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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon StoutInnis & Gunn Bourbon Stout

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 10-19-2013

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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 53
Photo of Boccu
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flat on flavor no bourbon flavor. No one I'd buy again.

Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing, super dark chocolate almost black color with just a touch of brown light sneaking through the bottom.

Nose is very unique, a weird fake chocolate like aroma, like Hersheys chocolate melted into the beer, perhaps creamy lactose, dark stouty malts as well, the oak is also unique an strange European oak that I'm not sure of, it's like a weird oak that has milkweed liquid or tree milk or something like that, it gets a little piney too, like pine tree, and a very young green bourbon juice, a fresh unprocessed maple sap, etc. and a big caramel candies flavor.

Taste brings a lot more oak, tons of buttery oak, milky oak and toasted oak, a little bourbon note, again raw bourbon juice and green young bourbon. Weird raw wood flavor, like I just cut open the wood and the raw heart is bleeding into the beer, earthy wood with a hint of pine as well, a tannic oak. Reddish caramel malts, a little caramel candy like, and unprocessed maple sap as well, chewy candy like. A weird bitterness comes through, don't really get hops, just a weird bitterness. Touch of booze warmth as well, and the finish attempts to dry but stays a bit sticky, bit more weird bitterness, more maple candies and caramel candies, as well as more buttery toasty bitter tannic oak.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little syrupy like, nice carb, hint of warming booze in the background.

Overall OK, tastes like it was forced and almost made up with fake flavors, oak is tannic and super buttery bitter toasty and weird, bourbon is super super light and young and green tasting, and malts are OK but a lot of caramel etc. An OK beer but nothing special, as usual from these guys.

Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brew, nice head, good retention, and very nice lacing.

Insane amounts of caramel and toffee on the aroma, balanced with a touch of English hops and oak. Comes across more as an English Mild.

Malty and sweet up front: caramel, toffee, and sugar. Slightly earthy hops, fighting against the intense sweetness of the brew. Bourbon? Stout? Really?

Very nice mouthfeel: relatively full-bodied, syrupy and smooth.

I don't get any bourbon (unless it's hidden in all the rest of the sweetness); I don't get much oak (perhaps a touch). This is actually a very tasty beer; an imperial English mild ale, perhaps. But a bourbon aged stout? I don't get it. Still, I would definitely reach for it again; it's very tasty!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Sept 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Picked up last Christmas from a supermarket and stashed in a cupboard. I'm hoping it's strength will have preserved it. The label describes it as a red stout aged on bourbon-infused oak.

A: Poured into a snifter. A very deep reddish-brown that appears almost black in the glass. Yields a smallish head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a moment before collapsing and disappearing.

S: Aroma of rich caramel malt with hints of mild roasted grain, brown sugar, subtle molasses, dried fruit, woodiness/oak, vanilla, stewed leaves and faint bourbon. A whiff of warming booze in the background. Decent but lacking in depth and intensity for the style.

T: Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a woody, boozy character and a lingering finish. Notes of brown sugar, raisins, dried fruit, mild molasses, subtle roasted grain, wood/oak, vanilla, stewed leaves, a hint of spice and faint bourbon. A touch of alcohol in the background. Somewhat sweet, followed by a subdued bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and rather insubstantial body for the style. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet caramel malt, dried fruit, booziness and wood/stewed leaves.

O: So-so. A decent enough beer on it's own terms, but doesn't really fulfill expectations for a bourbon stout. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are quite sweet and boozy with hints of brown sugar, dried fruit, stewed leaves and woodiness. Lacklustre body - too thin. The malt character isn't beefy enough to match the aging and doesn't provide sufficient balance. The result is slightly cloying; a sort of 'light' bourbon stout. Drinkable but not memorable - no need to hunt this one down.

Photo of jren
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid and accessible. I will definitely grab more in the future.

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a dark chocolate brown with a foamy espresso head, Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Stout gives off just the vaguest hint of transparency at the edges of the glass, producing a deep caramel – molasses color on the edges. The smell that wafts off the head is familiar to any Innis & Gunn fan, giving a deeply roasted, brown sugar and malt hit. The closer you get to the smell, the more it adds a slight amount of smoke and boozy bourbon notes, channeling vanilla, cherries, wood, toast, and just a touch of almost banana. While not particularly stoutish, it has plenty of complexity and depth.

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Stout’s flavor immediately leans sweet, channeling dates, caramel, toffee, and touches of chocolate. There are boozy touches of cooked fruit and alcohol soaked oak barrels. The mouthfeel ends up being thick between the sugary nature and the high booze. The elements of bourbon tend to take over toward the end, giving off burnt chocolate, caramelized sugars, and the flavor of preserved fruit. The finish goes on for some time moving closer to bourbon as it goes.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A different stout that's semi transparent and easier to drink than others.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear and very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) with a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with some hints of vanilla.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has some hints of vanilla from the bourbon oak chip aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot different compared to American bourbon barrel aged counterparts as it doesn't have as strong of a bourbon taste and is instead sweet.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of DannyDaBeerMan34
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nicely Package and that's about where it ends. Draws no comparisons to other BA stouts offered. Really disappointed

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I found this to be a really well done bourbon oak-aged stout. Glad I had the chance to try this one.

