Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout - Innis & Gunn
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.34/5 rDev -9.7%
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
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
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
3.46/5 rDev -6.5%
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
03-10-2014 03:23:29 | More by arlingtonjoe
3.99/5 rDev +7.8%
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
02-24-2014 21:37:26 | More by peachwave
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-21-2014 02:57:42 | More by Paincane
3.81/5 rDev +3%
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.
02-12-2014 22:03:04 | More by polloenfuego
3.91/5 rDev +5.7%
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
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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
Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.