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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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

djrn2, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

kylehay2004, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

InspectorBob, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

superspak, Mar 31, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wl0307, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DoubleJ, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdhilt, Nov 19, 2013
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3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

johnnnniee, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

spinrsx, Jun 26, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

puboflyons, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

enelson, Feb 08, 2014
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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

rfgetz, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

thatoneguymike, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

CrazyDavros, May 07, 2014
Photo of ADZA
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

ADZA, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

muskiesman, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

andrenaline, Dec 06, 2013
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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
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

RonfromJersey, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Zach136
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

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)

Zach136, Aug 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

cfalovo97, Dec 19, 2013
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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.