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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 36
Gots: 93 | 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 StevenBilodeau
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer amazed me, looking at it at my store very seldom did I see it sell, but only to the beer geeks and advocates. This encouraged me to give it a go, so I took home two bottles of it. Expecting nothing great, I poured it into a large English Pint, and immediately you see some carbonation, but very little. A nice head arises, with fantastic lacing, that stays even after the beverage is gone. The taste is of wood, obviously from the oak barrels, vanilla, and a nice malty backbone. Sweet, however not a sugar bomb, delicious, and overwhelming. A great beer.

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

Bottle courtesy of my father for Christmas - poured in to a brandy snifter, also given to me my brother for Christmas, engraved as follows:

"Christopher Dumler"
"Beer Critic"

Pretty darn awesome. Many thanks to everyone! On to the review.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy brown amber, and doesn't look terribly thick - plenty of average sized but quick carbonation races to the top of this one, adding to a thin and persistent collar of creamy foam.

Aroma: Light barrel notes, wooden and green, lending hints of sweet wooden sugars and vanilla to a nondescript hop presence and a very English malt base.

Taste: A very dry, biscuity malt backbone - very traditionally British/Scottish - but, somehow, also, strangely, plenty of sweeter, higher residual sugars, likely courtesy of the barrel aging. Truly, the bottle says it all - "toffee, vanilla, and oak," and this one showcases all of them. The toffee blends reasonably well with the dry cracker-like notes, and provides a nice foundation for a ton of high, decidedly-British "estery" notes, probably part yeast strain and part green barrel, fruity, slightly appley. There's also a decent amount of hop bitterness and some spicy hop notes.

Mouthfeel: A fairly rough and uneven brew, largely a result of the ample carbonation copuled with a moderately thick body. There's also a slightly off afterfeel as well, sort of powdery and chalky.

Drinkability: This sort of thing is - on some level - what I remember beer tasting like. Not, like, a few years ago, but like, when my dad gave it to me as a child. Maybe that's why my dad bought it for me for Christmas? Either way, I wasn't too much a fan of it, though I appreciate it for what it is.

Photo of Grunewald
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours clear amber with a substantial head that left islands of lace.

S - wood, whiskey, vanilla, light creek smell (skunky), some citrus and fruit

T - vanilla malt, very light citrus/hop flavor hits with carbonation dissipation, finish is a very smooth transition into a mellow wood/nut flavor. The is a hint of lemon peel in the finish as well.

M - medium carbonation, medium body and a neutral finish that warms slightly

D - this is a nice mellow beer with a very neutral finish. It would make a good light desert beer (as opposed to porter/stout).

Photo of Brabander
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took this beer with me after an advice of Andy of the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. He told me as a real scottsman this would be a nice one to try. And it was!

It is a surprising beer with a very nice taste. I drank this one in a dutch beerglass. The beer looks like someone had done a pee in the bottle. It's a bit (much) yellowcouloured and the head is broken white.

The only thins i tasted really good was the honey inside the beer. A very surprising combination.

Photo of juju7
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bit of a head spin this one. Looks great, amber/copper with a neat head. The oak is evident on the nose but for some reason I'm getting definte aniseed. Like new oak? There are strong hints of whiskey as well, particularly in the finish. Honestly, there isn't a lot else happening and the oak is kinda distracting rather than enhancing. Still, it's a tidy little beer and well made for sure. A once a year kind of beer for me.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This pours a clear pale copper with 1 finger of white head, no retention and no lace.

S- Toffee, vanilla, and oak. There's a hint of alcohol in here as well, but it blends nicely with everything else.

T- Exactly like the nose, but it's a little bit weaker. There's a bitterness in the finish from the hops as well.

M- Thin body, moderate carbonation.

D- This was the beer that opened my eyes to craft beer. It's not as good as I thought it was back in the day. Amazing how ones palate changes with the more beers and styles you try.

Photo of koopa
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent dirty orange with slightly yellow folds....reminiscent of cognac to me. The crown is white and about 1 finger high. It shows some retention and lace.

Smell: english toffee malt and hops, a tin like macro quality, a touch buttery.

Taste: Same as smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. A bit more crisp than creamy, but not by much.

Drinkability: Easy drinker although I don't dig the taste very much.

Photo of seanyfo
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl bottled poured into imperial pint glass

A- Toffee brown body with 3 finger tan head with very good retention and lacing considering the abv

S- Whisky notes, butteriness, sweet caramel malts. However, there is this awful underlying limey off flavour that mars the smell.

T- Buttery, toffee, fudgy malts. A very sweet creamy finish, no hops to note of. This limey note is coming through again in the finish. Starting to wonder if there is something up with this bottle.

M- Light and creamy

D- A nice malty ale, which would pair well with a strong cheese for me.

Photo of steve8robin
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought this one on a whim:

A: Light Bud Light style color with an ok white laced head.

S: I smell some of the oak barrels and a slight hop smell. This one doesn't smell bad at all.

T: This tastes too light for me. Kind of like a high end Bud. Eh, nothing special.

M: Leaves no stickiness and you can quickly forget this taste after you drink it.

