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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1213   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2007
12oz bottle from Caponeís (Norristown, PA). Really nice bottle, despite the clear glass. Pours clear amber, with a moderate sized white head that fades quickly. Nice aroma of oak, brown sugar, and peat. The flavor is initially sweet caramel malt, then finishes with some mild hops. As the beer warms, some oaky, whisky flavors are present in the finish. Nothing exciting, but fairly refreshing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle from Caponeís. Medium copper pour with 1-finger off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of oaky, bourbony caramel malt, some tannins, and some British hops. Tastes scotchy, oaky bourbony, with decent caramel malt, some tannins, and hops. Medium palate heft that seems to water out a bit as it warms. Average at best.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arkolm (19) - USA - AUG 26, 2007
8/25/07 Sweet, tangy. Reddish amber out of a Riesling glass. Crisp, with a almost berry or citrus light smell to it. I donít taste the oak. Not much mouth, but good none the less. Went great with cheap pretzels I had, superbly in fact. Sourish towards the end buy overall I enjoyed this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Sweet entry and finish. Slightly peaty/smoky and a tad on the sour side too. Hadnít noticed that with this beer before, so this might be skunked. It looks good in the clear bottle though. Thin body, yes and mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired. I can imagine something like this would really come alive if served directly from the barrel.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Bottle sampled from Capones. pours golden with a decent size white head. Aroma of oak, honey, and liquor. the flavor is sweet, honey, oak, with a thin body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
12oz bottle from LCBO in Ontario. Pours a light straw with some decent lacing. Aroma is faint, but does have a hint of whiskey to it. The taste has more than a hint of the whiskey, although it is still a bit light overall. It does go down quite nicely.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Clear bottle. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, marshmallows, caramel, light oak and stale gummi bears. Tastes of vanilla, light wood, toasted malts, and caramel. Thinner body.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mhot55 (99) - USA - AUG 8, 2007
smell is wonderful- vanilla, oak, sherry. taste equals the smell, the subtleness of vanilla and sherry present but not overpowering. beer characteristics donít shine here- the undertones seem to be the flavors that are presented (again, not overpowering though.) Nice sipping beer, very mellow, almost like sipping a cognac. high alcohol is hidden. mouthfeel is pretty light."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrs77 (1) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007 does not count
I agree with the rest of the reviews...a good beer that doesnít live up to a great promise.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1965) - New York, USA - JUL 29, 2007
At the Brewhouse in Norwalk ct, Decent brew. Served from a bottle in large chalice glass. A clear copper color, minimal white head. Aroma was mostly malts, sweet caramel malts with some wood notes. Flavor was very rich with caramel and vanillia. Balanced out with an almost too subtle oak note, hops were very mild in the finish. A very smooth drink, but it did seem watery at times. Alcohol seemed lower then 6.6%.


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