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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 30
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003)
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Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330mL (clear!) bottle into a Stella Artois gold-rimmed glass.

Appearance is filtered, reddish brown with a substantial white head that dissipates into a rocky and bubbly lace.

Immediate sharp floral bouquet. Aromas are quite oaky, reminiscent of a 90s Chardonnay. Loads of toffee and caramel. Bourbon, nuts, fermented tobacco, spice, burnt sugar, vanilla notes present. Sweet malt. I've never smelled sweet wort but I feel like this is what it would smell like (without all the oaky stuff). Very interesting!

Medium bodied mouthfeel with surprising carbonation. Warming finish.

Sweet malty palate with some heat. Reasonable hop tartness. Acidic, citric and long finish with some butterscotch and wood.

Best part of this beer is the nose, it is surprisingly complex and enjoyable. Taste and mouthfeel are mediocre. Not an everyday beer but I recommend trying it if you can!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 21:52:53 | More by Antilochus
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a golden body with a small white head. Reduces to a nice lacing. with decent lacing along the sides of the glass as i drank head. the small lacing holds along the top of the beer until the finish.

S: Smelled of sweet malts.

T: Sweet, malty taste with a sweet, honey aftertaste that reminded me a little of a pilsner aftertaste.

M: A light and crisp mouthfeel. A little overcarbonated, but not too bad.

D: Definitely a good, drinkable beer. Can definitely pound these back. Crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 20:26:41 | More by maddogruss
Photo of dehay


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - brisk pour produced a one finger head of fluffy white foam, which quickly disappated. Crystal clear, honey brown color.

Smell - vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, mild alcohol

Taste - like butterscotch candy, vanilla is there too. Slight hop bitterness comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel - moderate carbonation, that disappated, became almost watery

Drinkability - Quite a different for a pale ale, but I liked it. I would pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:12:11 | More by dehay
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear amber in color sporting a wispy 1/4" head that falls apart to a few spots of surface spots. No lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and hints of smokiness are soft and mildy pleasant.

Taste: caramel, hints of whiskey, ripe fruit sweetness, a hint of alcohol, and some very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied. Mildly short aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is a definite slow sipper for a pale ale since the whiskey tones don't lend itself to be a session ale. Overall an OK beer but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 00:13:32 | More by Gavage
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a carmel color with almost no head at all. A very thin white head did form.

Lots of carmel and oak in the nose. Very sweet nose. Smells almost like there is some residual sugar, like in port. A faint nuttiness is also present.

Reminds me of bourbon. If this had been a blind tasting, I would have been able to pick out the fact that it was aged in a bourbon cast. Lots of sweetness like a carmel or molassis. Oak comes through in the mid to back palate. I also get some type of nut also.

Nice fizziness to this beer. Sweetness gives this beer a rich mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 13:55:29 | More by brantadid
Photo of jwc215


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the clear bottle the same color - caramel amber with a thick white head that descends to a thin, creamy cover then a patch. Some trailing lace sticks unevenly to the glass.

The smell is of vanilla and (somewhat mediocre) whisky. The whisky/vanilla almost masks all other aromas, though a touch of toffee and slight fruitiness peeks through.

Like in the nose the vanilla and whisky dominate the taste, leaving little room for other flavors to break through, even upon warming. There is, however, some citric fruitiness and toffeeish/caramelish graininess way in the back - restrained. Some alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. The body is a bit thin, but manages to hold on to medium. It has a surprising amount of smoothness.

In the end, it doesn't manage to hold up to be more than "interesting" to me. The whisky/vanilla dominates just a bit too much to appreciate anything else that could be going on here. Nothing "off" or "bad", certainly. And it is drinkable. Worth checking out, but I don't see myself going back to it with any regularity.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 18:42:53 | More by jwc215
Photo of brendan13


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never had an oak aged EPA before...

A - Fairly clear amber colour with an inch or so of off white head that falls away fairly quickly. Lots of lace.
S - Fairly interesting smell. Obviously a wooden, oak character but also has a vanilla sweetness.
T - The oak again also comes through, biting at first but then the other mellow flavours come through leaveing a smooth buttscotch taste.
M - Light to medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation.
D - The strong flavours & fairly high ABV% would limit the drinkability of this. But a good one every now and then & I'd recommend trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 08:38:50 | More by brendan13
Photo of PlaywrightSam

