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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 32
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003)
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Photo of Rubyroth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a clear, golden amber colour with a thin head that quickly dies down, leaving very little lacing.

S: Mostly oak and vanilla, with hints of honey and caramel. Very peaty.

T: At first the alcohol is somewhat prominent, fading into a strong vanilla flavour. Sweet, with lots of malt. A slight taste of alcohol and bitterness at the finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy, with a sting of carbonation. Quite thin, but it still has some weight behind it.

O: A fine ale, somewhat reminiscent of a good scotch: Oaky and peaty, with a strong taste of malts. Although its relatively thin and very drinkable, it's best enjoyed as a sipper, due to the strong sweetness and vanilla flavour.

Rubyroth, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Pours a crystal clear copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Peat, rye, skunky hops, touch of vanilla and toffee.

T - Quite sweet with the caramel flavours shining through. The oak flavours come through on the finish alongside some mild vanilla and peat. Surprisingly tasty.

M - A tad thin and in need of a bit of a carbonation lift.

O - Some tasty flavours, though the mouthfeel was a bit of a drawback. The peaty oak flavours nicely complemented the ale and the sweetness made for an enjoyable experience.

andrenaline, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of EkimGram
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Appearance: 11.2oz clear bottle poured into Innis & Gunn brand glass. Pours a light amber colour with a thin fluffy head.

Smell: Faint scents of vanilla and slight spices. Not much else, a little bit of skunk.

Taste: Very sweet, heavily vanilla flavoured. Extremely smooth and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Moderate level of carbonation, a little syrupy.

Drinkability: A nice light and mild brew with a light and sweet flavour, almost like a nectar.

EkimGram, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

This one is a rich copper in colour with a large, foamy & very slightly off-white head that reduces to about a finger sized one and then lasts.

Oak from the maturing process however the main aroma is a mix of sweet honey and vanilla with hints of caramel. Hints of butterscotch too.

Similar to the smell and is also sweet & pleasant. Vanilla is the upfront taste followed by butterscotch and a caramel & toffee combination.A warm, light bitter finish and a sweet lingering taste.

Very smooth and creamy with a medium body and light carbonation making this a very easy to drink beer.

An excellent beer that tis sweet and pleasant all round, a beer to be savoured & enjoyed.

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flyingpig, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Brianjames16
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

A- Pours a semi transparent dark golden color. A one finger head of suds sits on top with a touch of thin lacing.

S - Getting the vanilla and creamy aromas right away. I also get some woody notes in the background. This one is not aged in rum barrels but I get a whiff of that too.

T- Very pleasant taste. Smooth accents of smokey vanilla and malt coat the mouth. Nice somewhat creamy texture carry's the flavors around. Very slight bitterness at the finish from the malts or hops.

M- Medium body that coats the palate. Aftertaste lingers but is pleasant. Pretty decent beer for the price.

O- Decent flavorful beer. Price was great too. May give this another go.

Brianjames16, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of mountsnow1010
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Dark urine with thin white head that disappears.
S - Slight skunky aspect, followed by a slight caramel fruit smell. Other smells as well, vanilla perhaps? Good overall but loses a bit for me due to the skunk hints.
T - Quite sweet, followed by a drier woody vanilla-y flavor. Definitely tastes oaky - tastes somewhat like a watered down whisky. Get a hint of the sulphur in the taste, but not nearly as strong as in the smell. Notable lack of hops.
MF - Interesting, somewhat abrasive but it smooths out a lot as it warms or as I get used to it. Sharp carbonation, tiny bubbles, but not extremely carbonated.
O - Very pleasant beer. A lower-alcohol sipper, which is interesting. Definitely seems as if it is much more alcoholic (probably due to the liquor-like flavors) than it actually is.

mountsnow1010, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of bjlovers68
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from a nice looking 330ml bottle, clear with red and gold on the front, says it's 'carefully matured for 77 days'

A-The beer looks as good in the bottle, as it does in the glass. A light orange copper colour with a bright white head.

S-I could smell honey right away. A sweet smokey smell, hints of vanilla and burnt marshmallow.

