Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 41
Gots: 137 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003

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Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. It poured a light toffee color with a thin white head that stayed around for a long time. Don't really recall seeing much carbonation.

S: Very nice aroma. It was sweet, toffee perhaps, and smoky.

T: The taste was very good. I tried to drink it on a stand alone basis, but think that it would be best enjoyed with a meal. The toffee and alcohol really came through. You could also taste the smokiness from the oak barrels.

M/D: The beer was very smooth, creamy and strong. Light level of carbonation. Definitely has a lot of characteristics from the oak barrels and defiantly reminds me of a good scotch. Overall, a very good beer, one that I will have again, but I don't see myself drinking more than one at a time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
1.8/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Diacetyl bomb. I cannot se beyond the butter or the popcorn taste. Horrible!

Photo of Themanran
1.38/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

thought it tasted disgusting. Honestly worst beer I have ever had.

Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of wjimson
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer amazed me, looking at it at my store very seldom did I see it sell, but only to the beer geeks and advocates. This encouraged me to give it a go, so I took home two bottles of it. Expecting nothing great, I poured it into a large English Pint, and immediately you see some carbonation, but very little. A nice head arises, with fantastic lacing, that stays even after the beverage is gone. The taste is of wood, obviously from the oak barrels, vanilla, and a nice malty backbone. Sweet, however not a sugar bomb, delicious, and overwhelming. A great beer.

Photo of Libationguy
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium reddish-amber color with brass hues. Off white head of medium density with moderate head retention. Lacing in the glass.

Moss, citrus, white/yellow flowers, malt, vanilla, gentle baking spices.

Rich malt fruitiness, vanilla, nutmeg, red apple skin, vanilla, nutmeg, mild bitterness. Firm carbonation off the draft system. Gentle alcohol heat on the palate.

Medium+ bodied mouthfeel. Gentle, crisp bitterness keeps it clean on the finish.

Nice pint.

Photo of MegalomanX
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance you can see in the bottle, because its clear. When I poured it, there was a small off white head which quickly disappeared. It smelled mostly of fruity esters maybe even slightly sour.

Additionally, the beer tasted different than expected. Upfront there is a very cidery taste with a little bit of mead-like honey taste. At the back you get a solid taste of the oak and the slightest sense of the bitterness. The flavors don't really come together to complete the beer. It tastes like a moving target shifting between an oak aged pale lager and a more cider/mead beer.

Maybe I got a weird bottle, so I'd try this again to see if it came together a bit better. On the other hand, If I tasted the intended flavor of the beer, I don't think I'll pick it up again.

Photo of foamer
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a clear (why?) bottle and no visible freshness date. It pours a light copper with a nice white head that leaves some foam on the glass. Some malt and whiskey notes make through the rather overwhelming smell of run-over-three-days-ago skunk. I've had better bottles of this, but this one is really bad. Why should they put it in clear bottles and let this happen to an otherwise lovely beer? Not impressed. Sweet honey and malt in the taste with some oaky and whiskey hints. Mercifully not much of the skunkiness. A rather tasty beer, and certainly very good when you have a good bottle of the stuff. Nice mouthfeel and drinkable, but why the clear bottles. I shouldn't rant. It is a good beer, just plug your nose.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear copper, just as it looks in the clear glass bottles. There is a thin film of off-white head that fades to a thin ring.

S- The green oak and bourbon hints blend with a raisin note and some wet wood lingers in the finish.

T- The wet fresh-cut oak flavor takes on a wooden Popsicle stick flavor and some vanilla notes grow as the beer warms. There is some clean soft slightly sweet malt flavors but they remain underneath the wood. The finish has light bourbon and green wood characteristics.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight tight fizz in the finish.

O- The wood is the dominant player but it is not overpowering and gets some very nice subtle support from the malt flavor underneath. I was nervous about the clear bottles but it was tasty and didn't suffer any noticeable change.

Photo of Hammarby
4.84/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark amber, yellowish head.
S: Butter, hint of berries, caramel.
T: Smoke, oak, buttery taste, not so much bitterness. After taste of butter, caramel and oak.
M: Not too much carboration, lots of body. Aged in oak casks, which is evident in the taste. Almost like a whiskey. Very smooth. An excentric beer. Haven't tasted anything like it.

For the swedes: think rotmos (mashed turnip) as you drink it. Meal in a drink.

