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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: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rae723 (11) - Calgary, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
Aroma: light hay, light roasty, roasty, Apprearance: clear, golden, minimal head, Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate: light body, fizzy, long finish, Overall: This beer is very pleasing and though it has a smidge of innis and gunn’s usual sweetness, this one seems to have more of the maltiness and the features of the wood, which was good nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DCLawyer (1807) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle->English pint. Dark gold with small frothy white head. A: corn, hay, mud. T: peat, caramel, hint of booze. Ugly chemical taste. Yuck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle at an AW at christmastime last year. Amber beer with a beige head. whiskey and vanilla aroma. Similar flavour. Feels a bit sweetish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nathan30533 (893) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Not my style. Oak aged and too light and smooth. Brew is uniques and not really to my enjoyment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3337) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2015
22.3 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 2/2016. Pours crystal clear deep amber/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted oak, bread, plum, apple, light vanilla, herbal, grass, and oak/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and solid balance of bready malt, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. A bit on the strong side with oak presence in the aromas. Taste of caramel, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bread, plum, apple, herbal, grass, light peat smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate amount of oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla,toasted oak, bread, plum, apple, herbal, grass, light peat smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bready malt, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oak aged English strong ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6893) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet toffee malts, low bitterness, and mild sweet whiskey notes. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6148) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl. - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 1 pt 6.3 fl oz bottle in a fancy limited edition box (earns a 5 for appearance) - slightly sparkling, dark copper pour, quickly diminishing thin off-white head. Aroma is pleasant with some light Scotch accents, a touch of anise seed. Smooth flavor, some toffee, warming nuttiness, a touch of Scotch, some anise seed sweetness. Smooth as velvet mouthfeel. Whisky sits just right, a light whisper in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jannick13 (139) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
This is my favorite I’ve tried from Innis and Gunn. More subtle in its toffe and caramel undertones. Love the cask taste coming throught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (6203) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle at home. Characteristic toffee, caramel, vanilla, not too sweet, let down by not having much whisky flavour coming through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6936) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Not a world beater, but a decent beer. I actully enjoyed everything but the nose, which was slightly skunked. The sweet & peaty whiskey flavor was nice. Still light- medium bodied at 7%. Not too complex, but pretty good."

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