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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: 157   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 OíDonnell on the carton. Her painting ĎForest Spectrumí won Innis & Gunnís annual art competition: a collaboration with the Society of Canadian Artists.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (703) - 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 (252) - 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 (1352) - 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. Didnít expect cherrywood to actually taste of cherries but it definitely does. Maybe itís auto-suggestion, but Iím 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. Itís complex and warming and I like it, but itís 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 (564) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch (3239) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2014
330ml bottle from Oddbins, Shawlands. Orange brown ,reasonable head. Sweet whiskey malt aroma. Cloying syrupy malt flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Usual Innis & Gunn type beer. Not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spacecube (798) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2014 330 ml bottle, limited box edition, pours amber with a small head. Aroma has a more subtle oak flavour, and the cherrywood balances well with the Styrian fruity hop flavours, which are more prominent in this I&G than others Iíve tried. Again the palate is thinner than I would like, but then these beers are cold conditioned which would explain the light, crisp palate. The beer is quite sweet, there are caramel notes, candy floss, cherries, mince pies. A bit thin, but nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1390) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a dark brown colour, taste is sweet and caramel like, possibly due to the addition of maple syrup

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Boxed bottle from Aldi. Steady fizzing bronze with a slim white foam. Sweet Bakewell and Amaretto aroma with candy floss and caramel boiled sweet. Thinnish red strong lager flavour with a cherry drop, cherry medicine, Allsorts, aniseed and marzipan character reminiscent of 5%+ Batemanís or GK effort. Hints of blossom and rubber band. Pleasant to drink but a simplistic and overrated beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (249) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark red amber colour with a small, short lived, off-white head. Sweet aroma of toasted malt, caramel and cherrywood. Sweet flavour of malt, caramel, cherrywood, maple syrup and mild vanilla with a semi dry, alcohol finish. Medium body with a sticky, oily texture and soft carbonation.

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