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Innis & Gunn Malt Whisky Trail

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

Style: Scotch Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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At the base of Malt Whisky Trail is a 90/- ale – or ‘wee heavy’ – a traditional style of medium-bodied Scottish amber ale that Innis & Gunn found robust enough to handle the more assertive malts, without overwhelming the subtler flavour notes. Innis & Gunn matured the beer in casks sourced from five distilleries in the Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside, Islay and Campbeltown for 30 days before blending it to produce a rich, balanced Scottish ale with layers of complex and delicate flavour.
Rich biscuit malt with almonds and spice and oranges, and just a hint of peat smoke
Taste: Signature vanilla and toffee with a creamy nuttiness and a little whisky kick
Finish: Very long and smooth
Hops: super styrian, Goldings

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spab (2512) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear mahogany colour with decent cream-coloured head. Aroma is full of vanilla and butterscotch with some toffee. Flavour is big butter and butterscotch, with vanilla and toffee. Slick mouthfeel. Pretty one-dimensional beer but not unpleasant.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dslam (59) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Dark amber color with good amount of white head. Aroma of something sweet, I am thinking toffee, and a little whisky in the end. I taste some honey and it doesn’t have a lot of carbonation, which means the taste lingers around for a while. Nice and crisp at the start, but the sweet taste takes over and i don’t really taste the whiskey unfortunately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (577) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
Poured from 330mL bottle. Copper brown with off-white head. Typical I&G aroma with vanilla, oak, and toffee plus a hint of petey scotch. Same flavour with the scotch flavour coming through a lot more on the taste than in the smell. My favourite I&G beer thus far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Raistlin (136) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
Absolutely amazing. Really loved this beer. It even smelled great. Not overly carbonated, full flavor. Whiskey is not overwhelming but complimenting this beer. No nasty bite to it either. Pleasant after taste that leaves you wanting for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1939) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
330 mL bottle. Once again, the base beer is thin and uninteresting, and the barrel effects one-dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Clear and dark copper-red body with a wisp of off-white head. Aroma of sweet almond, burnt vanilla custard, very faint peat smoke. Medium body that gets a bit sticky as it warms up. Flavour is sadly not as complex as the description suggests it might be - mainly brown sugar and vanilla with a slight whisky note and a dry woodiness in the finish. Not bad, but a bit middle of the road for what is supposed to be an extra-special edition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2014
Clear amber, thin light head. Aromas quite good - slightly buttery, traces of whisky and vanilla. Taste far too sweet. Thin body. Not one of their better efforts. Hideous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4162) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep bronze-hued clear brown body with a small off-white head. Nose is vanilla, toffee, raisins, butterscotch (not in the diacetyl-kinda way, but like actual butterscotch candy) and hints of wood and syrup. Taste is toffee, mild banana, butterscotch, caramel, toffee and hints of wood, nuts and mild peat far in the back. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Not too bad, and somehow more balanced in its "I & G vanilla-craze" than most other editions. A bit more whisky taint would suit it well, however - as far as whisky barrel aged beers go, this must be the absolutely mildest I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2799) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - deep chestnut with lovely red chinks. If the head hadn’t disappeared so quickly it would’ve been a perfect 5. Nose - treacle cake going into molasses. Taste - like barrabrith bread. Fruit sugar and a touch of spice. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy and fairly sweet texture and a finish that is a bit too sweet but kinda works. Overall - a bit sweet but it works ok. Overall -

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
allmyvinyl (3959) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2014
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear copper, short-lived off-white head. Aromas of butter and biscuit, toffee and vanilla. Taste is sweet as. Thin body, sticky finish. Not sure why I bothered to be honest.

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