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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).


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2893) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2685) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle: Appearance: Orange/Red with a teeny tiny white head. Aroma: Honey, vanilla, slightly oaked, perfumy. Flavour: Vanilla, candy floss, whiskey, toffee. Long sticky finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2613) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2609) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2011
33cl bottle. Pours amber with a decent head. The nose has ginger nut biscuits and crystalized oranges and muscavado sugar. The taste has ginger, oranges, The palate is medium bodied, good texture and a reasonably clean finish which is persistent. Overall, this is their best effort so far.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2422) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2011
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear burnt orange with small off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with some toffee, a little vanilla and oak. Taste is vanilla, tobacco, light oak and toffee . Alcohol is quite apparent and gives a light tingling to the mouthfeel. Not worth 5 bucks but nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2377) - 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 isn’t 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BenH (2343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
Impressive appearance, mahogany reddish brown with white head. Aroma of alcohol, slight hops. Taste is spicy, toffee, caramel, some tutti fruity with a ginger finish. Growing on me the more I drink but still no

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A red-brown beer with sweet red fruity, vanilla and oak flavours with sweet fruit and whisky on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2297) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
Purchased at the LCBO in a single box. Pours an amber colour with little transparent flakies floating around. Off-white head that stays a while and minimal lacing. A nice nose of fruits over caramel and butterscotch. No alcohol felt for a 8.3% ABV brew with no burning. Quite smooth and almost creamy-oily. Again, the caramel is in the taste with fruit, like raisins. I do not sense the bourbon barrels influence. Very easy to drink and nicely blended between the sweet sugars and the tasty fruits.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2218) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2011 Bottle. I and G is known for the whiskey aged stuff, which I’m not a huge fan of. This is a great beer, though. Malty and delicious.


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