Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.49/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
This brew was served on tap at Black Lotus Brewery in Clawson, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a dark golden butterscotch coloring. It held a one finger head of off white cream, showing poor retention. No real lacing was noted, with no sediment or haze to cut the clarity. Carbonation appeared to be mild. The aroma was sweet, with brown sugar, caramel and crystal malts, vanilla bean sweetness, spicy medicinals, Irish whisky sweetness, allspice, pineapple, grapefruit fleshiness, strawberry buttercream, plantain greenness, and sugary sweet cooled banana bread. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed a good blend between medicinals, sweeter malts, and lighter hop inclusions, while keeping things foamy and drinking decently well through the feel. As we sipped, the taste opened with creamy vanilla cake icing, crystal malt toast, honey sweetness, buttery diacetyls, medicinal bitters, and lemon rind hoppiness. Moving to the peak was pale and caramel malt toast, cloying apple juice sweetness, light grassy hops, bittersweet chocolate chips, and caramel drizzled banana bread. The end came with apple cider vinegar, lactic creaminess, corny whisky bite, cherry skins, plastics, spicy clove, browned banana, warming oak, and boozy vanilla extract. The aftertaste breathed of pale malts, woody warmth, cooked brown sugar sweetness, green stick resins, honeydew melon, plum, cherry sugars, cranberry, and that persistent browned banana heaviness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high and foamy, with bright prickle down the length of the tongue. Each sip gave excellent foam and pop, moderate glug, and lesser smack, cream, or froth. The mouth was left clean and, following an initial slickness, left with the faintest, gritty sugary dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its complex flavoring. While each component was decently represented in quality, the variety of fruits, malts, oak, and liquored flavoring was quite impressive. With each sip you were given all of that European whiskey flavoring, without all of that fusel alcoholic afterpunch. The feel was thin and overly prickled for the style, contributing little, and only minimally enhancing the experience. Otherwise the aroma and the taste were wrought with sweet and bready esters which, by the end, effectively drowned out a lot of those initial intricacies.
Serving type: on-tap
05-29-2013 02:38:58 | More by TheBrewo
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3.25/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
The me of 293 reviews ago wouldn't have tried Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer due to the cost, at $8 for one 330ml bottle that is a hefty fee for an ale. But then the me of 293 reviews ago ironically had a bit more choice on what I could review and now I'm reaching for over-priced brews in a feverish attempt to reach that allusive number 300. And you can't wait to see what I have in store for review #300, it is a special brew indeed.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Clear rust-tinged amber body with a nice cappuccino white head.
S: Subtle tones of toffee malt, vanilla and some fruity hop flowers. Hints of bread yeast and booze linger on in the background. The ale has the reminiscent aroma of a classic English bitter.
T: The taste is bolder and sweeter than expected, with toffee malt, vanilla, fruity hops and a brandy-like note towards the end. There is also an overarching pastiche of floral flavour, a bit of a potpourri type deal going on due to the mix of hops and oak. Finishes a bit dry with a touch of bitterness.
M: Mid to light bodied with a light English ale carbonation.
D: Overall it's pretty average, certainly nowhere near the best English/Scottish ale I've had. I would pick a Pride of Oxford or Adnams Bitter over this any day of the week. Maybe if the pricing on this brew were more competitive it would make it a better choice. That being said the oak really comes out well and gives it a different flavour to most other ales, so kudos for that.
Food match: A classic English Sunday roast would sort this ale out quick-time! Don't forget the Yorkshire pudding ;-)
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2014 12:34:31 | More by doktorhops
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.01/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The smooth full body an do skinless of this beer was really different to anything I have tasted. They must really chip this beer to get that oak flavour. But there is a lovely vanilla flavour to it as well which lightens the taste. Nice head held by the wheat. A vey satisfying beer I. A rather small bottle.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 17:29:05 | More by Godfather50
2.35/5 rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
s- chilled pint glass
a- light caramel. two finger white head.
s- very skunky. possibly from the clear bottle?
t- very bourbon forward. If you're a bourbon drinker, you'll probably like this. I'm not and found the bourbon flavor overwhelming.
m- medium mouth feel\
o- I couldn't finish the beer. the oak bourbon taste and skunk smell were too much. I was looking for something different and thought I'd give it a try. I won't be returning
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 02:16:56 | More by Tomis
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