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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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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of rden4654
4.5/5  rDev +21%

This Beer Is Way Undervalued!!!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint, 4.3 ounce bottle. Bottom of the box the beer came in says best before June 2015. Not sure if this is any different than their regular bourbon stout, but the box says this is a "Limited Edition" beer that comes from a select batch of only 220 barrels. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark ruby red/brown color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is good, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like roasted malt, nuts, caramel, and some dried/candied fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, nuts, dark fruit, cola, and also has an herbal/mineral flavor to it. I don't really pick up much of if any bourbon at all. I know it's weird to say, but it tastes like an Innis & Gunn beer. There's just something about the beers I've tried from them that have a similar taste, but whatever it is, I like it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I liked this brew, but maybe they should have aged this over the bourbon oak chips longer. $7.99 a bottle.

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with hints of ruby. About a fingers worth of head fades down to a decent cap that leaves a cascade of lace down the glass

S: Malty and sweet up front, with some lightly roasted malts and nuttiness. Some dark fruits come out as well along with the nuttiness

T: Starts off with a bit of light roast, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and more of the nuttiness. Some oak and bourbon come through mid-way and add to the sweetness a little. Finishes with lingering light roast and more oak and bourbon notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice and different take on a bourbon aged stout. The oak chips are a little different from barrel aging, but still impart a nice bourbon, oak, and vanilla kick. I've enjoyed the very few "red" stouts that I've had, and this is no exception

Photo of midnightcowboy818
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of csurowiec
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Snugsound
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of Sparkees3
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of DuffDadddy
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of starshockey9
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of pjkelley82
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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 GeorgeCarroll
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Fitze
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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 WoostaBia
5/5  rDev +34.4%

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.

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.