unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Vintage 2011JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
Clear, 330mL bottle. Ruby colored. Flavor has loads of vanilla. Notes of orange zest and vanilla and oak really are all present. Tastes of sweet toasted mats sugars and toffee. Oak character goes all through the finish. Scent of toasted oak barrel for sure. Wooded hops and sweet caramel malt. Really good!
Very solid beer, slightly different from last year. There is a more pronounced oak character and the citrus has been dialed up as well Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 17, 2014
Poured from bottle into Innis and Gunn glass
Appearance - A nice deep/dark red color. A billowing head lasting for ~ 1 min prior to fading to a white laces coating on top of the beer.
Smell - A Nice aroma of fruits and rum meets the noise at first. Quite strong, but give away to a bit of vanilla later on.
Taste - A rum flavor initially gives away to a more citrusy flavor. This then fades again to a more alcohol/rum aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - A fair amount of carbonation and a relatively expected body for the strength.
Overall- A good brew although it looks and smells a bit better then it drinks. I am looking forward to trying others by them. HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
330ml bottle from the 2011 run, ABV listed at 7.4% this year rather than 8.5%. Pours a plum ruby colour with a moderate tan head. Aroma is dark, sweet fruits and whiskey. Taste is very complex. I got oak, bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, not necessarily in that order. A hint of spice. Very little bitterness. Palate was nice and thick. Overall, maybe a touch too sweet for some tastes, but this was a very nice sipping or desert beer. SudsMcDuff (8387) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Quite surprised by this one, a crowd pleaser for the most part also .. . pours a ruby molasses .. low head, strong lacing .. . toffee and sweet light barrel, some sugar too with a light oak .. . pleasing quick mouth, enjoyable .. . . We cannot trade girl for trousers..
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. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. Murky brown color, with a thin bubbly head. Very creamy and malty. Super smooth and very easy to drink. Slightly oaky with subtle hints of rum. slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
another cool beer...a light scottish/ESA ale with strong aftertaste of vanilla after some initial orange peel, toffee/caramel and dark fruit maltiness. VERY nice winter ale, even in the clear glass bottle."
tsmith470 (4) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011 does not count
I loved the smell of nuts, citrus, that come out of the bottle and more so when put in the glass. The color is a brown with a reddish hue Very minimal head as well. This beer is light which is not what i expected for a winter seasonal. Has a light body, but a lively taste in the mouth. Overall would recommend this to a hop head looking for something lighter. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed after the last work day of 2011. Appearance is a dark ruby red with a thin white head that rims around the glass. Aroma of vanilla and oak, a touch of English hops, slight malt, smells nice. Taste goes down nice and smooth, can definitely tell it’s oak aged with the vanilla notes and a touch of bourbon. I’m not really getting any spice which is typically attributed to winter brews. It’s still not bad, good stuff.