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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 32
Gots: 82 | 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 gdfan47
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this beer last night after the bartender cracked it open for us

pours a wonderful dawn/copper color with a good amount of head

it smells like a good uk style ale
it tastes great! the head lingers and its pretty smooth and you can taste the hops

the abv is just high enough you can drink a few and still feel pretty silly

its a great fun beer to drink ,lighter in color and a little smoother than most Esb's I have had, simular to Old Speckled Hen but more interesting

i will def look for this one again

ps im Scottish and I turned out ok, so its no suprise this beer did too.

gdfan47, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Hornet2003
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale, clear yellow. No head retention at cellar temperature.

Smell: Oh wow. Whiskey and vanilla. Lots of alcohol aromas with a nice english Pale backbone.

Taste: Lots of vanilla and Whiskey flavour. Slightly sweet but a pronounced english hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little higher than your average English Ale. But it works well with this beer since it has so many bold flavours. If it were less carbonated, this beer would become syrupy.

Drinkability: I love having 1...Maybe 2 in a sitting but no more than that because by the end you feel like you've had a couple shots of Scotch. Not to mention it makes you smell like you were showered with fine single malt.

Hornet2003, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
1.6/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1


Appearance: Pours a light amber color, thin looking with some bubbles rising up inside. Has a frothy, two-finger head which lasts for about a minute and leaves a little bubbly lacing behind.

Smell: Strong in the nose but sweet as well. Has a heavy woodsy and whiskey scent, with a little toffee and caramel. Has a sort of thick, buttery smell below the surface. A rather intimidating smell.

Taste: Tastes almost identical to the smell. The whiskey and butteryness is up close and personal, and I can't say I like the mixture of the two. No hops at all, and has an unpleasant syrupy taste, similar to butterscotch.

Mouthfeel: Foamy and somewhat thick, like a thin syrup with carbonation. Puts a little bit of carbonation on the tongue, but not too much. Aftertaste is like a very bland version of the taste.

Drinkability: Personally, I hated this beer. I thought the butter flavor in the taste was disgusting, and being combined with the syrup texture made it even worse. I would never buy or drink this beer again, but that's just me. You very well might like it even though I couldn't finish one.

Goregazm, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell: lots of toffee and vanilla, some fresh, flowery citrus. Funny how much toffee this beer smells.

Anyways, the taste has more flavors, again toffee and vanilla, with cream and some roasted coffee notes, almost like capuccino, and some citric hops. However, the taste is rather thin, almost watery sometimes, which is a big flaw.

Overall: interesting beer, but too thin.

simonjohansson, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of BigD1972
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maybe I got a bad bottle,..but this beer smelled like it was skunked.

The overall taste was not bad though. Tastes of caramel and vanilla with a oakey finish.

Not bad, but a bit pricey at $11 per bottle.

As far as craft beers go i would give it a 6 out of 10.

BigD1972, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a very fine head that was about half a finger in height and that lasted to the bottom. Not a lot of lacing.

Smell is tons of sweet vanilla and caramel with some coffee and expresso notes. Very nice aroma has hints of the oak.

Taste is nicely complex. The sweetness of the malt is caramel, vanilla, toffee, which is beautifully balanced with bitter expresso hops and bready, herbal hoppiness.

Medium bodied and a good soft carbonation make this beer very drinkable for myself.

I can see this being too sweet for some people's taste, but I find this to be a really well crafted beer.

EatsTacos, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of falcon1
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather nice English Pale Ale to enjoy with a mild cigar. Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer is smooth and flavorful on the palate; and the hints of vanilla were pleasing to taste. Overall, this Scottish EPA is a pleasant alternative to the higher gravity ales that I usually enjoy.

falcon1, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white head that leaves nice lace as it settles. The body is deep gold and very clear.

S - Smoky oak aroma along with mild citrus hops, caramel and vanilla.

T - Malty sweetness up front and some toasted malt notes. There is a good bit of wood in the background as well as some sweet vanilla and peppery herbal flavors.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and an overly sweet finish.

