Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn
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3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
09-08-2005 21:48:45 | More by Sammy
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
06-17-2010 22:10:03 | More by metter98
4.53/5 rDev +20.2%
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
06-05-2007 22:32:23 | More by brentk56
3.05/5 rDev -19.1%
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. Im not too sure about the oak aged aspect since I thought it was hard to distinguish and almost seems like a marketing gimmick
10-24-2005 14:55:27 | More by Phyl21ca
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
11-20-2006 01:09:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
06-08-2012 00:15:25 | More by kylehay2004
3.13/5 rDev -17%
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.
01-02-2012 16:36:13 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-01-2011 06:16:40 | More by TMoney2591
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-20-2011 23:45:19 | More by emerge077
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-08-2009 21:34:45 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
01-23-2008 00:01:05 | More by NeroFiddled
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
06-05-2012 01:50:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.33/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
10-14-2008 22:35:12 | More by nickfl
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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!"
10-17-2010 02:18:29 | More by jlindros
4.58/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
02-27-2010 21:42:46 | More by WesWes
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
11-04-2007 18:42:53 | More by jwc215
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
11-30-2008 21:47:48 | More by smcolw
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
10-28-2006 13:35:54 | More by BlackHaddock
Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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