Photo of bobatundi
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ok, I finally got around to tasting this beer. I don't know if it was the clear bottle, or if this just isn't a very good beer, but I swear, it tasted just like malt liquor. I've had some pretty skunked bottles of Newcastle that had a similar flavor. So I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say that I probably got a bad bottle--but, I can say for sure I won't ever buy it again, because if they don't respect their beer enough to put it in a brown bottle, I sure as hell ain't gonna pay $5 for another bottle of potential skunk-juice.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a clear, almost fiery red-orange-brown from the tap, the only reason for this beer's translucency is how dark it is. On top of it rests a 1/2 finger cap of frothy-looking brown head that leaves blotchy lacing spattered about the glass.
This beer showcases mainly sweetness on the nose and tongue, but it's not shallow. Wood provides a dryness that counters it, albeit a light one. Toffee and vanilla are the main elements, but malts also offer sweetbreads. The whiskey is part of the sweetness but adds a bit of warmth (as opposed to heat). A little bit of not-quite-herbal greenery eases into the middle to end of every sip. There's something a little more to the sweeter aspects well into it also, almost like maple or a little thicker and firmer like molasses.
This beer has a good body, appropriate for style, an even medium strength with some heft (but not thickness) and brightness, lightly crisp and plenty smooth. It's semi-dry for the entirety of every sip beyond the sweeter opening.

Photo of rdilauro
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the few beers/ales I have had recently that come in a clear bottle. I was expecting something like and just ok.

The pour and head did nothing to excite me. Even the aroma didnt have enough to raise an eyebrow.

However, wit the fist sip, my mind quickly changed! This was a very pleasant beer. What I enjoyed the most was how well rounded and balance the taste was. It had a good amount of body and was so smooth in drinking.

The taste and flavor had me thinking about all those wines I have tasted over the years and see how much mellowing the oak casks can do.

Bottom line, I couldnt find one special characteristic of this beer that separated it from others. But I also could not find any faults.

Photo of rickmick
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear bottle into a pint glass. Fortunately, the bottle wasn't skunked--I only purchased bottles from the back of the shelf. A nice foamy head rises, then quickly fades. The aroma is hints of toffee and vanilla, and scotch. The taste is unique. Malts up front, then a strong buttery note from the wood aging. Then you're hit with some alcohol.

Altogether a decent, but not mind-blowing brew. If you like oak aged beers, this one is a very good choice. However, its pricey, and in an invisible bottle.

Photo of missginsu
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really fascinating flavor! It's a bit smoky and savory... almost vegetal. There's a lot of aroma in the nose. Rich body with very mellow carbonation. The head is just a lacy foam across the surface of this golden amber brew.

The flavor is powerful, so I'm not sure that I'd want more than one of these at a go. It's a beer to sip, not one to swig on a hot summer day.

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml clear as the window beside me bottle at the Keg - a decent celebratory choice for my girl's having finished yoga teachers' school classes.

This beer pours a medium crystal clear golden amber colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, wanly foamy, and mostly soapy dirty white head, which leaves a small bit of coral reef lace on the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of natural vanilla, boozy wood fiber, caramelized malt, a hint of watery toffee, and very tame earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more big caramel malt, vanilla cookies, equally strong oak barrel woodiness, and weirdly sexy (or just plain welcome) earthy hops.

The carbonation is really quite varied, from fizzy to outright flat-seeming, the body rather nice and round and weighty, with an attendant sugary smoothness. It finishes with a pretty sweet lingering, softly boozy whisky flourish.

A few years ago, I presented this to my dad, a UK whisk(e)y fan who doesn't really do much in the way of beer anymore, and he was impressed with the flavour intensity, but didn't think it would be good for more than a small serving. I still agree with that, as this is a tasty enough, original (at one time) brewing concept, but the flavours from the wood would indeed become cloying after a short exposure. And I suppose it helps if you're an ardent fan of oak-aged spirits in the first place.

Photo of mintjellie
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of the Innis & Gunn gift pack. Served in the branded glassware it comes with.

Deep honey orange body with a massive pile of off-white foam resting upon it. The head is very well retained and leaves gobs of lace as it recedes. It smells sweet and malty; aromas of toast, vanilla, honey, toffee, oak, and a kiss of alcohol mingle harmoniously to create a vague impression of whisky on the nose. It tastes buttery and lightly toasty with notes of vanilla, toffee, and wood. There's a mild alcoholic kick in the finish. Flavour is very round and balanced. Medium bodied and finely carbonated, this beer is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink.

The LCBO is a mean place for anything in a clear bottle. This is a damned fine beer if you can find it in good condition, but it's not too often you do. I really enjoy this beer in good condition, and a boxed gift set is great at keeping the light out. If only they would ditch the clear bottle; it would make purchasing this less of a crapshoot.

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