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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 831   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2009
Deep amber in colour with an off-white coloured head, good retention, good lacing. The aroma is lightly fruity, some caramel malts, lightly sweet with some chocolate. The flavour is of chocolate and caramel, dark fruits, woody with a moderate sweetness. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes with some sweet fruits, lingering.

Much better then the butter bomb that we got at the LCBO last year. The soft fruits and lingering sweetness are nice.

330ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario.
Opened on December 8, 2008.
Best before December 2009.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
Not sure why I haven’t already posted this rating. Only comment was ’slight alcohol taste occasionally overwhelms but tends to be balance out at a more appropriate temperature’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pootzboy (1572) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle: Deep ruby-chestnut color, smallish puffy off-white cap.that lasts well and laces. Sweet predominates the aroma, some dried fruit some musty woody rum-like demerara tones and caramel. Caramel malts with some rum-wood tastes, light hop balance, slick mouth feel, sweet wet finish. Nice drink but all these I&G brews are a tad too sweet for my palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle (330ml). Pours a deep ruby with an average size lasting foamy off-white head. Mild aroma of rum, slightly sugary sweet along with some raisins, caramel malt and wood. Flavour of malt and rum along with some hints of fruit and spices. Light to average bodied. I don’t much care for rum so this definitely isn’t the beer for me, but I’ll try not to let it influence my rating too much, I guess it’s an O.K. beer if you like this sort of thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matt7215 (2111) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
330 ml bottle from the LCBO. pour deep ruby with a small off white head. a quick head reduction leaves surface foam which leaves spotted lacing on the glass. big malt nose with spice and some wood. the flavour is similar to the aroma but the rum comes through more in the flavour. a bit thin in the mouth and although the flavour profile is layered i find it somewhat boring. this is a fine ESA but there are better examples out there, some of which dont even use rum or wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4509) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle: Poured a clear deep copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and very minimal lacing. Aroma of rum and lightly sweet barley. Taste is also a nice mix between some rum notes with some barley notes. More balanced then previous version and barrel-aging doesn’t overtake the whole beer. Not sure this is something I would want to drink often but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle (330ml). Clear deep refractive ruby, large creamy-foamy off-white lasting head, drapes of lace left behind. Smells sweet and grainy with a hint of perfume and acrylic paint - I don’t really get much rum. The taste reminds me of a light rum/lemonade mix, slightly grainy - there’s more lemonade than beer here, but it’s refreshing, slightly boozy, and not overly "rummy." Light body, a little acidity, mildly carbonated, with a bit of lemon furniture polish in the aftertaste. Interesting, but "delicious"? Nah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
terrybail (515) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2009
330ml bottle from the LCBO Pours a brownish ruby red with a good sized ton head tons of lacing all the way down the glass The aroma is spicy oak malt and rum The taste is pretty close to the aroma spicy malt with oak and rum and has a nice light creamy finish i like this one better then the whiskey version for sure Pretty good stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Poured a crystal clear amber color with a small white head. Light notes of leather and tartness in the aroma followed by rum and wood. The flavor was mildly tart with light rum notes. Semi-sweet on the malt. Light-medium body. This became tarter as the beer warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle from LCBO- Deep amber with reddish hues. Nice head with good retention. In the nose, spices meet wood smoke, caramel meets floral hops, and you can smell the rum. Sweet, spicy flavour profile with dark fruit, charred oak, some caramel. Medium bodied, with decent sweet creamy finish.

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