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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 884   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 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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
330mL thanks to beerandblues2. Poured a deep amber with a wispy, off-white head. Aroma is diacetyl, sharp macro lager metals, old toffee and amber malts, pretty much has the exact same nose as regular Innis & Gunn Oak Aged. Taste is heavy butter, some whiskey. Really it comes across as Jack Daniels and soda. Palate is diacetyl heavy. Poor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (3132) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
Doesnít reach the same good taste as the regular oak aged version. A promising beer that falls short of the goal.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2011
Another Innis & Gunn that promises more than it delivers. Their base beers seem to be too drab to gain much from barrel maturation. The packaging is the best thing about the range, playing off a style made famous by the whisky industry. The beer is a deep rummy brown with a modest head. The aroma is very sweet - lots of candy sugar and some restrained oaky notes. Hints of rum but not too pronounced. Medium-bodied and oily. In the mouth thereís quince paste and some clove spiciness but overall itís thin and sweet. The alcohol is evident in a sharp, warming finish. (330ml bottle. BB Dec 2011)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10141) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
Bottled 330ml in presentation box from Sainsburys, Banbury. Poured Tawny brown but hard to muster up a head. Innis & Gunn aged beers are difficult to rate for me as the titles on the boxes are so intriguing so that the final results are largely disappointing. This is perhaps a little fuller than most but the depth appears to be butterscotch, caramel notes. The beer is fairly sweet, I get some astringency, woodiness, but the discovery is never a eureka moment. Just slightly on the dull side.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McGarnigle (551) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2011
I think this is the right one (Rum cask, 7.4%, 57 days?). Say what you want abut clear bottles, but this one looks great, with a classy label to boot. Clear mahogany, nice head. I get a whiff of skunk at first, but it doesnít come through on the tongue (it is a low hopped ale). Sweet, rummy, faint oak and low carbonation. Possibly not as rich as Iíd hoped, but good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Big, buttery rum character in the aroma. Big vanilla rather sweet flavor seems to have a slightly hollow mid-palate, but itís pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
330 ml bottle. Nose is aoky rum, brown sugar, toffee, hops. Tastes very oaky and bourbony, with notes of brown sugar, hops. The palate is medium in complexity and density, and this one gives a good strong oaky rum flavor, but doesnít rise to pinnacle of this style.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (9599) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of plum, butter, vanilla, and rum. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of wood, plum, butterscotch, vanilla, and rum. Light body, medium warmth and carbonation, and low creaminess with a sweet finish.


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