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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (676) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
Why the glass bottles?? sigh. This is actually quite enjoyable. Pouts totally clear mahogany. Some head, but it doesnít last too long. Aromas - like a lot of their beers its got a sweet caramel/butterscotch front to it. This one seems especially syrupy although that could be an artifact of the rum cask. The rum really adds an exotic twist to it - maybe even something like coconut in there? I could be imagining it. Itís a bit like a belgian dubbel in some ways. Itís not often I say this but I would really prefer this more carbonated - as it is its a bit sticky and heavy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (757) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2011
12 oz bottle pours a brown, amber color with a small white head that goes away quickly. Aroma of vanilla, rum Medium body with flavors of malt, molasses and the rum comes in at the end. An interesting beer

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a clear 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has the abv listed at 7.4% and the back label has a short description. Appearance: The body has a beautiful deep reddish amber color with good clarity. On top of this beer there is a small creamy off white head. This small covering soon fades to a thin ring of slick lacing. Smell: There is a delicate sweet grain and bready base with mellow vanilla, woody oak, and caramel. Taste: On a light thin palate in get nice light bready and sweet grain character. Inside of it are delicate hints of the caramel and oak with notes of vanilla and spicy sweet rum. On the back end there is a light kiss of herbal hop bitterness. It is smooth lightly carbonated and watery on the tongue. Notes: I love the flavor and balance of all its very subtle complexity but it just lacks depth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4354) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Pours deep, dark, ruby-tinged mahogany into a snifter. White head with little retention recedes to hug rim leaving scant spots. Sour molasses aromas. Sweet caramel and molasses upfront turning to slight rum and oak in the medium length finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle from Dobbies (where the f**kís my presentation box??). Pours clear ruby under a slim tan lid. Naughty, buttery shortbead dipped in Bourbon and coke aroma. Flavour-wise, nothing really happening but oak; waffles and cream, custard, coke spiciness..more bourbon than rum to me but then Iíve never tasted rum that tastes of anything but...pain. No alcohol discernible. Works well chilled- straight out of the fridge, clear glass and all. Itchy carbonation ill-suited to the flavours on show. Something of an alcobeer, but drenched with attractive oak flavours. Definite guilty pleasure.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4158) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Definitly worth trying. Clear, 330ml bottle. Cola colored, with a thin almond colored head. Aroma of hickory wood coared with a splash of rum. Kinda boozy, some butterrum candy, vanilla, coconut, and wood all in the nose. First sip leaves the impression of bread soaked in rum then dissolved in water. Flavor has a lot of caramel, lots of wood, Very watery texture, thin, with zero carbonation on the tongue. With that, Iím not sure how the head of foam lasts til the end. A mesmerizing journey. Nose is more impressive than the taste. Not outstanding over some of the greats. Definitly worth trying. 8,5,7,2,12 Jan.3.2011

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FatTony (175) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
12 ounce bottle- pours out a really beautiful auburn color with a thin white head, very attractive in a pub glass. Aroma was sweet, a quirky mix of wood and candied berries. Tastes of apples and brown sugar, very enjoyable. Mouth filling and smooth. A very nice brew with a wonderful potential, Iíll be looking for this one again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
330ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, vanilla, slight wood, and slight rum. Poured deep amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer as well as around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, light vanilla, slight wood, caramel, and sugar. Light to medium body. Thin, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, sugar, slight wood finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
peroskar (1) - SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2011 does not count
The rum taste really comes through, good or bad? I canít tell. Along with the high alcohol content I got the feeling of having mixed rum and beer. But it works, its pretty smooth, sweet and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Transparent gold amber, puffy white head, large bubbled. Caramel, bit of dry spiced oak, peppery, bit of diacetyl. Velvety body, thin with low carbonation. Flavor of tea, wood, light caramel and chocolate, bit of smoke ash-tray and more butter. Diacetyl actually plays well with the spiced quality, probably the only one at the tasting that enjoyed it a bit.


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