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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 926   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!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
11.2oz bottle, best before Feb 2012. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours clear red/copper with a two finger off white head that leaves some bubbly walls of lacing and holds a creamy cap.

Aroma is bread, toast, some caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, some raisins and dark fruits, a bit of herbal hops. Good strength.

Flavor is sweet rum, vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, a touch of earthy hops, and a hint of alcohol on the finish. Rather sweet, overall.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with good carbonation.

A tasty and unique brew and I’ll have to check out the regular version sometime in the near future. Boo to the clear bottles, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1886) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2011
Orange colour with a medium off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, oak and notes of butterscotsch. Sweet taste of caramel, oak and vanilla. Sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (6603) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. The aroma is caramel, light oak and dark fruit. The flavour is oak, dark fruit and caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
A - Fruity, caramel and slight rum A - Dark copper with thin white head T - nice full light sweetness with slight sour P - Medium to full body with soft carbonation O - Really nice strong ale

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniel0017 (398) - Yukon, CANADA - JUN 3, 2011
Appearance of a carbonated beer: Short bubbly head, tan body. Flavor is exquisite but falls out of the ’beer’ category IMHO ’notes of rum’ literally means ’this beer is actually a form of weak rum but with velvety, buttery creaminess and addictive potential’. The aroma is wow. The mouthfeel is creamy. A very good pseudo-brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (6304) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Clear amber colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, wood, malt, spice and rum.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
anthony left this at matt’s place at a tasting so we finally decided we had to drink it (being in a clear bottle and all). Are they sure that this is beer? Tannic and sweet... Ice tea like. Creamy body finishes slightly bitter. Tastes like a mixed drink. I guess there’s some tanins from the wood, but it hasn’t helped this beer in the slightest.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
gilvanblight (801) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
Caramel pour with a light head. Interesting scent. A touch of hops and something minty? Thick caramel and soyish taste. The best Innis and Gunn beer I have had. The taste is very overpowering and distinct. Still seems too strong and too overpowering, not balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thewade (328) - USA - MAY 28, 2011
This one was pretty good to me. Like the smell. Easy drinking. Faint rum smell/taste. good brew

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7235) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle. Low but lasting creamy off-white head. Clear and good looking red brown body. Mild and sweet caramel honey malty alcohol aroma. Cocoa caramel honey and dry wood notes whereas I cannot taste the rum, possibly my fault. Low carbonation. Short aftertaste. Pleasant, smooth and well balanced. Alcohol well hidden, the beer is just a bit too sweet for my taste.


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