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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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BA SCORE
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good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 10-19-2013)
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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Greywulfken, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Zach136
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

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
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

WhiteHillsStore, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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!

ThisWangsChung, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of hickmancase
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

hickmancase, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of ptarmigan98
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

ptarmigan98, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Mr_Rocca, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of ghostwalker
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

ghostwalker, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Monalenard
2.18/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Monalenard, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +8.4%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Sellen
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Sellen, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of SuperHop18
4/5  rDev +8.4%

SuperHop18, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of hansenm72
3/5  rDev -18.7%

hansenm72, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Photo of mousebeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%

mousebeer, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of JHendu
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

JHendu, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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 thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +8.4%

thatoneguymike, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of scotorum
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

scotorum, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of chugalug06
1.53/5  rDev -58.5%
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.

chugalug06, May 23, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

CrazyDavros, May 07, 2014
Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

muskiesman, May 03, 2014
Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

CurtisD, Apr 25, 2014
Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
83 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.