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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish



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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cimbasso (487) - - SEP 5, 2015
Pours a clear copper colour with a thick head which dissipates quickly. Sweetish aromas of caramel and vanilla. The taste is sweet, with the maple syrup quite well-blended into the other sweet, caramel flavours. Some oakiness (from the cherrywood?) and hints of vanilla and berries. Rather too sweet to be easily drinkable, and rather under-carbonated. The artwork is nice, but the beer is not particularly memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerViking (3477) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle from Aldi, reddish dark brown with a fast-settling head, punchy sweet and alcoholic nose with notes of maple syrup. Initially rather too sweet, a woody, toasty and drier midbody then moderates the sweetness a little, but not enough. The finish is an intriguing but not entirely appealing mix of cloying and dry-bitter with a vanilla note. The painting on the box is excellent, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
redders1974 (510) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle from aldi like every I and g I’ve tasted it flatters to deceive sounds good on the bottle smell the part then is flat and overly sweet no more I and g for me no matter how much they tempt me in with delightful sounding concoctions

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (2095) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
25.2.2015. Clear ruby. Aroma has caramel, oak, vanilla, berries. Not overly sweet oaky. Taste has berries, caramel malts, oak, slight alcohol. I quite like this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
minutemat (2911) - Shrewsbury, 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 (207) - - 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 (5990) - 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 (10037) - 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 (1180) - 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.

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