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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Avaialable in 330ml & 750ml bottles and on draught: Pasteurised.
Brewed by Belhaven for Innis & Gunn
Originally marketed simply as Innis & Gun Oak Aged Beer. "Original" was added later.

Ingredients: Golden Promise and crystal malt; Phoenix hops.
""""For 30 days this honey-hued beer sleeps in hand selected oak barrels, locked inside a bonded warehouse, gradually assimilating the subtle flavours that reside in the wood. Barrels are then emptied and maturation continues for a further 47 days in a marrying tun where these natural flavours infuse and fall into perfect balance. This 77-day process is unique and produces a delicious, refreshing beer: Aromas of vanilla and toffee, hints of citrus, with a malty, lightly oaked,palate. Deftly balanced and light in texture, soothing and warming in the finish.""""

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
The clear glass bottle accentuates this heavily-filtered beer. It pours a honey pale colour, with a quickly dissipating head and some lace. The aroma is musky, complex, and a bit sweet. The flavour is very peaty, with strong whisky highlights lingering into the aftertaste. The carbonation is slight, and it tastes a bit flat. Overall, very drinkable, but to quote another reviewer, "touristy".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flemmingwillum (1029) - Nysted, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
Yellowish beer with a head that quickly dissapears. The aroma is whiskey-like, wooden, a little alcoholic and also a little malty. Very special aroma indeed. The flavor still have wood and whiskey, but also butter and a little acrid hops towards the woody butter-aftertaste. The beer can seem a little too sweet, but at the same time you wouldnít want it less sweet because some unfortunate alcoholic or non-pleasant wood-notes might be more obvious. I have also recognized some coriander in this beer, but it might just be some weird barrel-taste that are represented. I really donít know what to think of this beer; do I like it or not? However, it is a unique, good quality brew and might be very pleasant to other people, so I have given it a fair rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (6964) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
I donít know how I missed rating this before, but I first tried it nearly a year ago while living in Australia. I remember liking it, and thought Iíd have it again as a nice autumn treat. The colour is as pictured with an off-white head. Aromas of vanilla, butterscotch and whiskey. Sweet palate, very caramelly with a dry woody component that dominates the flavour profile. The wood aspect was interesting and enjoyable, but this beer was a little too sweet for me to come back to anytime soon. Certainly very interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (6005) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, fruit and wood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (10667) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor, average finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
amber colour, lotsa head, malt oak vanilla, good mouth feel but as has been said before not something i would have all the time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 330mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours a nice amber, with a good-sized slightly off-white head that fades relatively quickly. Leaves some nice, (if slightly chaotic) lace. No skunking, fortunately, but no beer should be in clear glass until itís in my glass. The beer description on the bottleís accurate - touches of citrus in the scent, with a definite toffee note. Not as much malt in the scent as I was expecting. Certainly appetizing, though. I donít pick up much vanilla. Taste - quite unique. Thereís a toffee note in the flavour. The malt is more under-stated than I expected, probably due to the barrel. The scotch influence from the barrel is, fortunately, not overpowering - Iím a single-malt fan, but I was afraid that this beer would taste like itíd been mixed with scotch. An unfounded fear, itís quite subtle and pleasant. This one needs to be served at a slightly warmer temp, it really opens up with some warmth. A little bit of butter in the finish. Are there even hops in this? One of the least bitter beers Iíve ever had. Doesnít show itís alcohol content at all - probably thanks to the moderating effect of the barrel. Overall, itís an amazingly delicious beer. Definitely recommended. Iíll be drinking a lot more of this. Addendum (29 Oct): Re-rated lower, as one of the bottles I picked up was light-damaged, which this beer doesnít handle well. No more clear glass, please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11258) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2006
Amber beer with fluffy white head. Caramel toffee aroma with hints of butter, lemon, vanilla. Quite sweet with a complex wood, caramel, honey flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniel0017 (394) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Amber with frothy head. Hoppy aroma mixed with scotch whiskey. Well harmonized flavors of butter, oak, scotch and smoke with alcoholized aftertaste. Velvety richness throughout sampling. Always a favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
panderson (3) - CANADA - SEP 22, 2006 does not count
pours nicely with a nice high head that fades somewhat. Aroma: vanilla, scotch, butterscotch, wood. Taste: lovely scotch whisky with some woodiness and nicely hopped. This beer gets better each time I have it.

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