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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 429
Hads: 990
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 44
Gots: 148 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a complex beer like oaked arrogant B, its wood and some whiskey. But its a worthwhile changeup. It looks and smells whisky. Significant sediment at end, yet freshly imported, wich was not a put off. A bit of sourness in mid-sip, soapiness in finish. (261 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a clear bright golden body. Aroma is a touch mild with oak and cedar wood dominating with notes of grain, orange and pale malt. Flavor is very bourbon or whiskey like just less sharp with oak in the finish. Imagine a whiskey that doesn't make take you back that you can take a mouthful of as oppose to sip. Smoothness of a nicely aged bourbon. Light to medium body and light carbonation. As a whiskey drinker this beer is both intriguing, memorable and tasty. (472 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured crystal clear amber in color with a thin head that dissipated quickly into just a few bubbles on the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma is moderate to strong and is a pleasant mélange of toffee, vanilla and oak.
T: The initial taste is predominantly toffee and is followed by notes of oak and vanilla. Malty flavors are not very pronounced and there is no hop presence.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There isn't a lot of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly due to the light body. (566 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest white head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some dots of lace

Smell: Toffee, pure and simple, dominates, but is accompanied by vanilla, oak and a hint of peat

Taste: Tastes like it smells, with toffee dominating up front and no real development until the swallow, when a slight hop presence kicks in to balance the sweetness; there clearly is diacetyl in the mix but it goes perfectly with this style; overall, the experience will remind you of a low key whisky, without the burn

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit slick on the tongue, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very different beer and one that took a sip or two to figure out but I must say that if you like the taste of whisky, you are going to like the taste of this one (800 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a amber color with a cream colored foamed head that has a very thin retention on top. The smell of the beer was sweet, a little bit of wood on the nose and some other light earthy notes. The taste of the beer was much different than most Oak aged beers I've had. This one was sweet with some hints of vanilla and caramel. I was expecting a little more of a sour flavor to it but it was way sweeter than expected. The sweetness dies down a bit the more you drink. The finish is grainy and dry with not a lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, the carbonation was low also. Overall I loved the look of the beer in the bottle but after having it I wasn't overly impressed. I have a bottle of the Rum Barrel version that I'll try one day, I'm hoping that one will have a little more depth to it. (835 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium head with average retention. Aroma of malt is pretty discreet with some noticeable English hops. Taste has some recognisable floral malt with a slightly bitter finish. I’m not too sure about the oak aged aspect since I thought it was hard to distinguish and almost seems like a marketing gimmick… (352 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,367 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a footed tulip. Pours a saturated brassy gold. High clarity, some streaky lace and spotty bits here and there.

Sweet vanilla, defined oakiness, mild almond and toffee sweetness. Flavors are similar, some vanilla and almond, along with some pale malt and a dry finish with lingering oak notes.

Body is admittedly a bit thin and watery, though not a dealbreaker. Carbonation is light, the flavors carry it basically. Not bad, could easily have a couple. Far better than the "Rum Cask" version that we tried recently. Expecting an aged English Pale ale to be hoppy is like expecting a puppy to be well behaved without training. (636 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a foamy white head and great lacing. Disregarding the use of clear glass, the bottle is rather attractive.

Smell: This aroma is all about the whiskey. Soft touches of buttered bread, wood, and sugary vanilla are also evident.

Taste: The whiskey quality shows up as soon as you open the bottle, and as soon as it touches your tongue. Features some malty caramel, lemon, and pepper with a mountainous amount of oak in the flavor. Finish is distinctly wooden, with strong notes of vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Amply carbonated.

Drinkability: A singularly unique beer that's best enjoyed slowly. (664 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white head that leaves nice lace as it settles. The body is deep gold and very clear.

S - Smoky oak aroma along with mild citrus hops, caramel and vanilla.