D: This one goes down kind of tough. Not because it's strong, but because it's too light.

All in all, this one is more like a mainstream bud. This should not be anywhere near some of the craft brews in the fridge because it is not worthy. The brewery needs to rethink this beer.

Photo of NightINgale
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear medium amber/copper body with a fair amount of carbonation and a wonderful creamy off-white head. Nice lacing and good head retention.

S - Strong notes of vanilla, toffee and a good amount of oakiness in the smell. Loads of malts and not much in the way of hops. Some alcohol is also noticeable.

T - Starts with a fairly sweet, vanilla and toffee (or butterscotch) maltness, with a nice oak character and a bit of alcohol. A touch of bitterness and a very slight hint of cherry. The finish is woody and a bit sweet and dry. After a while, the whisky flavours start to come out more and more and linger throughout the aftertaste as well.

M - Medium-bodied, with some crisp carbonation. The oak taste covers the palate and provides for quite a unique sensation in a beer. You can also get a warming sensation out of it.

D - Quite good, but should be enjoyed in moderation. One can have a couple bottles, though, without worrying about getting a huge buzz.

All in all, Innis & Gunn is an oustanding beer, giving you quite a unique drinking experience. Highly recommended!

Photo of beerdrifter
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light copper pour with minimal head and lacing. Big oaky nose with hints of vanilla and tons of whiskey. Taste is much the same with the whiskey even more prevalent. It's amazing how the aging in bourbon barrels retains so much of the flavor and aroma. Not a whiskey drinker at all but pleasantly surprised by this beer. To sweet and rich for more than one, but enjoyable none the less.

Photo of Long813
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Innis & Gunn Flute

A: Red-Amber body, clear with one inch head. Strong lacing throughout.

S: Toffee, vanilla, nutty, oak

T: Sweet toffee with vanilla notes, light hops.

M: Medium body, low-medium carbonation. Leaves a creamy toffee finish.

D: Very smooth and great tasting beer. Easy to drink and enjoy, but the price is a little steep.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into the branded I&G glass, pours a crystal clear light pumpkin orange, glints of pink/ruby, two fingers of fizzy head which dies down and collects in a collar that is maintained well.

Nose is strong on the nutty (hazelnut?), vanilla, and toffee. Hints of wood and caramel.

Light flavor and the boldness in the smell doesn't carry over. Vanilla, toffee, hints of wood, light nuttiness, sweet caramel malt. Light hop drying in the finish. Nothing too amazing going on here but not a bad brew. Carbonation is probably spot on.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to adil for sending me this one. Cheers!

Copper color or caramel looking beer, pick the one that fits you more. The head looks nice, however it disappear quite rapidly. The aroma intensity is light. Malty caramel. This is strange on the taste, not used to that taste. Not bad, but the vanilla taste is not for everyone. Vanilla I prefer in darker beer :) Again the taste is light and absolutely not overwhelming. I get some honey too in the taste. Good beer overall, but not my day to day beer.

Photo of Methodd
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish-Amber color. Looks very alive. Good amount of white head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Toffee, Almonds, Vanilla ... Always reminds me of a campfire.

Taste: Tastest as it smells with the addition of cherries.

Mouthfeel: Feels very alive. Carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability: One of my favorites. I always look forward to it. No weird after-taste and never offends.

330mL bottle.

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice, rich caramel color with a modest film of bright white head.

The aroma is soft vanilla and sweet, buttery toffee. Like liquid Kraft caramels, rich and creamy.

The taste follows with sweet toffee and butter with a slightly dry oaken finish. The base beer isn't the most complicated, it's an almost overly sweet toffee-forward, under-hopped pale ale, but the dryness of the oak almost keeps this from bring cloying. Almost. Oddly, for something that is oak aged, there's still a bit of an edge to the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little syrupy.

Innis & Gunn's beers are interesting and all, but I'm almost inclined to classify this as something other than a beer. They're not really my thing.

Photo of OpIvy
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Great look to the beer. The bottle is also very nice.

S- Smells just as it is described. Sweet and toffee like.

T- A very sweet beer. Not really my style but good nonetheless. The toffee can really be tasted here.

M- Decent mouthfeel. The sweetness is very powerful though. If you don't expect it, it could come as a surprise.

D- Definitely not a daily drinker. A nice treat once in a while though.

Great beer overall!

Photo of PoisonedMushroom
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the branded glassware that came with this and two other I & G beers. The clear bottles mean needless gambling with the quality. I've had this 3 times now, and 2 of those were good and one was gone.

A: I poured this into proper glassware according to the pouring instructions that with the pack. That meant pouring it vertically, but slowly, right away into the glass. The instructions worked like a charm and gave the beer at least two fingers of head. Unfortunately, it appears that the head was in quite a hurry to leave, leaving only a slight film to remind me of its momentary luxuriousness. A nice honey colour made up the body.

S: Toffee aromas dominated, without a doubt. Some hints of vanilla and oak were also apparent. Surprisingly, a slight coffee note also made its presence known. As the beer warmed, the sweetness of the malt blurred the flavours slightly.

