Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 428
Hads: 986
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 41
Gots: 141 | 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 jancona
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden orange color but a bit too light on foam. Smell is oak and vanilla taste follows - light feel with medium carbonation. Very nice - sometimes the barrel aged beers go a bit overboard - this is just right. (228 characters)

Photo of MightyMonk
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Don't understand some of these lower ratings.
This is an exceptional ale that is good on the nose as well as the palate. It blends notes of honey, malt and fruit with smooth aromatic hints of bitters.
Great beer.....get it....drink it....enjoy!! (246 characters)

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having read some of the latest reviews it's hard to believe I was drinking the same beer. Maybe I just had a good batch, but, in no way did this taste like a cider.
The barrel came through in both aroma, and, taste. Had a nice "scotch like" quality to it.
Will have to purchase again, to see if I get different results. (319 characters)

Photo of kyle2159
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured Deep amber with little to no head.Very carbonated. Oak and vanilla notes pull strong through the nose. very satisfying smell. Feels light in the mouth. Starts off slightly sweet then transitions to zesty as it hits the back of your mouth. (245 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a dark mahogany that turns to a clear amber when held to light. The pour kicks up a solid head of tiny bubbles that fades to a fluffy cap after a few minutes, and just a ring around the glass after a few more minutes. Leaves minimal lace.

Aroma is plums, figs, other dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and hints of licorice. Could probably pass for a quad if it wanted to.

Taste follows the nose - lots of dark fruit. There is a nice oak character that gives it some of the nice flavors of barrel-aging, but doesn't overwhelm. Nice touches of vanilla and caramel. Finish is slightly bitter and drying, and aftertaste is dark fruit again.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, with a nice presence from the carbonation.

Overall, really nice cold-weather flavors in a relatively low ABV. Perfect for fall. Great base beer, and the oak makes it better. (901 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, this fine ale pours a nice light amber with a quickly dissipating white foam and
light lacing. Nose of vanilla, caramel, and heavy oak. Flavors are sweet up front, a light
caramel flavor, oak to the back and sides with a light bittering hops on the aftertaste. Smooth
mouthfeel, with a lot of smooth oak and a hint of vanilla in there. Nice. (362 characters)

Photo of Scstroud827
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this while playing horse Shoes.
I enjoyed it very good beer.
The taste from this beer made me want more it went down nice and smooth.
the taste of the oak made this beer for me.

full bodied with wood great flavor. Vanilla and toffee flavors could only be detected after about 20 seconds. Very slight bitterness and moderate sweetness. Medium carbonation. great taste (373 characters)

Photo of ThomasT
3.9/5  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. (547 characters)

Photo of Jetulio
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance... Golden beer with foamy head colour white of 1 finger aprox

Aroma... malt, grass and wet wood; herbal aroma predominance

Taste... Malt predominance with vanillae notes and then hop , touch of bitterness is very light.

Mouthfeel... medium body and soft carbonation

Overall... a british ale but malty and sweet. Drinkable. (380 characters)

Photo of Derek69
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really wonderful beer that according to the story was created by accident.

I usually pick up one of these 660mL bottles for $4.10 when i go beer shopping. Its a dark golden colour, the smell is really pungent and brilliant, leaves about a finger of head.

The flavour is marvelous, the oak flavour really comes through, they age it in barrels for 77 days. Its a very complex flavour, malty, fruity, oaky, with toffee and a sweetness too, without going too far in any one direction. At 6.6% ABV its definitely a sipper, but pairs well with a lot of food without fading away or dominating your palette too much.

I for one am very happy for this accident of a beer and glad that many others have enjoyed it as well and made it so widely available. Innis and Gunn have since expanded the brand and made many wonderful variations. (837 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed 4 pack of Innis and Gunn because I am Scottish. Good looking and smelling beer with an outstanding flavor. One of better beers for me so far but not a great value overall do to cost versus quality. Probably won't try again but certainly would drink if available. (280 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Marshall Street Bar and Grill in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light honey brown. Small, half inch head, not much lacing.

Smells like toffee, vanilla, and wood.

Tastes are very similar. Strong toffee, almost like buttercrunch candy. Some smokiness, slight whiskey flavors with vanilla and brown sugar.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, low carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

This is a pretty low key barrel aged beer, probably good for people who want to try the style without diving in too deeply. (493 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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 ;-) (1,610 characters)

Photo of Godfather50
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of Tomis
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
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 (444 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap for the purpose of this review but have tried this from the bottle on many prior occasions ... This was one of the brews that first introduced me to a life beyond Molson Pilsener and other industrial lagers. It is widely available and the description on the bottle sparks considerable interest. Whiskey and vanilla eh? Alright. A reddish bronze beer with unassuming white foam, smells like mellow brown sugar or butterscotch, what I would describe as a corn sugar sort of sweetness, hints of floral vanilla and green grass, and a dry oakiness that evokes whiskey. Tastes much like it smells, with the same basic elements just listed except that the taste is much more woody, dry, and somewhat earthy. Less sweet than the aroma would suggest and feels somewhat like a lager: Thinnish body and rather assertive carbonation. Hints of bread crust, tobacco, and some other floral note flit in and out of the whisky-like, woody, semi-sweet murk. Its just OK in my view. I prefer a few other Innis & Gunn offerings. The vanilla is great but I'd tone down the barrel flavor and amp up the caramel, thicken up the body and add a few extra layers of flavor. (1,158 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip pint.

