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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish

Innis & Gunn
Brewed at Wellpark (C&C Group)

Style: Scottish Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


on tap

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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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bottled, special
previously 8.4%
This limited bottling of Innis and Gunn has been matured over Canadian Black Cherrywood and then finished with the addition of maple syrup. To our knowledge, this is the first time that Cherrywood has been used to mature a beer. The result is a really full bodied Scottish ale, with a rich tasting finish.
Brewed using three malt varieties, roasted barley, wheat and Super Styrian and Goldings hops, Canadian Cherrywood Aged is matured for 49 days over lightly-toasted black cherrywood chips. Maple syrup is added post maturation when the beer is in cold conditioning to add a subtly sweet, toasty twist.
In another nod to its Canadian fanbase, Innis & Gunn has featured artwork by Canadian artist Tatiana O’Donnell on the carton. Her painting ‘Forest Spectrum’ won Innis & Gunn’s annual art competition: a collaboration with the Society of Canadian Artists.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
minutemat (1955) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
330ml bottle @ 11th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Feb 15. Apparently aged - thanks Mike! Sour kola kubes aroma. Taste continues.. not actually too bad, but still bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dchad56 (38) - - FEB 6, 2015
Steady aroma - pours clear copper with inch white head which soon disappears to a thin line. No fizz. Very smooth and sweet - though too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5424) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
330 ml clear bottle in cardboard box, from Vinmonopolet. BB July 2014. ABV is 8.3%. Cloudy reddish amber colour, pours fizzy with a small short-lived head, slightly off-white. Sweetish aroma with notes of caramel, raisins and dark dried fruits, notes of "oak" (cherrywood, of course). Sweet flavour, too sweet maybe, loads of caramel, maple syrup and dark dried fruits, also cherrywood, minimal hops. Okay, but probably not something I would buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scopey (7869) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2015
BROWN bottle from Aldi. It pours clear mahogany brown with a small beige head. The nose is pretty damn sweet, malt-driven, brown bread, wood, treacle, syrup, caramel and cola. The taste is sweet, toasty, caramel, cola, maple syrup, plenty of vanilla, wood, sugary and some alcohol heat with a sweet, sticky finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Tastes a lot like coke vanilla, except gives you a boost. Too sweet for sure, but not as bad as I had feared!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ts743 (8) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2015 does not count
330ml bottle from Aldi, poured into a glass. Nice rich, dark hue, looks a lot like a glass of coke! Very drinkable, perhaps due to its overwhelming sweetness? Hints of banana and caramel. Nice, but not standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1014) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2015
(Bottle 7.4% not 8.3% ABV) Clear golden amber, small off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel with vanilla and maple hints. Medium body with good carbonation. Great taste - the sweetness has very interesting notes, I would have guessed at honey, but presumably it’s maple syrup. There are some gentle wooded notes adding balance and plenty of interest to the taste. There’s some pleasant rather restrained bitterness in the finish which is sustained and takes with it some of the interesting and unusual flavours. An excellent and unusual beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (198) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Au nez, on reconnait immédiatement les arômes typiques de I&G, soit le malt bien sucré et de fût de chêne. Un arôme de sirop d’érable semble vouloir se démarquer aussi.

En bouche, le malt explose suivis du sucre et de notes de bois. On perçois des touches de caramel, sucre à la crème et de houblon. L’amertume et très courte et douce.

Très bonne bière encore un fois de I&G. Très bien balancé et aucune trace d’alcool malgré le taux relativement élevé.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1615) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from Aldi. Pours deep amber with a small off white head. Sweet flavour with fruit and moderate ginger spice. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
47574xeCD (394) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
330ml bottle. 7.4% ABV. Deep Copper Cherry colour with off white to tan head, that doesn’t last, Aroma of toffee, treacle, taste of toffee, roasted barley and malty notes, crisp sweet finish and quite pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (8338) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
bottle, Tesco Honiton. Golden colour, fluffy white head. Malty with vanilla and a touch of wood, also some honey there.

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