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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 38
Gots: 118 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003

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Ratings: 965 | Reviews: 431
Photo of trixdout
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of crossovert
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.

Photo of edwardhopper
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
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.

Photo of rel
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!

Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear/shiny, tan/amber body, trace head, very
little lacing.

S: big malt, oak, toffee, mild vanilla

T: citrus, toffee, malt, oak mild bitter finish
light puff of smoke

M: med/light, semi-dry mouth

O: Fascinating beer. Nice to see a complex
slightly lighter beer, i almost want to gulp
this fine beast, but sipping is fun too.


Photo of evlu1441
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally! The original Innis & Gunn! I've reviewed several other I&G beers, and I've had the original many times, but I haven't reviewed it until now:

It pours a deep toffee/amber/honey colour with a nice fluffy of-white head. There is a nice amount of carbonation rising to the top.

The aroma has very clear oaky aspects. Some light caramel notes come through in the background along with some smoke.

The flavour is slightly sweet up front, and quickly moves into some toffee flavours. This gradually is overtaken by the woody aspects.

Overall, this is a decent beer. The same qualities that make it popular also make it less-than-exceptional

Photo of sommersb
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-14-2011
Freshness: Best by 12-2012
Packaging: 330 ml clear bottle
Glassware: Innis & Gunn cervoise glass
Purchased: Gift box from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Picked this up in a gift box with the attractive cervoise glass and 3 Innis & Gunn offerings.

The beer is a crystal-clear, light amber color. It looks like a whiskey. Head is white and frothy, about 2 fingers high, with low retention and good lace. Little carbonation seen in the glass.

Pleasant aromas are of caramel, malts and vanilla, with a wood aspect as well, presumably from the barrels the beer is aged in.

Taste follows the nose with an oak and whiskey flavor. This is coupled with vanilla bean and other spice notes. Mostly malt-forward, with a nice sweetness that is not overwhelming.

Carbonation is low to medium. Finishes with a nice warming from the alcohol, giving hints of whiskey without letting it overshadow the beer.

Overall, I found this to be a complex beer but not muddled -- it all ties together very well.

Photo of Stocean1
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the kiwi - no head or lace - Len says the Innis and Gunn owner was in yesterday to inspect the product and is touring the pubs in Ontario they supply - colour of golden honey - semi-clear

Smell was bursting with peaty scotch - earthy vanilla and oak scent - spectacular

Tast of honey, vanilla, peat, scotch, oak, caramel

Mouthfeel - a little syrupy and bitter on the end - dry - medium body with no carbonation

Great brew and a real treat to get it on tap

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was an orange/amber color with one finger of off-white head. It laced in thin, sliding bands and retained as a collar. The aroma was of oak, dry malt, some nuts and a little cave-aged must. The flavors were delicious! Toasted malt, sweet malt, butter, toffee, vanilla, nuts and caramel. The mouthfeel was frothy, the body medium and the carbonation medium.

Photo of AdamBear
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looking forward to the day when all brewers are smart enough to not use clear bottles. Luckily, I picked this right out of the shipment box the day it arrived.

A-transparent amber with a very thin white head.

S-surprisingly it smells exactly as advertised...oak and vanilla. the scents are of decent quality and decent strength. there's also some honey and peppery smells.

T-comes in with a mixed taste of roasted malts, wood, vanilla, honey, and toffee. unfortunately the mix seems to be evenly distributed so that no one flavor comes through very well. after that a warming bitterness starts and lasts awhile. even longer lasting is the after-taste of vanilla and burnt wood. the tastes just seem to be unbalanced to me.

M-low creamy carbonation and watery finish

O-its an interesting and enjoyable beer. it has some loose ends to tie up, and it could be completely amazing. unfortunately we all know that recipes in european beers are rarely subject to change. if it tasted more like it smelled, it could be a reoccurring guest to my line up.

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

A: Color is a pale gold, and is translucent. Head is an off-white. It foamed up to about a finger's width during the pour and then receded quickly. There is a small amount lacing.

S: Oak. Lots of oak. There is a bit of a coffee aroma after the initial oak. There is also a vanilla aroma.

T: There is a lot of oak. There is also some vanilla.

Mf: It has a medium body. It has moderate carbonation.

Overall: I really like this beer. It may not be really complex but it has a very unique taste. I have not seen many oak aged beers. I will definitely try this again.

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

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