Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish

RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
bottled, special
previously 8.4%
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.

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AleRider78 (1409) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
Pours a small amount of foamy head. Has an amber appearance with reddish hues. Weak lacing. Aromas of malts, nuts, sweetness. Flavours of dark fruits, raisins, with pretty smooth mild cherry notes. Mouthwarming sensation and somewhat of a tingly mouthfeel. Pretty good but doesn’t really seem too focused.

Rumbero (87) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2017
this 25.6oz bottle is about 3 years old and labeled Limited Edition and 8.3% abv poured a hazy medium amber with a nice 1/2" head that has minimal retention. the aromas are sweet malts, strong maple, spices and cherry. there is also a hint of alcohol, after all this one is 8.3%. the sweetness of the maple and the malts dominate this beer. there is plenty of cherry flavors too along with a bit of caramel. the bitterness kicks in towards the end as it hits the palate with slight alcohol warmth. this beer has med to full body, creamy and rich texture, medium carbonation and minimal astringency. the finish is long with lots of maple sweetness and lingering bitterness and alcohol. overall not my style of beer but I can see how some other drinkers will love this one. its complex and rich. the good news is that it has aged incredibly well. there are NO signs of any oxidation or other over-aging off flavors or aromas.

Beerowl80 (387) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear copper. Aroma of vanilla, caramel and wood. Taste is sweet with a lot of vanilla coming through with some oakiness.

Antzrhere (181) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2016
The aroma of this beer reminded me of beer fueled sick. The taste is overly sweet. I i found the sweetness to quite sickly in combination with the woody taste, making it almost acrid. A bit biscuity flavour but lacks any defining malt characteristics, probably due to the cloying sweetness. One of Innis & Gunns poorer examples

zenkis (865) - Ogre, LATVIA - JAN 30, 2016
Thanks to Viesturs,
Sweet, very sweet, malty emphasys. Notes of BA are almost absent in aroma, in flavor also minimal. Reminds more of doppelbock. Malt combination is boring, like there is no direction or some character- just light malty with some medium toasted malts color. Foam disappears fast. Above medium body.

mike_77 (7014) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2016
Clear brown colour. Flavour has an intense sweetness from the maple syrup. Very light woody dryness. Overall a pleasant taste but too sweet.

Cimbasso (974) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2015
Pours a clear copper colour with a thick head which dissipates quickly. Sweetish aromas of caramel and vanilla. The taste is sweet, with the maple syrup quite well-blended into the other sweet, caramel flavours. Some oakiness (from the cherrywood?) and hints of vanilla and berries. Rather too sweet to be easily drinkable, and rather under-carbonated. The artwork is nice, but the beer is not particularly memorable.

BeerViking (4984) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle from Aldi, reddish dark brown with a fast-settling head, punchy sweet and alcoholic nose with notes of maple syrup. Initially rather too sweet, a woody, toasty and drier midbody then moderates the sweetness a little, but not enough. The finish is an intriguing but not entirely appealing mix of cloying and dry-bitter with a vanilla note. The painting on the box is excellent, though.

redders1974 (1578) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle from aldi like every I and g I’ve tasted it flatters to deceive sounds good on the bottle smell the part then is flat and overly sweet no more I and g for me no matter how much they tempt me in with delightful sounding concoctions

nihtila (3836) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
25.2.2015. Clear ruby. Aroma has caramel, oak, vanilla, berries. Not overly sweet oaky. Taste has berries, caramel malts, oak, slight alcohol. I quite like this.

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