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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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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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1.53/5  rDev -58.9%

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
Photo of Monalenard


2.18/5  rDev -41.4%

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
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

08-08-2014 04:21:50 | More by ptarmigan98
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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!

08-17-2014 16:41:51 | More by ThisWangsChung
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

12-25-2013 20:04:28 | More by Extol
Photo of CrazyDavros


2.93/5  rDev -21.2%

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
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New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -19.9%

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
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-03-2014 16:46:03 | More by hansenm72
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.4%

12-19-2013 01:01:28 | More by cfalovo97
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

10-20-2013 22:12:12 | More by khargro2
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-20-2014 06:32:10 | More by Howlader
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New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

11-17-2013 21:46:36 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of ghostwalker


3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

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
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-04-2014 00:52:41 | More by Mr_Rocca
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-16-2013 22:16:43 | More by Bromine
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-07-2014 08:31:43 | More by Hyperionecta
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-08-2014 07:14:43 | More by hickmancase
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-10-2013 04:22:54 | More by djrn2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.34/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

04-09-2014 14:41:13 | More by flyingpig
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3.46/5  rDev -7%

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

03-10-2014 03:23:29 | More by arlingtonjoe
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-20-2014 05:11:03 | More by MJSJr
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-11-2014 22:47:37 | More by dasunder
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-25-2014 17:42:55 | More by CurtisD
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-04-2014 05:07:53 | More by DamageCase76
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-09-2014 17:35:14 | More by rfgetz
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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
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