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Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2011

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Innis & Gunn
Formerly brewed at Wellpark (C&C Group)

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This special beer has been brewed using Munich malt and golden oats to give it a beautiful biscuit backbone and a creamy smooth finish. Fuggles hops add their signature earthy and rich character before maturation in bourbon oak unlocks delicious flavours of vanilla and toffee from deep inside the oak grain. Available exclusively in all provinces of Canada (except Quebec and PEI).


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2814) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2011
2011. Golden with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, with a bit of lemon peel, grain and grass. Sweet sugary malt flavour with a grapefruit note.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2011
Hand bottle, thanks to Craig and Dan. Pours a copper colour with a lacy white head. Aroma of treacle, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Flavours of treacle and toffee with a sweet oaky finish. Alcohol is very present with mild carbonation and a long caramel and alcohol linger.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (11905) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2011
Bottled 330ml (BZ, BB 07/2012)
Deep amber color, small steady off-white head. Strong bourbon-vanilla aroma. Medium-bodied. Very sweet flavor. Toffee, vanilla, bourbon, low bitterness. Soft palate. Typical Innis&Gunn flavor - lots of bourbon here but base beer is too lame.

1.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s. Orange pour, gushing white head that fades. Toffee and vanilla nose. Toffee and vanilla palate. Toffee and vanilla finish. With weird off flavours of oak and chemical. Horrific.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (13176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
bottle at home ... copper ...thin white head ... soft cheesy bourbon ... sweet toffee roast ... light sweet oak ... sot fruits ... light vanilla ... soft

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (2738) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber, small to average and and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, wooden oak - vanilla, caramel and toffee, light fruitiness with dark fruits. Body is medium, malty and sweet flavor, caramel with some toffee, vanilla with some wooden notes, fruitiness with dark fruits. Finish is average, malty and sweetish with caramel - some toffee, lots of vanilla with some dark fruits and wooden notes, some fruitiness. Interesting brew, but too sweet and too much caramel for me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marko (3771) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 3, 2011
Bottle at Per’s. Dark amber body, small white head. Cream and alcohol in the nose, slightly malty. Smooth creamy bourbon taste, light and sweet. Alcohol present. Buttery. Eh. Not too bad, but I don’t like this kind of beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2011
From a 330ml bottle on 25/9/2011 (shared with Butz). Pours a reddish amber with a fast disappearing head. Has a fruity, slightly port like aroma. In the mouth, it’s very sweet indeed - malty and fruity (particularly raisins and berries), with some oak. It almost has a touch of muscat about it. There’s just enough offsetting bitterness for it to work quite well. A nice and quite unusual dessert beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5105) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2011
33cl, as Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2011, exclusive Scottish brew, from Bierzwerg Greven, complex brew, sweet/malty and slightly woody/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, clear, good head, good brew, yet expensive


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