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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3.6
DerWeg (1748) - 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.

3.5
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2011
It pours an amber color with a one finger sized head that vanishes to a thin ring right away. On the nose I am getting Carmel, oak, if would be safe to say some earthiness thrown in there. The flavor is quite enjoyable, I am picking up some large Carmel and toffee notes.It does have vanilla notes as well but it is lurking around in the back. I find nothing in this tends to really stand out more so than the other, everything seems to work well together, it tends to be a little creamy. It finishes with a good amount of warmth from the little higher abv and some more oak notes, some real earthy notes. The only bad thing I can find with this offering is the higher abv. The only reason I say it is bad, because I want another now. I mean it is more something you want to sit and relax.

3.5
DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle. Not sure if this beer will remain a separate listing or get lumpectomy in with the other Canadian Cask entries. Anyway, true to form it remains my favourite from I& G. If anything, this vintage offers even better balance with the oak elements. Creamy buttery toffee malts, burnt sugars, very subtle hop presence. Still my favourite offering from these guys.

3.5
TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
330 mL bottle. Copper, with a ring of head. Less sweet coconut & oak than most of their offerings, but this isn’t a bad thing, as it allows some brown sugar and a little fruit to come through. Still on the sweet side, though. The flavour is a little more subtle as well, and there is more going on than in their other, one-dimensional offerings. The oak is there, along with booze, some earthy hops, some caramel, and graham crackers. Body is still a little thin, but it’s actually a nice sipper.

3.5
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle at ChrisO and Ruth’s - Thanks. Clear golden/amber - no head. Wooden, coconut, berries, roasted, raisins, fruity, nutty, oakey, caramel, light alcoholic, toasted wood. Nice.

3.5
lukin (672) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
bottle. Amber-red colour. Good head and lacing. Aroma is wood, biscuit malt, toffee/butterscotch, vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy, taste is smooth and sweet. Definitely an Innis and Gunn beer. One of their better offerings.

3.5
stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - SEP 6, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Bottle from The Cask, Glasgow.
Appearance - Typical I & G. Orange with quite a thick off white head that dissipates.
Aroma - Oaky wood, sweet malts, occassional hint of rubber, bit of alcohol, no skunk (in a nice box)
Taste - Wood, very sweet malts, candy sugar, honey, glucose syrup, vanilla, bit of caramel malt and toffee, very little hops, slight metal. Quite well blended but not very beer-like.
Palate - Smooth mouthfeel , creamy, medium body, soft carb, finish warm and sweet with a slight hint of earthy hop.
Overall - Initial impression is that it’s a lot better than standard I & G - smoother and less rough but rather sweet. No whisky. Interesting at first, then after a while it gets a bit boring, just sweetness, candy, vanilla, wood. Was worried it wasn’t going to be that great, but was better than expected and more refined and smoother than the standard stuff. I expect the I & G fanboys will love this stuff. I actually thought it was quite good, despite its faults, so it’s a 14/20. (12/20 for standard I & G)

3.5
BoBoChamp (5754) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2011
33cl, as Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2011, exclusive Scottish brew, from Bierzwerg Greven, complex brew, sweet/malty and slightly woody/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, clear, good head, good brew, yet expensive

3.5
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle from the LCBO. Ruby-copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla toffee, bourbon, toasted oak with a hint of hops to take the edge off. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. Flavour follows on the aroma pretty closely - initially seems like it might be too sweet, but after a few sips, it comes together nicely. Vanilla toffee is predominant, with an oaky backnote, a wisp of woodsmoke, and quick Fuggles hops in the finish. As with several other I&G beers, the beer itself could use a bit more heft, but in terms of flavour and character, it’s quite alright.

3.5
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottled poured with hardly any head to speak of. The Aroma sports notes of rich caramel, vanilla, oaky wood and malt. The flavour profile shows well rounded malts and bourbon, vanilla sweetness, its nutty and delectable.


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