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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1010   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
annunz123 (924) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Bread, malt, and a little peat in the aroma. Pretty strong rum flavor, along with caramel and vanilla. Finish is a little harsh, but then again I think rum has a pretty harsh finish. Good, but a little less subtle than I expected and/or hoped

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear, dark ruby red with orange highlights, with a medium light tan head. Aromas of rum, vanilla, oak, some sweet malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet rum and oaky vanilla, slightly bitter, with notes of sugar cane, toffee, and vanilla in the finish. Easy-drinking; medium carbonation and medium/full body. Pretty tasty. [817]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aphelion1979 (172) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2011
Quite an interesting one this. Nice appearance and taste. strong rum flavours coming through off the barrels. very smooth, recommended, although very rich.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b79turner (241) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle at Rogue Tavern, pours an amber/brown color. Medium head, medium carbonation. Huge "barrel aged" flavor, togh to distinguish the rum. A nice alcohol burn, especially for only 7.4%ABV. Very nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6245) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
bottle, nice rusty orange brown color with creamy foam, aroma of rum and butterscotch, flavors of buttery dark rum, caramel, a little hot but not bad

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (499) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2011
Oaky, caramel malts, rum stickiness, creamy smooth moutfeel. Just didn’t feel a lot of depth behind the warm sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (901) - Friona, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pour of a dark copper with a tint of dark red producing a creamy soft head. Rounded nose of whiskey, vanilla, fig, raisin, and sweet Caramel hiding in the back, almost as if she knew my nose was coming to the party. When the flavors hit it reveals a quick dry note leading into raisin, fig, and ole whiskey to stir things up. Sweet caramel quickly comes to the rescue and sweetens things up. This one isn’t quite as it would appear as it is lighter on the palate. A very pleasing brew of sorts to my preferred liking. Sweet and robust yet somewhat mild.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11206) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber color. Cokkie caramel aroma with butter. malty sweet flavor with butter cookies, toffee and some rhum notes. Sticky mouthfeel. Slightly alcoholic finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2517) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle from Tesco
Appearance - Dark ruby brown, thin white head with moderate lacing.
Aroma - Molasses, rum, wood, hint of vanilla, smoke, dark berries, no hops. Fairly complex.
Taste - Unusual flavour of dark sugars, rum, oak, smoke, bit medicinal, hint of cake spices, bubblegum. Complex flavour.
Palate - Medium body, no bitterness, no hops, low carb. Finish is warming and a continous of the main taste. COnsiderably sweet.
Overall - This is very unusual. The base beer is very sweet with no hop presence. Interesting at first, but gets cloying by the end of the bottle, and I was getting a bit sick of it. It is slightly better, though, than the standard I&G.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (911) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2011
The thing that has disappoints me most about Innis&Gunn beers is their failure to keep a head. That said, this pours a beautiful dark red colour, and has more of the vanilla/oak taste that we are led to expect. I don’t get much rum flavour, which would seem to be the point of this one, but it’s less bland than their "original". Damned with faint praise, I know, but I would drink this again.


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