D - It smells great, but the flavor is a severe disappointment. The cloying sweetness is a real turnoff, it could be more drinkable if it was dryer.

nickfl, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Ralphus
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this attractive looking bottle at the LCBO. It stands out on the store shelves with it's clear bottle, unique labeling, shape and color. It's marked for expiration in a little under a year which seems liberal given it's a clear bottle.

None-the-less, this beer which is aged in oak barrels originally used to mature malt whiskey, starts out on a good foot. The color is pleasing and it pours a silky little head that stays with the beer right to the bottom of your glass.

At first smell you pick up hints of vanilla, oak and a hint of whiskey. But when you taste it the full flavor comes out. Honey, oak, vanilla, whiskey and a malty finish await you. It's good. At first I found the finish a little sweet.. but towards the end of the glass I was hoping for another.

This one is a keeper and I think you'll enjoy it as well.

Re-review: This beer needs a hoppier finish. A great taste but the sweetness is over powering.

Ralphus, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a highly filtered amber/golden with fluffy white head. Lacing is minimal. Nose- buttery, wood. Taste- sweet caramel malts, some vanilla oak notes. Body is medium thickness. Finish continues to be just as sweet as initial sip. No hops to speak of. too sweet.

oakbluff, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of StarSAELS
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Even though this was in a clear bottle on a rack bathed in fluorescent light, it intrigued me enough to grab one bottle.

Pours a nice golden amber with a single-finger head. Initial aroma is... caramel. Fresh, warm caramel. Initial taste: caramel and alcohol. I expected the finished to be dry, but the mouth on this beer is quite moist.

After warming a little, the caramel fades to a sweet whole grain biscuit with a slight smokiness and a little peppery sting from the alcohol.

An interesting brew. Not an everyday choice for me, but well worth a try.

StarSAELS, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of cnahil
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Scottish ale aged for 77 days (so they say) in oak barrels.
A: This is a beautiful looking beer from the old fashion Scotch bottle presentation to the magnifiecent dark honey brew and thick, linen linen white head.
S: Malt, toffee, honey, wood, oats and brown bread hit the nose hard on first encounter, then mellow significantly with air.
T: Lots of malt and cereals with a slight citrus tang on the finish. Breaks sweet with minimal hop overtones, but still slightly refereshing.
M: Very medium bodied. A surprise given the nose and the production method. Expected a real viscous drink.
D: Over time, the big smells and tastes relax quite a bit to makethis more drinakble than you'd think at first quaff.

cnahil, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A prescedent and reigning champion within the oaked ropes. Aromas of bourbon and natural wood syrups. A well balanced symphony of butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, and needless to say, oak. Intensely flavorful and unique. The well defined maturation process vamps this ale way above other wood aged ales. Always a treat.

SeanRedd, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber looks reminiscent of molasses. Syrup oozing down maple trees scent and my mouth is watering. MMMmmm...oak. Malty sweetness much like honey with some butterscotch and syrupy aftertaste. This beer has autumn bottled up inside of it, I can almost taste the yellowing leaves falling off the trees. A real treat to behold.

JRed, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought me a 330 ml bottle of this, purchased in Canada. Decanted into a pint glass.

Appearance is a nice, rich honey color with one finger of foam. That dissipates as the beer gets warmer.

Aromas are of a strong maltiness - like a classic English pale ale - with a twinge of hops. Definitely some notes of honey. Light boozy whiskey note, too, with a little bit of oak.

Flavor leans to the sweet side - rich honey, mostly malty center. The hop bitterness disappears, although the whiskey and oak linger.

Mouthfeel is moderate. Nicely done. Small bite of fizz.

This is a pretty drinkable beer - it leans towards sweet in the flavors, so a little unbalanced, but it's a really nice take on the English pale ale. And I always love something that's barrel-aged!

ndekke39, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this out first out of curiosity while having some tapas at Pipa on East 20th in Manhattan the other day. The oak aged name also had me keening for this one to hit my lips and it sure was well worth the shot.

