Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn
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Reviews by Gattopardo:
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I noticed this one at Trader Joe's while waiting in line and thought it looked intriguing. According to the label, this beer is aged in oak barrels for 77 days. The label also notes that it should be served chilled. I found this instruction a little disconcerting as I have come to assume that only low-quality beers require cold temperatures and only to mask the overly bitter flavours, or lack of any flavours, as the case may be. However, I worried needlessly as I ended up sipping it over the course of a couple of hours without any appreciable degradation in taste.
The brew poured with a rich, even amber colour and a good head that dissipated quickly. A deep sniff revealed a pleasant malty aroma with whiskey tones. On the first sip, the sweetish flavour of malt is very evident, but even more pronounced is a taste that I liken to that of single malt Scotch whisky from the lowlands. As a lover of good Scotch, I was particularly delighted at the results of aging in oak barrels. Bitterness was only present in trace amounts. One could argue it could use a little more of the latter for balance, but I personally would not complain. The finish was smooth and warm in the mouth. Overall, an unusual and enjoyable brew. I can attest that it goes well with dark chocolate.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2006 16:04:00 | More by Gattopardo
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3.89/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle poured into pint glass.
Appearance: Nice amber oak colour; very similar to whiskey. Foam was about a finger high and white, but dissipated after only about 5 minutes.
Smell: Foam was very aromatic, with toffee and vanilla prominent and a hint of oak.
Taste: Medium bodied with wood a little too prominent in the flavour. Vanilla and toffee flavours could only be detected after about 20 seconds. Very slight bitterness and moderate sweetness. Medium carbonation. Definitely drinkable, but perhaps could be improved with a little less oak.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 08:10:05 | More by ThomasT
Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
85 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.