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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 30
Gots: 68 | 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 junkman203


4.85/5  rDev +28.6%

Appearence: Innis & Gunn is a medium honey brown in color, with a thin white head that stays a while, leaving a thin lace.

Smell: Very good, sweet, malty and smoky, all at the same time.

Taste: Way above average (in my book), again sweet and malty, and you can definately taste the oaky smokiness of the barrells it was aged in.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, light on the carbonation.

Drinkability: Very east to drink, smooth and clean. All the different flavors blend well.

A little on the expensive side, but all in all this is my favorite beer, out of all the beers I have tried. Highly recommended.

05-11-2008 23:11:17 | More by junkman203
Photo of erosier


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a nice darker amber color with a short medium bodied white head that fades fast to a slight film on top of the beer. It laces some down the glass but not alot. It has a very smokey aroma overall with hints of nice sweet roasted malts and a nice hoppy bitterness underneath the smokey flavor. It tastes of very nicely mixed roasted malts, and then a really smokey flavor from the oak aging. It reminds me of a good whiskey or scotch in the taste which makes this a very nice sipping beer. The mouthfeel is very warming and smooth. The very strong flavoring makes it a bit harder to drink, but it is nice once it's warmed a bit.

05-06-2008 18:16:12 | More by erosier
Photo of taez555


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer pours a clear amber body with a small white head.

Nose is hands down one of the most interesting smells from an oak aged beer I've ever had. Very sweet, vinegar, oak, wet mulch or leaves, soft bread, toffee, fire, incense, cheap vanilla, pears, sour apples and an overall classic english crushed malt smell.

Taste is light to medium bodied with an immediate sourness, but not in a bad way. It's almost a funkiness like in a good lambic or something, but in this case it's a mixture of malt, fruit and an the odd oak aging. Almost a natural wood aged flavor. Lots of sweet whiskey malt just hovers in the background, almost lucidly. You constantly taste it, but it's never up front. Not overly bitter, but just enough to give it some balance. Ends with a nice malt character and some lingering touches of sweet whiskey.

What a fascinating oak aged beer. Hands down, the most unique I've ever tasted. It has this funk to it, like a really good cask cider or a natural lambic, but it completely and totally works. I like it.

05-03-2008 03:36:10 | More by taez555
Photo of MisterDeeds


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Pouring from the bottle, the color is a pale amber, looks almost like honey.

Smells smoky and strongly of alcohol. A mixture of beer and whiskey odor that reminds me of my old man.

Tastes like a combination of all of the above. Honey, Beer, Whiskey. This may not look good on paper, but the finished product is very unique, and very satisfying.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and it is very drinkable compared to what I expected. Because of the very oaky aftertaste, I don't see myself drinking too many in a row, but I would definitely recommend giving it a try.

04-03-2008 00:40:35 | More by MisterDeeds
Photo of followfollow162


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Innis & Gunn's Original Oak Aged Beer pours up a sweet-lookin' shade of honey. Topped with a thin, silky cream head, this beer cascades from the moment you pour until the glass is drained. Looks phenominal!!!

Smell hit me with the faintest of vinegar-like hints, which wasn't horrible, but just didn't grab me either.

Taste like melted butterscotch. Mellow sweet, super creamy, lovely oak hints. Quite nice, my friend!

In the mouth, again with the butter and smoothness.

While highly drinkable in terms of heft and taste, it is not exactly a beer that is priced to chug, so 3.5 sounds about right to me.

All the better, as it contributes to keeping this special beer special!


03-31-2008 16:48:12 | More by followfollow162
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Amazing beer(if you can call it that). Very thick syrupy mouthfeel, great butterscotch, citrus aroma; and a great cinnamony, oak and whiskey flavour. I would advise not to drink more than one or two in a row. This beer can not be described well enough, you have to try it. Definately in my top 5 favourite beers..


This beer is still wonderful, but I remember it being much better when I first reviewed it. The last one I had was just too skunky, but still very tasty with the oak and whiskey and vanilla flavours. This is still one of my favourites, because it is so unique to me.