Photo of MDHopster
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer that introduced me to Innes & Gunn. Black appearance but actually deep mahoghany with red hues when backlit with a lasting but frothy tan head, leaves some lacing on glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and charred oak. Tastes of malt and chocolate with lingering bourbon flavor. Mouth feel has slight carbonation bite but not heavily carbonated., not as smooth as many stouts.

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured an apparent dark brown with gave way to pure ruby when held to a decent source of light. The head was about one finger light tan with a mix of fine a large bubbles.

S - the smell is very sweet, sweet candy sugar and malt, heavy toffee, lots of vanilla and rum. Aroma seems to be a prelude to a overly sweet cloying beer.

T - the taste is very complex, tons of sweet malt, but not as sweet as the aroma. There certainly is a candied flavor, but it is still enjoyable. What I love most is the smokey almost peaty notes I'm picking up, finish is nice and smokey, with a good balance of hop bitterness.

M - the feel is a little weak for a BBA stout, but on par for the abv though, ample carbonation. Finish Is mid sweet, not to bad and balanced well with the bitter hops.

O - overall an interesting beer. It is certainly a reprieve from most stouts, on the sweeter side but not offensively cloying. The smokey character makes it stands out and is really enjoyable. I'd drink it again but not more then one in a sitting.

Photo of rdilauro
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Across the board, an even 4. Right from the start, this one was pure. A nice golden, amber, almost rich oak in color. The bourbon aroma came right through from the start. The initial taste had a little alcohol present, yet this was very smooth. A big mouthful, bigger than other Innis & Gunn's I've tried.
The aftertaste end as beer began.. Smooth with a presence of bourbon, just enough to let you know it was there.

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%

Disappointing beverage.
Had an overly sweet caramel taste, and got a faint metallic smell when i poured it, like the smell of an oily coin. The beer itself tasted ok. However, the weird smell, and sweetness makes this a not so good beer.

Photo of jds16
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you're looking for a Bourbon Barrel Aged American Double Stout, look elsewhere. But if you take it for what it is, it's pretty tasty.

Deep red, thick head dissipated fairly quickly but left a ring all the way down the glass.
Smells of brown sugar, nuts, vanilla.
Taste: sweet, slightly smoky, slightly boozy, dark fruits. The bourbon comes out more as the beer warms, but never dominates. Something about the sweetness and booze reminds me of a not-quite-as-good Yorkshire Stingo.
Great creamy mouthfeel, with a nice prickly carbonation.

This is my favorite of the Innis & Gunn beers I've had, and would happily drink again.

Photo of beerbully
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured into HF stemware

A-Black with a reddish hue that shows through when held up to light. inch foamy white head. Thick lacing that clings to the glass (4.0)

S-sweet chocolate and bourbon and faint oak, molasses, vanilla, caramel (3.5)

T-Very sweet, quite a bit of chocolate mild booze and oak, slight metallic taste, a good dose of molasses , caramel, vanilla, lingering sweetness (3.0)

M-failrly thick, low carbonation, (3.0)

O-decent beer a bit too sweet as the molasses seems to dominate the finish . almost on the verge of drinking flat soda( or a watered down Jack and coke that sat out for a while and went flat. Certainly couldn't drink many of these due to the overly sweet flavors (3.25)

Photo of themind
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is decent, as it warms it produces more bourbon notes. This in no way is a top of the line BB stout as it's simply aged on bourbon chips but for $8.99 it's worth a look to fill the BB craving one has with the light wallet.

Bottom Line: Would I buy it again...nah.

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

From bottle at home. Pours a very active glass full. Thick rich head which leaves no negligible lace. Aroma is a bit weird. Slight smoke/peat which is virtually non-existent in the taste. Chocolate dominates the flavor with a smooth bourbon essence towards the end. The chocolate lingers and the rest dissolves due to a light viscosity.

In the end I enjoyed it. A 7.4 ABV is respectable as was the moderate price. Now let's see how long it's available.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout a couple weeks ago for $6.99 at The lager Mill. I've never had a red stout before let alone a bourbon aged version and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 20.3oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's pretty similar to their other beers, but the barrel themed box this beer comes in makes it eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that took on a little bit of crimson and ruby colored hue when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy darker tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of sticky lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the bourbon being the first to show up and it imparts a nice combination of vanilla and oak aromas with a little bit of those bourbon like aromas coming through and it seems like the vanilla sticks out the most. Up next comes the malts which imparts lots of English malt flavors with some caramel, sweet malt, toffee. candied aroma and light butterscotch aromas coming through and there's an English ale yeast like aroma coming through in the background. This beer had a nice aroma, but it was a little less on the sweet side to me.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's just a little bit of roasted and very light chocolate like aspects. Up next comes the bourbon which impart the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but they are lighter and the vanilla still sticks out the most. On the finish comes the English ale yeast along with pretty much no bitterness and it had a sweet, caramel, vanilla and very light bourbon like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought the sweetness held this beer back a little, it it's not as roasty as a regular stout so it shouldn't be as sweet as an imperial stout.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly cloying, a little sticky, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was a little thicker with a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought this was a nice example of Bourbon Red Stout, I don't think I've ever had a red stout before, so I can't be too sure about this, but as far as I can tell it lived up to it's description and it felt like it was somewhere between a amber ale and stout. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, slightly cloying, a little sticky, not too filling and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, one full bottle might be just a little too much for because of the sweetness. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer was the drinkability, I just think the sweetness would really start to wear on me after awhile. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it was nice to try, but I don't really have the urge to revisit it anytime soon. I would recommend it if you like malty English ales and bourbon aspects in your beer, but I wouldn't recommend it as a good beer. This isn't my favorite beer from this brewery it falls about right in the middle and the same goes for the style. All in all I didn't mind this beer and it had some good aspect to it, but it also had some aspects that I hurt and I feel like I could go either way with this beer. I appreciate the effort it took take make this beer and I hope to see more unique beers from this brewery in the future, keep up the solid work.

