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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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85
very good

897 Ratings
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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 32
Gots: 75 | 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 EsoxLucius
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd actually tried this long before trying their Rum Cask Edition beer, which i found very interesting.

A: A nice golden yellow with a minimal head, but it does stick around through the entire drink.

S: Malty with a sweet bit of hops, a friend had called it skunky, but i found it to be pleasent.

T: nice and sweet with a little bit of bitterness. can definately detect the vanilla and toffee, i can taste the oak at the end, but initially its the sweet vanilla taste and creamy taste.

M: thin, yet not bad, but not good either. i'm a Stout drinker by nature and this was a little light in the mouth, however, it gets better as it goes down, so it's above average for me.

D: i bought two and am on the second one looking at it whilst writing this, it's drinkable for a change of pace, much like the Rum Cask Edition from this company, it's definately not for serving the masses but rather something to enjoy from time to time.

I would recommend trying it.

EsoxLucius, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml clear as the window beside me bottle at the Keg - a decent celebratory choice for my girl's having finished yoga teachers' school classes.

This beer pours a medium crystal clear golden amber colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, wanly foamy, and mostly soapy dirty white head, which leaves a small bit of coral reef lace on the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of natural vanilla, boozy wood fiber, caramelized malt, a hint of watery toffee, and very tame earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more big caramel malt, vanilla cookies, equally strong oak barrel woodiness, and weirdly sexy (or just plain welcome) earthy hops.

The carbonation is really quite varied, from fizzy to outright flat-seeming, the body rather nice and round and weighty, with an attendant sugary smoothness. It finishes with a pretty sweet lingering, softly boozy whisky flourish.

A few years ago, I presented this to my dad, a UK whisk(e)y fan who doesn't really do much in the way of beer anymore, and he was impressed with the flavour intensity, but didn't think it would be good for more than a small serving. I still agree with that, as this is a tasty enough, original (at one time) brewing concept, but the flavours from the wood would indeed become cloying after a short exposure. And I suppose it helps if you're an ardent fan of oak-aged spirits in the first place.

biboergosum, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of drcarver
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice amber color with a nice white head that faded quickly

S - Heavy smells of oak, whiskey (scotch, bourbon, whatever) and vanilla

T - The flavor of whiskey (scotch, bourbon, whatever) is very pronounced. It was away quickly however. There are hints of vanilla in the background with bits of oak.

D - Don't go fast.

drcarver, May 26, 2009
Photo of fivarsen
2.17/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Nice golden color with a thin head. Smells of oak, sweet vanilla, hint of coffee and alcohol.

The taste didn't appeal to me as the alcohol was to dominant and the malt taste is strong here as well. I was not impressed by the mouthfeel either, it feels metallic and it stays that way a while.

Only reason to try it again is to see if my opinion or the beer as changed.

BTW The bottle says it should be served well chilled, not how I usually drink my ales and I neither did this time.

fivarsen, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a Boston Lager glass pours a crisp bubbly pale orange with a thin off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is an intriguing blend of Earthy hops, sweet malts and oak. The taste is a more muted blend, enjoyable, but not what the aroma promised. The beer is fairly light for 6.6% with decent carbonation. This one is certainly worth trying, but I don't think I'll bother with again.

atsprings, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with decent amount of creamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Very distinguishable scent of the oak casks. Taste is smoky, with some vanilla and oak. The oak aging is very apparent. Smooth overall, with a bit of dry bitterness at the end. This was a surprise find at a local Beerfest several months ago, and I have enjoyed picking up a few bottles every so often.

Seanstoppable, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange-gold, strikingly clear with a thin light tan-white head. The barrels have certainly made their imprint on this beer. Aroma is full of smooth vanilla bean and woody whiskey-esque scents, grains, caramel toast and apple cider tartness. Taste is sweet, tart and dry. The individual flavors all blend into one earthy, vanilla-caramel concoction. Prickly fine carbonation in a medium, syrupy body, with an extra dry but coating finish. Drinks down very nicely too.

Interesting and enjoyable.

tastybeer, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Says 11APR09...just in time.

Clear amber under about an inch of white foam that slips down to a bubbly sheet. Bourbon-like aromas of vanilla and wood along with toffee, malted milk balls, flowers, and fruity sweetness. The flavor is a smooth blend of honey and buttery toffee. The vanilla, whiskey-like woodiness has a deeper quality here than in the smell, but I don't feel it's overdone in anyway. Slick, medium body with a flourish of fine carbonation at the end.

