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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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BA SCORE
85
very good

929 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003)
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Reviews by BirdFlu:
Photo of BirdFlu
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the bat, this beer was the first time I considered allowing price to affect my drinkability rating.. I have opted not to really take it into account, though. The pour barely needs to be rated since its a clear bottle and you can see it clear. There is a decent head but it fades. The smell and flavor are whats really important here.. very, very strong vanilla.. its like cream soda, really. caramel, cream soda, and a complexity from the oak are all present. The smell is sweeter than the flavor, though, which doesn't get to the point of, say, a similar beer at a higher ABV (for better or for worse). The mouthfeel and drink are both good, nothing crazy to write home about but its got a full-body and it isn't too heavy at all, drinking quite easily.

BirdFlu, Sep 06, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very appetizing amber with a soft, tan head. light carbonation.The nose is softly sweet with malt hints and some great oak notes. The taste is nicely malty with nice fruitiness down the middle. A wonderful alcohol & oak mix become prominent late. A great lingering woody quality that is counterbalanced nicely with light sweetness. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Semi smooth finish. A nice sipper. The lingering aftertaste sits nicely and allows you sit and enjoy while slowly downing this brew. A quite enjoyed it.

Popsinc, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Zakk
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

Zakk, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of J2L
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

J2L, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of beergod82
5/5  rDev +32.6%

beergod82, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DaftPatrick, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear copper with one and a half fingers of off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly and leaves only scant lacing.

S - Unfortunately, a bit of skunkiness in the nose. Beneath that, aromas of caramel, a bit of vanilla, coconut and oak.

T - Sweet malt, with caramel and faint toffee. Also vanilla and a bit of skunk. Prettt tasty despite the off flavors.

M - Medium slightly sticky mouthfeel.

O - Pretty good overall, but not somwthig I would seek out. Despite the slight skunkiness, I feel like I got a goodrepresentation if what this beer is all about. Pretty easy drinking, with sweetness kept in check.

warnerry, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of R_Kole
4/5  rDev +6.1%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Shagator
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of EsoxLucius
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd actually tried this long before trying their Rum Cask Edition beer, which i found very interesting.

A: A nice golden yellow with a minimal head, but it does stick around through the entire drink.

S: Malty with a sweet bit of hops, a friend had called it skunky, but i found it to be pleasent.

T: nice and sweet with a little bit of bitterness. can definately detect the vanilla and toffee, i can taste the oak at the end, but initially its the sweet vanilla taste and creamy taste.

M: thin, yet not bad, but not good either. i'm a Stout drinker by nature and this was a little light in the mouth, however, it gets better as it goes down, so it's above average for me.

D: i bought two and am on the second one looking at it whilst writing this, it's drinkable for a change of pace, much like the Rum Cask Edition from this company, it's definately not for serving the masses but rather something to enjoy from time to time.

I would recommend trying it.

EsoxLucius, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bottle, why? Without fresness indication. Pours clear light almond, light tan head, leaving thick creamy lacing, with just a few bubbles rising to the top. Faint nose of peaty malt. Slightly smokey ale, soft notes of vanilla and some soggy orange citrus notes. Decent ale with some asperations of complexity, over 6% well in the background. Worth a try.

Billolick, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of MisterDeeds
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from the bottle, the color is a pale amber, looks almost like honey.

Smells smoky and strongly of alcohol. A mixture of beer and whiskey odor that reminds me of my old man.

Tastes like a combination of all of the above. Honey, Beer, Whiskey. This may not look good on paper, but the finished product is very unique, and very satisfying.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and it is very drinkable compared to what I expected. Because of the very oaky aftertaste, I don't see myself drinking too many in a row, but I would definitely recommend giving it a try.

MisterDeeds, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First review on this site so---Overall the closest I have had to a beer/whiskey mix...It tastes good, but not sure if I would have more than one in a sitting

Appearance: Medium gold, small head that disappears.

Smell: Oaky and hoppy

Taste: I taste whiskey, and a slightly sweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel: It lingers a bit with a small syrupy taste--not my thing, but not bad

Drinkability: I think one is my limit because of the sweetness, but it is a very good beer

tigg924, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

reitzbrewing, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Re-reviewed from a tall, 750mL clear bottle picked up at the LCBO. I wanted to see if my tastes had changed, as this was one of my first reviews on BA. A very handsome bottle indeed, although I wish it wasn't of the clear variety. Still, very nice.

Poured into a nonic. Dark golden to light amber in colour, clear and with about a 1/2 inch head that settles nicely into a thin layer. Flecks of lacing grace the sides of the glass.

The nose is potent and lovely, with strong notes of toffee, oak, caramel, cream, pale malts, butterscotch. Very pleasant.

Similar tasting notes as found in the nose, and all are quite pleasant. Toffee, vanilla, cream, butterscotch and oak make the strongest presence. Diactyl is there, but it's contributing towards a nice butterscotch flavor that I'm really digging. This brew is sweet, almost too much so - it's lacking a crisper malt presence to keep everything balanced. But the flavors are so enjoyable that it's hard not to love this beer.

Thinner bodied, creamy, solid carbonation.

A 750mL bottle is almost too much to handle in one sitting. The flavor of this beer is truly excellent, but I find the entire experience is a lot like eating homemade fudge - as terrific as it tastes, eventually one wants something else. An absolute must try, something to sip slowly - with friends, if you have a larger bottle. Great stuff.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

alienlifeforcecube, May 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

BrianBeers1030, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

canucksBC, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Milkysunshine, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of wjimson
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has an appearance like whiskey, with a beautiful light mahagony colour. Smells like a mix of light oak and malt. The taste is even better than the smell. A taste of light oak with a surprising sweet swirl of vanilla flavour. A sweetness then becomes like orange in taste. Later on, the mellow malt and light bitter hop kicks in at the right amount as a reminder that this is beer afterall, not fruit juice.

The aftertaste is a lingering and fragrant oak scent, not at all sour as initially expected. It is a bit annoying because the hop bitterness and the oak aroma gives a mix that is reminescent of tart whiskey. This beer is more refreshing and lighter than anticipated. Quite a uniqe beer.

wjimson, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of fionn13
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

fionn13, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. Oak-aged beer; an original idea (sort of) that was discovered by accident.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich golden-amber colour with plentiful carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of sweet toffee, vanilla and oak, underpinned by an alcoholic, whisky-like note. Any malt or hop aromas are smothered, and the effect is rather cloying.

Tastes of light malt with a sweet, slightly woody character. Notes of toffee and vanilla upfront, followed by subtler hints of oak. Pretty sweet - like a dose of candy sugar has been added to it. A faintly spicy/fruity element, with hints of anise, bananas, bubblegum and whisky. A mildly harsh, skunky background character. The finish is slightly hot and boozy. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and pleasantly tingly. A little dry on the palate. Aftertaste of sweet toffee/vanilla.

An interesting effort, but I don't find myself falling in love. It's biggest flaw, in my opinion, is the excess of extraneous flavours rather than an emphesis on the 'beer' character. It has some complexity, but it's too sweet, with too much toffee and vanilla - these flavours dominate everything else. It would be improved by a more robust maltiness that stands up to the oak and creates a better balance. Anyway, try it for interest, once.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 16, 2012
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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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