T - Malty sweetness up front and some toasted malt notes. There is a good bit of wood in the background as well as some sweet vanilla and peppery herbal flavors.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and an overly sweet finish.

D - It smells great, but the flavor is a severe disappointment. The cloying sweetness is a real turnoff, it could be more drinkable if it was dryer. (561 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

After so many people raved about it recently, I figured I'd give this brew a shot. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose is kinda weak, comprising light toffee, honey, very light greens, sweet flowers, and a touch of wheat bread. The taste is more robust, with notes of caramel, vanilla, light wet oak, maple syrup, light honey, sweet flowers, and wet heather. It's a unique flavor combination to say the least, but it all ends up making me smile. The body is a light medium, with a mild carbonation and a slickly smooth feel. Overall, an interesting, tasty brew, one that lived up to the praise heaped upon it 'round here. (717 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Innis & Gunn's Oak Aged Beer pours a clear amber body beneath a short head of white froth that holds fairly well before dropping to a thin surface covering. The collar is wider, however, and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass - including some very nice, thick craggy rings at the outset, and some patches of tiny spotted walls throughout the middle.

The nose is distinctly toffeeish and nutty over a delicate bit of sweetish fruit (apples, berries) and mild wood. Interesting yeast!

It's smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and a gently tingling, fine-bubbled, and moderate carbonation.

The flavor delivers all that the nose promises and more with a note of vanilla that enhances the perception of sweetness at the front of the mouth. Then the buttery toffee and nuttiness appear, completing the scene. It's very toffeeish as you approach the middle of the palate. The dryness of the oak steps in, however, and brings it into balance. A solid bitterness, some woody dryness, and smears of leafy, grassy, and mildly citrusy hops linger in the finish. There's also a bit of a whisky taste that really gives it a certain charm and complexity.

It's interesting and fairly layered, with more than enough character to keep you engaged throughout the glass. And the sweet and then dry and bitter symphony followed by a blast of bitterness and alcohol is certainly entertaining as well... however, I'm not sure it has a real 'overall' drinkability. One is very enjoyable, but that may be my limit for the night. Still, I found it very interesting, and worth seeking out for fans of Scottish ales and whisky. (1,630 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was always afraid of this beer, thinking it was a cheap knock off beer, as it comes in a clear bottle, with a 40ozer cheap bottle like label. However, I tried it at a tasting today and it was interesting. SO here comes a review.

A fluffy fizzy very bubbly head hits about 1 finger and fades somewhat quickly. The beer is a crystal clear toasty orange tan colored.

The nose brings some malty aromas, a light pilsner malt, but a nice malty aroma over all. A slight syrupy almost malt extract like aroma too. Under that is hints of mild hoppy aromas, with a little fruity and grassy hops. Some golden malt aromas too. A slight oaky aroma.

The taste is just as expected, starting with a nice creamy malty aroma. Some golden malts, plenty of malts overall and I'm surprised it's only 6.6% as it's pretty malty. Then some light pale bitter hops, a little grassy and slight herbal, with hints of fruity hops. Then comes more oak flavors, not super oaky, and not woody esthers, but the oak rounds off the pale ale like flavors well. It begins with a light sweet flavor, but not very sweet, and dries well as well. It also finishes with a lingering slight citrus and fruity hop flavor, as well as some malty sweet like flavors, but still dry. Some oak also lingerers with almost a hint of bourbon-like flavor but no bourbon. I think it's the oak that gives it that flavor.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. The oak really rounds off the pale ale, and it doesn't get too hoppy, bitter, or heavy in general. Maltiness balances all this well, with a slight sweetness, dry finish, no real sticky feel, and good drinkable abv.

