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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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 54
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 Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Well this is my first time seeing a Big Box offering from Innis & Gunn. You all know me, I don't pass up a big box beer, specially with the words "Bourbon" "Stout" and everyone's favorite "Limited". It's about Beer O'clock on a Monday, so what do we have in the glass? This brew pours Dark Brown with medium light amber hues. A nice sturdy head that some what left the party early. Let me smell this Brew. Huge hits of toasted nuts, nice caramel/toffee in the body. Fruity esters also abound with an interesting cocoa nib presence. Well. I'm intrigued, bottoms Up! First hits with a roasted malt masterpiece. Toasted nuts, cocoa nibs slight vanilla with a Caramel sweetness. Some oak notes, yet not dominant. The beer finishes kind of harsh, slightly hard mineral water quality. There is a slight bitterness that is leafy in nature. Aftertaste of Cocoa and vanilla spice. The feel for her is Light that's almost on the brink of being Medium, yet falls short. Carbonation is active slightly massaging the palate. I likes that!

Overall: This has the making of being Outstanding, IMO. Yet the water and the malt body leaves me wanting more out of it. Also could ask for more Oak but now I'm just being picky. There is qualities I like about this brew, then there isn't. This brew has more of a Noble feel. Where every thing is classy and refined. Not "Extreme" like the American takes on styling. Yet I dig this brew, gave it's fair shake, I will finish my bottle. This brew is worthy.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A: clear brown ale on the pour creates a dark brown-black body with reddish highlights where light slips through the edges; you can kick up as much beige foam as you want, and it'll leave some lacing down the glass

S: candied fruits and nuts; herbal aromas as well; chewy sweet candy, warm brown bread

T: fruits like dates mashed with raisin, carob and cocoa, sweet vanilla tones; toasted nuts, some bitter nut; light coffee; cola

M: smooth and sinuous, medium bodied, slick; slight stickiness in the corners of the mouth; faint tingle of spice and fizz

O: very interesting ale - a "red stout" whose malts are lighter and toastier; bourbon aging effects a honeyed vanilla character of sweetness. Not like any stouts I can recall - one of a kind and absolutely worth the 8 or 9 bucks it might go for. Recommended.

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 WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance is a dark reddish black with a tan head that sticks to the glass. The smell was full of bourbon, wood, but also sweet with a vanilla hint. The taste I thought was very good. Starts off slightly bitter with almost a coffee flavor, and then you get dark chocolate and bourbon in the middle and a slightly boozy finish. Mouthfeel was a little thin but still good.

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 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 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 spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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 scotorum
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Nearly clear ruby/copper with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam and

s: Mild bourbon.

t: Bourbon with some bite.

m: Light to moderate, ok body.

o: I&G seem to have a slightly differenct view of stouts and porters than other makers, perhaps being Scottish theirs tend to be more Scottish alelike. This is no exception. There is no roasty malt/coffee/chocolate/smoke flavor to speak of, but lots of bourbon, rather reminiscent of Alltech's Kentucky Ale. I like it, and the color is dark enough to be a porter or stout, but those looking for more heft and complexity might be disappointed.

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 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 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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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 peachwave
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer very nice drinkable stout . Crisp and clean tons of flavor l'm not a real fancy sophisticated reviewer , I highly recommend trying this beer. Has nice fruit very smooth words words words ! Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla 250 characters

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty mahogany body with thick tan head. Fairly generous lacing.
S: Bourbon, oak, smoky malt & vanilla nose.
T: Bourbon is definitely prominent but not overpowering. Smoky, woodsy, oak and sweet vanilla flavors emerge.
M: Medium bodied, smooth with a warming finish.
O: A very nice bourbon stout that is a bit sweet but very tasty.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a deep ruby and has a one finger head that surprsingly sticks around for quite a while before breaking to a thin film leaving no lacing in its wake. The smell is Bourbon malts and vanilla. Taste has Bourbon, treacle, malts, and vanilla. The mouth feel is smooth with a lower than expected carbonation. Overall better than expected. I quite liked this and would revisit it and recommend it to others.