03-11-2008 18:39:54 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Slender bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Staff there recommended this to me, so I decided to give it a shot...
A very aggressive pour resulted in a lucid, clear, dark-amber colored hue with no carbonation present and a moderate-sized head that soon receded leaving a fair amount of lacing...
"Edinburgh Ale Aged in Oak Barrels Traditionally Used to Mature Malt Whiskey" on the front logo sticker...
The oak-barrel factor was certaily evident in the aroma, and much more so than in the taste, which had a nice, bourbon-caramel and vanilla essence that added to this beer's overall appeal and flavor...
Taste wasn't bad at all, filled with oak-aged nuances, vanilla, and caramel...
Rich, honey and sugar-laden mouthfeel make this beer a truly enjoyable sample witout being overbearing or cloying...
Great level of drinkability due to the smooth and crisp flavors and the hardly noticeable ABV...
Good stuff...

03-08-2008 00:34:25 | More by dsa7783
Photo of careforapint


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

Wonderful! Pours beautifully into the glass with a light head. A traditional aroma that you'd expect form a Bitter except with something more. The oak flavor is rather prominent, but in a good, very drinkable way. Has a bourbon-like quality, yet also reminds me of Tanner's Jack, but not as dry. Some beers that have this oaky-ness are great for one beer, but you couldn't imagine having another. This is not that beer. The oaky-ness balances wonderfully with the malt and the hops, which creates a very, VERY drinkable session beer.

Shame it's sold in clear glass. I got lucky and it wasn't skunk.

02-17-2008 05:57:06 | More by careforapint
Photo of DaveUK

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Appearance - Clear pale brown beer, a white to moderate head without much retention.

Aroma - Vanilla, sour fruit and wood, a smoky aroma present on a second sniff.

Taste - Sweet malt, smokey and "whiskyish" taste that builds into the finish. The whisky note is comparatively mild (compared to whisky) and well balanced by the malt and carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Light, average carbonation.

Overall - Interesting, balanced beer. The whisky flavour provides a strong taste to work against the malt (the way hops do). This gives it a harsh and very woody/earthy feel. Not my personal preference, but I can see why many find this beer irresistable.

02-10-2008 22:24:23 | More by DaveUK
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Innis & Gunn's Oak Aged Beer pours a clear amber body beneath a short head of white froth that holds fairly well before dropping to a thin surface covering. The collar is wider, however, and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass - including some very nice, thick craggy rings at the outset, and some patches of tiny spotted walls throughout the middle.

The nose is distinctly toffeeish and nutty over a delicate bit of sweetish fruit (apples, berries) and mild wood. Interesting yeast!

It's smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and a gently tingling, fine-bubbled, and moderate carbonation.

The flavor delivers all that the nose promises and more with a note of vanilla that enhances the perception of sweetness at the front of the mouth. Then the buttery toffee and nuttiness appear, completing the scene. It's very toffeeish as you approach the middle of the palate. The dryness of the oak steps in, however, and brings it into balance. A solid bitterness, some woody dryness, and smears of leafy, grassy, and mildly citrusy hops linger in the finish. There's also a bit of a whisky taste that really gives it a certain charm and complexity.

It's interesting and fairly layered, with more than enough character to keep you engaged throughout the glass. And the sweet and then dry and bitter symphony followed by a blast of bitterness and alcohol is certainly entertaining as well... however, I'm not sure it has a real 'overall' drinkability. One is very enjoyable, but that may be my limit for the night. Still, I found it very interesting, and worth seeking out for fans of Scottish ales and whisky.

01-23-2008 00:01:05 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of AlXalone


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

A: A nice amber whisky-like clear colour. Foam is medium strong and resulting lacing seems to hold up well.

S: The smell is rich with oak, fruit and spices and a caramellish hint.
Really mouth-watering.

T: Taste is more bland than you'd expect from the smell althought still unique with distinct oak and caramel hints. The taste is slightly overwhelmed by the strong carbonation.

M: Mouthfeel is great with small soft bubbles that linger and leave a soothing warm feeling on the palate and tongue. Almost a champagne-like mouthfeel.

D: Definetely suitable for consumption on a winter night. Strong-ish ABV makes it ideal for a beer to relax with, especially fitting after sauna.

Overall a definitely recommended calming soft beer that's got a unique whisky-like aroma to it.

01-05-2008 02:24:58 | More by AlXalone
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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!

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

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -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.

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

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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!

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

08-21-2007 01:34:21 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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