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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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85
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 10-19-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After sampling the excellent Original and then the curiously subdued Rum Cask version, I finished off the holiday gift pack with this - a return to the silky-smooth, flavor burst of vanilla and fresh-cut oak staves.

Used-motor-oil sooty-red in color with an open foam structure that doesn't support head retention, poured into a snifter, the aforementioned redolent vanilla and a soft syrupy roasted malt aroma burst forth quite invitingly. These and the oak radiate with exceeding-moderate intensity, with esters well-developed but in check on the edges and a surprising yet mellow earthy hop flavor and bitterness to balance, yet nearly entirely absent of any unmistakable bourbon character.

With a lovely fullish, viscous yet vanishing texture, the beer overall caught me off-guard with just how moreish and enjoyable it was. In hindsight, I can say I am relieved that this wasn't a bourbon-bomb - not even close. This is yet another satisfying, uniquely distinctive ale from Innis & Gunn and, after sampling this entire set, I am sold on trying more of their products. Their beers have a refined, characteristic British taste to them - which is right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an Innis & Gunn glass.

A- dark brown/ruby, translucent, which a stout should certainly not be. A nice tan head sits on top, but it's anything but dense, and dissipates quickly.

S- Much closer to a scotch ale than a stout on the nose. Sweetness, some oak and vanilla.

T- Very pleasant, some soft dark roast it met with a nice scotch ale type sweetness. Bourbon aging is a complexity thing here, and not a dominant character like the KBS's and BCBS's of the world. Some nice vanilla, oak, and very mild bourbon notes are detectable. I REALLY like the vanilla note on this one.

M- Thin. But otherwise carbonation is appropriate.

O- Everything about this beer is mediocre, except the taste, which is what truly matters. You need to put aside your american stout expectations when tackling this one, as it's much more of a stout/scotch ale hybrid. When it comes down to it, it's downright delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:52:27 | More by JWU
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 23:23:04 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
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