T/M-Delicious, notes of vanilla and caramel. A little carbonation, but very smooth.

D-A very nice, easy drinking beer. I wish they came in 6 packs.

bjlovers68, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

A - crystal clear golden, average white head didn't retain long, left trace lacing
S - very peat smoky odour dominates, with some toasty malt
T - peaty smokiness, woody, spicy, with caramel malt and light vanilla finish, very complex and different than anything else
M - lower carbonation, light and velvety smooth
D - so pleasantly surprised, this is like an extremely smooth single malt scotch that somehow became a beer, rich in flavour to the point that you wouldn't want to session it, but could be enjoyed very regularly

joemcgrath27, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of travis3113
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

This is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. It has so many layers of flavor; you get a new one with each drink. There are many pleasant notes of vanilla, maple, and in some instances, chocolate. I could drink this all the time, and I'm sure it would go great with any meal. Perhaps not a good beer for a hot day in the summer, as its full of flavor. The best part is that you get all of the flavor yet it doesn't sit heavily in your stomach, which is a plus. Try this beer, you'll like it.

travis3113, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of joshk
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a 24 oz bottle

-the same color as the it is in the bottle, off white head.

The first smell I got was almost like skunky, but not too bad. This beer is so light on hops that even a little skunk doesn't ruin the flavor (considering skunk comes from light reacting with hop oil...) Light oak-y, caramel, vanilla, etc. Not bad.

This beer is light, easy to drink, relatively sweet, and does in fact have "hints of toffee, vanilla, and oak." I like it, but it's really expensive - I'm happy my friend got it for me for my bday :D

Feels good in my mouth? That's what she said....

Very easy drinking.

Overall a pretty good beer and easy to drink. It is really expensive though, I'd rather spend $10 on a bottle of Trappist Ale, something from Southern Tier, or a 4-6 pack of Founder's something. I'm happy I got to try it though, thanks Scott S!

joshk, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Seru1
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: This beer has Rich Coppery body with a tall thick white head. Light in color for a scot beer.

Nose: Sour smells with yeast and honey. The Honey aroma sweetens toward the top of the glass

Taste: Light honeyed sweetness melds with a soft white pepper spice. A pleasant beer and the sweetness is not to terribly strong.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness sort of bulks up the feel in the mouth but it still seems rather thin.

Drinkability: I could probably do two. To Sweet for anymore, still thats more than you can say for many Scot Ales.

Seru1, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of washburnkid
2.98/5  rDev -21%

Frothy cream-colored head over a gorgeous wood brown. Aromas are oak, and there's a hint of skunk ... this bottle may have seen a bit of sunshine. The rum flavors are overwhelming, and I guess I'd rather have rum than skunk! Malty sweetness, not much by way of hoppiness. I couldn't have more than one of these beers at a time, but I'm impressed in the sense that I've never had such a low ABV pale ale with such a massive liquor flavor.

washburnkid, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of beastfromtheeast
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: The bottle itself is intriguing with an interesting shape and stylish metallic label. From the pour there is very minimal white head, which results in a completely nonexistent lacing. The color of the beer is a light amber, almost a light reddish shade of gold.

Smell: Rather robust yet sweet scent with most noticeable aromas of vanilla and toffee. More subtle notes of oak and other malts.

Taste: Quite a complex taste to say the least. Initially, there is some bitterness and apparent hops. However, it leaves you with a sweet and satisfying aftertaste primarily dominated by a meshed combination of butter, vanilla, and toffee flavoring.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Arguably medium body.

Drinkability: Though the lack of head and lacing was initially off-putting, a few whiffs of the sweet aromas in my glass turned everything in the right direction. The complexity of the taste and smooth mouthfeel gives this beer a nice finish.

beastfromtheeast, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of AEK
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

335ml clear bottle poured into a Trappiste Rochefort chalice.

