Innis & Gunn Highland Ale

Innis & Gunn
Formerly brewed at Belhaven (Greene King)

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


on tap


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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
This Innis & Gunn beer has been matured in rare 21 year old single malt Scotch Whisky barrels to create a complex beer with a classic Highland character.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeZasada (318) - Beaumont, Alberta, - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a lasting off-white head. Sour, oaky aroma. Taste: Sweet malt, caramel, notes of butterscotch, smoke, vanilla, wood. Very complex; full-bodied, moderate mouthfeel. Finishes with a earthy / herb bitterness, warms to a sweet woody butterscotch with a tinge of smoke. Very good, probably one of the best I&G’s I’ve had.

pictoman (1253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2015
Poured from 330mL bottle. Clear copper brown with off white head. Usual I&G characteristics - vanilla, oak, toffee. Taste is almost indistinguishable from I&G Original.

GTAEgeek (2497) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle, shared by Ian at Timmy’s birthday party. Pours a slightly hazy, straw color, with a big, off-white, foamy head. The nose is immediate bready malts, with a big slug of butterscotch. Subtler notes of oak, syrup, and earthiness. Very sweet and boozy, with almost no bitterness to balance. Heavy body, syrupy, smooth and creamy, and clean. This is a really nice treatment of a mediocre base beer. I love scotch, and the barrel character is very forward and pleasant to me.

AgentAle (1848) - Fort Mcmurray, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2015
Aroma is sweet malts, honey, oak, pale vanilla and sweet fruits. Taste is sweet malts, oak, clove, lemon grass. Quite refreshing but not too complex. Appearance is a clear gold with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

jimhilt (2634) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Pours a one finger cream head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear golden amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. nose and taste is orange candy sweetness, sweet malt finish. Best before Jan 2016. $7.35 for a 22.3oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH

Bkcaldwell (42) - - JUL 17, 2015
Great box. Nice bottle. Disappointing beer. Looked good but overall taste was lacking. No aftertaste, which was a plus but no real zing to the beer itself. No immediate plans to revisit.

Rae723 (13) - Calgary, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
Aroma: light hay, light roasty, roasty, Apprearance: clear, golden, minimal head, Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate: light body, fizzy, long finish, Overall: This beer is very pleasing and though it has a smidge of innis and gunn’s usual sweetness, this one seems to have more of the maltiness and the features of the wood, which was good nonetheless.

DCLawyer (2931) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle->English pint. Dark gold with small frothy white head. A: corn, hay, mud. T: peat, caramel, hint of booze. Ugly chemical taste. Yuck.

Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle at an AW at christmastime last year. Amber beer with a beige head. whiskey and vanilla aroma. Similar flavour. Feels a bit sweetish.

nathan30533 (1022) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Not my style. Oak aged and too light and smooth. Brew is uniques and not really to my enjoyment.

superspak (6209) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2015
22.3 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 2/2016. Pours crystal clear deep amber/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted oak, bread, plum, apple, light vanilla, herbal, grass, and oak/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and solid balance of bready malt, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. A bit on the strong side with oak presence in the aromas. Taste of caramel, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bread, plum, apple, herbal, grass, light peat smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate amount of oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla,toasted oak, bread, plum, apple, herbal, grass, light peat smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bready malt, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oak aged English strong ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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