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip glass. A: This really, really looks like cream soda. Maybe it's the clear glass bottle, but it pours the color of cream soda, maybe a shade more red, with very, very light, bright white head that goes away almost immediately. Hm. S: Really unique smell, much more full and spicy than it looks. There's a definite sweet coffee smell. Very oakey, as expected. T: Sweet up front, really strong coffee flavor, spices, whiskey, wood. Pretty great, actually. Slight hops on the finish. M: Thick, moderate carbonation. D: The appearance doesn't do this beer justice. Pretty delicious. The oak aging gives it a great character, but it's not overwhelming at all. Really solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 00:42:52 | More by PlaywrightSam
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outside of the appearance, this is a fantastic ale. It poured a crystal clear orange bronze colour with a pretty large white head. I wasn't a fan of the lack of cloudiness or haze. The clarity was a bit of a turn off for me. The smell, however, was stunning! I thought so, anyway. Very oaky, this smell like a damp piece of freshly split oaken fire-wood with a pinch of brown sugar. Woody notes really seem to come through this one on the finish, accompanied by what almost seems to me a very muted whiskey profile. Mouthfeel is very smooth and seems lightly, but pleasantly carbonated. This is simply wonderful!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 01:41:47 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow...this one caught me off gaurd...Beautiful golden amber,whiskey color with a nice creamy butterscotch colored head that hangs for a bit and turns to a nice thin collar and some good lacing.
The nose is of butterscotch,a hint of vanilla,malts and yes...a touch of whiskey.
Very flavorsome full taste of syrup,vanilla, malts,some smokiness in there and maybe some maple ....very delicous.
Medium to full body with good carbs and rounds off with some lite bitterness at the very end.
This is a very good beer to sit back and enjoy,very flavorsome but not something you want to drink too much of,good to sip and enjoy the flavors,not to pound back, that's for sure.Will definately buy again just to have for those special occasions or those quiet evening's laying back and enjoying a good flavorsome beer.It's like having a beer and a shot of whiskey at the same time,and oh ya...it's got some punch to this one...6.6 abv...hehe,,,you can feel it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 03:49:46 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great looking clear bottle to show off a pretty beer. Clear with an amber, whisky toned, colour. Head didn't hang around but plenty of lacings on the glass.

Love the aroma. It was familiar, and I finally ended up identifying it as those butterscotch suckers from Laura Secord (Canadians will get it).

The sweet butterscotch aroma comes through on the tongue at first but much more subtle. The oak and scotch immediately take over, filling the mouth and a soft malt note in the background.

Beer seemed a little thin for my taste and the carbonation distracts from the great tastes that come through. Not bad, but not ideal for me.

I'd have it again, but like scotch, this is a sipping drink, not one you'll hammer back.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 22:51:46 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colour, clear; topaz hue in a clear light. Good carbonation, lively and persistent. Generous head that lingered with good lacing and coated the sides of the glass. The smell is like pipe tobacco, a walk in the woods after a good rain, the oak pretty well predominates. Full bodied taste and texture, vanilla, hoppy backdrop. Nice bitterness with a scotch or brandy aftertaste, warm going down. There's a touch of sweet european style dark honey, the kind you might find in a market in Krakow. I found this really satisfying, a wonderfully constucted English Pale Ale with a richness and fullness to savour.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 04:13:05 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from LCBO in Ontario. Pours a light straw with some decent lacing. Aroma is faint, but does have a hint of whiskey to it. The taste has more than a hint of the whiskey, although it is still a bit light overall. It does go down quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 01:27:02 | More by sstackho
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear bottle into Boston Lager glass.

Pours with a delightful presentation, crystal clear orange amber, with a light fluffy head that persists as a fine film and leaves a slight lacing.

Aroma was lightly skunky at first pour, not bad, mingled with a nice caramel note and rich maltiness. Unfortunately, as it warmed, aggressive butter aroma started to dominate.

Flavor is especially complex with notes of vanilla, maple, scotch and caramel.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but finishes thin.

Drinkability is alright, it's a nice sipping beer, but butter aroma mars the experience. Haven't seen it mentioned in other reviews, so I'm going to try this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 01:34:21 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of Rainintheface


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although it comes in a clear 11.2oz. bottle it's elegant looks caught my eye.

A: orange copper with light carbonation. thin head

S: vanilla, malt, oranges. smells like a lightweight single malt on ice (even though scotch on the rocks is a no-no in my book)

T: malty, slightly smoky, honey

M: oaky vanilla, a little zest. a smidge syrupy

D: Interesting. Not a session beer by any means but one I would eagerly enjoy later in the evening. I find it very drinkable since it has many of the attributes I like in my single malts with the oak, vanilla and smoke.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 21:13:43 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - a hardy pour of this clear, light amber brew resulted in a 2 inch white head that backed down to a thin ring in a few minutes, leaving spotty lace.

S - toffee and vanilla aromas fill the nose.

T - sweet toffee flavor upfront, malt makes itself known, and a faint taste of whisky on the finish.

M - light bodied, gentle carbonation, smooth and easy.

D - as a 'novelty beer' 1 or 2 of these every once in a while is a nice, tasty treat. I will buy and drink more of this beer.

I recommend that all beer lover's give this brew a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 19:26:18 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this after purchasing it at my local LCBO store. It was a nice clear bottle. The beer poured a coppery red colour into the glass with a 1 finger creamy white head that dissipated quickly to leave a little trace on top. The smell was rather foul to say the least....almost sour. The mouthfeel is crisp and slightly thick with an idea level of carbonation. The taste is good with some hints of malt and fruit (although I can't place the sweetness off-hand).

