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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish

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

Style: Scottish Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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This limited bottling of Innis and Gunn has been matured over Canadian Black Cherrywood and then finished with the addition of maple syrup. To our knowledge, this is the first time that Cherrywood has been used to mature a beer. The result is a really full bodied Scottish ale, with a rich tasting finish.
Brewed using three malt varieties, roasted barley, wheat and Super Styrian and Goldings hops, Canadian Cherrywood Aged is matured for 49 days over lightly-toasted black cherrywood chips. Maple syrup is added post maturation when the beer is in cold conditioning to add a subtly sweet, toasty twist.
In another nod to its Canadian fanbase, Innis & Gunn has featured artwork by Canadian artist Tatiana O’Donnell on the carton. Her painting ‘Forest Spectrum’ won Innis & Gunn’s annual art competition: a collaboration with the Society of Canadian Artists.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1300) - - SEP 20, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-11-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The brew pours a copper-amber color with a billowy just off white head. The head had a lighter level of retention, fading rather fast to leave light lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was sweet being a mix of darker fruits of cherry and fig as well as a maple syrup and caramel smell. Along with these sweeter smells so too comes some nice oak and biscuity malt aromas. A little bit of alcohol and spice also comes to the nose creating a warming sweet woodsy smell overall. Taste – The taste starts out with a sweeter caramel and lighter dark fruit flavors of cherry, plum and fig. Along with the sweeter flavors upfront are some biscuit malty flavors as well as a little bit of oak. The oak grows stronger while the biscuit loses strength as the taste moves on. Along with the biscuit fading so too does some of the caramel only to be replaced by a more candied sugar, toffee and maple syrup taste. In the end the oakiness mixed with some alcohol booziness to give a sweeter whisky like taste which when combined with all the fruit, sugar and light malty tastes ends up leaving a smooth, sweet, and warm taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thickness is quite nice for the sweeter flavors of the brew with the lighter carbonation helping to create a more warming feel in light of the boozy and oaky flavors of the brew. Overall – A rather enjoyable brew overall. It is sweet of maple, fruit and other sugars but is balanced out by some of the wood, boozy and biscuit malt flavors of the brew. A nice one to give a go to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MunBro (361) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Tastes like every other Innis & Gunn beer - malty, syrupy, sweet, etc. However this one is better than usual because the typical I&G oak palate rape isn’t occurring; instead a nice velvety flavour from the cherrywood comes through and fades into the maple syrup and malts quite nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
yodapl (61) - POLAND - SEP 7, 2014
Piłem Seasonal Edition, 7,4 alc. 330 ml. Ciemno czerwony, ciemno bursztynowy kolor. Srednia, brudno biała piana, ktora jednak szybko znika. Aromat: dębowy, trochę alkoholowy, charakterystyczne zapachy utlenienia. Smak: przyjemnie alkoholowy z charakterystycznym posmakiem w gardle. Rozgrzewające, zapełniające, przyjemne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weordie (20) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
A beautiful amber colour on the pour. Sweet cherry flavours on the initial sup followed by quite a sharp finish. A pleasant beer, would go well with dinner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mighty_meadow (203) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2014
Very pleasant this one but probably not something I would have a session with. Very sweet, malty and as other people have stated, a lot of cherry. For all the sweet notes there is a bit of a tart finish which is nice, There is also a slight cough sweet/lozenge taste creeping through. I have another bottle of this which I will drink at a slightly higher temperature as I’ve a feeling this has a bit more to offer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (719) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
DWF; Pours amber with a moderate lasting, lacing off-white head. Nose is shy malty, caramel, dark fruits and alcohol. Taste is more, moderate to heavy sweet, light bitter and barrel, somewhat lasting, Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
k92488 (258) - NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
DWF. Copper with tan color head. Not mutch aroma. Tast a lot of oak,malt and caramel. Very good. Medium co2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1358) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2014
300ml bottle, cheers Chris! Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head. Aroma is very malty with a strong fruit element of syrupy overipe mangoes. Creamy rich mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts deliver a smooth and moist fruitloaf base with over ripe honeydew melon and mango. There is a short hop prickle present in the brief aftertaste but the malt asserts itself strongly in the finish. Rich and malty with the distinct I&G boozy warmth full in the mouth. This is a decent Scottish Strong Ale and I would love to try this in cask - like the rest of them!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from Jim- cheers! Pours a copper colour with an audible fizz and a thin off-white head that swiftly vanishes. Smells sweet, almost sweet-shop sweet. Didn’t expect cherrywood to actually taste of cherries but it definitely does. Maybe it’s auto-suggestion, but I’m getting fresh cherries. And cherry cola. And some cough mixture. And a little light smoke. A light lemony hop flicks briefly across the tongue before an oak and vanilla finish. It’s complex and warming and I like it, but it’s a little thin and the fizz is definitely too strong- sort that out and it could be great rather than just very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (609) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a clear, ruby/amber with a white, half finger head. Aroma is big and malty. Dark fruits, caramel, slight sweetness, and a hint of cherry. Taste is malty but not overly sweet. Caramel, dark fruits, very slight tart cherry, a touch of maple, and some smooth barrel flavour. Short finish. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy texture bust smooth as all hell with a dry finish. Overall a really nice beer. Smooth flavours of caramel and dark fruits with a hint of cherry and maple. A treat to have and probably my favorite Innis & Gunn.

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