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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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.""""

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniel0017 (381) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Amber with frothy head. Hoppy aroma mixed with scotch whiskey. Well harmonized flavors of butter, oak, scotch and smoke with alcoholized aftertaste. Velvety richness throughout sampling. Always a favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
panderson (3) - CANADA - SEP 22, 2006 does not count
pours nicely with a nice high head that fades somewhat. Aroma: vanilla, scotch, butterscotch, wood. Taste: lovely scotch whisky with some woodiness and nicely hopped. This beer gets better each time I have it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
Aroma: Sweet vanilla, Skunk, floral hop character, diacetyl Appearance: Straw gold, tight bead that disappears quickly leaving little belgian lace. Flavour: Warming, hoppy, sweet malt and skunk, diacetyl, good bitterness Palate: Chewy, light bodied, prickly carbonation Overall: An interesting beer ruined by a poor cosmetic marketing decision. Skunk and diacetyl overwhelm the beer- the oak character is surpassed by skunk and diacetyl. As it warms the whisky character comes through, but it is fighting it’s way through the problems with this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle from LCBO. Clear copper colour with a medium white head that vanishes quickly. The aroma is earthy, with notes of cookies, caramel and wood. The aroma is similar, but with notes of vanilla and whiskey, but the whiskey is not as strong as when I first tasted it a year ago, it is milder that in my memories. Good brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Aroma is warm bread and sweet caramel with distracting hay notes. Body is a rich amber color and holds a lasting, two finger thick, white head. Fore is sweet malts and vanilla with ample wood and whiskey notes. It’s slightly light of body and the flavor concentration is not intense, but I liked it and I’d drink it again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
emjay (30) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours an orange copper color with a small head. The aroma is like sweet whisky and the only thing different about the flavor is the strong taste of wood. Yuck. While drinking this I was very thankful it was a fairly light bodied beer... a heavier beer tasting like this and I wouldn’t be able to finish it. It’s drinkable... but barely. There are just so many better beers that anybody can get for cheaper, so I’m staying away from this from now on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle: Pours a transparent light copper orange, with mild effervescence leaving a clingy-lacing airy white head. Aroma of sweet toasty British caramel malt has a touch of oak and butterscotch. Body starts with a nice, light sugary sweetness revealing some soft woody mellow oak before a drier toasty finish. This could be more assertive, but still has a unique flavor and is very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
330ml bottle, 6.6% a/v Pours a fiery orange colour with a slightly offwhite head. The smell is intensely citrus with notes of caramel and malt. Tastes malty with a whiskey hint from the barrel it is aged in. As brewgirlca said this beer could surely use more hops to balance the malt flavour. It is definetly a fine beer though!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2006
333 ml bottle. As a long time lover of fine single malt I was really looking forward to this beer. Despite some reviewers saying this tastes of whisky it does not; it is bland and sweet completely lacking in oak, smoke, or malt complexity that one would expect in a barrel aged beer. While one would not want much hop character in a whisky barrel beer there needs to be hop bitterness to carry the malt - this beer lacks that. It is unbalanced. It is easy to drink but boring and if I was not told it was an oak aged beer I would not know it to be other than a sweet Newcastlle Brown.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4032) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle 0,33l. Golden brown. A creamy lasting head leaving patterns on the glass. Some burntness in the aroma. A soft sweet flavour. You have a whisky feeling in the aftertaste. No bitterness. More peculiar than good.

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