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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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.""""


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Clear straw color, with minimal but lasting head - very oaky, vanilla aroma, with touches of whiskey, buttered toast - very distinctive oak and whiskey character in the flavor, but not an overwhelming one like in a lot of beers aged in barrels - somewhat bready but overly sweet - honey and spice in the finish - it’s a shame they filter and pasturize this; it would probably be a hell of a lot better if they didn’t.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
Bottled. Copper color with poor head. Malty and sweet aroma featuring vanilla, citrus and grain whisky. Sweet flavor of grainy whisky and resinuous hops. Whisky, pepper and woodiness in the finish. Distinctive but not overpowering whisky character.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2006
11.2oz bottle, Bordeaux glass, bbe 16/06/07. A restrained layer of frothy white foam forms--after some vigorous coaxing--over a deep brass hue of crystal clarity. The scent upon opening the bottle, and for the first few minutes in the glass, is strongly dominated by that insidious mammal...the skunk. At least they’re using real hops. That aroma dissipates to some extent after a few minutes of breathing but never vanishes in entirety. Caramel, toffee and white bread sweetness are the simple malt offerings. A strong grassy aroma is quite pervasive and leans into a bright, perfumed, oak presence. Perhaps a slight nuttiness escapes around the edges. Forward sweetness is grainy, thick with caramel and bread. The sharpness of the oak’s perfumed nature never seems to manifest itself in the flavor and the beer is rather severely denatured of almost any acidity--a touch of lemon peel perhaps entering in the finish. The aftertaste is long winded and grassy with a thick sweetness remaining upfront. Oak flavors are intertwined throughout and likely the only well done aspect of this whole show. A bit thicker and fuller than water, the mouthfeel is a bit flat, though there is a rather sticky quality to the texture. Carbonation is reserved though, I imagine, bursting for a beer from that side of the pond. If it weren’t skunked and dead this might manage ’oddly interesting’...as it stands...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1850) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2006
Pours a transparent copper body, accompoanied by a medium sized beige head. Aromas are malty, woody, some alcohol (whisky). Taste is bitter, lots of woody and whisky flavours. Some caramel malt to semi balance. Thin bodied. Watery mouthfeel. Nutty aftertaste.

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
TheJester (1726) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Aroma is very distinctive, in a good way. Flavour much sweeter than I remember. In a bad way. In fact, it’s kinda overwhelming.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle. Amber color (clear bottle) with a thick white head. Aroma is a bit smokey. The body is medium to heave, with a good balance of hops and malt.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Furseth (1928) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2006
Bottle: Yellow/Red colour,with a creamy white foam. Aroma of bitter hops and flower, oak barrell,honey. The mouth feeling of a mix of whisky and a bitter beer.Medium bitterfinish. Medium body. It was to mutch barrel for me, but give me some time, and I will Re rated it .Maybe my upinion will cange(?)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2006
Bottled. Lovely clear amber color, with a white ample foamy head leaving some lace. Surprisingly sweet aroma of malts, fruity hops, malt whiskey, and a very distinct whiff of vanilla. Fruity, malty flavor with caramel and oak, slightly dryer than aroma. A hefty kick of the same sweet vanilla in the finish. Malts and oak linger in aftertaste. Medium body, clean mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Altogether, a lot sweeter than I’d expected, but excitingly different and quite enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with JoeMcPhee! - Thanks Joe! - Poured amber fairly clear with a pretty nice offwhite head that stayed briefly but laced a little. Aromas of vanilla, oak, and a touch of caramel. Also some vegetal aroma there as well. Flavor contains vanilla, oak, caramel, and a touch of hops on the finish. Overall quite malty though and you can tell it was in the barrel. Palate is smooth and almost buttery.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle, best before June 24, 2006. Poured a clear amber with a large fizzy white head. Sharp aroma of metallic grass, with some vanilla upon further inspection. Flavor is soft and smoky, with some light grassy hops and a slight blended scotch whiskey burn. Body is very soft with moderate carbonation. An ok beer. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but not particularly memorable, either. Probably could be considered a good value for the price.


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