Better than I expected, to be honest. Lots of pleasant whiskey characteristics. And I got it for $.99...I might go back and grab a case for that price.

wedge, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 1 pt. 7.6 fl. oz clear bottle marked 16 Jan 09-8017A 12:38. Sampled on April 7, 2009.

Before I get into details I want to say up front that I really enjoyed this one. It was incredibly smooth and tasty.

The pour was an amber-orange with about a finger of beige head and excellent clarity. The lacing was well dispersed around the glass. The aroma was like a fruity wine with decent malts and hop sensations. The mouthfeel was bold and had great consistency. The taste was like a fine wine with a pleasing chaser of sweet malts and subtle hops. A slightly dry ending and very easy to drink. No aftertaste. A totally satisfying experience and probably one of the best beers I have had in a long while.

puboflyons, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of gabe23
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, deep honey color. The head is thin and leaves scattered lacing.

S - Brown sugar, raisins, and strong whisky notes. Very nice.

T - Nice smoky oak flavor, with a vanilla sweetness. The finish is very smooth with a bit of alcohol heat.

M - Coats the mouth with a creamy, slick coating of oaky flavor. No carbonation to speak of.

D - I was very surprised with how much I liked this one. It's a different experience than most beers, with the oak and whisky flavors. Let it warm up a bit and enjoy!

gabe23, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of NCBeernut
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden honey body with a fizzy head that doesn't have much retention. Oak flavors are up front but mellow. Hints of bourbon and subtle crisp lime. Finishes sweet with a toffee maltiness with a bit of butterscotch and a very subtle raw honey. very smooth - coats the tongue in a pleasing way. The main drawback is the signature clear-bottle skunkiness, though it isn't bad in the taste, affecting mainly the aroma. A bit tannic about halfway through. Nice warming sensation from the almost-high ABV.

NCBeernut, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a clear bottle to a clear pint glass:

pours a very clear (slight haze) light amber color (well, you can tell these details just by looking at the bottle). a nice creamy white, 1 finger head rises to the top, and reduces to a thin head. a steady stream of small bubbles rise quickly to the top.

the smell is nice. at first, i caught some skunk which was kinda powerful. this cleared up a few minutes, leaving an almost bourbon smell. oak, slight vanilla, touch of butterscotch and some alcohol. smells like it was in an oak cask alright. quite a nice nose actually, would have been better if the skunk hadn't been there at first.

the taste is nice. not heavy tasting which you might expect from the aroma. slight skunk / bitter taste, then you get the nice woody flavor which goes well with the toffee and slight butterscotch. the finish is just barely dry, but more on the sweet side.

the mouthfeel is actually well played. it has a good amount of carbonation that plays well with the flavors that are present, leaving that creamy feeling.

fairly drinkable, the skunk is the real downer. were it not for that, this would be even more drinkable. everything else in the package is quite nice. i can see having more than one, if the mood suited me.

a nice ale for certain, but pricey for sure.

beerorRIP, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of akbjorn
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Immediately apparent are the rich honey-copper color and strong alcohol aroma. This review, however, is of 3 of the 4 bottles I've purchased in Boston and Rhode Island, in search of another like the first I tasted. From memory, it was rich in oak, vanilla, and scotch-ale flavors and caramel-sweet. For the last three I've had, which have brought the average down and are responsible for the meh numbers:

Appearance: The clear bottle shows the beer's aforementioned color well, and when poured, two fingers of fine creamy head rest at the top of my pint glass.

Smell: Here's where one starts to worry. Alcohol cuts through the sweetness and caramel, and through that the beginning of the metallic twinge of a cheap lager, or the oxidized aroma of the six well-worn ones you spent on the bottle, you'd think you'd just poured that pint from a(n expensive) silver can.

Taste: This is where you realize you're ruined, and so is the bomber you've purchased. The metallic taste is overwhelming and especially unpleasant in a scotch ale. (If you'd like a metaphor, this is the southern-belle sweet foreign exchange student who knocks on your door, smiles brightly, and pulls a knife on you.)

Mouthfeel: This doesn't suffer much, and is substantial enough to hold up the sweetness without being cloying or syrupy. In keeping with the creamy head, the beer rolls smoothly around the palate with very little carbonation.

Drinkability: I poured a glass, admired it, hoped, smelled, doubted, tasted, and tossed it out.