A. Sunny gold in colour with a white head that rapidly shrank to a thin soapy foam.

S. Biscuit malt and some scotch in there too.

T. Warming alcohol, whisky soaked wood. Lots of vanilla sweetness and creaminess found in some bourbons.

M. Medium bodied.

D. When I first had this I was 'wowed' by the whisky character. This time I wasn't impressed, but there again my palate has changed somewhat, still, it's a nice beer to sip on though.

AEK, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance: : It has a nice golden/amber colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down quite fast and there is minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of toffee, vanilla, bready malts and oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet vanilla and toffee taste with undertones of malts ending with a slight hop bitterness. There are minmal notes of oak. The vanilla is really dominant.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweetness.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. However, the vanilla could be a factor as in to how many you can drink. Having said that, it's an overall great tasting Ale.

SebD, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

From notes. Clear and active, and the color of dilute tea, sort of amber. Not much head and it fades fast. No lacing.

Lightly grainy like an American lager, with a hint of of booze. Oak, vanilla and earthy hops emerge later and strengthen the aroma greatly.

Again mildly grainy and malty sweet up front and through the middle. A touch of booze and then the oak, toffee, and vanilla emerge and become prominent. Faint bitterness in the finish.

Strong carbonation, touch of warming, and on the thin side of medium bodied. Finishes clean with a bit of bitterness. Overly strong carbonation up front detracts.

Gotta wonder if there is some adjunct present, and adding to its girth, but not necessarily the body? and I'd have a helluva time putting it into a style category. No matter, it's uniquely tasty, smooth and complex.

sprucetip, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Review notes from 2/4/11
Poured in to small taster sized pint glass

A - Light yellow with very little white head. Appears to be very lightly carbonated.

S - Bready malts, toffee, sweet caramel.

T - Bready and sweet malts. Caramel, toffee. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with some chew. Lightly carbonated.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Re-reviewed from a tall, 750mL clear bottle picked up at the LCBO. I wanted to see if my tastes had changed, as this was one of my first reviews on BA. A very handsome bottle indeed, although I wish it wasn't of the clear variety. Still, very nice.

Poured into a nonic. Dark golden to light amber in colour, clear and with about a 1/2 inch head that settles nicely into a thin layer. Flecks of lacing grace the sides of the glass.

The nose is potent and lovely, with strong notes of toffee, oak, caramel, cream, pale malts, butterscotch. Very pleasant.

Similar tasting notes as found in the nose, and all are quite pleasant. Toffee, vanilla, cream, butterscotch and oak make the strongest presence. Diactyl is there, but it's contributing towards a nice butterscotch flavor that I'm really digging. This brew is sweet, almost too much so - it's lacking a crisper malt presence to keep everything balanced. But the flavors are so enjoyable that it's hard not to love this beer.

Thinner bodied, creamy, solid carbonation.

A 750mL bottle is almost too much to handle in one sitting. The flavor of this beer is truly excellent, but I find the entire experience is a lot like eating homemade fudge - as terrific as it tastes, eventually one wants something else. An absolute must try, something to sip slowly - with friends, if you have a larger bottle. Great stuff.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Guitarctica
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

I saw this in my local package store and was intrigued by the bottle. I decided to give it a try as I heard good things aboout Innis and Gunn.

A - Golden honey color with about one finger of white head that quickly disspates. Bubbles being released can be seen through the brew.

S - Smells like butterscotch and toffee. Some malts are also present. Overall a pretty pleasant smell.

T - This is a great tasting beer. It tastes similar to the smell. There is a butteriness up front that is reminiscent of buttered popcorn. No doubt this is due to diacetyl. I find it a desirable quality in this particular beer. It might be a little much for some. It finishes with english toffee and more butterscotch.

M - Very smooth. Light to medium bodied. Light carbonation. almost no alcohol taste at all.

D - High drinkability. this beer isn't aggresive at all and very smooth. Very flavorful while masking the 6% alc very well.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Although the diacetyl might be off-putting for some, I think it is a unique quality that you dont find too often. I look forward to trying more from I&G.

Guitarctica, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

This is definitely an interesting one. The first sip literally made me exclaim "wow!". That'll be explained later.

