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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 873   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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1826) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2011
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Cola appearance, mild rum, malt an aroma. Rum and coke flavour, although less sweet, with a spicy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
norefundpolicy (7) - - FEB 2, 2011 does not count
Served cold from 33cl bottle into a 50cl pilsner glass. Good foamy head, gradually fades to thin lasting head. Amber, nicely colored. Smells of caramel, cinnamon, wood, and wintery spices. Taste is complex. Up front bursts of citrus and cola, malty spicy middle, and finish of dark spiced rum. Well balanced, between malt and hops. Too much going on with the taste to be highly drinkable. A solid base hit, but no home run.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3801) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2011
330ml bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours dark brown with a lingering, beige head. Aroma of strong roasted and caramel malts, oak, spice, and the rum. Flavor is really complex with the roasted malts, then the spice, and then the oakiness. Thick texture. A really interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grima (2080) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2011
Dark brown beer with a little foam. Smells like caramel malt aroma, slightly chocolatey. Delicate Rum nuances come through as well. The beginning part shows already much more of the rum flavoring. It also tastes very caramelly, a little chocolate comes through here. Overall, the beer is very sweet. The aftertaste is also very influenced by rum, this note resonates long. The further course is somewhat woody, the rum notes, however, remains dominant. Rarely have I drunk a beer that takes the cask note like this. The finish looks alcoholic-warming. For a cold, rainy winter day like today, this beer is just perfect!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Suddles (1) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2011 does not count
The single most exquisite beer I have ever tried. I joined this site solely to praise this beer. I should mention I am not a rum drinker, whisky being my drink of choice. Where has this beer been hiding all my life. I have been given a lavish selection of beers to give feedback on and would happily trade them all for a second bottle of this! Absolutely delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ingevara (788) - SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2011
Kryddig! my wife said when she sipped it, and I agree. An unusually spiced beer, but it doesn’t really feel like rum. Perhaps the combination with maturation process and the restrained hoppyness. A successful experiment, this one, fruity and spicy but still heavy bodied and convincing in the whole spectrum. Like!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tkrjukoff (4022) - SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2011
Pours deep ruby mahogany with a rich tanned head leaving very small lacing. Aroma is sourish, malty, rum and a bit smoked with tones of caramel/fudge. Crispy sweet mouthfeel. Fruity acidy, crispy, sweet, rummy flavor. Medium body. Sourish flat palate. Finishes thin with shortlived acidy bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2011
The burn umber colored body was clear, and topped with a one fingered head, leaving lots of sticky lace. The smell was very peaty and smoky, and clearly evocative of Scotland. The taste was very rich, as the notes of chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar derived from both the malts, and the rum, blended well with smoke, peat, and vanilla. The beer was rich and velvety in the mouth, but could have used a bit more heft in the body. A good representative of the style, with a compatible aging method that does not call too much attention to itself.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1910) - New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Poured s clear medium smber hue with a slightly off white head. No retention snf mild lace at best.Aroma had a good caramel malt profile, and a added sweetness to it. Some wood notes to it. Flavor had a good caramel malt profile wood notes were great and a added hint of sweetness from the rum cask i suspect. A nice warming quality in the finish. Hops were mildly present, but enough to balance out the sweetness. Only disappointment was the body was watery.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2011
Old rate. 330ml bottle from LCBO. Deep ruby-chestnut colour, smallish puffy off-white head that lasts well and laces. Sweetness predominates the aroma, some dried fruit some musty woody rum-like, brown sugar tones and caramel. Caramel malts with some rum-wood tastes, light hop balance, slick mouth feel, sweet wet finish. It’s decent but like many of these Innis & Gunn beers, it feels a little too one dimensional and forgettable.


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