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

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 946   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2010
Bottle (in NZ), courtesy of yalnikim. A smokiness on the nose, reminiscent of a rauchbier. On the palate - rich, toffee, spice. A lot of oak left in the mouth. Distinctively different to the other Innis beers I’ve tried - in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2010
02/02/2010. 330ml bottle, courtesy of Highlandlad. Perfumy brown ale, smoky at first but becoming an intoxicating mix of alcohol and spice, with a slender grainy sweet body and a long dry (slightly green) oaky finish. I’ve had a bit of a mixed bag from these guys but this one is quite a decent step up. Cheers Highlandlad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3639) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle, from Waitrose Lincoln. Copper bronze, thin but lasting off white head and low condition. Initialy sweet toffee in the nose then developing a vaguely smokey phenolic note, vanilla sweetness in the mouth with some burnt toffee in the background, more sweetness in the finish with trace woodiness and the alcohol finally making itself apparent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
Soft aroma of rum and raisin with a deep amber colour. Minimal head. Heavy immediate taste of rum and heavy malt. A thin consistency with a mellow aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Quite complex with many nuances of taste. Overall not my favorite Innis and Gunn (I prefer the 77 or 71 day) but a worthy addition to their oeuvre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strangebrewer (938) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2010
bottle. Poured dark brown with lasting creamy beige head. Heavy nose of rum alcohol, raisons and vanilla. Super sweet flavour, notes of vanilla, smokey whisky, nuts and light orange tones. Finishes light and sweet with low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joakgust (1012) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle, 33cl - Clear brown beer with almost no head. Aroma is sweet with notes of vanilla, anise, butter scotch and milk chocolate. Flavor is malty with notes of oranges, butter scotch and some hops. Good for being an Innis & Gunn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10636) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2010
A dark amber ale with a thick lacing moka head. Sweet aroma of rum barrel, woody, a bit of caramel malt. In mouth, a good sweet malt with tobacco notes, rum, a bit of acidic points, medium bodied. Bottle from LCBO, BB Dec 2009.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
scotty (1071) - SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2010
Deep Coke coloured with no head other than a few thin patches of tiny bubbles clinging to the glass. nose is minimal, some malty caramel and perhaps a touch of rum. An unusual palate dominated by sweet caramel and some spice, the finish is slightly spirity but this may be due to the high ABV. Not one I’d return to I’m afraid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - DEC 28, 2009
Probably the most enjoyable beer I have had under this label. I remember it leaned on the sweeter side but was overall quite pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1535) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2009
Palate is a little thin and scrapy, how do they manage to make these oak aged ales so tart and dry? But it pours a ruddy clear brown, small beige head falls to a ring. Aromas and taste of tart red berries and stoney mineral. Some kola-spicy play of flavors going on. Tartness may also evoke some sweet ripe lemon and tropical fruit. This has some Old Ale qualities I like, it scares me a little to drink very much (hangovers.)

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