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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1209   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.""""


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2008
Aroma of caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Vanilla in the taste and sweetish malts remind more of whisky than beer. One dimensional but nice and drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours light amber with a small creamy white head. Lots of buttery vanilla in the aroma, with a slight earthy note, and just a bit of sweetness. Semi-sweet flavors with a nice bit of vanilla/oak, some caramel, a bit of a citric undertone, and a very slight note of whiskey. Palate is medium/light, strong vanilla aftertaste, and just a bit of whiskey like burn. Interesting and well balanced, but not great, and certainly way overpriced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWS9 (486) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle. Sweet, malts in the aroma and taste. Nice amber colour. Bitter but also tangy in the after taste. It’s refreshing to see honey used properly in brewing, unlike the so called honey lagers all around A little odd, but I like it.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (4045) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
11.2 oz bottle purchased at Oak Tree. Pours a clear reddish amber with an initial large foamy white head. Complex aroma of vanilla, oak, whiskey, earth and then some off notes of butter and sulfur as well. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Flavor is a real let down and the oak simply dominates and is not complimetary. Hardly any beer flavors are present and I thought I was drinking a boilermaker rather then a beer. Well it is Scotish and it is crap.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Krausen (102) - USA - DEC 29, 2007
Huge skunky nose that took some time to blow off. Why do breweries package in clear glass? Aroma is light vanilla with a laffy-taffy like banana. Flavor is a mild whiskey and oak with a drying astringent (but not bad) finish. Fairly one dimensional, but clean, balanced and drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6293) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2007
330ml bottle. Copper coloured with a decent off-white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla oak. Flavour was very sweet with a hint of warming alcohol in the finish. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2008 RE-RATE: Bottle (330ml). Poured golden orange with a good sized, thick, frothy, white head which was fully lasting. A rich aroma with sweet buttery caramel malts, strong notes of creamy vanilla, oak, tangerines, English style marmalade and some light notes of banana cake. Flavor was a mild hop bitterness with smooth buttery caramel, vanilla oak, creamy toffee, a touch of butterscotch, mandarin, light notes of pears and a nutty/biscuity finish. Very well hidden alcohol. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry/creamy mouthfeel and a good lasting finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2377) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Decent sized fluffy white head of fine bubbles. Nice continuous carbonation. Strong vanilla and oak aroma with a hint of bourbon. Also some sweet butterscotch. Color is a crystal clear brownish orange. Lively in the mouth with lots of sweet malts. Lots and Lots of butter. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of butter. But this sort of melds with the vanilla and bourbon nicely. Noticable alcohol presence and actually seems stonger than it actually is. Finishes smooth and creamy with a lingering vanilla taste. A decent brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1031) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Nice in that it is more subtle than most of the oak aged monsters I’ve had. Where those tend to leave a bitter hop/wood combo here we have a more mellow wood effect, not unlike what you’d expect from a smoother bourbon. Some candy sweetness. Overall I think it was just a tad thin and needed just a bit more oomph.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
popkow (286) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Clear bottle poored a copper fluid with clear body. The tast of vanilla with a hint of honey left me asking for some bitterness. The body was medium and finsih was smooth but sweet taste left me wanted something more acidic or bitter.


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