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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 35
Gots: 102 | 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 trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to VegasBeerMan for this one.

A: Pours a nice translucent golden with some red hues. There is almost no head and there is zero lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: Smells of vanilla and oak. There is also a buttery smell to this beer.

T: Tastes sweet and buttery. The oak and vanilla notes are definitely there too. At first I didn't know if I was going to like this beer, but it's really growing on me as I drink more of it.

M: Light bodied beer with big flavors that envelop the palate. The oak and vanilla linger for a little bit, but fade nicely over time. Nothing overly prolonged.

O: I think this is a pretty solid brew. I could see myself picking up a few bottles at my local bottle shop if I was in the mood for a light, sweet beer with solid flavors.

Photo of beerkingnyc
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a rich copper/caramel color

S- a sweet candy corn-ish smell

T- was excited to try it, but was not my cup of tea. Starts off kind of flat, only to have an overpowering sweetness, kind of like apple cider.

M- was smooth.

I wouldnt have this again, but would not say its a bad beer, just not my cup of tea.

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

A - A caramel scotch body. Crystal clear and glowing.

S - Sweet toffee, with a big nose of Werthers candy coming to mind. Bitter cocoa hints and sweet, rich malt. A touch of dry oak.

T - A nice whiskey barrel bite. Oaky dryness and buttery malt. Sweet and dry together. Faint sweet apple dipped in caramel sauce.

M - Semi light body, with a subtle dry finish.

O - Interesting flavor combination. A pale ale but more like a Scotch ale.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours completely transparent. Looks like it maybe be dark copper, but when held up to the light, the color illuminates and explodes out of the glass. Head is nearly nonexistent. The head is more like a ring around the beer. The ring is slightly off-white. Does manage to leave some lacing.

S-Wow, the oak is clear and evident. Vanilla hints along with some caramel and toffee. The oak really is the star here. I am impressed with its blatancy in the nose. The nose is not very powerful, but very enticing and oaky.

T-Wow-the oak really shines on the palate as well. Tastes like the last sip of a scotch on the rocks. The oak is the most prevalent flavor here. Light sweet notes hit the palate too. The oak lasts and lasts. You need to like oak/whiskey to like the flavor here.

M-Light with some serious bubbles. The oakiness lasts on the palate.

O/D-This is a love it or hate it beer. I happen to love whiskey and scotch. I also happen to enjoy this beer. Its all oak. Not much malt, no hops. It interesting and I enjoyed it but would not regularly drink it. They definitely accomplished their goal here. So impressed by the oak.

Photo of Yagman3000
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz. Bomber into a monstrosity of an oversized pint glass.

Appears a warming orange brown. Not too dark and I think it'll help to not be too overfilling. Some small foam remains on top despite some time at rest in the glass.

Smells of sweet oak in terms of it's woody tones. Buttery and caramel toffee aplenty.

Tastes just like it smells. There's a bit more maturity to its flavor than I would have imagined.

I appreciate the initial creaminess from the head. Then comes the classic oak flavors with a bit of booze burn at the end.

Overall this is a rather good beer but it's just not fully top tier to me. I greatly prefer their rum barrel aged. To me that's the step up into the mid to high A range.

Photo of Kromes
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear orange/yellow color with what started out as a "soda-like" head that disappeared.

S: A strong oak, toffee, vanilla aroma with some alcohol and grainy malt.

T: Aroma carries over to the flavor, however there is an overabundance of sweetness in the beer. The oak, vanilla, toffee is there, but it is overpowered by a cloying sweetness.

M: Thin, low carbonation.

O: Didn't really like the look and feel of the beer. They go together I guess. For me the sweetness and buttery flavor knocked a point or two off the overall beer.

