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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: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4674) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
33cl bottle from Aldi, Bracknell. ABV 7.4% A bright golden amber colour with no head but lots of carbonation; rather subdued aroma - some wood but little else; the taste is a confusion of sweetness from the maple syrup and vanilla from the wood; the finish has a lingering toasty sweetness. Rather unbalanced overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NonOperational (50) - ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
7.4%, and in a brown bottle. I can?t stop drinking absolutely superb winter beers at the moment. This is incredibly sweet and beautifully treacley -sugar that?s gone way beyond caramel but stopped short of burnt. Strong notes of antique wood, leather, melted ice in a whisky glass. No head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle from Booths, Media City. Cloudy and copper-amber in colour with next to no head. Has a sweet nose with some fruit, but more sugar. Sweet fruited flavours but very strong tasting with the special maturity evident.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8484) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2014
330ml bottle in a box, bought at Vinmonopolet Langnes. Dense, fawn-coloured lacing-head resting on top of a clear amber coloured body. Vanilla oak on the nose, hints of cherry and bread. Taste profile of cherry, vanilla, and wood joined by dried fruits. Mid-sweet tail. Rounded, integrated alcohol warming down the throat. Likable, however a tad to sweet in the long run (Tromsø 22.11.2014).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fellebag (904) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2014
33cl bottle. Small white layer. Hazy oak dark pilsener color. Aroma is oak, cognac, raisins. Taste is sugar, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, wood. Very sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle at Craig. Sweet cherry on nose, taste is sweet, cherry, vanilla, fizzy, way too sickly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheDog (532) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle. Golden copper colour with offwhite head. Aroma and taste of sweet malt, raisins, cherry, vanilla and a bit dark sugar. Light bitter and fresh crisp mouthfeel. Woody finish. Great scottish ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (4702) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Unique shaped clear 750ml bottle. To the dome. Filtered amber-orange body. Big foamy off-white head. Sweet barrel(?) tones in the aroma...think cinnamon-orange liqueur. The flavors and body is mellower, thankfully, which the maple syrup plays a major role in. Should have definitely saved this one for a tasting, a whole bottle is not really that desirable. Comes off too "malt beverage", as opposed to classic Scottish Ale. In line with the rest of the Innis and Gunn releases gimmicky overtones are hard to ignore. Sweet brown sugar rum in the finish. Not the worst alcoholic beverage, but not a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RafeAU (188) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2014
bottle, 7.4% ABV, best before February 2015. small head fades quick. mid-High carbonation. Sweet ale aroma. moderately sweet, alcohol finish and wood - the Cherrywood I guess. quite light body. not as sweet, rich and full bodied as some scotch ales I’ve had. not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4956) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear medium amber with a thin whispy head. The aroma is sweet malt yeast and cherry wood I guess. The flavour is moderate sweet, light bitter with a sweet woody resin hop palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

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