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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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 11/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2011
Another Innis & Gunn that promises more than it delivers. Their base beers seem to be too drab to gain much from barrel maturation. The packaging is the best thing about the range, playing off a style made famous by the whisky industry. The beer is a deep rummy brown with a modest head. The aroma is very sweet - lots of candy sugar and some restrained oaky notes. Hints of rum but not too pronounced. Medium-bodied and oily. In the mouth there’s quince paste and some clove spiciness but overall it’s thin and sweet. The alcohol is evident in a sharp, warming finish. (330ml bottle. BB Dec 2011)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
Bottled 330ml in presentation box from Sainsburys, Banbury. Poured Tawny brown but hard to muster up a head. Innis & Gunn aged beers are difficult to rate for me as the titles on the boxes are so intriguing so that the final results are largely disappointing. This is perhaps a little fuller than most but the depth appears to be butterscotch, caramel notes. The beer is fairly sweet, I get some astringency, woodiness, but the discovery is never a eureka moment. Just slightly on the dull side.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McGarnigle (576) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2011
I think this is the right one (Rum cask, 7.4%, 57 days?). Say what you want abut clear bottles, but this one looks great, with a classy label to boot. Clear mahogany, nice head. I get a whiff of skunk at first, but it doesn’t come through on the tongue (it is a low hopped ale). Sweet, rummy, faint oak and low carbonation. Possibly not as rich as I’d hoped, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Big, buttery rum character in the aroma. Big vanilla rather sweet flavor seems to have a slightly hollow mid-palate, but it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
330 ml bottle. Nose is aoky rum, brown sugar, toffee, hops. Tastes very oaky and bourbony, with notes of brown sugar, hops. The palate is medium in complexity and density, and this one gives a good strong oaky rum flavor, but doesn’t rise to pinnacle of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10608) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of plum, butter, vanilla, and rum. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of wood, plum, butterscotch, vanilla, and rum. Light body, medium warmth and carbonation, and low creaminess with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Boozy oak nose with lots of metallic notes. Taste its sweet, no bitterness, some caramel, toffee, dark fruit, some dirty yeast and butterscotch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle shared by BeerandBlues2: Pours a clear bright copper amber with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a sweet buttery oaky nose with some sugary caramel character. Starts with a rich chewy sweet caramel and light fruity notes with some unique rum and oak flavors before a sticky sweet butterscotch finish. An interesting brew, but could use some more bitter balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11972) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2011
33cl bottle, thanks BeerandBlues2. Small beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, rum/vanilla, some coconut. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla/rum. Medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Pretty similar to the regular oak-aged innis and gunn. Aroma is pretty similar. I don’t really get any rum on the nose. It comes through in the flavor. Lightly boozy molasses and rum flavor covers up some of the butter and makes the beer more palatable. Still not great.

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