Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2011

 
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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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This special beer has been brewed using Munich malt and golden oats to give it a beautiful biscuit backbone and a creamy smooth finish. Fuggles hops add their signature earthy and rich character before maturation in bourbon oak unlocks delicious flavours of vanilla and toffee from deep inside the oak grain. Available exclusively in all provinces of Canada (except Quebec and PEI).

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2.8
garthicus (2953) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle: Appearance: Orange/Red with a teeny tiny white head. Aroma: Honey, vanilla, slightly oaked, perfumy. Flavour: Vanilla, candy floss, whiskey, toffee. Long sticky finish.

2.7
HogTownHarry (7077) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
330ml bottle (clear) - shared by garthicus with me blankboy. Ruby-amber with a tiny frothy white head. Buttery aroma - a bit boozy, sweet, vanilla - meh. Vanilla pudding taste - really? WHY DO YOU PEOPLE KEEP BUYING THIS SHIT!!!!?????? Same old same old - butterscotch, vanilla, watery, still, slick, blah.

4.1
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2011
Appearance: Translucent orange-brown, foamy white-beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Oak, wood, scotch, hints of something like maple syrup, nuts, and ginger. Palate: Thick-bodied, slightly syrupy, but very smooth. Taste: very very sweet, not bitter or sour at all. Strong notes of maple syrup, butterscotch, vanilla. Very very good.

3.2
MoritzF (10129) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUL 18, 2011
(bottle, 33cl) Clear, deep golden to amber colour with a medium-sized tanned foamy head. Cara-malty and slightly oaky aroma with notes of biscuits, vanilla and a subtle citrus-fruity touch. Sweet flavour, almost full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Biscuity malty taste with notes of caramel, vanilla and fruity notes; sweet malty and slightly oaky finish with a present alcoholic bite. 07.VII.11

3.9
Radek Kliber (7487) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle 330 ml as Canada Day 2011

Aroma: refined gentle nose, Arabic gum ,hint of smoke , aromatic perfume feel, gentle flower, soft ripe fruit. Deep clean malts. I am highly impressed by refinement of this nose. 9 -

Appearance: slight haze on amber with ruby accents. Medium beige top. 3+

Body , Flavour , Palate and Final Notes: medium bodied. Caramel with woody cam fire smoke , hint of candy sugars , pine wood , cask feel oh oak wood. Quiet drinkable German smoked brews with fruit ale feel treated on cask character. I like the thinking of brew master that formulated this ale . Bravo!

4
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
330ml bottle. Red amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is toffee and oak. Taste is much the same with accents of vanilla. Not much hops, but that was ok as there was plenty going on already. Medium body.

3.6
Spab (4124) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2011
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear burnt orange with small off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with some toffee, a little vanilla and oak. Taste is vanilla, tobacco, light oak and toffee . Alcohol is quite apparent and gives a light tingling to the mouthfeel. Not worth 5 bucks but nice.

3.2
gilvanblight (825) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2011
Caramel golden brown pour with a lot of white frothy head. Head lasts. Initial scent is very boozy, so much so that I checked the percentage on it (higher then I knew), The boozieness is in the mouth as well. I guess I&G thinks everyone wants to get hammered for Canada Day. Some sweet hops in there with a really nice finish that’s just slightly nutty. Of all of the I&G I have tried this is, thus far, my favorite.

3.7
Nevik (1) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2011 does not count
Poured into a tulip glass. Complex aroma, very brief white head that dispersed quickly. Appearance was golden amber- nothing special. Taste was smooth and creamy, lots of caramel and vanilla. Just a hint of hops but because of being aged in oak barrels it wonderfully subtle and smooth. Doesn’t feel like a high-alcohol beer while in the mouth.

3.8
RD400F (233) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2011 Beer into Chimay trappist glass...

Aroma: rubbing alcohol, oak, toffee, caramel, a little sour and kinda floral.

Appearance: Disappointing. Head which went poof in a second which was off-putting. Beer is a super clear burnt orange/amber/red.

Taste: Pretty fine, and that matters along with palate the most. Toffee is quite evident along with oak, booze and a slightly hoppy finish. Quite well balanced however.

Palate: Thin, co2 is not overbearing, nothing negative to note, but not outstanding. It’s very smooth.

Overall: Nice beer, I like it. I thought this was kinda bottom end, but no, it’s actually pretty good! Compared to a can of Holsten Festbock pisswater, this is amazing. Recommended.


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