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of y2jrock60
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear dark brown with a thin white that disipats quickly while leaving behind no lacing.

S- Sweet dark carmel and plum notes. Their is a nice hint of mild whiskey and vanilla at the end.

T- Tastes very similar to its aroma. Sweet, vanilla, and caramel flavors.

M- Medium bodied w/ low carbonation.

O- A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After sampling the excellent Original and then the curiously subdued Rum Cask version, I finished off the holiday gift pack with this - a return to the silky-smooth, flavor burst of vanilla and fresh-cut oak staves.

Used-motor-oil sooty-red in color with an open foam structure that doesn't support head retention, poured into a snifter, the aforementioned redolent vanilla and a soft syrupy roasted malt aroma burst forth quite invitingly. These and the oak radiate with exceeding-moderate intensity, with esters well-developed but in check on the edges and a surprising yet mellow earthy hop flavor and bitterness to balance, yet nearly entirely absent of any unmistakable bourbon character.

With a lovely fullish, viscous yet vanishing texture, the beer overall caught me off-guard with just how moreish and enjoyable it was. In hindsight, I can say I am relieved that this wasn't a bourbon-bomb - not even close. This is yet another satisfying, uniquely distinctive ale from Innis & Gunn and, after sampling this entire set, I am sold on trying more of their products. Their beers have a refined, characteristic British taste to them - which is right up my alley.

Photo of JWU
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an Innis & Gunn glass.

A- dark brown/ruby, translucent, which a stout should certainly not be. A nice tan head sits on top, but it's anything but dense, and dissipates quickly.

S- Much closer to a scotch ale than a stout on the nose. Sweetness, some oak and vanilla.

T- Very pleasant, some soft dark roast it met with a nice scotch ale type sweetness. Bourbon aging is a complexity thing here, and not a dominant character like the KBS's and BCBS's of the world. Some nice vanilla, oak, and very mild bourbon notes are detectable. I REALLY like the vanilla note on this one.

M- Thin. But otherwise carbonation is appropriate.

O- Everything about this beer is mediocre, except the taste, which is what truly matters. You need to put aside your american stout expectations when tackling this one, as it's much more of a stout/scotch ale hybrid. When it comes down to it, it's downright delicious.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love the holiday season. Especially when it comes to buying beer. you can always count on the holiday-style gift packs, usually a mix of the Breweries finest and or holiday appropriate beers plus a glass. This time around it's Innis & Gunn with a unique three pack of different aged styles along with a glass and for only $5.99. What can I say? I'm sucker for good marketing. And a sucker for Cask Aged brews.

I'm pouring this amber/red scotch-like color into the new glass. A 1/2" light brown cap of foam forms and slowly dissipates.

The aroma is so interesting because it really takes on the Bourbon Oak chips, but it really, really smells like bourbon or Scotch Whiskey, big vanilla, Huge "heat" or alcohol, it totally fools you into thinking you're about to drink something 80 proof. Sweet malt, light herbals and pepper. Old Leather and mild sweet fruits come through as the brew warms.

A thin or light bodied feel, it really is easy...not at all the lazy or thicker feel, which is interesting for something aged for 54 days. Refreshing feel, then becomes thick, slick and pretty darn smooth.

The flavor is a light, sweet malt, dark bread, sweet vanilla oak comes through big time, just like the aroma it seems like you might be taking a shot of something big, but a very mild heat makes you realize your not putting down a glass of bourbon. A sweet malt, light smokiness and peat, which is a classic flavor for Scottish style brews. The hops are subtle but come out even more as the brew warms with a light bitter, herbal earthiness that provides at least, a bit of balance to the oak and malt.

I'm amazed at how long the mouth feel stays solid with a malt-heavy and aged stout, making this easy to drink for the duration of the session.

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.