A: Poured into a tulip glass to display a dark amber body with shiney accents, and a one finger head that receded quickly to almost zero cap but retained carbonation througout the imbibing.

S: The nose is quite sweet (toffey or vanilla) at first before moving to the clear as day oak smell, then on towards a boozy liquer aroma. Very enticing and I knew first off this was not going to be a tangy pale ale as in the past.

T: Sweet!. I deteced whiskey in the swirl around my mouth as the rest of the diners I was with also started calling for "2 more Gunns" when their pallets were hit the the sweet complexity. A wonderful dryness and subtle hops to clean up your pallet from the initial sweetness.

M: Slippery in a good sense. Creamy and then a biting carbonation with the finish. Perhaps some citrus I missed in the taste but got in the overall finish.

D: This is a great beer. I've only had a few ( Fullers London Pride and Speckled Hen) from this category but I can say without hesistation that this is one of the best Pale Ale's I've ever had the opportunity to put down my stomach. If I had not poured this beauty from a bottle myself, I would have thought it came from a cask.

Brianmerrilyn, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Intirgued by the end cap at the Shop Rite Liquors for some time, I figured this kind of brew was perfect for sampling after the 2008 Brew Fest. So in between card plays of Greg Hughes' wildly entertaining game Discombobulation, I jotted down some notes... golden, scotch-like copper pint... white, pencil-thin head that sits on a sparkling body... malt and honey abound with an aggressive weight... bouquet is wildly fragrant... smooth, slick and very drinkable (for a 6.6 ABV!)... uniquely pleasant... tastes begin simply with butter, caramel and toffee... however, those flavors also suggest vanilla and some other flavors I'm not good enough at this time of night to detect... overall, the discussion alone with Ryan, Jer, Cheri, Russ and Amy was worth the purchase-although $4 a bottle is a bit hefty on a weekly wallet--and the beer's finish warmed without rudeness or alcohol...

dacrza1, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Course thin head looks amber red in colour
Vanilla butterscotch aroma
The taste is Whiskey,vanilla and a bit woody. There is a malty sweetness as well. A nice tasting brew with a complexity given by the oak aging.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is a bit rough in texture but smooth in body. The combination is a little strange.

A nice beer with an unusual flavor that I appreciate. Pretty easy drink.

ThirstyBird, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of JMBSH
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The scent of wet wood was the first thing I noticed after pouring the bottle into a pint glass. A nice orange color with a thick head greated me from the pour. The head shrank to a layer of lace on the top. Some of the lace sticks to the side on the glass as I taste the beer. The wood's flavor is much more delicate. It does not overpower the beer. It is very smooth. After tasting the beer, I breathe deep into the glass. Now the smell of oak really reaches out. Reminds me of when I bought oak furniture and it arrived at my new place. It is a great scent. I almost can't believe that the liquid in my glass can smell that rich. The beer is slightly sweet with a honey like quality. The beer is two thirds finished and the head remains constant. I finish the beer regretting that I didn't get more bottles for my friends and family to try.

JMBSH, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of TheRogue
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: The color was interesting b/c after being poured it appeared to be a pink amber. Nice foamy head that lasted a long time, carbonation bubbles easily seen, nice lace left after sipping.

S: It was really hard to pinpoint many smells. There is a distinct oak and whiskey smell, followed by malt and woodsy.

T: The taste was exactly as the smell - distinct oak and bourbon, followed by a hint of malt and woodsy spice.

M: Non-foaming in the mouth. Very slick with some carbonation.

D: Very smooth beer to drink. Not my all time favorite, but a nice choice if I want to go with something lighter. I'll definitely pick this up again, as well as trying out their new Rum Cask beer.

TheRogue, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of koolk
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange/caramel in colour. Nice creamy head that persists. Low carbonation.

Classy and enticing aromas of vanilla, herbs, tea, citrus and sweet malt. Pleasing and complex. Every changing. After time in the glass the nose becomes more hop dominant.

Very full sweetish palate of malt, toffee and some more vanilla like barrel flavours. A touch cloying, however the decent bitterness helps balance that out.

Great mouthfeel - full and creamy.