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 16:12:12 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After underwhelming experiences with a couple improperly-stored bottles, I finally got my hands on some Innis and Gunn bottles worthy of review.

My sample poured from the bottle a bright, clear copper colour with a creamy head — the first time I'd seen one on this beer. It had good retention, too, and left sheets of lace on the side of my glass. The aroma was a nicely complex mix of toffee, peat, vanilla and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste was a similar delicate mix of several different flavours, starting herbal and subtly hoppy but yielding to a sweet toffee sensation, vanilla again and a dry finish. A bit rummy, too. Medium-bodied and low carbonation

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 00:14:48 | More by vanrassel
Photo of Contra

New York

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine raved about this beer, so I had to try it out. At approx. $4 a bottle, it's not cheap. It is, however, well worth the money.

Nothing really notable about the appearance except that it's a leather-tan color with minimal head. From the first sniff after opening the bottle, it seemed like a typical Scotch/English ale, but after pouring it into a pint glass, the aroma really opened up. The bottle describes the beer as being aged in "oak barrels traditionally used to mature malt whisky", and I think that sums up the aroma quite well. Extremely similar to whisky, and in fact, I would say that this beer is what I taste in whisky, but in a much more subtle and mellow fashion. Strong vanilla notes, but it really comes back to that toffee flavor. Oddly complex, while also subtle. Very well balanced in the flavors.

Overall, I am very impressed. I'd be interested in tasting this before it's aged. It seems like it would not be anywhere near as interesting without the aging. I'd imagine it would still be a good beer, but this beer is all about the subtleties found in the aging process. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 01:23:30 | More by Contra
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest white head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some dots of lace

Smell: Toffee, pure and simple, dominates, but is accompanied by vanilla, oak and a hint of peat

Taste: Tastes like it smells, with toffee dominating up front and no real development until the swallow, when a slight hop presence kicks in to balance the sweetness; there clearly is diacetyl in the mix but it goes perfectly with this style; overall, the experience will remind you of a low key whisky, without the burn

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit slick on the tongue, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very different beer and one that took a sip or two to figure out but I must say that if you like the taste of whisky, you are going to like the taste of this one

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 22:32:23 | More by brentk56
Photo of Flyer


2.2/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear bottle always makes me nervous, and this beer was somewhat skunky. So this review might be considered atypical, but not unfair -- if you use a clear bottle, you take your chances. It had a golden pale caramel color, with some malty aroma finding its way through the skunkiness. There wasn't a lot of flavor -- a little oak up front, but otherwise this struck me as a fairly standard Euro-lager. The finish was smooth and clean. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 19:13:10 | More by Flyer
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a beautiful honey-amber, promising a good ale experience. Aroma has strong fruity overtones. Flavor has a brandy-like bite, but is otherwise fairly typical of a good ale, with smoky/burnt undertones and just a hint of apple or pear. Smooth yet edgy, this is a beer made for sipping rather than guzzling.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 00:11:25 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, purchased in Sweden

Crystal clear, dark gold in color. Large, creamy, off-white head.

Aroma was....butter? Some vanilla. Herbal notes. Very mild.

Taste was very sweet, primarily caramel. Vanilla and boozy (scotch like). Biscuity. Bitter right at the finish - grassy, just a taste. Bit of smoke/earthiness, ties back into scotch flavor.

Medium body. Low to medium carbonation. Dry.

Very nice if you like a sweet/malt type of beer. Barrel adds some nice, new dimensions, but doesn't dominate. Very interesting, and very odd for a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 16:59:20 | More by
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas of vanilla and caramel. Some hops detected in smell. I have no idea if they used it but it smelled like they might have used Northern brewer.

It looks like a copper/gold colour, but more on the golden side. Gives a fluffy white head that doesn't last long enough. Left a small amount of lace.

Tasted good. I could taste the oak. Got flavours of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch. More on the malty side, but with a hint of some hop flavouring.

Mouthfeel was nice. Medium bodied. Carbonation level is alright as is, but if it were any higher I would say it was too much.

Overall I like it, I will drink it again. It goes well with a good traditional turkey dinner with stuffing, sweet potatoes and all.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 17:32:51 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a clear 330ml clear bottle. BB 22 Feb 08

A- nice light brown color. pours finger thick head that disappears instantly.
some lace, cyclone of bubbles swirling up the middle of the glass.

S- malty with spicy hops, cognac, slight toffee.

T- Nicely balanced with flavors of quality malt,spicy hops, nice hints of caramel/toffee/vanilla, the oaks adds a very nice dimension to the beer. Heineken type skunkiness.

M- very sharp when it hits the tong, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- lots flavor and nice drinkablility.

Overall a nice change of pace. I liked the oak flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 22:34:08 | More by drinkininthewood
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