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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 933   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chefelf (55) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2011
This was a lot better than I’d been expecting. It’s very smooth for the high ABV. The flavor of the rum and oak is more subtle than I thought it would be. I’d recommend this beer for a cold winter night. I had it on a warm night in August. It was good but probably best on its own and after dinner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Tasted on 8/10/11 from a 330mL bottle purchased at Lush West Town. Pours clear, but very dark, amber with a very thick off-white head that slowly recedes to uneven lace, with a bit of residue left along the inside of the glass. The nose is nutty, somewhat roasted malt with some vanilla oak notes, and lightly spicy green hops. The flavor is sweet with light molasses rum, vanilla oak, caramel, maple, nutty malt, and some lightly bitter hops. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long lightly nutty and oaky vanilla rum finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a viscous basically flat rich amber with a small white fizzy head. Aroma is richly sweet, caramelly, toffee, bit of cat piss stinky hops, very nice rum note, there is that great spice note that usually doesn’t work with beer but it does here. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, with some added cola, rum in the finish, with some lingering butter/toffee. Body is still a bit sticky and viscous.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours a deep golden color with a small off white froth. Aroma is sweet and malty, lots of vanilla, some dark fruits, a bit of oaky wood and some sweet candyish caramel. Flavor starts sweet with vanilla again prominent, the rummy character is prevalent, picking up some toffee and a bit cola-ish in the finish since its so sweet. Finishes a touch bitter but still mostly sweet. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Cant quite decide how I feel about the strong rummy-ness. Its really sweetens it up, the rating may change over time

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2011
Dark red with a medium and dense beige head with average retention. Aroma is toasted malt, nutty, wood, a hint of smoke, peat, herbal notes and a tiny hint of burnt sugar. Flavor is toasted malt, nuts, wood, a hint of rhum, herbal notes, a touch of burnt sugar and a moderately bitter finish with warming alcohol. Medium body with a silky mouthfeel. and average carbonation. Pretty good beer overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2011
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012 Bottle. Pours dark amber with a fluffy, off-white head that leaves almost no lacing. Mild rum is all over the aroma, plus some sweet malt, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Flavor is vanilla and oak, some caramel and toffee. Palate is a bit watery. Finish is long and sweet, slightly medicinal.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Looks good. Has a nice lasting head, decent enough packaging. I also have a cool I&G glass. The aroma is of vanilla, oak, rum, oak, toffee, oak, and boozy beer. The taste starts out ok. Its sweet but not too heavy. As the beer gets warmer, its starts to get wretched. Not a fan. Sweet nasty puke beer. Wow. This went from good to bad in a hurry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2322) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Unusual wood/smokey/skunky nose. (clear bottle). Very nice looking red-tinged, dark. Rich mouthfeel, thick, graham crackers, touch of rum and booziness. I’ve liked each bottle of this more than the one before, a bit of complexity and subtlety going on here.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (11319) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2011
Copper with a small white head. Aroma of malt, toffee and fruit. Sweet malty flavour with toffee and caramel, a touch of oak and an apple fruity note.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (6259) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2011
7/25/11. 11.2oz bottle. Clear reddish pour with a small tan head that’s gone fast. Sweet caramel aroma with some oak and barrel characteristics - wood, vanilla, sweet rum - mixed with definite skunk. Sweet caramel flavor dominates with a touch of plasticy smoke and lingering oak... but not much else. Eh.


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