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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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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.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE FAN!!! Edinburgh, Scotland....yup!!!

This one pours a clear pale golden color with a nice big loose white foamy head that fades to surface after an enjoyable hang time. Visibly effervescent throughout the entire sample..another big plus. The nose is HUGE!! All about the sweet vanilla malty creme brulee. By far the most distinguishable and prevalent character of this beverage. The texture is light, well carbonated and super creamy. The vanilla flavor from the nose is true to taste along with big rye whiskey character. That's what I'm talking about!! Very nicely done!! The oak aged treatment is really significant and it lingers REALLY NICELY in the aftertaste...adding significant value to the entire experience. Surprisingly low ABV...only 6.6%. All in all, a VERY DRINKABLE ale!! Very nice effort from the folks back in the home country. This one is probably taking hits for the atypical interpretation of the style...but it's a damn fine drinker! Its popularity in these parts and has earned itself permanent cooler real estate at my favorite watering hole.

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the urging of a complete stranger after I made a comment about the error of a clear bottle coming out of Europe. As he put it: "This beer moves so fast, there could be no top and it still wouldn't have time to skunk on the shelf." At $8, I figured it was worth a try.

I look at the bottle and it keeps looking like a scotch to me. It has a nice reddish, brown color.

The aroma smells like toffee, honey, and saaz hops. Not unusual for a european brew, but more typical in a pilsner than an ale. I was nervous because I am not a pilsner fan, but if this beer tasted a lot like a pilsner I wouldn't rate it.

On the first taste, I continued with toffee and the sweetness of honey. The mouthfeel is nice, and the after-taste is smooth. The oakiness wasn't severe, but it is present.

I recommend picking up this bottle because it is very original. Have a new experience!

Photo of dragonWhale
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how old this bottle is, but whoever knows...
Dark coppery though I can see the pink elephants on the other side of my tuley through it. Little head, a ring of carb and a bit dancing bout the midsection. Clutches the glass at every tilt.
Vanilla and toffee, some alcohol and floral hops. An extremely unique pale ale smell. Pretty incredible. Surprised about the booze.
On the sweet side, with caramel/molasses on the finish lingering as the vanilla fades away. A little tannic harshness, but complimenetary and delightful. Damn. Good shit.
Very rich and full flavor in this beer. Sweet with a balanced harsh/bitter component. Will be sampling again very soon.

Photo of StaEva
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic Socttish Oak Aged Ale. Deep copper/cedar water color with great little floating bits of sediment. Looks like the caramel glaze topping a Creme` Caramel.

Smells like oaky malts with toasted grassiness and butter.

The taste is incredible toffee and vanilla, with deep earth wood musks and some banana even. Hops are mild and subtle and round. The sweet oak is like pure liquid velvet on the mouth, and as the beer warms you'll notice complex layers of caramel and heathery-floral scents and flavors become apparent. I'm so happy to have tried this beer. I'm enamored with it.

Low carbonation, medium ABV, I could drink two or three in a sitting, but much more could be slightly overwhelming and devaluing to the flavor profile of the beer.

Please try this. I love to drink this with a toasted oatmeal raisin muffin with a good knob of grass-fed unsalted sweet cream butter and top it with a tiny sprinkle of Maldon sea salt flakes. I promise you that it's bewilderingly good.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - reddish brown, small headed that dissipates after a couple minutes with no lacing. Small amount of carbonation obvious.

S - slightly skunky with a hint of caramel malt.

T - begins bitter and shifts into a bit of skunkiness and then smoothest out with some vanilla at the finish. A bit of enduring bitterness in the background.

M - moderate carbonation, but also very light. No alcohol warmth.

D - if you can get over the skunkiness it's fairly smooth.

Decent beer but not as good as I remember it, but that was prior to trying a lot of great beers. I have a bit of a personal aversion to skunkiness in beers and this one triggers it for me for some reason so it's probably a toss up between my taste being more refined and this one being slightly off. I'll have to try another to see which it is!

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.61/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; foamy white head, dissipates at a moderate pace to a film, little lacing. Clear copper in color.

smell; toasty, caramel malt, sweet hints of vanilla and toffee. A bit of scotch aromas and dry grain.

taste; absolutly delicious vanilla extract diluted in milk. Slightly bitter hops and toffee balance nicely. Definite woody flavors that one finds in Scotch whiskey mingled with alcohol, somewhat nutty and rich.

mouthfeel; very rich but smooth and light. Perfect example of medium bodied. A bit creamy in the finish leaving a warmth in the aftertaste.

overall; a fantastic beer, my 1# pick for the style.

Photo of NilsFrisk
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a samuel adams boston lager glass.

Smell: malty and oaky, pleasantly sweet
taste: low on hops, but lots of sweet caramelly malt taste, think i got some of the oak aswell.
Mouthfeel: moderate to litte carbonation, delicious if you ask me, im no big fan of carbonation.
This is overall a great beer i think i could have drunken lots of over a session.

Photo of Rubyroth
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EkimGram
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flyingpig
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Brianjames16
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bjlovers68
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of travis3113
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of joshk
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Seru1
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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