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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 35
Gots: 111 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had a few bottles of this stretched over the last year or so, and each is always just a shade different.

What a beautiful colour on this beer, which you can see right in the clear bottle. When poured, it forms a head a bit creamier than you might expect, and it sticks around for a couple of minutes. Even when most of it dissipates, a thin amount of head remains.

This is one of the few bottled/canned beers (out of the 150 or so I've tried) whose aroma has something different/special to offer. It's lighter than the flavour... a bit sharper. You can already smell the vanilla/toffee components.

I love the taste of this beer. Depending on the bottle (or perhaps other factors) it sometimes has a scotch-like aftertaste. There's a definite woodiness, combined with vanilla, toffee. While all those flavours help to explain it, the total package really is something special and unique.

The mouthfeel is good, but it isn't exceptional. Everything about the feel is good... nothing bad... nothing overly awesome, though, either.

This is one of my favourite beers (if not my most favourite). I love the look, smell, taste, the complexity, and the uniqueness of it. Out of all the different beers I've had, this is one of the very few I re-purchase when I go "International Beer Shopping" on the mainland.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the bat, this beer was the first time I considered allowing price to affect my drinkability rating.. I have opted not to really take it into account, though. The pour barely needs to be rated since its a clear bottle and you can see it clear. There is a decent head but it fades. The smell and flavor are whats really important here.. very, very strong vanilla.. its like cream soda, really. caramel, cream soda, and a complexity from the oak are all present. The smell is sweeter than the flavor, though, which doesn't get to the point of, say, a similar beer at a higher ABV (for better or for worse). The mouthfeel and drink are both good, nothing crazy to write home about but its got a full-body and it isn't too heavy at all, drinking quite easily.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours pale amber, with a large thick off white head, very compact. Leaves some lacings.

S: Butter! Then there is malt and some bitter hops, hard fruit candy and oak. And of course some whisky.

T: Sweetness from both malt and (my guess) the oakbarrels. Some vanilla and some bitter hops. Here are also whisky notes.

M: Fullbodied, but somewhat oily. The aftertaste is sweet and even holds some fruity notes.

D: I'm having problems with this one. I like whisky and i love beer, but mixed togheter like this - it's an opposite to synergism. Beer and whisky togheter should be the greatest thing ever, but I just can't rate the drinkability higher...

Photo of RyanBelle
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The magic in this beer is the appearance and TASTE...

This beer is the best beer I have tried so far, and I've tried about 50 kinds. The cashier at the liqour store told me about this kind of beer and that it truly is a cut above most beers - but not because it simply tastes better. It is because it is a completely different class of beer. The whiskey's natural oils present in those oak casks definitely add flavor dimensions that have made me even reconsider the way I do beer tasting from now on. It has simply set the highest standards possible and although a very expensive beer, it is a fantastic example of a truly "great" one. The nose is strong and promises what it preaches: vanilla, caramel, whisky-tinged oak cask taste, with a hint of citrus in the undertones of the beer. Taste up-front is harsh and the drinkability is not the best ever, however it gets much more impressive the more you drink it (literally with each sip) and you become more accustomed to the wide palatte of flavors before you. This beer IS finally, truly one to write home about.

Photo of atis
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale amber with off-white head that fades to thin layer and leaves slight patchy lacing. Aroma is strong and sweet malt, vanilla and oak.

Taste is slight less enjoyable than smell, it is bittery smoked whisky-like wood, sweet vanilla with dry finish and mild alcohol citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall, not bad, it is slightly different from other beers and I always enjoy it.

Photo of crowncapcollect
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a straight glass. I've had this before, and I still find the toffee sweetness and vanilla whisky overdone. It looks lovely, smells quite nice, but a bit sickly. It has a pleasant mouthfeel and aftertaste. I guess the Scots (and I'm 3/8 jock myself) like their beer sweet, as they are well known for their sweet tooth. I love sweets and cakes, but I'm not a fan of sweet beer.

Photo of DerBayer
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is a beautiful chestnunt with creamy thick white head

Smell is of sweet malts, whiskey, faint grassy hops

The taste is much the same but more intense sweet at first then the whiskey kicks in and last some refreshing bitterness

Mouthfeel is superb smooth but carbonated

A very refreshing beer with great tatste and therefore drinkable

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a 330-ml bottle directly from the bottle.

Appearance - beautiful honey gold colour with light, sudsy head. Subtle carbonation.

Smell - heavy oak and malt aromas with some detectable hop smells as well. Very nice indeed.

Taste - I've got quite a love of this beer based on many prior tastings. Crisp and defined, a sweet-bitter taste up front followed by distinct woodiness. Finish is pretty wet and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - pretty even flavours throughout although I would not call the beer smooth. Coats the mouth and lingers memorably.

Drinkability - I really like this right from the bottle, which is very rare for me. This is pretty potent at 6.6% and it goes down easy. I keep the limit to 2 of these.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of drcarver
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of fivarsen
2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

Photo of atsprings
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.97/5  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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of gabe23
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Photo of NCBeernut
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of beerorRIP
3.87/5  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.

Photo of akbjorn
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of schroederm
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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