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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 1,006
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 45
Gots: 160 | 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 davewlfpckfan29
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought two bottles of this at a small store in Chester, VT.
The man at the counter suggested it as a solid Oak aged brew.

It pours a nice cream soda kind of light brown color. Not much carbonation of lacing in its appearance. Im guessing this was on the shelves for a while before I got to it.

The smell was pretty nice. Unique, oaked barrel smell. Belgian yeast? A little bit of a sweet sugary smell.

The man behind the counter also recommended drinking this with food, so I did. It was a nice. An oak taste with caramel in the background.
I wish this wasn't in a white bottle however. I can definitely taste the typical "skunked" taste from being in a white bottle.
I feel like this would be better if it came in a darker bottle, shielded from the light.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a 22 oz. glass

A- Pours a brownish amber, about a finger of frothy and a little bit creamy head that fades to about a half finger, slightly above average carbonation.

S- Very sweet scotch malt smell. Some floral notes, a little bit of caramel, some oak, pretty complex, unique, one of the better smelling beers I've smelt.

T- Sweet malty taste, similar to smell. Sweet caramel malts mixed with a light scotch, with a very faint oak finish. Has a sweet scotch after-taste.

M- A little bit on the heavier side, syrupy (a little bit too much for my liking), not too much carbonation, abv well hidden.

O- I haven't had too many Scotch Ales (probably somewhere between 5-10), but this definitely ranks as one of the best if not the best one I had. It was definitely dominated by a sweet malty taste, almost a little bit too sweet. If you like a scotch flavor and really sweet beers this beer is probably the one for you. However if you hate sweet syrupy beers I would probably stay away.

The cask age didn't impart too much of an oak flavor. It would definitely be interesting to try this beer if it was aged a little bit longer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extremely clear yellow orange pour into an innis & gunn glass. small amount of head quickly diminished into a surrounding foam. smells of bourbon, caramel, oak (very boozy smell), smoked. tastes of very light vanilla, smooth bourbon, a semi sweet after taste of caramel and oak. a very nice mellow display of bourbon barrel aging. light bodied, but gives off a warming sensation that makes it a slow drinking beer. this is a great anytimer - i had been meaning to try this beer for a long time but got carried away in domestic craft stuff so i never got around to this. did a trade with someone in TN and they had a 3pack with a glass gift set so he included it in the trade. i'm very glad this happened and i have 2 other versions of this beer to drink still!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Innis & Gunn Original from a clear glass bottle.

Looks a nice harvest gold color in my pint glass with some quick fizzy carb that formed a short-lived head. A couple of bubbles still come up from the bottom. Great clarity. 3.0

The aroma reminds me a bit of another clear glass bottled beer, Newcastle. Do they use the same hop preservative in all clear bottled beers? Musty grains with a flicker of oak and very faint vanilla. Nice toasted character to the malt with a hint of aged hops. 3.0

Fresh, sweet oak delivery in the taste with a much more forefronted vanilla flavor. A little crisp toffee or buttercrunch in there. Some transient harsh bitterness in the middle, possibly from the barrel wood or maybe the hops. Almost gummi candied like finish with hints of artificial green apple and artificial pineapple. Sweet and actually refreshing. 4.0

This is very drinkable with a decently vigorous carbonation that keeps rumbling in your stomach. Medium-light body. No real trace of alcohol. 4.0

Scotch Ales have become a wild array of different kinds of beer. To call this one is no longer a stretch. Innis & Gunn sold me on their oak-aged product. I love the brewery backstory and I like the beer. I've got a couple of Rum Casks waiting to be cracked soon from them. Stay tuned for that review. 4.0

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Photo of julian89
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on 4/5/2012
From bottle to pint glass (twice)

Appearance: A beautiful translucent amber gold that reminds be of a bourbon color. A half inch head with no lacing and rapid dissolve of CO2.

Smell: An earthy strong oak smell. Hints of vanilla and a flowery scent. Caramel and sugar for sure.

Mouthfeel & taste: Very light, nice "tingly" feel on the complete progression of palate. Stronger Vanilla taste on the back end. Earth oak taste on the front. Sweet taste throughout. Strong alcohol taste later once the beer is allowed to settle.

Overall: A fantastic beer that I shall return to. Maybe try the rum cask one.

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Photo of warnerry
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber color, little cap of khaki froth, little retention. Scent brings strong vanilla, coconut, toffee notes, light hints of wood and whiskey, some hints of fruit. Taste follows scent, lighter based beer brings strong wood and vanilla notes from the front, settles into a delicious toffee flavor, sweet and nutty, light notes of whiskey and faint faint char, grassy and floral hops, faint off herbal presence. Medium bodied, slightly high in carbonation. Overall, nice scent and tastes, but lacks a touch of subtlety and complexity i'm accustomed to with those flavors. Highly approachable.

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Photo of Squancho
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel bad my first review giving everything a 5. But, this is the closest beer I've ever had to perfection. It is just incredible. The aroma especially is astounding, toffee, caramel. The colour and appearance is fantastic, I particularly like the unique bottle shape which seems to work well with the label to compliment the golden, sweet nature of the beer.

