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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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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 10-19-2013)
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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Brenden, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

RedAleMan, Sunday at 05:28 AM
Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

MaltLickyWithTheCandy, Thursday at 11:34 PM
Photo of Devon_
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Devon_, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Acubflem
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Acubflem, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of beerbully
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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)

beerbully, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of REY_CORTEZ
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

REY_CORTEZ, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of Fader
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Fader, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

StoutHunter, Oct 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

BrianBeers1030, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of gr0g
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

gr0g, Oct 05, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

PStriedl, Oct 05, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

sjrodriguez, Oct 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

This Beer Is Way Undervalued!!!

rden4654, Sep 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

ajdemma, Sep 27, 2014
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1.2/5  rDev -67.4%

shawnroman, Sep 26, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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

BEERMILER12, Sep 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

midnightcowboy818, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

csurowiec, Sep 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Nick_isthatstillcool, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Snugsound, Sep 17, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +6.5%

Sparkees3, Sep 12, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

DuffDadddy, Sep 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

starshockey9, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

pjkelley82, Sep 05, 2014
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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.