Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout - Innis & Gunn
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3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
330ml clear bottle. Aged 'over Bourbon-infused oak'. No mention of barrels here.
This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy soft mocha head, which leaves some pockmarked limestone wall lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.
It smells of sweet grainy, biscuity pale malt, a bit of crystallized toffee, dark orchard fruit - plums, apricot, and black currants - and mild vanilla, caramel, and wooden plank notes. The taste is sweet caramel and toffee malt, bittersweet chocolate, muddled pit fruit, an ethereal oak essence, manifest in barely a whisper of vanilla and woody graininess, and subtle earthy, leafy noble hops.
The carbonation is a tad peppy up front, but generally sedate otherwise, the body an introductory medium weight, and fairly smooth, but with a certain clamminess slowly building. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, biscuity toffee, chocolate, and obfuscated alcohol running the show.
Like the rest of I & G's offerings, this has 'gateway' beer written all over it. While there is a lot of flavour, everything comes back to that malt sweetness, which I am long past being an apologist for. I thought that the use of American oak (in whatever respect) would lend this the air of an American stout. Nope, still English, the hops surprisingly taking care of that. A bit more complex than I was expecting, but that's about it.
10-19-2013 01:22:57 | More by biboergosum
4.01/5 rDev +7.8%
I love the holiday season. Especially when it comes to buying beer. you can always count on the holiday-style gift packs, usually a mix of the Breweries finest and or holiday appropriate beers plus a glass. This time around it's Innis & Gunn with a unique three pack of different aged styles along with a glass and for only $5.99. What can I say? I'm sucker for good marketing. And a sucker for Cask Aged brews.
I'm pouring this amber/red scotch-like color into the new glass. A 1/2" light brown cap of foam forms and slowly dissipates.
The aroma is so interesting because it really takes on the Bourbon Oak chips, but it really, really smells like bourbon or Scotch Whiskey, big vanilla, Huge "heat" or alcohol, it totally fools you into thinking you're about to drink something 80 proof. Sweet malt, light herbals and pepper. Old Leather and mild sweet fruits come through as the brew warms.
A thin or light bodied feel, it really is easy...not at all the lazy or thicker feel, which is interesting for something aged for 54 days. Refreshing feel, then becomes thick, slick and pretty darn smooth.
The flavor is a light, sweet malt, dark bread, sweet vanilla oak comes through big time, just like the aroma it seems like you might be taking a shot of something big, but a very mild heat makes you realize your not putting down a glass of bourbon. A sweet malt, light smokiness and peat, which is a classic flavor for Scottish style brews. The hops are subtle but come out even more as the brew warms with a light bitter, herbal earthiness that provides at least, a bit of balance to the oak and malt.
I'm amazed at how long the mouth feel stays solid with a malt-heavy and aged stout, making this easy to drink for the duration of the session.
12-09-2013 23:23:04 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.91/5 rDev +5.1%
From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 7, 2014.
The pour is chestnut brown with some reddish hues when held to the light. The head on this beer lasts for only a short time before dissolving completely.
Oh those bourbon esters really climb up my nose with a slightly more muted but still notable dark malt and chocolate character.
Body was on the thin side.
Same evolving flavors of dark malts, chocolate, earth, and bourbon play toss and catch with each other. It ended with a slightly lingering chocolate note. I found it to be delightful.
02-08-2014 00:50:35 | More by puboflyons
2.93/5 rDev -21.2%
Pours black with a large fading off-white head.
Nose shows vanilla, bourbon, woody oak and caramel. Very sweet-smelling.
Overly sweet flavours, pretty cloying. Lots of vanilla, toffee and bourbon. Barely any of the roast malt shows.
Body feels watery.
05-07-2014 03:49:35 | More by CrazyDavros
4/5 rDev +7.5%
A: clear brown ale on the pour creates a dark brown-black body with reddish highlights where light slips through the edges; you can kick up as much beige foam as you want, and it'll leave some lacing down the glass
S: candied fruits and nuts; herbal aromas as well; chewy sweet candy, warm brown bread
T: fruits like dates mashed with raisin, carob and cocoa, sweet vanilla tones; toasted nuts, some bitter nut; light coffee; cola
M: smooth and sinuous, medium bodied, slick; slight stickiness in the corners of the mouth; faint tingle of spice and fizz
O: very interesting ale - a "red stout" whose malts are lighter and toastier; bourbon aging effects a honeyed vanilla character of sweetness. Not like any stouts I can recall - one of a kind and absolutely worth the 8 or 9 bucks it might go for. Recommended.
08-22-2014 00:45:18 | More by Greywulfken
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6
Appearance - Brown colour with an above average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, chocolate, wood
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also some dark fruits and a bit of a woodiness.
Overall - Don't expect a typical bourbon aged stout.. this tastes like the rest of the innis lineup basically. It's a decent brew, and another beer that is good to introduce others to craft.
06-26-2014 01:01:44 | More by spinrsx
Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
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