Fine carbonation as well serves for a basically perfect beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$10.99 for a 4-pack if I remember right. Oak aged "scottish beer" for 77 days. 6.6% ABV. Clear bottle.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear light caramel, forming a very nice creamy merigue like white head with excellent retention and solid lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma opens with skunked hops, followed by toffee, butterscotch, and a subtle touch of biscuit malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium body. The taste opens with the skunk followed by very brief biscuits, then honey, then toffee. Sweet overall, not to be confused with malt character, which is has very little of. Very mild hop bitterness in the finish and then some residual open fermentation yeast character. I don't taste any oak personally.

Interesting beer. Kinda reminds me of a weird Sam Smith Pale ale, but I prefer Sam Smith to this.

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

First off, I have to say that I love the bottle. The aroma definitely has the toffee and vanilla notes that the bottle states it will, along with a sugary sweetness. It's nice.

Pours a dark amber color in the glass with a decent head at first that had very little staying power.

Taste is fairly sweet, with sugars, toffee and vanilla all combining together to give a pretty pleasing taste. Very quaffable stuff. Then, the oak barrel aging becomes noticeable, as it has kind of a whiskey type taste to it at the finish that gives it a slightly more boozy taste than what it actually is.

I really enjoyed this, though. It's an interesting idea with good flavor notes that goes down very easily.

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Photo of DrinkThis
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of our ideal beers. Very full body with a full mouth feel. Notes of vanilla, whiskey, oak, & smokiness. Medium head when poured into a glass, on top of a amber beer that is like stained glass. Best to drink around 45 degrees to release the natural flavour and aroma of the beer.

For more please check out our video with Innis and Gunn at the International Great Beer Expo NJ 2012


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Photo of Dave1999
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pored a dark orange with a thick foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Smell was of heavy malts and vanilla.

The taste was of oak, sweet vanilla, caramel and a little creamy.

Just the right amount of carbonation, very smooth.

Overall a very original and enjoyable beer. Probably the one of the best beers I've had from Edinburgh.

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Photo of caisno
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - from the bottle into a tulip and left me wanting for nothing, amber thick lacing.

Smell- Wood, oak mainly and a hint of pine with some honey and fig.

Taste- increadibly unique. A bit of malt flavored oak. A dose of wiskey and a hint of bread. A very spicy beer for the level of malt and sweet. A truely new taste. I'm grateful.

Mouthfeel- for the lvl of mild spice there is a greatly appreciated zing! There is a bit of boozyness too. Relatively thin. Pleasant.

Overall- A must. This and their rum cask are two must tries. However their rum cask is superior. Don't pass on either, you'll be cheating yourself.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. Got this earlier this month after volunteering at the EBF. Here we go folks.

Appearance: The poured a slight head that has reduced to a thin layer. A golden orange yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: vanilla, honey, oak, grainy and bready notes. Very interesting aroma, but it smells good.

Taste: Vanilla, toffee sweetness, scotch whisky, and oakey notes are fantastic. Alchohol, bready, and creamy notes too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, boozy, and easy to drink.

Overall: I was impressed with this beer. At first, the aroma turned me off a little bit, but the taste and drinkability turned things around. Solid beer oveerall and can't wait to try some of their other brews.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Highlander. From notes.

A - Poured dark copper, bright, film of head, bright, mild carbonation.

S - Vanilla, oak, sugar, toffee.

T - Vanilla, oak, sugar, toffee, bread, sweet malt.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, sweet oak/vanilla finish.

O/D - Not bad. Tasty. Lacks complexity and is too sweet but a tasty tipple nonetheless. I couldn't have more than one though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Well it's a clear glass so I can tell it's a bright amber brown but it's a beauty in the glass with a 1/2 inch of sticky foam that reduces to a moderate lace.

S - Well I do pick up faint notes of bourbon and oak barrel but mostly just sweet malts like the toffee and mild vanilla.

T - Wow very balanced. I am actually surprised I get very little bourbon in the taste which I enjoy. Sweet toffee and vanilla is good and light barrel makes this an easy sipping brew.

M - Medium bodied and coats the tongue very well for a beer under 7 percent.

Overall I wasn't expecting much since the clear bottle but I will be damned if this isn't the best Scottish ale I ever drank. Medium sticky body, nice sweet malt flavors, and a low ABV if it was found closer to me I would enjoy a couple a sitting. Great beer!

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a nonic

A: Pours a clear amber color. There is a three finger head which relatively quickly bubbles away to form a small cap of off-white foam.

S: Starts off faint. I can make out some caramel and some vanilla-oak.

T: Very malty and smooth. First I taste toasted malt and caramel. Quickly a sweet vanilla flavor becomes very powerful, along with a bit of smoky oak. There is also a faint frutiness. The finish is sweet and malty. Overall, vanilla dominates the flavor.

M: Smooth and sticky. Very little carbonation.

O: An interesting beer. The vanilla flavor is a little overwhelming. Purely a sweet beer, nothing bitter here at all.

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Photo of cbutova
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to this brand.

A- Poured out of a, oh it feels so wrong, clear bottle into a pint glass with an amber-brown body. A fizzy white head forms to a decent size but dies down fairly quickly. Ends up with no head or cloud and no lace in sight.

