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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.""""


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NosirIwont (1946) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours light amber/brown with an off-white head. Malty, wooden aroma with an acidic touch. Fruity and citric notes in the background. Interesting, but nothing special. Flavour is malty with slightly smoked notes – feels quite whiskey-like. Again, interesting, but nothing special. Thin finish. 03-01-06.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
Medium head on a caramel brown body. It has a very rich aftertaste, slightly reminding of whisky, perhaps due to ts maturing in noak kask - I wouldn’t be susprised if the cask had contained whisky previously. It all makes for a very refreshing taste. Definitely one of my favourite Scottish beers.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2005
Fine off-white head, clear orange body. Malt and a bit of caramel in the aroma along with flower tones. Sourish fruit and malt flavor with a candied touch. Sparkling mouthfeel. Ordinary and very far from the Cask Strength version!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3134) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Pours a clear amber. Sweet with aromas of whiskey and oak. Full and very creamy body. Cream soda-ish?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2005
drinkable ale. oak tasting sherry like beer. light bodied sipper. finishes long and woody.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paleryder (5) - ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2005 does not count
Little to no head. Lightly carbonated, a few bubbles rising. Definitely getting a bit of oak aroma, vanilla and buttery flavours coming through on a long and quite powerful finish. The strength is hinted at, but doesn’t overwhelm all the other flavours.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scottfocker (1) - SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2005 does not count
This is a delicious ale, enjoyed cold, and is far too easy to drink for something that is quite strong.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours a light amber with a thin head. Big oak and vanilla aromas as well as some malt. The flavour was dominated by the oak with vanilla pulling up a close second. medium bitter finish. O.k I guess but the oak flavour just didn’t seem to fit in.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2490) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Nice off-white, medium sized head. Amber colour. Aroma of oak, caramel and fruits. Malty/ hoppy flavour and honey sweetness with notes of vanilla. The palate is a little transparent. Light to medium bodied. Medium lasting dry/bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle from the NSLC. Medium amber body, a semi-vigorous pour yields a good sized fluffy off-white head (3+) but it quickly diminishes. Sweet malt, charred caramel and alcohol make up the aroma. Flavour has a rudely abrupt entrance with rough alcohol woody notes, and a mildly astringent bitterness barging past the caramel and malt echoes of the aroma. Slight strange boozey undercurrent, shakes of the inertia as it warms. Bit of a bite too it, coming back to it after a few minutes revealed much more oak. Average palate. Not as bad as I expected, but not something I want to have again.


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