Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout - Innis & Gunn
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3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
10-19-2013 01:22:57 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
Purchased at the Sainsbury supermarket, presented in a barrel-themed paper case. BB 09/2014, served mildly chilled in a straight pint glass. Notes: the beer label specifies the beer is matured for 54 days (presumably in the bourbon barrels) before release. This “red stout” is brewed using Innis&Gunn’s own ale malt, rye crystal malt, roasted barley and wheat, while Whitbread Golding hops are used “to complement the nutty, biscuit character of the malts with their soft hop bitterness and dried fruit flavour”.
A: pours a dark russet brown colour with good clarity, coming with a thin dark beige head and rather restrained level of carbonation.
S: sour-sweet vanilla Bourbon oakiness comes in full strength (not in terms of alcoholic intensity), edged by coconut flesh-like sweetness, Taiwanese longan fruits, jammy raisins or dried berries, and unnamed sweet herbs; given a good swirl, subtly chocolaty malts, dates and grapy fruitiness combine to render a bit more complexity, but always overshadowed by the lively vanilla-oakiness from the Boubon casks.
T: lightly carbonated, the foretaste is immediately (unsweet) black sugar-ish, vanilla-ish and lightly chocolaty in terms of maltiness, followed by slightly richer notes as of burned caramel, treacle, and herbal-bitter hop hints, whereas the vanilla-ish oakiness seems to outlive all the other elements to prolong the enjoyment with a slightly savoury-sweet, woody/dry-ish palate typical of a well-aged spirit (sherry-like even!). The finish has raisin-ish fruitiness, toasted wood-chips, bitter toffee and smoked longan-fruit shells on display, but only in terms of lingering aroma and impact, which is subtle enough to contribute just enough to the overall complexity instead of taking over. A good weight of chewy hop bitterness is felt in the finish also.
M&O: smooth on the palate, the body comes rather moderate or on the verge of being light at times, but given the moderate flavour profile that doesn’t go heavy on malts plus alc. well hidden, the overall balance is pretty respectful. Being a “Red Stout” oak-aged in Bourbon casks, I find this beer very enjoyable and would certainly recommend it amongst most other Innis&Gunn’s products I’ve tasted.
02-03-2014 21:15:34 | More by wl0307
3.98/5 rDev +7%
Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly and leaves no lace. Deep opaque amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon and vanilla, hints of caramel. 330ml clear bottle part of 4-pak (glass is included that just holds 330ml) $5.99 from Market Basket Concord, NH.
11-19-2013 23:29:06 | More by jdhilt
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark bread, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, oak, clove, light vanilla, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and oak barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, light coffee, raisin, plum, vanilla, clove, oak, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, roast, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, vanilla, oak, clove, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English stout style. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
03-31-2014 04:18:15 | More by superspak
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
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
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
3.91/5 rDev +5.1%
From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 7, 2014.
The pour is chestnut brown with some reddish hues when held to the light. The head on this beer lasts for only a short time before dissolving completely.
Oh those bourbon esters really climb up my nose with a slightly more muted but still notable dark malt and chocolate character.
Body was on the thin side.
Same evolving flavors of dark malts, chocolate, earth, and bourbon play toss and catch with each other. It ended with a slightly lingering chocolate note. I found it to be delightful.
02-08-2014 00:50:35 | More by puboflyons
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
3.61/5 rDev -3%
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.
12-09-2013 11:45:29 | More by ADZA
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
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)
08-21-2014 00:55:10 | More by Zach136
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
Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
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