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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).


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (1948) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2011 Bottle. I and G is known for the whiskey aged stuff, which Iím not a huge fan of. This is a great beer, though. Malty and delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (1898) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 6, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Bottle from The Cask, Glasgow.
Appearance - Typical I & G. Orange with quite a thick off white head that dissipates.
Aroma - Oaky wood, sweet malts, occassional hint of rubber, bit of alcohol, no skunk (in a nice box)
Taste - Wood, very sweet malts, candy sugar, honey, glucose syrup, vanilla, bit of caramel malt and toffee, very little hops, slight metal. Quite well blended but not very beer-like.
Palate - Smooth mouthfeel , creamy, medium body, soft carb, finish warm and sweet with a slight hint of earthy hop.
Overall - Initial impression is that itís a lot better than standard I & G - smoother and less rough but rather sweet. No whisky. Interesting at first, then after a while it gets a bit boring, just sweetness, candy, vanilla, wood. Was worried it wasnít going to be that great, but was better than expected and more refined and smoother than the standard stuff. I expect the I & G fanboys will love this stuff. I actually thought it was quite good, despite its faults, so itís a 14/20. (12/20 for standard I & G)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (1860) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerCast_Rich (1841) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2011
[330ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Darkish amber pour, decent white head. Sweet, vanilla nose. Sweet, fragrant flavour. A touch caramelly, but that extreme sweetness overpowers everything else. Are we giving the Canadians the gift of tooth decay for their celebrations? [15102011]

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
Pours coppery brown with a large, creamy head. Nose shows toffee, caramel, butterscotch, oak and vanilla. Very sweet-smelling. Similarly sweet flavours, almost syrupy sweet. Butterscotch, golden syrup, brown sugar, oak and soft booze. Pretty cloying to be honest. Could use a thicker body and more carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1727) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheCametron (1592) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2011
33cl bottle. Pours a reddish amber. Smells of booze. Not great. Tastes sweet. Somebody said ginger nuts. Good shout. Head fades. This was a disappointing beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patricks110 (1582) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
The pour is a bright golden copper with a thin ring of beige head. Some carbonation in the body. The nose is sweet and woody with a light fruit and mild biscuity malts. The taste is sweet mostly with a light earthy tone and subtle oaky note. The malt is of light caramel and biscuits with minimal hops. Overall, note a bad brew at all and one that truly enjoyed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1431) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Deep clear coppery color with fine bubbles and creamy cap. Aroma for miles, sweet and smooth complex caramelly malts and sweet meadow. Taste caramel and raisin and fruit and a bit of lemon citrus, a bit of vanilla - very heavy sweet finish but they packed in some serious flavor.

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 cgarvieukís. 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.


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