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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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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 10-19-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev +3%

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.

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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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.

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)

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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.

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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!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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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.

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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.

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.