Methinks the clear glass bottle and long shelf times (not many buyers) are to blame for the high rate of skunking of this beer. I really, truly have had a good bottle, and I'm not sure if they turned out a bad lot that hasn't cleared out of local stores or if something more mundane or sinister is afoot. As it is, if you're a gambler or Casey at the Bat, or have six bucks to waste and feel lucky, give it a try.

akbjorn, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, honey like color. Thin white head thta disappeared quickly, little lacing. Smelled nice, almost more like wine than beer, very sweet with hints of vanilla and molasses, slighly reminiscent of lemon and also hint of walnut. Taste is very vanilla, sweet and bitter at same tie like a white wine with a very nice finish like a well aged brandy. Very unique beer, probably too sweet for most but I will definitely have this again.

stingrayvr6, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear bright copper color with a fair off white fuzzy cap and good lacing. The aroma is maple walnut malt, even butterscotch, sweet and distinct. The taste reveals a more obvious oak bourbon flavoring with a nice lightly carbonated midland feel. A tad syrupy perhaps, quite sweet, but drinkable and tastey. It has a complexity with nut and oak, cherry highlights. Overall I would say it is a tasty treat but it could easily be too sweet for many folks.

Durge, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of schroederm
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In a snifter:

Pours clear, dark orange with good size head and decent retention. Has a strange umami smell, as well as vanilla, pepper, and molasses. Can taste the umami, which actually works OK. Vanilla, cherry, and oak tastes as well. Mouthfeel is excellent with a great body and good carbonation.

Overall: Unique flavor takes away from otherwise decent beer. However, absolutely worth a try - very good brew.

schroederm, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of albern
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not so sure that this is correctly labelled as an English pale, but it is a unique beer that doesn't neatly fit into existing categories. The beer pours a slight orangey amber color that is quite clear although some loose cloudy yeast bits can be seen on the bottom of the clear glass bottle. There is a fairly thick white head that dissipates quickly. The nose on the beer is antique butterscotch and a fairly strong smokey wood aged oak. There is a definite ABV aroma in the nose as well.

The taste is not quite as pungent as the aroma, which is probably a good thing. For starters, the beer is definitely low carbonation, very smooth, slightly creamy. This is a light bodied beer as well. The oaky wood so strong in the nose is a few shades toned down in the flavor. More pronounced is a vanilla, almost cream soda syrup sweet malty taste. There is some smoked straw like scotch flavors in the beer and the antique butterscotch is also present throughout. The 6.6% ABV is completely hidden and unnoticeable and I would have expected a much lower ABV beer from the taste. The beer is a touch thin and there really is no residual aftertastes and the mouthfeel is quite slight from a light bodied beer. This is a unique beer worth seeking out for its change of pace character, but not as a steady diet. L'Chaim.

albern, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Comes in a clear bottle, which is nice but I know can hurt the beer with information about how the beer is made. A nice light brown, with a bit of a red oak tinge to it. A minuscule amount of lacing and solid signs of carbonation. Head is almost nonexistent and disappears quickly.

Smell - Immediate overpowering skunk that took time to clear, as soon as the bottle was opened. Thankfully, after it cleared I was treated to a definite Oak Barrel smell, common with whiskey with vanilla and underlying malts. Very pleasant if not for the skunk.

Taste - Initially starts with a slight tinge of skunk, but thankfully it's overpowered by an almost a shortbread biscuit taste mixed with a smokey oak barrel, which I suspect may have casked white wine at some point. Ends with some mild bitter toffee like malts with a slightly nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is perfect, and little to no aftertaste. A nice influx of different flavors that don't transition too harshly. Only beef is that I would have liked a little bit of head.

Drinkability - This beer is perfectly walks the tightrope of smoky and sweet. It was smooth going down, and medium bodied. That being said, I don't think I could drink this beer all night as it is a bit too sweet and it seems to give a bit of mild gut rot. Still, a nice treat and definitely worth a try if you are big into whiskey.

Final Word - When I picked this up at the store, and saw it was on the shelf, unrefrigerated and unshaded, I really should have known better. I'm pretty sure that this beer wasn't stored properly, as my main problem with it is the skunking, which probably was caused by lack of refrigeration and light damage. However, I'm not 100% sure it was entirely the store's fault, as many people have commented on the skunk. Still, this beer fights through it and was enjoyable. The taste of this beer simply screams Scottish. I would love to try it again, but closer to the source next time.

