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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish

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

Style: Scottish Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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bottled, special
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4594) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear medium amber with a thin whispy head. The aroma is sweet malt yeast and cherry wood I guess. The flavour is moderate sweet, light bitter with a sweet woody resin hop palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5456) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
33cl bottle courtesy of JMGreenUK and shared with 2 brewing buddies. Thin creamy white head. Clear amber pour. Nice woody aftertaste

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Arve_Christian (3133) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway. Copper colored , ok foam. Aromas of caramel , toffee, some malt. Medium body & complexity.,on the sweet side. Not really my favourite

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (5781) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottled 330ml. -from random Tesco in Glasgow. Clear amber coloured, small off-white head, toasted malt in the nose. Toasted malt, caramel, dried fruits and notes of aok and discreet touch of cherries in the finish. Hint of alcohol and wood in the finish as well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogbomb (948) - ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle. Rich red-amber ale with a thick cream head. Nose is malty with a touch of wood and syrup notes. Taste is vanilla, cherry, confection. A touch of alcohol burn in the finish, but it’s smooth, vanilla cherry. Rather tasty. Rather toasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
worldbeertaste (1669) - AUSTRIA - OCT 7, 2014
Deep orange with a red tint and a tan lasting, lacy head. Smells inline anything I’ve smelt before. Smells of wood and maple syrup, cherry and caramel. Sweet taste at first with a bitter woody centre softened by berry and some spice with a sweet honey and cherry finish. Lingering alcohol on the finish, I like that it tastes new and different. But it’s not incredible. Still sweet and nice enough to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3885) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2014
Boxed 330ml bottle with an ABV of 7.4%: BBD Feb 2015, poured into a Gordon’s thistle shaped glass on 24th Sep 2014. Looked great in the glass, clear, clean and colourful. The full foaming head highlighting the mahogany hue to the body. Really sweet aroma and taste, bubblegum and syrup notes to the fore. There is also a slight cherry feel to the whole brew but the syrup flavour rules throughout the beer. My sweet tooth liked it but I would have prefered the aging to have been given more of a chance to come through, even if I am not a big fan of cherry flavoured beers. A lot better than I expected to be honest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (392) - POLAND - SEP 23, 2014
Aroma: cherrywood, dark malts. Appearance: clear ruby color, white head. Taste: low bitterness, cherrywood notes, oak, slightly sweet and well-balanced. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation. Overall: interesting beer with a huge impact of cherrywood.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1727) - - SEP 20, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-11-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The brew pours a copper-amber color with a billowy just off white head. The head had a lighter level of retention, fading rather fast to leave light lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was sweet being a mix of darker fruits of cherry and fig as well as a maple syrup and caramel smell. Along with these sweeter smells so too comes some nice oak and biscuity malt aromas. A little bit of alcohol and spice also comes to the nose creating a warming sweet woodsy smell overall. Taste – The taste starts out with a sweeter caramel and lighter dark fruit flavors of cherry, plum and fig. Along with the sweeter flavors upfront are some biscuit malty flavors as well as a little bit of oak. The oak grows stronger while the biscuit loses strength as the taste moves on. Along with the biscuit fading so too does some of the caramel only to be replaced by a more candied sugar, toffee and maple syrup taste. In the end the oakiness mixed with some alcohol booziness to give a sweeter whisky like taste which when combined with all the fruit, sugar and light malty tastes ends up leaving a smooth, sweet, and warm taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thickness is quite nice for the sweeter flavors of the brew with the lighter carbonation helping to create a more warming feel in light of the boozy and oaky flavors of the brew. Overall – A rather enjoyable brew overall. It is sweet of maple, fruit and other sugars but is balanced out by some of the wood, boozy and biscuit malt flavors of the brew. A nice one to give a go to.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MunBro (398) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Tastes like every other Innis & Gunn beer - malty, syrupy, sweet, etc. However this one is better than usual because the typical I&G oak palate rape isn’t occurring; instead a nice velvety flavour from the cherrywood comes through and fades into the maple syrup and malts quite nicely.


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