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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1023   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Dark brown but crystal clear with barely any head. Aroma is dark wood and rum. Medium body with more carbonation than the head would suggest. Flavor is woody and complex with barely enough sweetness for balance. Hard to describe, but really like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2011
An overrall boring beer and gave me a weird feeling, the aftertaste wanted me to throw up. Not a fan of this beer and i still don’t get how so many can like it here in sweden

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beardfear (87) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2011
Disappointing nothingness-head but an interesting black pour - particularly given there’s no dark malt used in the brewing process. Fragrant nose: wood and rum (unsurprisingly) but also overripe fruit, spice, fusel alcohol and a touch of smoke. The oak and rum are even heavier in the mouth, but tempered by some pleasant port flavours and a coat of vanilla in the finish. Medium body. An acquired taste... one that I haven’t acquired; but I got through it. Extra "overall" points for being positively interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (14420) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2011
Clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and rum. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 200711

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bax (1304) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2011
(Bottle 20/07-2011) Clear amber color, creamy balanced taste. Rather thin ale for cask aging, but they pull it off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2011
aroma is malt and oak, a bit of burnt sugar and rum and soy sauce. pours thin-ish brown with small eggshell head. flavor is mostly sweet vanilla with plenty of rum. flat and smooth. this is good but too sweet. dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2011
0.33l bottle shared with ClubGonzo. Pours a dark cola-like body with some small floaters and a thin fading off-white head. Aroma is nice and sweet with notes of burned caramel, rum, light burned wood. All in all quite a sweet and light burned aroma. Medium-bodied, has a oily to sticky mouthfeeling and it’s soft to average carbonated. Nice burned caramel flavors, more so than in the original. Also some brown sugar, it finishes off with a oaky finish and some light rum-alcohol in the aftertaste. Quite nice this sweet little brew!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Thanks to Chris for this... Clear bright copper, light sticky tan head... Very light aroma, a bit of oak and rum... Rum soaked oak chips, way to sweet

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esp0r (2390) - NORWAY - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle enjoyed at home
Deep red/brown, thick tanned head. Beautiful look. Aroma of caramel, grain, hints of oak and alcohol. Taste is quite malty with tons of sweetness, also some sugary taste that could come from the rum casks. Also caramel. Finish has some bitterness but not much. As a overall comment i can see why they do this experiments, but the beer itself is not the most exiting, and some fancy oak barrels can not do more than marginal adjustments to a beer. The fine tuning here doesn’t help it up to the upper classes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Raisins cooked in honey, laced in brown rum. This is obviously all sweetness, but the effervescence and relatively quiet finish make this dessert brew quite enjoyable, if not linear.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slim veil of foam covers the beautiful bronze twilight.
-Hops are a no show here.
-Alcohol hints appear once in a while, but they might come from the rum cask.
-The tiny, forceful bubbles actually work in this case to alleviate the sweetness.
-This might make rum drinkers like beer… But I’m not sure there ever was a reason to do this so…

Bottle. Thx Alex!

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