The cloyingness of the palate knocks a few points off, but otherwise its a interesting drop.

koolk, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of gfreed
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer contained in a whiskey-shaped bottle. Pours with a medium-density head that disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a few white bubbles. Oak is everywhere in the aroma, as is butter and some fruit, but mostly oak. Likewise the taste, with plenty of malt, and slightly sweet. In fact, it reminded me very much of the smell I get after ripping an oak board on a table saw. That's pleasant enough, but in this beer the oak is only slightly less than overpowering. The beer beneath the aroma is a bit thin for my liking, but still tasty. Now I'd like to try an oak-aged ale that has a bit more body. Overall, I'd say this is worth a try.

Although the Web site says this beer is aged in oak casks previously used to age bourbon, the bottle label says nothing about booze having been present in the barrels. Based on the taste, I'm inclined to believe the bottle-- I detected no trace of whiskey.

gfreed, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small .333L clear glass bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a pale yellow with good carbonation. The head is a nice fat 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is very good lots of oak aromas as the hops are quite subdued. The oak mis quite nice and noticeable, as are some alcohol notes as well.

The taste follows, lots of oak as well as nuts and other earthy tastes. Any extra hops have long faded but left some mark in the finish. The after taste goes back to wood and alcohol. The malt character is caramel not so bready. As the brew warms some lemon and other citrus notes appear. Very nice brew!

The mouthfeel is close to full body, and the carbonation is good, the texture is creamy and thick with out any stickiness.

The drinkability is very good here is a brew I would like to try much more of.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer once before in the fall and was not impressed. Decided to give it a second try and glad I did. The bottle was marked May 18th, 2008 as its date of birth.

A: Just like in the bottle, medium honey color. Thin, filmy, uninspiring head. Nice ice sheet lacing.

S: I thought it would be skunked with the clear bottle and being out in light, but is wasn't. Caramel maltiness, vanilla, butterscotch, dark whiskey smell, bordering on rum like--sort of like Myers.

T: Vanilla and whiskey first hit the tongue, followed by a fantastic creme brulee taste with a hing of butterscotch and smokey alcohol.

M: A bit slick, carbonation does the slow dance on the tongue.

D: I'm enjoying this bottle infinitely, and wish there were a few more in my fridge.

phantomwyse, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of ChrisCage
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Comes in a clear bottle, which is the only beer that I've seen like this so far, nice looking bottle though, gives it a more prestigious feel. Pours a medium amber colour that is slightly hazy, but still clear enough to generally see through. The head isn't really thick but it is foamy and slowly dwindles to a thicker cover over top the liquid. There is also some really good lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- Very different! The oak really comes through, and I could also smell earth tones, leather, and baking spices...ground ginger came to mind, along with fresh ground pepper, raw vanilla beans and cinnamon. There is a dark molasses smell too. The whiskey aromas are also noticeable, but were to a lesser degree for myself than I would have thought. There is also some herbal notes to this brew that come through. Complex would best describe it!

T- Wow! This again is complex...I could immediately taste the woodiness that the oak provides, and just a wonderful backround of whiskey, that is sweetened up by flavorful sweet malts. There is a great honeyed tone in this and a nice toasty finish, just like toast with honey spread on it! The hops I didn't really notice on this but that didn't seem to matter with everything else going on here!

M- Here I was expecting a little more, as this is a relatively thin beer, but just slightly leaning towards a medium bodied drink. The carbonation is low, which does provide for a smooth beer that allows the palate to pick up all those great tastes! Very easy to drink. Once this has sat out for a while and warmed up a few degrees, it really mellows out and becomes even better than when cold!

D- I probably wouldn't make this my choice for an entire evening out but I would definately have this as an after dinner beer....great to relax with. I didn't even notice the 6.6% alcohol and would recommend this beer to someone who has some experience in trying bolder brews. I tried this when I first started venturing out of milder flavors and I admit, I didn't really like this, but now I think this is one of the best beers I've had to date. Will definately pick this one up again to enjoy!

ChrisCage, Jul 04, 2008
Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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