I have to say I'm impressed with this. With how cheesy the bottle looks, and even being called something like "Innis and Gunn", which sounds like a cheap 40ozer but I found out today is just the middle names of the two brothers that put the beer into the barrels and sell it. On top of that, this may be the cheapest (lowest cost) beer from Scotland, and eventually the barrels feed a single malt scotch so I have to say "Cheers to that!" (2,106 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, vanilla, toffee, honey and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of vanilla, toffee, caramel and honey. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in along with the essence of oak barrel aging. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer but considering the price there are better alternatives that are similar and less expensive. (839 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 24th, 2010. Pours a clear amber-gould with a four finger head that retains well. The head's got some cream to it, but for a scottish ale its actually kind of thin. Appears moderately inviting.

Smell: Oh my! Many many notes: toffee, vanilla, oak, maybe even mint? Not too strong, either. I don't know what awaits, but the smell is quite good.

Taste: Very well built, an ambitious beer. Notes of what was hinted at in its smell, but also a creamy finish that wasn't expected. Luckily, they didn't overdo the oak flavour as so many breweries do these days (even Goose County stout is a little overdone on the barrel flavour). This beer's highlight is its subtlety: it gets better as you notice more flavours. A random bitter note towards the finish is its only drawback.

Mouthfeel: Coarse but wet. Maybe a little too wet. Doesn't leave me wanting another sip right away. Maybe if they made the finish a bit dryer they could erase that misplaced bitterness.

Drinkability: This will satisfy fans of Scottish ale, and is fairly reasonably priced. I'd certainly buy it again (in fact I intend to). That said, it does lack the creamy head of a beer like Belhaven Scottish Ale (who I believe brew this under contract). (1,338 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightest of haze to an otherwise light amber color. Even with a violent pour, there is virtually no head here. What does show, fades within seconds. Interestingly, there is some fine lace on the side of the glass.

Curse the clear bottle; lots of skunk here. Vanilla notes and a kind of Bailey's Irish Cream smell.

This tastes like what would happen if you added a small amount of Drambuie to a British Mild. Honey, heather and a touch of mocha. Low level of bittering hops. A thick beer with a low level of fine-bubbled carbonation. A little bit of warming alcohol noted in the aftertaste.

This one does well after the initial weak start. (642 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the clear bottle the same color - caramel amber with a thick white head that descends to a thin, creamy cover then a patch. Some trailing lace sticks unevenly to the glass.

The smell is of vanilla and (somewhat mediocre) whisky. The whisky/vanilla almost masks all other aromas, though a touch of toffee and slight fruitiness peeks through.

Like in the nose the vanilla and whisky dominate the taste, leaving little room for other flavors to break through, even upon warming. There is, however, some citric fruitiness and toffeeish/caramelish graininess way in the back - restrained. Some alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. The body is a bit thin, but manages to hold on to medium. It has a surprising amount of smoothness.

In the end, it doesn't manage to hold up to be more than "interesting" to me. The whisky/vanilla dominates just a bit too much to appreciate anything else that could be going on here. Nothing "off" or "bad", certainly. And it is drinkable. Worth checking out, but I don't see myself going back to it with any regularity. (1,070 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has a kick ass oak character along with some pale and light crystal malts. It's creamy and buttery. I don't think I've ever experienced an aroma like this before; AWESOME! The taste is much the same. It's incredibly smooth with a basic pale and crystal malt base. The yeast creates a bit of fruity esters and the oak dominates and creates a wonderfully buttery mouthfeel. It's a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific beer. I've gotta get a case of this stuff soon. (622 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz clear bottle from a 4-pack. No need to worry much about skunking or being light-struck as these have low IBUs, around 10 according to the brewer. Poured into a tulip.

A: Gorgeous clear golden honey colored body with a smooth, creamy white head. Light touches of lacing remain behind and a few swirls bring back the head for some length of time. Wonderful on all fronts.

S: When I first smelled this beer I thought something was horribly off. A few more revealed it to be the strong oak character I wasn't expecting. Lots of woody oak notes, butter, vanilla and buttercream icing. There's a slight malt base in the background but the barrel really takes over the aroma.