Photo of gr0g
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Deep mahogany in color, but neither black nor opaque. A half-inch head leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aroma is sugary with tons of oak and vanilla, so much so that it smells "fake." Almost no roast malt character, though there is plenty of sweet candy and toffee aroma.

Flavor profile is unfortunately cloyingly sweet. Some smoke character toward the finish is the other thing that would suggest this is a stout, otherwise this would more accurately be classified as a Scottish/Scotch Ale. Mouthfeel is slick, not at all viscous. There is plenty of oak character, but it can't be enjoyed in the presence of an overbearing amount of residual sugars.

Hardly a stout, this is like a way too sweet and syrupy take on Innis and Gunn Rum Cask. Avoid.

Photo of rden4654
4.5/5  rDev +21%

This Beer Is Way Undervalued!!!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint, 4.3 ounce bottle. Bottom of the box the beer came in says best before June 2015. Not sure if this is any different than their regular bourbon stout, but the box says this is a "Limited Edition" beer that comes from a select batch of only 220 barrels. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark ruby red/brown color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is good, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like roasted malt, nuts, caramel, and some dried/candied fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, nuts, dark fruit, cola, and also has an herbal/mineral flavor to it. I don't really pick up much of if any bourbon at all. I know it's weird to say, but it tastes like an Innis & Gunn beer. There's just something about the beers I've tried from them that have a similar taste, but whatever it is, I like it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I liked this brew, but maybe they should have aged this over the bourbon oak chips longer. $7.99 a bottle.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with hints of ruby. About a fingers worth of head fades down to a decent cap that leaves a cascade of lace down the glass

S: Malty and sweet up front, with some lightly roasted malts and nuttiness. Some dark fruits come out as well along with the nuttiness

T: Starts off with a bit of light roast, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and more of the nuttiness. Some oak and bourbon come through mid-way and add to the sweetness a little. Finishes with lingering light roast and more oak and bourbon notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice and different take on a bourbon aged stout. The oak chips are a little different from barrel aging, but still impart a nice bourbon, oak, and vanilla kick. I've enjoyed the very few "red" stouts that I've had, and this is no exception

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Firstly, it should be noted that this beer will not be at all one expects without having first read the label. Secondly, it's an extremely unusual beer in its own right.

It's a dark brown color, but with a very definite red hue to it. It does still reach a fairly dark shade, considering. The head reaches one finger and stays there for most of the session, only falling slowly and leaving plenty of lace on the glass.
This beer has an unusual array of flavors and some things that will throw off people expecting only what they think a stout is. Firstly, the absence of roast is notable; it is expressly intended, though. The rye crystal malts used in the base makes for almost an entirely new creation, particularly as this brewery uses its own particular ale malt in this recipe. Ultimately, this beer ends up being sweeter than many will expect without the big fullness or the heavy thickness and richness. American stout lovers may end up disliking this, which I can easily see. Those who can appreciate an English-style stout can appreciate this, even if it is a bit different. There ends up being a lot of vanilla, caramel and toffee with big notes of figs, brown sugar, and rum cake. There's a lot of balance, not to mention added complexity, though. Firstly, the oak comes through nicely with a bit of wood, but not so much to overturn everything. I imagine it also contributes to the strong vanilla notes. There's also a bit of herb, plenty of underlying earthiness, and just a bit of pepper. There's as much of a hops presence as could be expected in an English style, but maybe a little more to even the sweetness.
The body is medium-full, as most of its kind tend to be, with plenty of depth and a good, smooth flow to it balanced by just a light crisp bite. It's got a little bit of dryness easing in to keep it from being cloying, and it finishes with the full complexity of the flavor.

Photo of getkrunkhoe
1.75/5  rDev -53%

app: MediuM BroWn not opaque in any way. pours a semi decent heaD but fades quickly

nose: butterscoTch and a toffee Like note. alSo like an expired caramel or spoiled sweet note.

taste is very sweet and not in a pleasaNt waY. taste (like mentioned abOve) bad caramel or a disgusting sweet candy. subtle hints Of Oak (but not BrbN). light To Low-medium feel. lingering smokiness that doesn't play well with the carbonation.

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.