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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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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
A - Fruity with caramel under tones A - Copper coloured with thin white head T - It attempts to start sweet, but is overtaken by a controlled light bitterness P - Medium to full body with light carbonation O - Best of the brewery

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
330ml bottle from BC Liquor downtown Vancouver. Must say, Iím not generally a fan of these Innis & Gunn one offs so Iím going to try and sidebar my prejudice. Pours a very clear copper with tight cap of quarter inch cream head. Aroma is slightly brown sugar sweet caramel, toffee, oak but very little bourbon. A biscuit note in there as well along with some interesting yeast. Taste is quite good. Thereís the bourbon mixed in with a crisp, biscuity note, some treacle like sweetness but not overdone. Finish is slightly hot with alcohol and a strong bourbon cask note. Iím pleasantly surprised. Despite seeming a little hot and unrefined itís reasonably good. Even though the box suggests an expiry date of July 2012 Iíd be curious to see how this one ages.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagerboy (1217) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1198) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours hazy dark amber with a small white head that leaves soapy lace all over the glass. Aroma of maple, bourbon, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, toffee and some grassy Aroma. Taste is toffee, maple, brown sugar, earthy hops and a nice alcohol warming on the finish. Excellent oak aged beer but a bit too sweet overall.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeistAlmighty (1126) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
330ml bottle. Red amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is toffee and oak. Taste is much the same with accents of vanilla. Not much hops, but that was ok as there was plenty going on already. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2013 330mL Bottle from Liquor Depot. 8.3% in 2011. I have been waiting on this all week. Dark crimson pour with a bubbly tan foam that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is bold, capturing a fruity note of dried grapes, mild citrus, and a whiff of Crown Royal (Canadian Rye whiskey). Lightly carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied, this packs a punch. Strong alcohol character balanced by the gentle bitterness of the citrusy hops. Hint of toffee and oakiness in the finish similar to other I&G brews. Absolutely superb.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2011
Colour: Ruby red, with decent size but quickly evaporating head. Nose: Swirls of butterscotch, light hop, touch of fennel. Oak is distant but noticable and so soft on the nose. Taste: Medium-high sweet, medium-light bitter, light sour. A sweet-bomber...but with gentle ease and lots of other players. More herb, this time rosemary. The butterscoth returns and infuses itself with the oak to produce the softest wood-laced magic and it ripens even more through the finish. Stunning stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (983) - 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, itís very sweet indeed - malty and fruity (particularly raisins and berries), with some oak. It almost has a touch of muscat about it. Thereís just enough offsetting bitterness for it to work quite well. A nice and quite unusual dessert beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (962) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours a semi-clear clear light brown/deep copper with a thin creamy white ring around the glass, Googles and little to no legs. Aroma is brown sugar, vanilla, oak, toffee, and bourbon. Flavour is brown sugar, bourbon, toffee oak, vanilla, and mild alcohol. Very tasty and flavourful but a bit more of a desert beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gilvanblight (772) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2011
Caramel golden brown pour with a lot of white frothy head. Head lasts. Initial scent is very boozy, so much so that I checked the percentage on it (higher then I knew), The boozieness is in the mouth as well. I guess I&G thinks everyone wants to get hammered for Canada Day. Some sweet hops in there with a really nice finish thatís just slightly nutty. Of all of the I&G I have tried this is, thus far, my favorite.


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