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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1201   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.""""


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Marietta, Ga. - Bullocks Wine and Spirits - 11.2 fl oz bottle. Sparkling medium copper pour, tight white head. Intoxicating aroma of vanilla and smoked oak. Sweet flavor - pick up some vanilla, marshamllows and a hint of scotch. Very smooth and drinkablle and could turn cloying if not careful - but does not. Thick, creamy mouthfeel - very clean tasting. I really enjoyed this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scanovajr (627) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JUN 14, 2007
Bottled. Amber color with a nice creamy head. Aroma is oak. Taste is sweet, malty and wood. Nice mouthfeel. Dry and alcoholic end. Nice beer

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a foamy white head and great lacing. Disregarding the use of clear glass, the bottle is rather attractive. Smell: This aroma is all about the whiskey. Soft touches of buttered bread, wood, and sugary vanilla are also evident. Taste: The whiskey quality shows up as soon as you open the bottle, and as soon as it touches your tongue. Features some malty caramel, lemon, and pepper with a mountainous amount of oak in the flavor. Finish is distinctly wooden, with strong notes of vanilla bean. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Amply carbonated. Drinkability: A singularly unique beer thatís best enjoyed slowly.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobaidan (508) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Pours crystal clear copper with a small head. Aroma at first was skunk, but quickly changed to whiskey and port.Flavor is mostly sweet with nice oak and vanilla touches. Extremely easy to drink. I really really enjoyed this.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle poured a clear amber with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, oak and vanilla. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of oak, carmel, vanilla, light whiskey and light toffee with a smooth lingering finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HapyAcid (4) - IRELAND - JUN 7, 2007 does not count
33cl bottle poured half filled into 33cl glass with stem, 07/06/07. Served at room temperature. Appearance: Golden brown, rich and clear. Large thick white head reduces to a small light white head after two minutes which then holds up for duration of tasting. Aroma: Noticed while pouring, vanilla, vanilla, vanilla! Toffee aslo noticed in the background. Taste: Oak is there but again vanilla rules over. Toffee noted again along with very slight citrus bite. Slight fizz but generally a very smooth beer. Verdict: A smooth, warm beer with lots of character.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10210) - 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 (1151) - 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.


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