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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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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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 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 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 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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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 puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

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.

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 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 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 Greywulfken
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.

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 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 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 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 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 spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark body, but still see-through. High carb, but thin head.

Nose is super sweet. Vanilla, butter (yes, diacetyl), corn flakes.

Flavor is thin but rich. Smooth with buttery aftertaste. The bourbon is not huge here, but the diacetyl is.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick, Carb fell off so fast it is already almost flat. Slightly oily.

Overall, good but not great. I would rather have their standard brew than this.

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 jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly and leaves no lace. Deep opaque amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon and vanilla, hints of caramel. 330ml clear bottle part of 4-pak (glass is included that just holds 330ml) $5.99 from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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 Paincane
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty mahogany body with thick tan head. Fairly generous lacing.
S: Bourbon, oak, smoky malt & vanilla nose.
T: Bourbon is definitely prominent but not overpowering. Smoky, woodsy, oak and sweet vanilla flavors emerge.
M: Medium bodied, smooth with a warming finish.
O: A very nice bourbon stout that is a bit sweet but very tasty.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thankfully, the last beer from the 3 pack gift box.
Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar with some dark dried fruit and a bit of oak tannin, light vanilla, and a hint of alcohol. This says its a stout, where is the roast, coffee, and or chocolate? The flavor is quite sweet with dark sugary malt, toffee, dark fruit, light oak and vanilla sweetness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Stout huh? not by a long shot! Still an overly sweet Scottish ale that maybe they but a hint more color into. Again there is nothing flawed about the beer other than its boring and not to style.

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
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