Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon StoutInnis & Gunn Bourbon Stout

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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 chugalug06
1.57/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of getkrunkhoe
1.75/5  rDev -53%

app: MediuM BroWn not opaque in any way. pours a semi decent heaD but fades quickly

nose: butterscoTch and a toffee Like note. alSo like an expired caramel or spoiled sweet note.

taste is very sweet and not in a pleasaNt waY. taste (like mentioned abOve) bad caramel or a disgusting sweet candy. subtle hints Of Oak (but not BrbN). light To Low-medium feel. lingering smokiness that doesn't play well with the carbonation.

Photo of Monalenard
2.19/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of DannyDaBeerMan34
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nicely Package and that's about where it ends. Draws no comparisons to other BA stouts offered. Really disappointed

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 ThisWangsChung
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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.

2.75/5: Enjoy a shitload of diacetyl? Here's your beer!

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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 gr0g
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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.

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 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 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 manfromanotherplace
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bit of a let down.

Photo of beerbully
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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)

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 flyingpig
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle from Tesco (£1.50):
Dark looking, caramel amber with a few bubbles rising to the surface. There is an inch thick, foamy, light brown head on top.

Earthy with some basic malts and bitterness to kick things off, followed up by some vanilla and butterscotch, with hints of sweetness throughout. There is some smoke coming through and a slightly boozy aroma from the bourbon.

Malty with some vanilla sweetness also appearing as does the bourbon from the nose as well. Some oak and smoked flavours come through along with some caramel malts and a touch of treacle towards the end.

Very smooth to the taste with a medium body and fairly low carbonation. The beer was quite sweet and boozy throughout with a warming alcohol feel coming through.

Fairly average and run-of-the-mill beer to me if I'm honest, it seemed rather plain and unadventurous other than the bourbon coming through and that wasn't an aspect of the beer I particularly enjoyed either.

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a nice reddish-brown color with a effervescent tan head that dissipates quickly with a light lacing left behind.

S: nose is pleasant with oak, vanilla, molasses, plum and some peat.

T: a little astringence from the oak, some roasted malt, plum, raisin and a touch of bourbon heat.

M: body is light for a stout,finish is fairly smooth and a bit dry.

O: if you can find the gift pack it is worth the purchase to try a few different things. pretty enjoyable overall as long as you like the lighter side of wood aging. will be drinking again

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 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 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 ADZA
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another new one for me and pours a very dark cherry cola hue with a creamy two finger head and some nice lacing,the smell is sweet bourbon,oak and glazed fruit,the mouthfeel is just medium bodied and moderately carbonated with tastes of predominantly bourbon and coke,the slightest edge of oak,biscuity malts and is finished with a very light hop bitterness and overall it's and drinkable where the bourbon oak is dominant but easily mingles with the base beer and yeah I'd drink it again cheers.

Photo of Zach136
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Deep red, small lasting head with great lacing. (4.00)

Aroma: Intense notes of caramel, oak, liquor, little to no roast.

Flavor: Intense anise up front with muddled notes of caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Borders on cloying sweetness. Hints of smoke and earthy/hard water character but again roasted is subdued at best. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, despite the insanely sweet body, the finish is fairly dry and dissipating. (3.8)

Overall: A tasty beer I think will play very well with I&Gs customer base. I don't think this beer scores well as a stout, and the bourbon character is pretty muddled. Bourbon chip irish red? Sure I'll take that. Call this a bourbon stout seems to me more trying to ride the wave of BA stouts. (3.65)

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured an apparent dark brown with gave way to pure ruby when held to a decent source of light. The head was about one finger light tan with a mix of fine a large bubbles.

S - the smell is very sweet, sweet candy sugar and malt, heavy toffee, lots of vanilla and rum. Aroma seems to be a prelude to a overly sweet cloying beer.

T - the taste is very complex, tons of sweet malt, but not as sweet as the aroma. There certainly is a candied flavor, but it is still enjoyable. What I love most is the smokey almost peaty notes I'm picking up, finish is nice and smokey, with a good balance of hop bitterness.

M - the feel is a little weak for a BBA stout, but on par for the abv though, ample carbonation. Finish Is mid sweet, not to bad and balanced well with the bitter hops.

O - overall an interesting beer. It is certainly a reprieve from most stouts, on the sweeter side but not offensively cloying. The smokey character makes it stands out and is really enjoyable. I'd drink it again but not more then one in a sitting.

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

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
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