T: Whoa - insanely smooth, complex and balanced. Sweet malt notes with hints of toffee are up front. The oak comes rolling in well throughout the mid-palate and has great vanilla flavors to take it into the finish. A bit dry but every changing as it sits on the palate afterwards. Perhaps even some honey, too.

M: Well carbonated, lots of tiny bubbles all over the palate gives it a nice silky smoothness to the feel. Again, somewhat dry but very drinkable. No detection of alcohol.

I've had a sample of the Rum Cask before and do remember enjoying that a bit more (I'll have to get some bottles to revisit), but I'm beginning to have a renowned appreciation for this beer. It's subtly complex and flavorful, while retaining an amazing balance. This will not be the last 4-pack of this beer my refrigerator ever sees. (1,502 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10/05/05- Purchased at the BC Provincial Liquor Store in Invermere, B.C.

Presentation- 11.2oz clear bottle with no dates on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper colored pour with a 1/2 inch head and minor lace.

Smell- Have a feeling that this may have been a skunked bottle. Not really any whiskey or oak scents here. Smelled like wet cardboard and ashes. Very bad scent.

Taste- Luckily barely any of the skunk was in the flavor. Thin malt flavor with a touch of oak. Could taste a bit of whiskey, but not much to speak of. Had a small portion of that ashes taste though.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, a tad watery and thin. Touch creamy.

Drinkability- I'll pass on this one again unless I find it straight from the cask...then I would give it another shot. (798 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - transparent caramel amber with a thick, foamy, bubbly, soap-like, white head that has decent retention

S - musty, caramel, faint diacetyl

T - caramel, apple, faint vanilla, oak, earthy, sweet

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This didn't look or smell like much but it was deceptively complex. The typical caramel, apple, and butterscotch notes are there. The oak adds some vanilla and woody, earthy notes as well. It's not great, but it's worth a try. (469 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear amber in color sporting a wispy 1/4" head that falls apart to a few spots of surface spots. No lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and hints of smokiness are soft and mildy pleasant.

Taste: caramel, hints of whiskey, ripe fruit sweetness, a hint of alcohol, and some very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied. Mildly short aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is a definite slow sipper for a pale ale since the whiskey tones don't lend itself to be a session ale. Overall an OK beer but not overwhelming. (548 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At £1.49 for a 33ml bottle, even at 6.6%, I wanted, and got a beer I like.

Looked good, poured into a Belgian Beer Goblet, clear ambber bronze with a thin off white foam on top.

Aroma was sweet, I got caramel, toffee and a subtle spirits smell, whisky (or even Irish whiskey), not sure, my snout has been in to many troughs, to eek out every aroma from complexed beers.

The taste was warming to the throat, giving a nice after glow, which lasted a lot longer than anyother Pale Ale I have had (that i remember).

A very pleasant drink and worth the extra cash I paid for it! (586 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A Scottish classic and one of Gordon Ramsay's favorite beers, I had wondered why it took me so long to try anything from Innis & Gunn. Well, it's a big world of beer which continues to grow, which makes it difficult to "taste 'em all". Comes in a 330 ml clear decorated bottle. On to the beer:

The color of Innis & Gunn is lovely, being the color of autumn orange. It's also translucent. The head is very weak, forming initially at an inch and looking soapy before quickly fizzing away to nothing. The aroma is modest; the barrels bring flavors of vanilla bean, toffee, oak, some spicy hops, and a fume of alcohol.

Much of the beer's magic occurs in the taste. Despite its 6.6% ABV, this is a beer to savor. The flavor starts with a kiss of oak. Now comes some toffee and pleasant diacetyl. Vanilla bean note seems to intensify midway through. Bit of alcohol, marshmallow, and wood makes their appearances too. The carbonation level is on the light side, the body being medium. Mellow sweet aftertaste.

Very pleasant and mellow overall. Sometimes, you just want a mellow beer with the barrel aged characteristics, and Innis & Gunn provides that. (1,150 characters)

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