A- Clear and light gold, honey-like. Head is off white, retention is not great.

S- Sweet butterscotch, malt forward, like a sottish ale should be. Then the oak aging adds a woody aroma.

T- Very mellow butterscotch and some woody notes. The oak really adds to this beer.

M- Very smooth. Slight tingle of carbonation. Bourbon without the burn finish.

O- This beer really makes me appreciate and recognize the characteristics wood aging can impart. It's a simple beer, with a boost from the oak. (537 characters)

Photo of Organdrew
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A single bottle serving on New Year's Eve. As soon as I opened the bottled a very pleasant smell hit me. I poured into a branded regular pint glass.

Look: looks amber brown some carbonation. About an inch of pure white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Looks malty.

Smell: a very pleasent smell of beer hith me as I opened the bottle and wanted to taste it right away. The smell as it sits in the glass smells of vanilla and barley (or yeast). Slightly malty smell.

Taste: Very sweet from the very first sip. Very smooth drink. Tastes a little malty but the vanilla notes predominate. No strong bitter notes in this one. More like a juice-type beer than a strong drink. The extra alcohol content is not noticeable. Taste dissipates quickly but the sweet vanilla lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel: fairly light and very sweet. goes down easy. A little creamy/malty. Almost sits like juice in the mouth. Almost no carbonation.

Overall, this is a very great tasting beer, feels nice in the mouth, and almost a luxurious taste. A little more sweet than I normally like, but this is not a downfall, as it is pretty balanced. Reminds me of juice or vanilla cake. A little less complex than I imagined but this was brewed very well and there are other beers by Innis & gunn that have darker, more bitter notes. Definitely no hoppy taste in this one. More carbonation would be nice. Very well done and a pleasing beer. I almost drank the whole beer whilst writing this review! (1,469 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No age on the bottle, but I believe this bottle is from 2011.

A: Clear glass bottle. Looks like cream soda in the bottle. Beer itself is a light copper-brown in color. Forms a minimal white head. Little retention and little lacing.

S: Very aromatic. Smells strongly of oak with notes of vanilla, toffee, and green apple.

T: Apparently not only does this beer look like cream soda, but it tastes like it as well. Fairly sweet with lots of vanilla. Notes of toffee, light caramel, oak, and rum. Very quick, almost watery, finish.

M: On the thinner side of medium in body. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: Well, you can't say this beer doesn't showcase the oak aging. Unfortunately, aside from the wood, there just isn't much there. (743 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at beer study. into a snifter.

pours a dark copper with a nice head. smell is very much according to style with the nice bourbony scent. taste stays true to scent with some great oak characteristics. 100% on point to style. mild bodied, mild carbonation

overall a great representation of the style! (307 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB MAR2014

A: Pours a golden amber color with just over a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Oak, vanilla, toffee, a light fruitiness, and maltiness make up the aroma

T: Starts off with the vanilla and oak and goes into a toffee sweetness along with some fruity notes. Finishes with some malt sweetness and a bit of graininess

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice oak aged beer that displays the barrels nicely. Not to much in the way of the barrel, so it really shines through. A good dessert beer because of the sweetness, but not a bad any-time beer either (600 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought this one as a single from A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. Poured into a generic pint glass. The bottle and design is top notch, but I’m a tad nervous about the clear bottle.
Appearance; Little to no foam after an aggressive pour, the suds vanished without a trace in mere seconds. A beautiful golden honey color that shimmered like a fine bourbon or whiskey.
Smell; A whiff of skunk that thankfully left quickly. Sweet, oaky with some vanilla and a burnt undertone. Not the strong suit of the product but intriguing.
Taste; This makes up for the smell and then some, oak up front and throughout, burnt sugar, butterscotch, vanilla and bourbon. I am enjoying each sip. Aftertaste is mild and sweet, though not too sweet.
Mouthfeel; As intriguing as the taste. For the lack of carbonization on the pour this is pretty tingly on the tongue, not unlike a whiskey or bourbon on the rocks.
Overall; Very good, indeed! I'm not a huge fan of Scottish Ales per se, but this one I'd get again without reservation. Very drinkable and complex (1,044 characters)

Photo of Nikxed58
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured from a bottle. This was my first barrel aged beer and I was pleasantly surprised by it.

A - looked very much as how a scotch would look, with a nice solid brown color. There was maybe 1 cm of head, even with an aggressive pour.

S - smelled extremely complex, with lots of different notes. Most prominent were vanilla and some whiskey scent. Oak finds its way through as well, kind of subtle in the beginning.

T - way different from what I've ever had before. Tasted of bits of light citrus, vanilla, and a more prominent whiskey flavor. That oak and whiskey flavor threw me off in the beginning, but I enjoyed it towards the end.

M - it was a light to moderate mouth feel. There wasn't anything crazy about how it felt, but this aspect also put the beer's taste into the spotlight.

O - As my first time trying this, I walked away with a pretty nice impression of it. Although I read a description of the beer before I ordered, the beer just destroyed any expectation I had of it, in a good way. This may not be the best beer to try for those just getting into it, but everyone should try it at least once. (1,126 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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