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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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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | 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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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 51
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 sjrodriguez
2/5  rDev -46.2%

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 ptarmigan98
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Kyleschultz
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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 Extol
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of starshockey9
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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 ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of hansenm72
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of khargro2
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Benesi88
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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 AlpacaAlpaca
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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 TimErickson
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
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