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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin (446) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
bottle. Amber-red colour. Good head and lacing. Aroma is wood, biscuit malt, toffee/butterscotch, vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy, taste is smooth and sweet. Definitely an Innis and Gunn beer. One of their better offerings.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2075) - 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)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5386) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2879) - 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, itís quite alright.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottled poured with hardly any head to speak of. The Aroma sports notes of rich caramel, vanilla, oaky wood and malt. The flavour profile shows well rounded malts and bourbon, vanilla sweetness, its nutty and delectable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle from ncmussel. Pours clear copper with a white head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, caramel, and some bready malts. Flavors of oak, caramel malts, dark fruit, and peat. Drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (3302) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2012
330ml bottle. Starts off amber but turns to a murky brown colour with a thin wispy swirl of foam. Loads of spice and fruit in the aroma and the flavour with a big alcohol kick to finish things off.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
1 Year old
Hazy amber color with some sediment. Light bourbon aroma. Good malt flavor, with nice bourbon vanilla, sweet oak compounding; sweetish overall, but with correct bitterness.
Not overly complex, but pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RhetoricalAns (233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
Really made Canada Day that year. Light redish brown pour with a medium tan tan head. Sweet aroma, oak, toffee. Great malty taste, semi sweet, caramel, vanilla, oak. Medium somewhat syrupy body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4608) - 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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