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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 926   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!


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Thanks to Chris for this... Clear bright copper, light sticky tan head... Very light aroma, a bit of oak and rum... Rum soaked oak chips, way to sweet

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esp0r (2099) - NORWAY - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle enjoyed at home
Deep red/brown, thick tanned head. Beautiful look. Aroma of caramel, grain, hints of oak and alcohol. Taste is quite malty with tons of sweetness, also some sugary taste that could come from the rum casks. Also caramel. Finish has some bitterness but not much. As a overall comment i can see why they do this experiments, but the beer itself is not the most exiting, and some fancy oak barrels can not do more than marginal adjustments to a beer. The fine tuning here doesn’t help it up to the upper classes

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Raisins cooked in honey, laced in brown rum. This is obviously all sweetness, but the effervescence and relatively quiet finish make this dessert brew quite enjoyable, if not linear.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slim veil of foam covers the beautiful bronze twilight.
-Hops are a no show here.
-Alcohol hints appear once in a while, but they might come from the rum cask.
-The tiny, forceful bubbles actually work in this case to alleviate the sweetness.
-This might make rum drinkers like beer… But I’m not sure there ever was a reason to do this so…

Bottle. Thx Alex!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1108) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
330 mL. 7.4%. Pours a dark mahogany, coppery colour with a tan foam that bubbles away slowly. Aroma is roasted malts, oak, rum, and toffee. Taste is quite smooth, lightly hopped and rich in roast malt flavour. Finish is quite sweet, honey, toffee, and that oaky tinge as you swallow. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWS9 (504) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle. Dark ruby colour. Sweet malty aroma. Solid malt character, with caramel sweetness and mild booziness (rum?). Hides the extra alcohol fairly well. Nice one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Grabbed this because it was on discount. 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I’m not a fan of scotch ales, but I do love rum and barrel aged beers so I figured I’d give it a try. A - Pours a dark red/purple color. Looks almost black until its head up to the light. An aggressive pour yielded a good size head which lasted only a minute or so. Decent lacing/retention. S - Sweet malt, vanilla, and oak. There is slight hints of rum, but overall I just smell standard oak. T - Vanilla, oak, and malts blend together to form a somewhat one dimensional taste profile. The aftertaste is buttery and smooth, the high abv is hidden really well. Not a ton of flavor, but it is pleasant. O - I did somewhat enjoy this beer. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it had some nice flavors and I found it fairly easy drinking despite the big alcohol content. I was excited to see a rum aged beer, but I think I’d pass if I came across some more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeistAlmighty (1153) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
330ml bottle. Beautiful mahogany colour. Strong unique complex taste. With the rum/caramel, wood, spice and a little bit of smoke maybe there was a lot going on here. Very low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GTAEgeek (1286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2012 330 mL bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is molasses and cane sugar, fruity esters like apples and figs, oak, and alcohol. The flavor is intensely sweet from the front to the finish. The palate is light and a little sticky, with a faint alcohol warming. Overall, a mediocre beer, which seems to me a waste of a rum barrel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
It pours a dark brown color with a small off white head that just falls right away. On the nose I am getting mostly carmel, dark fruit,vanilla and a little oak. The flavor is dominated by mostly carmel,toffee and fruit, it has some spices picking up the rear. In addition to that it gives off some faint vanilla and oak notes. It does tend to be a little to sweet but maybe that is what is hiding the high abv. It finishes with a little sweet and some warmth from the alcohol but virtually no hops to speak of. I found the warmer it became the better it tasted. I would say overall not bad but nothing memorable either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2143) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle at home. Chestnut brown pour with a beige head. Strong caramel character with toffee, plum and molasses in the aroma. Vanilla, butterscotch and caramel flavours. Sweet. Quite smooth. Sweet finish.


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