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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2.3
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2011
[330ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Darkish amber pour, decent white head. Sweet, vanilla nose. Sweet, fragrant flavour. A touch caramelly, but that extreme sweetness overpowers everything else. Are we giving the Canadians the gift of tooth decay for their celebrations? [15102011]

3.8
Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours hazy dark amber with a small white head that leaves soapy lace all over the glass. Aroma of maple, bourbon, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, toffee and some grassy Aroma. Taste is toffee, maple, brown sugar, earthy hops and a nice alcohol warming on the finish. Excellent oak aged beer but a bit too sweet overall.

3.6
DerWeg (1727) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Deep clear coppery color with fine bubbles and creamy cap. Aroma for miles, sweet and smooth complex caramelly malts and sweet meadow. Taste caramel and raisin and fruit and a bit of lemon citrus, a bit of vanilla - very heavy sweet finish but they packed in some serious flavor.

3.7
Maris (1596) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2011
From a 330ml bottle on 25/9/2011 (shared with Butz). Pours a reddish amber with a fast disappearing head. Has a fruity, slightly port like aroma. In the mouth, it’s very sweet indeed - malty and fruity (particularly raisins and berries), with some oak. It almost has a touch of muscat about it. There’s just enough offsetting bitterness for it to work quite well. A nice and quite unusual dessert beer.

1.6
dantheman278 (1365) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s. Orange pour, gushing white head that fades. Toffee and vanilla nose. Toffee and vanilla palate. Toffee and vanilla finish. With weird off flavours of oak and chemical. Horrific.

3.6
thepegjett (1281) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
A - Fruity with caramel under tones
A - Copper coloured with thin white head
T - It attempts to start sweet, but is overtaken by a controlled light bitterness
P - Medium to full body with light carbonation
O - Best of the brewery

3.7
manuchampions (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
330ml bottle from BC Liquor downtown Vancouver. Must say, I’m not generally a fan of these Innis & Gunn one offs so I’m going to try and sidebar my prejudice. Pours a very clear copper with tight cap of quarter inch cream head. Aroma is slightly brown sugar sweet caramel, toffee, oak but very little bourbon. A biscuit note in there as well along with some interesting yeast. Taste is quite good. There’s the bourbon mixed in with a crisp, biscuity note, some treacle like sweetness but not overdone. Finish is slightly hot with alcohol and a strong bourbon cask note. I’m pleasantly surprised. Despite seeming a little hot and unrefined it’s reasonably good. Even though the box suggests an expiry date of July 2012 I’d be curious to see how this one ages.

3
sulawang (1202) - - DEC 8, 2011
higher ABV than the previous year, pours auburn - lighter in colour, small head, micro CO2, ringed retention, sticky lacing. Muted malted toffee nose. Strong walloping deep malted 7/10 sweet toffee and caramel up front intermixed with an alcoholic punch, a bit of vanilla and spice in the mid, very minor bitter and long malted finish. Medium-high depth, Medium complexity, med-full body, medium length. You get the flavour after 5 or so sips so nothing mind-blowing. Solid and appreciable.

4
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours a semi-clear clear light brown/deep copper with a thin creamy white ring around the glass, Googles and little to no legs. Aroma is brown sugar, vanilla, oak, toffee, and bourbon. Flavour is brown sugar, bourbon, toffee oak, vanilla, and mild alcohol. Very tasty and flavourful but a bit more of a desert beer.

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.


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