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Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2012

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Innis & Gunn
Formerly brewed at Wellpark (C&C Group)

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We are pleased to present this special Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer bottled to celebrate Canada Day 2012.
Alongside ale malt we added Aromatic Barley Malt with imparts the beer’s rich toffee colour and satisfying maltiness. We used Goldings hops from 3 farms in East Kent to impart a delicate balancing bitterness and a fruity twist. We then slowly oak matured the beer to unlock the delicious flavours of vanilla and toffee locked inside the oak grain, only bottling it when we deemed it to have matured to perfection.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2012
Pale amber pour with a tight white head. The aroma is a little bit toasty and slightly vanilaish. A soft sort of sweetness. Lightly malty with a touch of soft sweetness. Toffee and a little bit of spicy UKish hoppiness. It’s a little bit fruity as well with a bit of apple and pear as well. Okay - if quite similar to many of the other I&G stuff I’ve had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2602) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
330ml clear bottle from box. Deep clear amber colour with a creamy beige head that fades to a ring. Not much lace, the odd soapy bubble. Nose has EKG hops that give off some orange fruit, mild toffee malts. Taste starts with some sweet caramel malt and some orangey fruits again. Ends with light toffee, golden yellow sugar, nice vanilla/oak/wood to finish. A bit of pleasant warming alcohol, but nothing to get in the way. Body is light for the style, light carbonation, overall it drinks very easily. Enjoyed this quite a bit, would drink again.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
330ml bottle. Enjoyed on July 1st (Canada Day). One of the nicest colours for a beer that I've seen. Gorgeous ruby-hued brown orange beer (Lovibond 27/28). 1/2" head settles to adequate lace. Aroma is mild but can't hide the high alcohol here. Taste is quite complex, not bad but not wholly pleasant. Seems confused and unbalanced. Maple sweetness, ascorbic alcoholic flavours, malty, some bitterness, with a predominantly syrupy sweet finish. Something not quite playing nice here. Worst part is the flat carbonation. Limp palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
Single bottle purchased from Zyn Liqour in Calgary, AB on 07/09/2012. Colour: Like the Canada flag, a distinct red but mixed with some brown. Medium-low slightly off-white creamy head. Nose: Malt shows notes of bubble gum, marzipan and flower pot. The oak and barley offer background noise reminiscent of candied barley. Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitter, medium sour. Passionfruit, some coconut. The oak produces melted toffee and a grainy sourness. Could be considered a touch sweet but still quite complex and well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2355) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
I’m a sucker for I&G beers. I adore their aromas. Big butterscotch, whiskey and oak. Pours a ruby copper with a small off white top. Taste is a stinging oak driven toffee with sweet malt and whiskey overtones.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1635) - AUSTRIA - JUL 1, 2012
Deep dark maroon with a red tint and a foamy thin tan quick disappearing head. Smells of oak, sweet malt, earthy, dark fruits like cherry and vanilla. Stong full musky aroma. Full oily body. Taste of wood and caramel, malt, toffee with a dry bitter hop finish. Deep full cherry flavour. Noticable alcohol. Sips slowly and tastes like a good scotch. Beautiful.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
LCBO Bottle. Big soapy head. Malt aromas. Ruby highlights. Decent drinkability despite slightly light mouthfeel, with a little astringency from the wood. The wood aroma and taste comes out better at room temp. A little hops in the finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2208) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
Dark amber colour with frothy white head. Aroma of sweet malts, fruit, vanilla. Taste is malty and sweet, canada, some dry bitterness to finish. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
June 27 2012. 330ml bottle pours ruby in my innis & gunn tulip glass. Tan head is present only if poured aggressively fades to ring. Aroma is lighter than I&G regular offerings. Woody, earthy, slight caramel/toffee, light vanilla and fruit notes. Aroma is lighter but flavour is stronger, richer. Can taste alcohol right off the start with sweet cherry. Combination similar to a cherry whiskey. Strong woody notes add richness and toffee rum comes into play. The longer it sits the more depth it has. Seems to drink more like a glass of scotch or rum or licquor than beer. Not as much vanilla as others. Palate is heavier to medium body with only slight soft carbonation. Leaves dry slightly bitter mouthfeel. Fantastic! Best one yet!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin (456) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
bottle. Dark ruby pour, decent head. Aroma is toffee, vanilla, wood, some fruits. Taste is very sweet, unmistakable innis and gunn, more toffee, some pear, oak. Enjoyable, if a little too sweet.


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