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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: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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).


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2461) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
Pours a dark auburn brown with a thinning white head. Aroma, man Innis & Gunn hit aroma so easily, this one isnít as vanilla and oaky as the original but the notes of butterscotch and caramel are great. Small oak hints and vanilla. Taste is a little hot, alcohol is a little more upfront than other versions, small vanilla and butterscotch. Seems to be lacking the "grown up" tastes of oak, roasted malts but still is a great beer. Bought two and the second will be enjoyed on Canada Day

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBaum (2) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2011 does not count
Ice cream head! Pralines and cream. Rich honey visual and taste. Floral undertones. Imagine a cow graising in a field of clovers in your mouth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
bortology (35) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2011
Is it good? Yes. Is it worth $5 a bottle? Nope! The high alcohol content gives the beer an off tasting flavor. This is not a beer that I would necessarily recomend, as there are many other beers that are of higher quality and flavor. But I would not refuse it if it were in front of me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeZasada (291) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a thin peal head. Very aromatic, smells sweet like caramel. Tastes moderately sweet, notes of caramel. Very oaky taste too - mediumed bodied, average carbonation. Finishes with a earthy bitterness, with the sweet malt notes and oak still there. A touch of canadian wiskey throughout. Finally, a I&G special that manages to beat out the regular one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3213) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
Light fruity aroma, a touch of uk hops, and some subtle vanilla and oak. Flavor is quite malty, sweet and bready. A super short finish with a light sweetness. This is really quite good! Wow a good innis and gunn beer? Its one of the rare innis beers that doesnt taste like abd oaky buttery mess.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2669) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
330ml clear bottle, boxed. Clear golden/amber coloured brew with a big white head which fades to a long lasting ring. Very sparse lacing. Nose has some hops, sweet malt character, caramel and whisky notes. Flavour has big caramel start, mellow malt middle, finishes with vanilla, light booze/bourbon and woody notes. Hint of citrus hops in the finish and faint smokiness. Medium body, light carbonation, pretty smooth in the mouth. A pleasant surprise, a lot of these I&G beers are hit and miss. Would be happy to drink this one again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1941) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
330 mL bottle. Copper, with a ring of head. Less sweet coconut & oak than most of their offerings, but this isnít a bad thing, as it allows some brown sugar and a little fruit to come through. Still on the sweet side, though. The flavour is a little more subtle as well, and there is more going on than in their other, one-dimensional offerings. The oak is there, along with booze, some earthy hops, some caramel, and graham crackers. Body is still a little thin, but itís actually a nice sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagerboy (1294) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
My favorite I&G offering also, at first I was alarmed to hear of the switch from Canadian whisky barrels to bourbon, but the result is just as delicious. The toffee, vanilla and oak flavors are still there, as well as the creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish. Also enjoyed the biscuit and bourbon taste. Well done!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6974) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle. Not sure if this beer will remain a separate listing or get lumpectomy in with the other Canadian Cask entries. Anyway, true to form it remains my favourite from I& G. If anything, this vintage offers even better balance with the oak elements. Creamy buttery toffee malts, burnt sugars, very subtle hop presence. Still my favourite offering from these guys.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle saved from the light in a cardboard box with Canadian art. Dark amber with light froth. Aroma of dark toffee with hints of oak, coffee and chocolate. Flavour seems light at the front but then big dark toffee and alcohol hits the back of the palate and holds in the aftertaste. Could be a desert beer as it reminds me of an alcohol and toffee addition to ice cream. Initially I would pan it but that back end keeps getting more addictive. Very interesting. Happy early Canada Day to me!


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