. No apple or soap mouthfeel in this bottle, like some of the tap ratings. I guess the bar needs to clean the tap lines. You cant taste its 7.4 %. Nice beer but other I&G´s being better. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Name: Winter Beer
Date: January 11, 2012
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet spiced aroma, caramel and vanilla sweetness, spicy, touch of oak
Flavor: sweet oaky flavor, sweet vanilla, lots of oak, caramel sweetness, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
330ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a clear medium ruby with a one finger off-white head.
Smells strongly of toffee, caramel, and banana. Also a slight rum smell along with some vanilla.
Flavor of toffee, caramel, vanilla and banana. Really quite a bit going on here. When this beer was cold I definitely picked up a lot of banana and vanilla. As it warmed some more caramel and toffee started coming out. There is a slight bitterness towards the finish.
Overall this is a decent beer but not my favorite from Innis and Gunn. I would have it again, though.
thb (830) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
Dark brown clear with mountainous bubbly head. Aromas: vanilla, oak. Butterscotch as per usual. Taste: sweet - a bit syrupy but the higher alcohol and dry oak cuts through it. Something about the carbonation is distracting. Suttree (6415) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2012
AS part of the Innis & Gunn Boxed set. After the Old Crafty Hen, I was very leery of another English beer in a clear bottle, but I ended up kind of impressed with this. Smells like molasses, strawberry, and toffee. Flavor is brown sugar and oak, with a little bit of berries. Not bad, actually.