S- Like other reviews mention, starts off badly and somewhat skunked but improves with time. After some sipping, the aroma becomes mostly of sweet oak, butterscotch and toffee.

T- Sweet caramel, toffee and butterscotch sugar notes are the primary thing I get from this beer. Oak makes a nice appearance as well as some fruit, vanilla and some buttery hints.

MF- Foamy and highly carbonated body with a somewhat slick feel.

The oak flavor intensifies with time as well as a spicy sort of raisin note, maybe a bit too much for me. Always wondered about this beer, decent I suppose, on to the Whiskey version next.

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Photo of rangerred
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance is a clear medium gold with a quick head that flares up and then goes away. No lacing.

Smells overwhelmingly of butterscotch. There is some vanilla along with this odd funky sour cheese smell.

Flavor is quite buttery along with caramel, wood, and vanilla. There is a good bit of sweetness tying all of this together but hardly any bitterness at all. Alcohol is also detectable which is odd for a beer of this strength.

Overall this isn't that great of a beer. It is too sweet without anything to balance it out. Glad I got to try it, though.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The short head quickly dissipates, while light floral scents mix with hints of vanilla and oak. A nutty-brown color, the crystal clear beer is quite still, leaving no lacing or residual head.

Although it lacks any bubbly effervescence in the glass, this Scottish beer has a frothy mouth, with a nice balance of malt and hops. A smooth caramel sweetness in the first sip graduates to a creamy toasted flavor with good malt presence and just enough hops to give a light citric tang at the back end.

A satisfying beer overall that complements meat and potatoes type meals.

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Photo of zaphodchak
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Foamy white head, reddish amber body with a ton of bubbles. These dissipate and leave no lacing.

Smells BAD. Like skunky Heineken. I'm going to assume this is what skunked beer smells like, and move on. It's not nearly so bad once the head is gone. Then it smells more like oak and nice things.

To taste, I had to deliberately not inhale through my nose. There's a trace of the skunkiness in the taste, but it's sort of subdued. It's like bad spinach maybe, but it's not as bad as initially in the nose. Moving on past that, it's got a lovely oak character that delivers on the toffee and vanilla promised on the bottle with that hint of coconut I search for in oaked beers. Quite nice. Mellow and rather British (though I wouldn't say specifically Scottish) in character, but that cheap skunk is really cramping the malt profile. This is sort of like what Newcie Brown would be like if it were oak aged pretty well.

A bit fizzy, but not bad.

I want to bet this is skunked in spite of the low IBUs, but I'm going to fault it for that anyway because I didn't leave it out in the sun, and even though I can't speak for how long it may have been out on the shelf in the store, it's irresponsible to put beer in clear bottles, no matter low the hop content is or how nice it looks. (For the record, it does look nice, and I don't like hops anyway). Jury's still out for me-- part skunky macro lager, part Scottish ale, part lovely oak character. The pros and cons balance.

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Photo of Converge
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Maybe the fizziest head I've ever seen. Puffed up to about a finger-and-a-half, but fizzled out before I could even get a look at the color. The beer has a really nice golden-amber hue, no wonder they show it off in the clear bottles. Ridiculous carbonation flowing up the glass.

S - Butterscotch, and tons of it. Really buttery caramel malt. Toffee sweetness too. There’s a big floral quality as well, but it combined with the sweet butterscotch/caramel is a little much. It’s nice, but a touch over-sweetened for me.

T - Lots of buttery sweetness, with the butterscotch, caramel, and toffee notes coming at you full force. The floral character is nice, but I feel like it’s a touch overdone. The Highland Park cask-aged version of this had a much nicer feel to it overall. The finish almost reminds me of cheap rum. No warmth from the alcohol, but I feel like I can taste it, which isn’t great with a 6.6% ABV beer. The oak character is present, but subdued; but it definitely adds to the flavor profile. Overall, the sweet flavors are nice, but aren’t balanced by some bitterer or darker qualities.

M - Over-carbonated, but that’s really no surprise. The body is fairly light, but definitely a little weighted down with the syrupy/buttery sweetness. Not a great combination with the high carbonation.

D - While I don’t mind the sweet flavor, an 11.2oz serving of it is a bit much. Like I said, it’s not that the sweetness even needs to be toned down, just balanced a little. It’s good, and I enjoyed it, but it’s not something I’ll go looking for, and it’s not something I could drink more than one of.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip Innis and Gunn glass. Part of the holiday 2011 Holiday Sampler.

Appearance – orangy-copper color with large head upon pouring. Large bubbles composed the head which faded rather fast leaving very little of its original presence.

Smell – Get massive amount of sweet toffee with a good serving of oak in there as well, which lingers in the nose.

Taste – Sweet toffee/caramel meet the tongue initially with a nice vanilla and oak flavor developing at the end of the tasting, leaving a very pleasant taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – A little low on the carbonation, but having a nice overall turbidity for the Abv and style.

Overall – This is a very nice beer. A very tasty beer. Better then the Christmas ale they make and on par with the Rum Cask Oak aged beer. A must try.

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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
85 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.