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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thebeerdude (30) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 330ml bottle. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Appearance is dark brown and pours a thin white head. Taste is very rich, sweet and spiced and slightly bitter, could taste the rum, very pleasing when enjoyed cold as suggested on the bottle, a creamy texture with medium carbonation. Would definitely enjoy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2119) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
330ml bottle from LCBO.
Appearance : Clear dark amber with small head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Quite fruity and spicy. Liqueurish with notes of oak.
Taste : Spicy and fruity with notes of rum. Not much alcohol. Finish nicely fruity and spicy with liqueurish notes. Nice fruits on finish too. Light caramel/toffee too. Woody. Light citrusy notes.
Overall : Enjoyable beer overall. Nothing outstanding but nice wood and rum presence. Quite drinkable and even refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (8000) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle @ Voldby beerfest. Pours dark amber with a white head. Aroma of malt, vanilla, aok, rum. Taste is malt, vanilla, raisins, oak, rum, spices. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. 270811

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vignale (2630) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2011
Maltig men med något lätt kropp och tydliga spår av ekfatslagringen i form av ek- och söta romaromer. Lite obalanserad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Ar: Vanilla and brown sugar, a touch of skunkiness. Ap: Deep ruby red, clear - medium tan head with good retention and sudsy lacing. T: Full round maltiness up front, with brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and some dark caramel - very luscious malt character, with nice barrel notes - finish has a touch of butter and spicy hops. P: Medium carbonation, with a full and silky texture, some slickness on finish. O: Very deep and rich malt character - barrel notes are really nice, adds a lot of attractive complexity without any harsh booziness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flying_pig (1192) - SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 Bottle (330ml poured into a snifter):
A lot of oak & vanilla & brown sugar which although strong is blended well. There is also some sweet malts and the tiniest of alcohol notes.
Reddish mahogany with a light, tan brown & bubbly head. Retention of about 30 seconds.
A warm, sweet vanilla flavour upfront that is closely followed by lots of oak and some spices. There may be some caramel in there too but it’s hard to tell, although there is some faint butterscotch & touches of alcohol.
A good amount of carbonation & very smooth, with a creamy texture. Medium to heavy in body and leaves a smooth but slightly metallic aftertaste.

To be honest I was expecting something more from this one & felt that it failed to deliver although it was by no means a bad beer, just not one I’m likely to drink/buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
reggiedunlop (3491) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours a very clear ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma is very skunky...reminds me of skunk cabbage...hint of underlying vanilla and rum but not that pleasant of an aroma. Flavor is slightly better...hint of spiced rum and dry oak...underlying caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is watery and the finish is very oaky and dry. Not nearly as good as the regular version!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Darker in color than the others, this is also quite nice. A small smokiness to it, it has a nice flavor that isn’t too sweet or sugary. Quite drinkable, it does seem a bit cheeky almost (weird to say for a beer I know, but that’s what it makes me think). Still pretty good though, esp. for having a white bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RD400F (219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Aroma: Similar to I&G Canada Day ’11. Bubblegum, toffee, oak, boozey. A bit floral and spicy, some citrus fruits. Appearance: Beer to trappist glass. Transparent blood red, very little but chunky head formation that rapidly diminished. Taste: Hmm, flavour components are similar to I&G regular and Canada Day ’11 but they are slightly different too. There’s definitely a rum/whisky thing going on here, the taste going down and aftertaste being the most noticeable. Definite spices, various woods and toffee, it’s nice, but a little subdued. Palate: A little bit on the watery side, could be a little more carbonated. Flavours are well balanced however. Overall: I really enjoy Innis and Gunn’s beers and I haven’t had one that’s mindblowing per se, but they are all very nice to drink. Here I am writing this up and the thing that’s going through my mind is "maybe I should buy a case of this?".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chefelf (55) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2011
This was a lot better than I’d been expecting. It’s very smooth for the high ABV. The flavor of the rum and oak is more subtle than I thought it would be. I’d recommend this beer for a cold winter night. I had it on a warm night in August. It was good but probably best on its own and after dinner.

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