Photo of keithmurray
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz Bottle out of a 4pk

Appearance - Copper colored with slight white head

Smell - hops, malt, honey, vanilla, oak

taste - bit of citrus upfront, slightest bit of hops, honey, toffee, sweet malts in the background,oak comes thru in the finish and lingers on the palate, flavor profile really develops/accelerates as it warms

mouthfeel - medium bodied, amply carbonated beverage, woodsy finish, no alcohol is present

Overall - decent beverage that i'm glad I got the chance to try, maybe subsequent tastings of this will prove to be more enjoyable

price point - got this 4pk for $8.99

Photo of Paincane
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-honey colored with thin white head when poured into pint glass. Mild lacing left behind.
S: Oak, malt, smoke, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, nutmeg.
T: All of the aromas above are present in the taste.
M: Light-to-medium bodied with active carbonation. Smoky oak and bourbon flavors linger.
O: A good but not great beer. Enjoyed it but not looking for another anytime soon. It served as a nice nightcap for me.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Completely clear bottle (UK style), ordered with dinner at a restaurant in Toronto. The beer is amber colored with a thin white foam, maybe 1 finger, no lacing that I noticed. It smells pretty much as the bottle describes it, light vanilla and oak with some sweet malts and whiskey. Toffee or caramel would be the main descriptor.

Taste is OK, lots of different flavors as per the aroma, but in the end this isn't particularly memorable. All flavors are kind of muted, nothing strong that makes a lasting impression.

I don't think I'll get this again, not bad but not great.

Photo of Spcoly
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 4 pack of 12 oz bottles...

A: Clear / Amber color...minimal head

S: Oak Oak Oak....all the way....and some malts.

T: Again, all oak....a little too powerful...alcohol is definitely hidden, sweet after taste

M: Pretty smooth with medium carbonation...not filling

O: Beer is exactly what is says it is....an Oak Aged Beer, and it tastes just like that...but almost like I have a piece of oak in my mouth and not in my beer...would probably pass on this the next time I come across it....but worth a try..

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brillant dark amber body with a 2 finger head; spotty lacing.

S: A thin and delicate nose of vanilla, bourbon, sweet caramel malts, and some nuts.

T: Sweet toffee and bready malts followed by some bourbon notes, nuts, and a sweet vanilla finish. Not a long lasting flavor.

M: Light body; low carbonation; very light and watery on the palate

O: I rathered enjoyed thsi beer. Not something I would seek out, but it was good and I would definitely get it again.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at slightly warmer than fridge temperature, this pours a clear, light bronze colour, topped with a finger of off-white head that disappears rather quickly. A creamy collar clings to the edge of the glass, leaving lots of lacing. Smell is nice but nothing that special for barrel-aged beer; lightly roasted grains, toffee/caramel, vanilla and oak.

I rather like the taste of this; quite rich. Light toffee, honey and bready malts, with vanilla and lots of oak. Hints of whiskey. Flavour profile is mostly sweet, with a twinge of bitterness lingering in the finish. Medium-light mouthfeel; maybe a little syrupy. Carbonation level is moderate. The extra ABV is surprisingly well-hidden.

This is more a sipper than a session ale, but regardless it's a tasty beer and a fine Scottish ale. Wasn't sure if I was a fan of oak-aged beer after trying I&G's blonde ale, but I found this stuff quite a bit more enjoyable. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of enzocc
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Llamative color, very malty and dense. Oaky, woody look.
S - Oaked wood with vanilla, nut and essence of Bourbon.
T - Vanilla, Nutmeg, caramel chocolate with bourbon, malty. Very flavorful since the beginning, and leaves you with a hint of nutty cover with vanilla like a butterscotch.
M - Dense like a malt, more heavy than light, and revealing at the end the excellent flavor of the beer.
O - Excellent bee with a unique and wonderfully nutty and caramel flavor, that would take you from wood to caramelized vanilla.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" soapy white head that left a bit of a lacing over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Caramel, vanilla, wood, and bourbon.

T: Vanilla and caramel flavours at first, then the taste of the wood followed by a sweet caramel aftertaste. Quite nice.

M: Thin viscosity with a low level of carbonation.

O: An easy drinker, due to the sweetness I consider this a "dessert beer" or a digestif due to its taste profile.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

Definitely my favorite of the afternoon. Pours a dark, tea like color. Very small head but good lacing. Very strong but pleasant aroma of malt and a hint of vanilla.

Very smooth tasting. A hint of bourbon and possibly vanilla. I can't stress how much I liked this beer.

This cannot be compared to traditional brews of any sort. It has a full mouthfeel and definitely not a session beer. A great beer for one or two on a cold night.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head which disappeared completely pretty fast. Body is a clear light tea yellow/brown. Smell was the biggest put-off because thanks to the clear glass bottle and time on the shelf it was moderately skunked. Taste surprisingly showed none of the skunking and had very mild toffee and vanilla, like the label advertised but milder than I expected. Body is lighter weight than I'd anticipate from barrel aging, just a step up from water. All in all enjoyable flavor but hardly worth the hype.

