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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1138   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.""""


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
Clear 33cl. Delicate light auburn, filtered, raising a lasting egg shell film. Initial faint skunkiness quickly fades to leave a rather balanced oak-malt show that if anything, could be a little less grainy. Like seemingly always, the maltiness seems a bit thinned out from the maturing process, though the imparted oak flavors are well integrated, making for an original vanilla laden nose that contains a minty aspect that shares its nature through both the hops and wood derivatives in a pleasant way. Warming, it develops soft nutty fruitiness, slightly husky at that. It seems as if the basic reipe might be extremely sweet to begin with. Sea air, oranges, barrel notes grow slightly astringent and tart as it warms. Minor alcohol warming, mostly subtle hops. Rather dull textured, likely pasteurised and thin, though the carbonation sustains the little rotting honey dry-out effect there is.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (4824) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2006
330 ml clear bottle, at Cardinal, Stavanger. Beautiful golden brown colour. Large and creamy off-white head, long lasting, decent lacing. Unusual aroma and flavour, very woody, Scotch whisky elements, but also notes of toffee, vanilla, cinnamon - and even shrimp and the dark meat of crabs(!). Relatively sweet, but the finish and aftertaste are woody, dry and hoppy. Something out of the ordinary, and I have trouble deciding how well I really like this beer. Definitely worth a try!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2006
An orangey amber with a decent head of off-white foam. Aroma is strong caramel, vanilla, and toasted oak. Flavor is lighter than expected as well as a relatively thin body and some overbalancing acidity. WEAK!!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
onystrom (1316) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2006
Beautiful clear amber color with great head. Slightly watery with a fine taste of hops and malt.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Surprisingly uninteresting. Oak can dominate the flavor of the beer, so can a whiskey keg. The result is a beer with almost no complexity. Slightly skuniked in the nose, maybe from the clear bottle, but also sweet and fruity. Taste of vanilla and oak, sugar and skunk. A little thin ... On balance, the nose was the best part.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2006
Poured from the bottle, amber with a little carbonation and a large pillowy and airey head (which displayed some lacing). Very much a smokey and peaty aroma similar to whiskey, but there is a beery sweet maltiness beneath this as well. Definite oak on the palate, but also sweet caramal and dry finish. I acknowledge the distinctiveness of the beer they have created, but not being a great appreciator of whiskey, I am unable to rate it any higher than average.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2113) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 330 ml bottle. Clear brownish golden. Thick fine-laced head that clings to the glass. Rich malty aromas with a strong vanilla note. Caramel pudding. The aroma is quite unique. Hop bitterness at the front of the tongue - enhanced by the high carbonation level. Rich caramel flavour. It feels quite sweet in the mouth, but there are enough hops here to balance most of it. Very drinkable even though the alcohol level is rather high. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2006
clear reddish-amber colour with a little foam formed of big bubbles; rich honeyish and flowery aroma; full-bodied, some initial sweetness soon followed by a tart bitterness, dry and long hoppy finish with strong woody and honeyish notes - complex and beautiful; thanks to fiulijn for this one

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Nice looking bottle and label, seems strange to put it in clear glass bottle.I hope it is not sun-struck. Pours Amber, halcyon, and unclouded. Small ,dense ivory coloured head. The nose is both sweet and oakish, a back ground of hops and banana and citrus, sort of a weird combo but it works. Taste is agreeable and mellow, almost cream like in texture on first sip.Caramel, vanilla and yes, oak, come through strongest followed by the carbonation and a earthy bitter grass/lemon taste.the transition back to unctuous is not that smooth, but the finish is thick on the tongue and very candy like. This is a good beer, worth our time to find and try.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; exp 09/11/2006 ]
A mostly lasting large creamy white head that tops up a clear medium orange /copper body. Moderate lacing. No particules. Heavy filtration. Aroma is heavy nutty while hops are very faint lemon / lime. Also, there are evident traces of toffee and excessive notes of vanilla from barrel aging. Initial flavor is heavily sweet /nutty and gets confirmed and reinforced in the development. Finish is long and sweet. medium to full body... creamy texture... Soft carbonation...


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