TheHammer, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Buford highway and cracked it open the same day. Pours a light brown with a big head that dissipates. Not a whole lot of lacing with this one. Smell is mixed with a metallic macro with hints of vanilla and caramel. Taste is predominantly malt characterized by toffee, vanilla, caramel, with the most predominant taste being the vanilla taste. Overall, the beer is very sweet, as expected. Light body in the mouth feel and moderate drinkability. Overalll, this beer is a little sweet for me and doesn't have enough body to support how sweet it is. Average brew. Not my favorite but not bad.

jdubjacket, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of SingleCell
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter after warming from the fride for about 20 mins. Best before date was smudged.

A: Dark honey with a tinge of red. Small eighth of an inch white head which subsided very quickly to a few soapy bubbles clinging to the edge of my glass.

S: Right when I popped the cap off of this one I could smell it. Vanilla, bourbon, and alcohal are the the first scents which hit me. After that I can smell chardonnay grapes.

T: Both sweet and bitter at the same time. Sweet vanilla and malt kind of balanced out by the hops. Here is where I start to detect the oak and it's very pleasant. Finish is long: oak, white wine, and caramel.

M: Peppery medium carbonation, in my opinion, enhances the flavour profile of this beer.

D: With 6.60% alcohal I would go for a few more if I had them but I bought this one as a single.

Did not really like the first few sips of this one, perhaps it was served too cold. I find it is best served a few degrees above the recommended serve temp. At $3.20 for a 330ml bottle from my local LCBO I probably will buy another one, but thats it. With that said, I suggest this beer to anybody who loves white wine with a subtle oak flavour (you know who you are).

SingleCell, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear glass bottle with best before stamped on shoulder.

Small bubbly white head ontop of a remarkably clear amber, with plenty of carbonation visible in the glass. No lacing or retention to speak of.

Nose has a definite oaky smell, with vanilla, butterscotch overtones that remind me very much of a smooth whisky. Mild sweetened hops in the background.

Very sweet honey flavour, light biscuit, more of the vanilla and oak whisky notes. Hops are just barely discernible before a bittersweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel is downright velvety, coats the mouth and tongue and feels just a touch sticky and chewy. No carbonation felt here.

This beer is quite smooth and easy-drinking. It's something of a different experience; it takes on a lot of the oak barrel characteristics, but I can still tell there's a beer underneath all the vanilla and oak. Tasty stuff.

nighthawk, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of kenito799
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Honey-colored clear brew with a fairly large-bubbled white foamt head that recedes quickly to not much, little lace.

Aroma is quite unique with distinct oaky malty Scotch whisky scents. Very nice! On the palate fizzy and smooth...the oak and malt are nicely balanced with lots of apple fruitness. The overall impression of Scotch whisky flavor is quite interesting and fun. In general, a light bodied beer with mild bitterness, fairly refreshing.

kenito799, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear glass 1pt 6.7oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden amber honey color. The pour produced a creamy head of white foam and lots of spotty circular lacing that clung to the glass until the last sip.

S - Malty, with hints of vanilla and whiskey. Smelled a lot like a high quality, super charged NewCastle.

T - Malty with a bit of sweetness. Slight nuttines with definite whiskey flavors.

MF&D - Meduim bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Went down well despite the 6.6% ABV. A quality beer that should be sampled by fans of English Ales.

nasty15108, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this at a Midtown NYC bar and it was ridiculously priced at $12 for a pint. The smell was horrific--think cat piss. But the taste was excellent.

This is a fickle beer. I've had it before and didn't care for it, but at it's best it is very good, despite the smell.

Amalak, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of ecoastman
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinkability - I'd have another of this tasty treat but I'm not sure if I'd have more in the same session.

Appearance - clear, golden and what you'd think an oak aged beer might look like.

Smell - skunky. At first I'm worried that I might have a bad beer.

Taste - I cautiously take a sip...and a very nice surprise! The skunkiness steps aside to vanilla toffee and butter. The oak gives it a bit of a very light whiskey-like lingering finishing tone. Nice balance between maltiness and low bitterness. An interesting take and still fits the traditional style.

As the beer warms up the skunky smell dissipates to the sweet vanilla toffee and butter notes are very nice. I'll have trouble scoring this one...

Mouthfeel - Smooth and watery to start with a creamy butter finishing residue. Good level of low-medium carbonation.

ecoastman, Jan 18, 2009
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