First off appearance, it looks very good, a lovely amber/reddy colour, and the bubbles realeasing evenly keeping a small but well maintained head on it all the way through.

It smells nothing special really, typically acoholic smell really, a bit like whiskey.

Now for the taste, which really is the best part, thankfully. It is very complex, starting off mildly hoppy/alcohlic-y, and slowly merging into a lovely toffee/burnt sugar taste, which isn't too strong or sweet either, the hops and alcohol balancing it well. By slowly though, I do mean slowly, the toffee taste emerges about 5 seconds after you've swalled, meaning you get alot of enjoyment from it.

Has a good mouthfeel and is overall a good solid beer I enjoyed very much.

CwrwAmByth, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of RumRunners
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a glass beer mug. If you cant drink beer out of a mug its not much of a beer!

Appearance - Color of browned honey. clear. Very inviting!

Smell- Sweet , pleasant aroma

Taste- Sweet, Carmel , slight oak hints but not off putting

Mouthfeel - Spicy almost cinnamon like, stronger alcohol taste. Smooth with some weight.

drinkability- Flavors make this one a little harder to drink. wouldn't want more than 2-3 a night especially at the cost per bottle. However those 2-3 would be very much enjoyed

RumRunners, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

One of the few beers/ales I have had recently that come in a clear bottle. I was expecting something like and just ok.

The pour and head did nothing to excite me. Even the aroma didnt have enough to raise an eyebrow.

However, wit the fist sip, my mind quickly changed! This was a very pleasant beer. What I enjoyed the most was how well rounded and balance the taste was. It had a good amount of body and was so smooth in drinking.

The taste and flavor had me thinking about all those wines I have tasted over the years and see how much mellowing the oak casks can do.

Bottom line, I couldnt find one special characteristic of this beer that separated it from others. But I also could not find any faults.

rdilauro, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of beerdepartment
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

A fine beer in many ways, especially if you cannot get enough oak flavor.

A pleasant bourbony glow; fine thin foam.

Buttery toffee bourbony fragrance; smooth with no vapor burn.

Tastes like butter; butter; like butterscotch without the sugar in the recipe.

Mouthfeel: fairly thick texture lends itself to holding the butterscotchy oak.

beerdepartment, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz. bottle served into a tulip

Pours a sort of light copper color. Very clear body. One finger of soapy, off-white head sticks around for awhile but doesn't really lace.

Aromas of sourdough bread, mulch, vanillin. Some apple juice English ale yeast quality definitely shows through. The toffee is there, but the wood chip toastiness covers it up. I'm getting some diacetyl too, perhaps a bit too much. Everything is on-point for an English ale, but I'm not crazy about the balance between the various aromas.

Everything that is on the nose is on the palate, only intensified. the vanilla is way stronger, as is the apple juice. This is a very toasty malt profile; toasted sourdough bread with more than a kiss of oak chips. Yet, despite the stronger flavors, this ale keeps everything in fairly remarkable balance. The only bugaboo for me is the diacetyl, but it isn't extreme.

This ale is pretty much medium-bodied. Considering the heavy sweetness of this beer, it thankfully isn't too thick. Drinkability is only average for me. The diacetyl and the oak chip wood pulp flavors make for something I'd only want to have one bottle of. It's not unenjoyable, just a sipper.

Reaper16, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of MetalandBeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured from a 1 pint 9.6 oz. clear bottle into my favorite pilsner glass

A= Nice 1 finger ofwhite head that dissapeared rather quick. Nice lacing onglass. Nice gold color, bordering on brown or orange...

S= Woody oak, vanilla, toffee, malt, a bit of skunk, might be due to the clear bottle.

T= malty & sweet but not cloying.some bitterness andthe woody oak flavor. vanilla.

M= medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.slight syrupy feel as it warms..

D= A nice ale for a cold night by the fire....like I enjoy my scotch. Not an ale that I would go all night on, not the type of beer you would pound with hot dogs at a ball game...it's a beer to enjoy at your leisure. I can't wait to have more!

MetalandBeer, Jan 21, 2011
Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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