Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout - Innis & Gunn
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3.99/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance is a dark reddish black with a tan head that sticks to the glass. The smell was full of bourbon, wood, but also sweet with a vanilla hint. The taste I thought was very good. Starts off slightly bitter with almost a coffee flavor, and then you get dark chocolate and bourbon in the middle and a slightly boozy finish. Mouthfeel was a little thin but still good.
08-19-2014 01:35:25 | More by WhiteHillsStore
2.75/5 rDev -25.7%
20.3 oz bottle into a wine glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color - it's very light and clear for a stout. The head is a finger high, with a light khaki shade. The texture is similar to whipped cream, and retention...well, it's alright.
Smell: Buttery. Actually, the butter/diacetyl notes seem to blend decently with the subtle bourbon notes - ergo, it doesn't annoy me the way it could have, or even should have. Additional notes of brown sugar and chocolate come through. The real disappointment on the nose comes from the utter void of roasted notes. Even worse, its buttery nature gets stronger as it warms up.
Taste: Yikes, dat butter. Talk about a friggen' diacetyl bomb. There's one good feature about this strong butter flavor, and that's how it meshes with the gentle oak and vanilla notes the bourbon chips provide. I was initially disappointed in the lack of roasted notes, but after learning it's meant to be a "red stout", the minimal roast became forgivable. Additional notes of caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar also appear, but are ultimately overpowered by the huge butter flavors. It really could have been good without the latter steamrolling everything else.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light, and quite dry. It seems well attenuated, giving it decent drinkability. Unfortunately, that buttery finish is too damn long. Carbonation is low, helping to give it a somewhat creamy feel.
Overall: It isn't bad, but it isn't exactly good either. The massive diacetyl presence pretty much spoils it - take that out, and this might be a pretty solid (if not quite amazing) stout. On the plus side, at least Innis & Gunn decided to use regular (brown) bottles and even a cardboard box for this! Nothing says class like using the same kind of bottle nearly every other brewer worldwide does.
08-17-2014 16:41:51 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.18/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
08-02-2014 20:48:12 | More by ghostwalker
2.18/5 rDev -41.1%
pours a dark mahogany transparent brown, completely missing the most noteworthy characteristic of a stout. Thick but short and head, lingers a bit, decent lacing.
smells like adjunct sweet malt, caramel and vanilla.
Taste follows the nose plus a slight bourbon/oak chip flavor. not a terrible tasting beer but they really missed their mark.
mouth is medium, sugar sticky, medium carbonation.
overall, if this beer was the only beer on tap while I was out with friends, I simply wouldn't drink.
07-31-2014 22:33:03 | More by Monalenard
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
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
2.98/5 rDev -19.5%
Dark ruby body that you can barely see through. Rocky tan three finger head. No real lacing.
Mild oak, vanilla, bourbon notes in the aroma.
Taste is light bourbon, the stout nondescript.
Very thin mouthfeel for the style. Smooth but not full or slick.
Very unimpressive. As were the other two beers in the gift box.
06-18-2014 21:24:24 | More by RonfromJersey
3.86/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.
a: Nearly clear ruby/copper with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam and
s: Mild bourbon.
t: Bourbon with some bite.
m: Light to moderate, ok body.
o: I&G seem to have a slightly differenct view of stouts and porters than other makers, perhaps being Scottish theirs tend to be more Scottish alelike. This is no exception. There is no roasty malt/coffee/chocolate/smoke flavor to speak of, but lots of bourbon, rather reminiscent of Alltech's Kentucky Ale. I like it, and the color is dark enough to be a porter or stout, but those looking for more heft and complexity might be disappointed.
06-12-2014 05:50:36 | More by scotorum
1.53/5 rDev -58.6%
Clear bottle. OK.
Thin. Blackish-mostly brown brew color. Head is 1/2 finger and thin foamy crust.
Tons of peaty irish malt, kinda weird. Not sure I'm a fan. Very Circus Peanut aroma. Kinda childish. Way too sweet. Forced vanilla.
BLAH. Not pleasant flavors. Very forced fermentation and brewed. Not fluid or "stout-esque". Thin body, carbonation is prickly, sweetness is weird. Too peaty. No bourbon, just fake vanilla. Candy flavors and fake mouthfeel.
Horrid brew. This one went strait down the drain. This has to be near the bottom for style. I'm going to go scrub my mouth out. What a joke of a bad brew.
05-22-2014 23:53:41 | More by chugalug06
2.93/5 rDev -20.8%
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
Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
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