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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1185   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.""""


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10023) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2007
Bottled, 330ml, pasteurised. Burnt orange with little lasting head. Strangely I had a light deposit with mine when I poured it. Mellow, smooth flavours synonimous with aged beers, though sweeter than most. There are woody, vanilla notes to the fore with a touch of whisky about it. Malty in a warming way, maybe a little cloying, but a decent enough beer.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 A good one for the Summer. Burnt amber in appearance, with little head. The aroma didnít hit me but the flavours did! A wonderful infusion of vanilla, malt and whiskey, with a hint of sweetness. It is a crisp, refreshing ale, with flavours bursting on the taste buds. The best thing about this ale is the warm glow left on the palate and its lingering flavours that stay with you for some time. Definately one to serve chilled.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2007
A clear bottle always makes me nervous, and this beer was somewhat skunky. So this review might be considered atypical, but not unfair -- if you use a clear bottle, you take your chances. It had a golden pale caramel color, with some malty aroma finding its way through the skunkiness. There wasnít a lot of flavor -- a little oak up front, but otherwise this struck me as a fairly standard Euro-lager. The finish was smooth and clean. Average at best.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JesseM (1150) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Pours a dark orange, brown colour, with very little head which is odd. Smells strange, malts, alcohol, I guess the strange aspects come from the "oak-aging" in barrels used to make scotch. Taste is strong, very little hops or even malts, all I could taste at first was alcohol and whisky. Itís pretty alcoholic tasting for something thatís only 6.6%, which isnít all THAT much. Thereís some vanilla and caramel notes hidden amongst the woody-barrel and scotch tastes. Aftertaste is sweet and bordering on pleasant. The aroma is kind of getting on my nerves. Seems like they might have gone a little overboard on the whisky aspect, which kind of leaves me feeling like if you want to something that tastes like whisky then just drink whisky, and leave the poor vat of beer alone. This beer costs more and is not worth it in the end IMHO. Iím not proud, but this was my first serious DRAIN POUR.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cream soda color with a sliver of a head and not a whole lot of carbonation. Nose is wood over a beery scent. Flavor is sweetened oak muting the underlying funk/beer notes. I enjoyed the flavors stemming from the time spent in the oak barrels, however, I was disappointed in the overall beery flavors. It was balanced but leaned to the caramel tones. This beer has potential and maybe if it is fresh, it is much better. Additionally, at $5 a bottle, I rather doubt I will be experimenting with this beer again in the future.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
cgarvieuk (14082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2007
While this smells quite nice (vanilla smokey) and has an interesting flavour(sweet vanilla, and fruity) to start with i found it really quite clawing by the end and struggled to finnish it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (3229) - Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Color is a beautiful honey-amber, promising a good ale experience. Aroma has strong fruity overtones. Flavor has a brandy-like bite, but is otherwise fairly typical of a good ale, with smoky/burnt undertones and just a hint of apple or pear. Smooth yet edgy, this is a beer made for sipping rather than guzzling.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4786) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2007
330 ml bottle. A crystal clear, golden brown beer. Thin beige head quikly reduced to a ring of foam. Prominent sweet whiskey aroma. Also hops, honey, sweetish fruits and toffee. Taste is sweet and malty with a wooden note. A decent hopbitterness makes up for the liqueur-ish mouthfeel. Good body. A bit on the sweet side for my tastebuds. Nevertheless, a nice one!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2658) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 7, 2007
Honey and oak aroma, very pleasant, honey-amber colour with a small head. Smooth on the tongue and has a subtle hint of hops and malt, I found the alcohol to be disguised well and it had a very soft finish, enjoyable and would buy again

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4320) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours tea-colored into a shaker. Bright white conglomerate head with excellent retention. Vanilla and whiskey aromas. Smooth with whiskey front to back. Different palate - somewhere between soft and crisp. Lasting oak, caramel, vanilla and hops finish. Slight alcohol burn.


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