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Innis & Gunn Highland Ale

Innis & Gunn
Brewed at Belhaven (Greene King)

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
This Innis & Gunn beer has been matured in rare 21 year old single malt Scotch Whisky barrels to create a complex beer with a classic Highland character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChewyBeer (198) - SOUTH AFRICA - OCT 28, 2015
Pours clear with no head . Little to no nose . Smoky malty flavours. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Tasty and different. Interesting for a change

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Raistlin (219) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2015
A little too sweet for me. Also had thin texture. No carbonation at all really low for even ale. Pours dark orange with minimal head. Taste of toffee and caramel. Not well balanced. One of rare times that i didn’t like Innis and Gunn beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sudomorph (966) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours a clear orange caramel with a thin, near white head. Aroma has bright notes of burnt caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, and a bit of honeyed floral. Taste is balanced. Bread, caramel, toffee, oaky vanilla, traditional spicy/earthy hops, and that sweet floral. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a set finish. Overall a nice variation on the I&G line. Not sure if it is better than the base beer but it is interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Graham77 (317) - Cumbria, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
330ml bottle drank from a Snifter glass. Not sure if its just a change of packaging or a change of beer, but mine was in a brown glass bottle with a brown/cream coloured label unlike the photograph. Also it was labelled Highland Ale rather than the Highland Cask photographed. I thought this was excellent. Amber colour with a slightly off white head the aroma was typical of an I&G beer (caramel, vanilla) but with more Scotch whisky than normal. The flavour was sweet but with added Whisky and some light hop bitterness. Very smooth on the palate with moderate carbonation and good lacing, a good consistency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (829) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2015
Poured from 330mL bottle. Clear copper brown with off white head. Usual I&G characteristics - vanilla, oak, toffee. Taste is almost indistinguishable from I&G Original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1588) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle, shared by Ian at Timmy’s birthday party. Pours a slightly hazy, straw color, with a big, off-white, foamy head. The nose is immediate bready malts, with a big slug of butterscotch. Subtler notes of oak, syrup, and earthiness. Very sweet and boozy, with almost no bitterness to balance. Heavy body, syrupy, smooth and creamy, and clean. This is a really nice treatment of a mediocre base beer. I love scotch, and the barrel character is very forward and pleasant to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2711) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2015
From the limited edition 650 ml. bottle. Mahogany brown-olive colored pour with a fluffy tan head that fades down fast. Aroma of sweet malts, peat moss, honey, and oak. Smooth, slick light to medium body. The taste is incredibly, over the top sweet with a honey chaser. Mild dank bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1240) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2015
Aroma is sweet malts, honey, oak, pale vanilla and sweet fruits. Taste is sweet malts, oak, clove, lemon grass. Quite refreshing but not too complex. Appearance is a clear gold with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2491) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Pours a one finger cream head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear golden amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. nose and taste is orange candy sweetness, sweet malt finish. Best before Jan 2016. $7.35 for a 22.3oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bkcaldwell (42) - - JUL 17, 2015
Great box. Nice bottle. Disappointing beer. Looked good but overall taste was lacking. No aftertaste, which was a plus but no real zing to the beer itself. No immediate plans to revisit.

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