T: I will repeat the words of others: this tasted exactly as it smelled. Toffee, vanilla and oak dominated. There was quite a bit of malty sweetness; yet, I detected slight bitterness of hops in the finish.

M: I thought this to have a thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D: In my books, this was a brew to sip, certainly not gulp, despite the relatively low alcohol content. I would not have another after the first.

I have had this a few times and would have it again. It is certainly interesting.

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

Part of the Innis & Gunn gift pack. Served in the branded glassware it comes with.

Deep honey orange body with a massive pile of off-white foam resting upon it. The head is very well retained and leaves gobs of lace as it recedes. It smells sweet and malty; aromas of toast, vanilla, honey, toffee, oak, and a kiss of alcohol mingle harmoniously to create a vague impression of whisky on the nose. It tastes buttery and lightly toasty with notes of vanilla, toffee, and wood. There's a mild alcoholic kick in the finish. Flavour is very round and balanced. Medium bodied and finely carbonated, this beer is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink.

The LCBO is a mean place for anything in a clear bottle. This is a damned fine beer if you can find it in good condition, but it's not too often you do. I really enjoy this beer in good condition, and a boxed gift set is great at keeping the light out. If only they would ditch the clear bottle; it would make purchasing this less of a crapshoot.

Photo of Stephonovich
4.9/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this up on a whim at a local liquor store; a bit pricey at $5.99 for a 33cl bottle, but I gave it a try.

I was quite impressed by the appearance, due to the clear bottle making the dark golden syrup so apparent. At the same time, I was somewhat bothered by the lack of a protective brown hue - hoping the light had not troubled it's precious content.

So, I chilled it down to 50F or so and poured it into a normal glass. My. God. I was floored. I was unaware that any beer could taste like that. It was smooth, beautiful, and had notes of vanilla, oak, honey, with malty overtones and a slight toffee aftertaste. Simply gorgeous.

The only fault I could find with it is it could use a slightly better mouthfeel - a bit thicker, I think, would suit it well.

Since then, I treat myself as often as possible to this sweet nectar. My only complaint is that it is not sold in 6 packs.

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

~Recommended for us to try from csg01752...RIP~
22oz bomber poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Honey in color with a nice off white head. Looks like scotch with carbonation.

S: At first it smelt like a Macro Brew (your choice) with a hint of skunk "odd". Then after sitting for a couple of minutes it really starts to open up a lot, and you get hints of pure honey, green tea, and scotch. Really an amazing change after it warms up a little bit.

T: Amazing, honey with a vanilla oak flavor on the front of the palate, then in the middle heading towards the back of your throat you get scotch, caramel, and a nice smooth sweet finish that begs you to take another sip.

M: Thin, carbonated, but still smooth and creamy. Feels good for an English Pale Ale.

D: Very easy to drink, could almost make this a session beer. Highly enjoyable.... Thanks Craig

The Kings Of Hop

Photo of zoso493
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep honey color with a foamy one-finger head. Looks a lot like cream soda - a good thing in my book.

Smell: Smells a lot like scotch. Has a nice oaky tone with some vanilla, malts and even a whiff of alcohol. Pretty nice smell.

Taste: Tastes a lot like scotch, with some buttery malts and a slight, grassy hop finish at the end. The taste is just bit weak for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy and crisp. No complaints here.

Drinkability: This is pretty drinkable. Even at 6.6% ABV you could still drink a few of these.

This is a pretty solid brew and a real bargain for something put in oak barrels. If the flavor were a little stronger this would be a great brew, but as it is, it's still definitely worth a try.

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

Similar to the other reviewers, the smell was uncannily like a watered down scotch. The bottle label says to serve well chilled but I actually like it when it warmed up a bit - the honey and oak were more prevalent. There was a nice frothy head which didn't stick around for long and there was some nice lacing. The color was a rusty honey hue. The mouthfeel and drinkability were both very good. My bro gave this to me as a birthday gift - I'll have to find out where he found it as I would like to try it again. Highly recommended for those that like scotch.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice honey color with a small head that dissipates relatively quickly. The aroma is the best part of the beer and is very oaky and smells like scotch. I definitely didn't notice any skunkiness that the other reviewers mentioned. The taste is best compared to watered down, lightly carbonated scotch. Drinkability is a bit low because, as it warms up, it becomes increasingly hard to swallow.

Photo of ludachris
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep honey brown hue with less than a finger of white, foamy head. No retention and minimal lacing.

Deep smell of toffee, caramel, buttered bread, sweet malts, oak, whisky, vanilla, light fruity esters, grassy hops and a bit of skunk.

All the sweet flavours upfront, toffee, buttery malts and whisky being the most pronounced followed by a a crisp, light grassy hop finish. 6.6 ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy; very similar to their lightly oaked version. Excellent balance and a joy to drink.

Overall, this is my favorite version of the 3 Innis and Gunn's I've had. Rich creamy mouthfeel of the lightly oaked version paired with a wonderful complex smell and taste the Canada Day Anniversery seemed to lack. At approximately $3.50 a bottle, this is a beer for me to be enjoyed more modestly, but that won't stop me from buying another one down the road.

Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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