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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


otakuden's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance: Deeply brilliant woods – like those one finds in a centuries old gentleman’s club in the storied cobbled streets of London – cherry and mahogany. A thick tan head fades into a carefree bubbly collar bordering a thin puddle resting in the middle.
Nose: Dark fruits explode from the mahogany and cherry depths below with raisins, dates, prunes, and figs covered in sticky saucy black strap molasses. Black root and black licorice root in the raw. Plump earthen leathery spicy grapes. Cooked and cooled raw demerara sugars.
Palate: Sweet, rich, dense, mysterious, and a bit roguish. Burnt demerara sugars and unfettered black strap molasses and the finest dark aged rum one could hope to savor. Burnt brown sugar and molasses hard candies. Intriguing addition of red licorice in the back of each swallow. Swimming amidst it all are meaty raisins, figs, and dates. Eyes closed – a fine rummy dram. Eyes open – a fine Scottish pint.
Final Thoughts: Wonderful. Sweet suppable perfection in my glass. Innis & Gunn can play around with as many barrel/wood aged varieties as their heart desires. In return, I shall aspire to drink as many as possible because I can and I want to.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5051) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2014
11.2oz bottle, at WG Kitchen & Bar, on special for $4. Bottle is labeled 6.8%. Date on bottle reads April 2014. Clear dark red color. Thin kind of bubbly khaki head. Soon fades to minimal. Not much from the smell, initially. Flavor isn’t too bad... Caramel malt, some cherry, good dark fruitiness, little rum barrel flavor. Pretty tasty. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Nice light hint of rum warmth. Taste-wise, the rum is mild, but it seems to contribute a lot to the aroma. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick finish. Medium to bigger body. Pretty solid, tasty stuff. One of the better Innis & Gunn variants I’ve tried... A nice, flavorful one to sip on.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andregoncalves (1109) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 16, 2014
33cl bottle from el corte ingles, lisbon. Color is dark orange to brown. Head is thin but persistent. Medium bitterness, low sweetness. Aroma is banana, caramel, alcohol, rum, wood.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Motobashi (66) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Poured a deep clear red with soft carbonation and no real head. Sweet, malty caramel aroma. Nice, gentle sweet flavour, with minimal bitterness on the long finish. Medium body with a thin texture. Alcohol flavour noticeable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Canmoore (203) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Pours a dark cherry, with a small white head. Aroma notes include rum cask, tannins, malts, and some faint fruity notes. Tasting notes include strong rum barrel notes, and lots of woody tannins. Finish is dry, with a strong rum finish. Excellent!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindog (251) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pour red in color little head Aroma is sweet malt. Flavor is dark fruit, brown sugar and rum. Finish is lingering sweetness & malt with trace bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (585) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2014
Aroma is under whelming mostly sugar. Pour is medium brown with a tan head. Easy drinker malt forward then sugar and lite very lite rum notes. Oh and can’t forget the vanilla flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (5702) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 6, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, dunkle Früchte, würzig, holzig. Geschmack nach dunklen reifen Früchten, malzig süß, leicht würzig, holzig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LasseVPedersen (175) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 4, 2014
Bottle, 33cl. Pours rubinred amber coliyur with slight beige, medium airy head. Caramel, sweetish oak based rum aroma spiced with vanilla and clove. Flavour follows the nose with the latter being more sweetly dominant. Bitter, hay, malts, breads, little bourbon whisky in the after-taste and finish. Creamy, medium-full bodied with soft to average carbonation. Little alcohol mouth-feel as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lightrider (273) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle into an ale glass. Pour is a amber brown with a thick co2 sticking to the glass. Aroma is sweet and thick, full of notes of vanilla and okay it was aged in and rum. Taste is smooth with a hint of the barrels the rum vanilla the malt all blends together with a slight bitterness. Finish is crisp and clean with a hint of rum that holds on. This is a great ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle poured into mug. Pours amber brown in color with a medium off white head. Great carmel sweetness, rich body, you can taste hints of the fruity rum in the oakey finish. One of my favorite beers in a long time.


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