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of salvo
1.46/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Weak clear brown liquid with a light foam made of quickly dissipating larger bubbles. Carbonated like soda water.

Smell is sweet and oaky with hints of malt. Very little hop flavor (very little flavor, really). Vanilla from the charred oak.

If I might: this beer proves you cannot put any old thin adjunct brew into a barrel and have it emerge transformed. It's transformed, but it is still weak, mediocre, poor. With some traces of oak and vanilla.

I saw that this was being imported into the US. Thought it important to offer my opinion directly and clearly. Avoid this beer.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.19/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass...

A- Golden orange with a two finger creamy head that settles moderately fast. Nothing too great going on here.

S- Smells like warm caramel corn. Also get a bunch of diacetyl. Not much oak like I would expect; just a plethora of warm sweet aromas like vanilla, caramel, candy corn, butterscotch, etc...

T/M- Tastes exact same as smell. Not very enjoyable to me. No hops, all malt. Very carmelly, burnt sugar, candy corn. Unexpectedly pretty light body though it is smooth and silky/creamy.

O- Not my style. Way too sweet without many true beer attributes... I would not buy this again for myself, though my girlfriend did like it. Really not much to say about this beer

Photo of Tford
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It comes in a clear bottle and is a dark amber colour; it pours the same with a one finger white head with webby lacing. This is the best looking beer ever.

S: It smells of oak and vanilla; it reminds me of bad scotch.

T: The oak is very prominent here, along with vanilla. Hops and malts are also noticeable, but play les of a role than in other beers.

M: This has a light body with medium amounts of carbonation. It’s kind of smooth... but then again, not exceptionally; it is also very wet, not dry in the least bit.

O: This is a good beer; it tastes like wood, but none the less it is good. It tastes like it looks, much better than how it smells or feels.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Real light on color, just darker than a pilsener. Has an alluring honey glow to it. Thin white head that fades.

S: The initial high carbonation release from the pour wafts a familiar smell that I can't quite put my finger on. Almost smells like a sparkling wine or wine cooler in that hyper-carbonated slightly sour tang. As it warms some bourbon aroma becomes more apparent. I also get something reminiscent of popcorn on the finish. Don't know what to make of this beer based on the smell yet.

T: Very smooth, well balanced taste of faint fruits, light, sweet malts, and an oak finish that offers miniscule amounts of bourbon and vanilla that work surprisingly well in a combination that I couldn't have thought would taste good.

M: Real light and refined. It's seemingly a sipper but leaves little to no traces.

O: Best beer I've had out of a clear bottle. Wouldn't drink very often personally, but would never refuse if offered.

Photo of shearer292
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured a golden colour with a white head, very clear with small bubbles, really nice looking beer.

Smell - very sweet smelling beer with the notes of vanilla and oak coming through very strongly, the aging in oak barrels is very obvious in the smell. anyone who likes whiskey will love the smell of this beer.

Taste - nice sweetness with toffee/caramel notes and a bit of biscuit, the taste of oak is right at the forefront but is not overpowering which i kind of expected, very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and a cream like feel which is very pleasant, just the right amount of carbonation, goes down very easily.

Overall - great beer, this is possibly a taste best suited for those who also like whiskey/bourbon but is a brilliant beer all round and i highly recommend picking up a bottle if given the chance, you wont regret it

Photo of joepais
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend who split this bottle with me. We poured it into snifters and were greeted with a slight white head that sat on top of the most awesome caramel honey colored brew I have seen in a while. The whisky aroma was well present in the nose. I also got some nice woodiness and a slight fruit aromas as well. The flavor was good I got a little caramel sweetness from the malts and the barrel aging worked well with it. Hints of vanilla and some smoke came thru as it warmed.

A good brew I have had it in my hands a few time and never pulled the plug on buying it. I will the next time I see it though.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slighty darker yellow color, with a decent size head that didnt hang around too long. The smell was almost a bit sweet, with a strong toffee aroma. The taste was complex, while on the lighter side for an EPA, there was a strong vanilla and toffee flavor, a bit of the oak from the ageing barrel can be tasted as well. The flavor could be a bit stronger, espically for an EPA, no hops or bitterness was present. Overall a very intresting beer, but very good. It is not what you expect.

Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
85 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.