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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

bottled
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RATINGS: 1014   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Originally brewed at Belhaven for Innis & Gunn. Production moved to Wellpark - date unknown.
NOTE: This is the same beer as the Oak Aged Beer Rum Finish. According to Innis & Gunn "they are the same beer, the process changed slightly so we changed the name. But the recipe is the same."

Has also been seen at 6.8%
Ingredients: Golden Promise and Crystal malt; Phoenix hops.
We are delighted to present this unique limited bottling of Innis & Gunn finished in oak barrels which previously contained navy rum. Maturation in special oak barrels imparts Navy rums with the sweet, spicy character for which they are renowned. We have long wondered what flavours might be imparted to our beer by finishing it in these same barrels and earlier this year we decided to find out. We brewed a special batch of Innis & Gunn beer and matured it in oak for 60 days. Every single drop spent half of that time in American oak barrels before being refilled into selected navy rum barrels to finish the lengthy maturation. Once the beer had absorbed the unique character the barrels were emptied, the beer blended and then maturation continued for a further 47 days until all of the flavours had married together and mellowed. We think the result is absolutely delicious!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown, somewhere between rust and garnet, with fleeting khaki head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, cola, a hint of oak/vanillin, some molasses and rum. The flavor is very caramelly with some wood and molasses notes. The finish is a bit spicy. Not as complex as I was hoping. Ok, though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
(11.2oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, oak, rum, vanilla, golden raisins, and cinnamon. Flavor of honey, oak, caramel, and toffee.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2601) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2012
From the 25 ouncer. It pours a darker amber with loads of off-white, creamy head and upwardly bound carbonation bubbles moving nice and slow. The short description of the aroma is clean. But in more detail there is a mellow caramel sweetness, brown sugar, and a tick of hard liquor (rum). The body is medium to bold. The taste is incredibly sweet for a clear bottle of beer aged in rum barrels. I am always concerned about clear bottles but nothing offensive here. There is a vaguely boozy finish but all in all it is sweet and malty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2012
From an 11.2 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a Sam Smithís pint glass.

A: Clear brown with minimal carbonation activity, very little tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Really oaky with hints of rum and brown nuts, very slight dark fruits. It smells good but Iím not too keen on it.

T: Tastes lot like a brown ale with nuts making the flavor with oak flavors through out. Slight spices and a slight rum flavor. The oak flavor is subtle but takes the palate overall leaves a cigar type taste when all is said and done.

M: Medium bodied, with light carbonation.

O: Thereís a lot going on here, itís worth a shot if you find a single of it. I wouldnít buy a 4 pack, but itís good enough to buy once.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edgallow (2889) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 12 oz bottle pours amber with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt and a hint of rum. Taste was of malt and a subtle sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4089) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Strong aroma is rather sweet and has a definite overtone of rum-soaked wood, as well as caramel and malty notes. It pours a beautiful clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fluffy pale tan head. Sublime flavor has tones of rum, caramel, malt and wood, and is rather sweet but not cloying. Full-bodied, syrupy texture has just a little fizz, though. A truly satisfying beer to be sipped and savored.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Ok, this one didnít come in the box... in fact, was a B1G1 at Consumers, but hey, Iím always looking for a bargain, so I grabbed 4 bottles, knowing it was a deal. I was just a tad bit disappointed with the first bottle. The flavor was nice, the pour was dark... I just, I donít know... expected more. Maybe Iíve been drinking too many heavier Belgians... this just seemed kind of lacking. But I really think thatís just where my palate is right now and not the quality of the beer. I look forward to enjoying the rest of my bargain.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (794) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 0.33 bottle. Malty aroma with a predominant scent of vanilla and banana accompanied by some wood/earthy undertones strong enough to summon an impression of cask-drinking. Clear, brown color with some dark red hue and an average off-white head of rather mediocre retention. Flavor is remarkably sweet with some bitter addition. Medium body and slightly creamy texture which is nicely emphasized by a very soft, almost flat carbonation. I would classify finish as sufficient, because as it lacks neither strength nor balance it doesnít impress with its length. I must say that the commercial description as well as label and color bring in mind a taste just like the one experienced. Nice and so to say straight-forward beer whose only shortcoming so far is being slightly too watery.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeliriumT (391) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2012
Iím truly astounded by the low ratings for this beer. This beer is much darker than itís "original" counterpart and offers much more caramel flavour. However, just like the "original" it offers a strong vanilla flavour. There is a cinnamon-like spiciness on the nose and it washes down smoother than silk. All round fantastic Scottish beer which rivals many of the Brewdog creations.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ReV2 (165) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2012
Pours flat with an oily appearance and a strange colo(u)r for a beer, overdosed on caramel colouring maybe? I suppose youíve got to like rum to like this beer as itís there in the background but not overly so. Oak resin, peat & vanilla dominate. Not very well balanced, sweet and cloying. A beer concocted by market men not brewers, however I did want to like this beer and bought a couple more bottles to lay down but itís not a pleasant drinking experience for me, sorry.


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