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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1291   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoR (640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
Pours a nice brownish colour, with a creamy head. Toffee and caramel aroma. Taste of vanilla. Not bad at all! With a nice finish leaving you wanting for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
Clear glass bottle, good lasting head and lacing. Mild tste of fruit, mild alcohol. The only comparison I can make is Unibroue’s Raftman? well done.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
Foamy head rusty brown pour. Very strong skunky scent with mint!?! Yes definate mint! Mint in the taste as well. This is not a good thing. Watery with high carbonation, some bitterness with a very clean finish. Horrible taste, I think the bottle may have been off, actually near certain of it... I have purchased another bottle and will re-rate at some point.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
Clear 33cl. Delicate light auburn, filtered, raising a lasting egg shell film. Initial faint skunkiness quickly fades to leave a rather balanced oak-malt show that if anything, could be a little less grainy. Like seemingly always, the maltiness seems a bit thinned out from the maturing process, though the imparted oak flavors are well integrated, making for an original vanilla laden nose that contains a minty aspect that shares its nature through both the hops and wood derivatives in a pleasant way. Warming, it develops soft nutty fruitiness, slightly husky at that. It seems as if the basic reipe might be extremely sweet to begin with. Sea air, oranges, barrel notes grow slightly astringent and tart as it warms. Minor alcohol warming, mostly subtle hops. Rather dull textured, likely pasteurised and thin, though the carbonation sustains the little rotting honey dry-out effect there is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5618) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2006
330 ml clear bottle, at Cardinal, Stavanger. Beautiful golden brown colour. Large and creamy off-white head, long lasting, decent lacing. Unusual aroma and flavour, very woody, Scotch whisky elements, but also notes of toffee, vanilla, cinnamon - and even shrimp and the dark meat of crabs(!). Relatively sweet, but the finish and aftertaste are woody, dry and hoppy. Something out of the ordinary, and I have trouble deciding how well I really like this beer. Definitely worth a try!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2006
An orangey amber with a decent head of off-white foam. Aroma is strong caramel, vanilla, and toasted oak. Flavor is lighter than expected as well as a relatively thin body and some overbalancing acidity. WEAK!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2006
Beautiful clear amber color with great head. Slightly watery with a fine taste of hops and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Surprisingly uninteresting. Oak can dominate the flavor of the beer, so can a whiskey keg. The result is a beer with almost no complexity. Slightly skuniked in the nose, maybe from the clear bottle, but also sweet and fruity. Taste of vanilla and oak, sugar and skunk. A little thin ... On balance, the nose was the best part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2006
Poured from the bottle, amber with a little carbonation and a large pillowy and airey head (which displayed some lacing). Very much a smokey and peaty aroma similar to whiskey, but there is a beery sweet maltiness beneath this as well. Definite oak on the palate, but also sweet caramal and dry finish. I acknowledge the distinctiveness of the beer they have created, but not being a great appreciator of whiskey, I am unable to rate it any higher than average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2174) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 330 ml bottle. Clear brownish golden. Thick fine-laced head that clings to the glass. Rich malty aromas with a strong vanilla note. Caramel pudding. The aroma is quite unique. Hop bitterness at the front of the tongue - enhanced by the high carbonation level. Rich caramel flavour. It feels quite sweet in the mouth, but there are enough hops here to balance most of it. Very drinkable even though the alcohol level is rather high. Nice.

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