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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 35
Gots: 111 | 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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4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interestingly, taste is unlike the smell ... and that's a good thing. Aroma is typical lager, run-of-the-mill beer. But the taste is anything but typical! There is a sweet, toffeeish taste ... this could be fantasticly refreshing beer for a hot, summer day!

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3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Called the "Original". Comes in a majestic clear bottle. From a gift pack, poured into a branded glass.

It pours nice enough. A clear amber with a white head that quickly fizzes away with no lacing. But still nice to look at.

The smell isn't too bad. Lots of oak and caramel. Subtle fruitiness. Some typical English ale characteristics, but not full-blown.

The flavor is okay. Oaky pale ale. It isn't bad actually. some pears, caramel, vanilla, oak, nice.

Get the gift pack as the regular 4 packs are probably skunked to high heaven.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting sample pours a golden-apricot.

Everything about this is sweet and opulent starting with its nose of cake-like malt and an intense bourbony butteryness that blankets the faint orange/apricot fruitiness with a touch of vanilla and toffee too.

The palate is malty sweet and creamy- more toffee glazed cake flavors and a low bitterness. Very sweet and smooth with a bit of oaky texture and a touch of sunflower seed on the sweet finish.

Overall, not bad. I can see why this is the top selling UK-brewed beer in Canada and is starting to gain a reputation a little here in the states. Very hedonistic and so easy drinking. In fact, my biggest flaw with this is how easy-going it is. I could kill a 4pk in about half-an-hour.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a Duvel tulip. Probably not the correct glass. I guess the correct glass came in this gift pack. Oh well, the tulip probably brings out the truer nose anyway. Appearance isn't very exciting. Clean clear body with a moderate head. However, as soon as I take a whiff, this beer gets interesting. Lots of woodiness and a hint of aged whiskey. Perhaps I am imagining that, as I'm not sure they even used whiskey barrels. Mellow hops balance the beer, but it is a little on the sweet side, even for a UK style pale ale. Alcohol content is high and it hides it well. Has a lot of energy in the mouth and is smooth. Not something I'd drink every day, but recommended to try. A good example of how to properly age beer in barrels.

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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received a set of three bottles as a gift with an expiration date only one month away. While the bottle was clear, the set came in a cardboard box, so the contents were kept safe and tasted fresh. Opened a bottle with a pot pie dinner. They color was a bright copper color. I was a little concerned about this being too spicy, but the scent is surprisingly mild. And while it is sweet, the taste is not overpowering. Definitely has an oak aged taste, but it is surprisingly light and drinkable. The mouthfeel was very light, but had an appropriately complex aftertaste. At 6.6 percent there is no strong tinge of alcohol either. It is overall a good beer, but exists in a grey area where I would not want to have 4-6 of them, but it did not feel special enough to be content with just one. Kind of a novelty, but overall well done.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in the gift box so as to have a minimally-skunked bottle.

Appearance -- Pours a crystal clear copper hue with a finger of sudsy/creamy beige head. No lacing to speak of, and retention was not terribly strong.

Smell -- Husky grain, earthy hops and low tea-like bitterness, woody vanilla and toffee. Not bad, but

Taste -- Slightly sweet with toffee, vanilla, and plum notes. Some moderate amber/grainy maltiness and woody oak character. More earthy hops and low tea-like bitterness usually found in Scotch ales. Fortunately no skunked flavor detectable.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with fizzy carbonation. Feels like a soft drink.

Overall -- Certainly unique, but those clear bottles are a gamble. Worth a try if you are down to buy the gift pack and avoid skunking.

Photo of railman
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a little afraid to try this brew. Didn't know what to expect since it was a Scottish Ale /English Pale Ale. However I am glad I did. I really like this beer.

Poured from a bottle to my Sam Adams glass.

Pours a nice amber / butterscotch color with a thin white head. Minimal lacing and carbonation.

Smells very malty with butterscotch overtones. Not much hops on the nose.

Tastes much like it smells. Buttery butterscotch.

Feels very viscous and full bodied.

I was pleasantry surprised by this brew. Would highly recommend it. I really want to taste the other oak aged brews in the future.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this since it came in the 3-pack with the appropriately shaped glass. The guys at the store I buy most of my beer from liked this and it seemed different than anything I had ever tried before. From the moment I poured it out, I knew that would be the case and even if I didn't see the bottle, it was obvious that this was aged in barrels that would give it a very distinctive profile!

For starters, this poured without much carbonation and head, making it look like an after-dinner liqueur. There was a strong and subtle aroma of rum-like spice, caramel, and vanilla that was repeated in the taste and because of the aforementioned lack of bubbles in this, the taste and somewhat-heavy mouthfeel of this lingered for quite a long time. This had a great warming effect to it and without much of any hops, this finished clean and somewhat boozy like a good bourbon.

This tasted a lot strong than it actually was, but that's probably because this is so distinct and didn't seem like beer at all to me. The oak-amber hue and label didn't help either but there's no doubt that a brew like this pushes the boundaries of what's possible with beer. I can't say that I'd always reach for one of these when I'm thirsty but I'm still eager to try the other 2 bottles in the pack that this came with.

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3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my fancy new I&G glass that came with this holiday I&G gift pack. Honey colored and sporting a thin, kingly white crown. Said kingly crown is quickly usurped to a thin collar.

Husky grain at first whiff. Fruitcake and oak meander in as it warms up a bit. Butterscotch schnapps and priming sugar that I forgot about on the stove.

Tastes like carmelized fruit, toffee and vanilla just like the bottle descriptor promised.

Supposedly this beer originated as flavor fodder for casks that would hold scotch. I'd like to try the scotch.

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4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large foamy head, dark yellow color with good lacing and retention.

Lots of oak and malt on the nose. Some bourbon, honey, and vanilla. Really a complex and amazing smell.

The taste reflects the smell. The oak and bourbon were just a tad too prominent for my liking, but I still very much enjoyed it. Vanilla and honey notes were present, nice malt canvas and no hoppyness or bitterness present.

Surprisingly light beer for its complexity, with nice carbonation and a slightly dry aftertaste.

Give it a try, it's quite different!

Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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