1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

Not Rated.
Innis And Gunn Oak Aged BeerInnis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

955 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 955
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 35
Gots: 111 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (28) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 955 | Reviews: 428 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TheHammer
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of SingleCell
3.62/5  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).

Photo of nighthawk
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  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.

Photo of nasty15108
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Amalak
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of ecoastman
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of horstubers
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely not your typical Pale Ale - very distinctive aroma of honey, but more honeycomb from a rustic farm in Vermont than honey out of a plastic bottle from the grocery store. Similary distinctive taste - another reviewer described it as "peat" - I'll go with that and add floral - again, more wild flowers from the highlands of Scotland than 1800 flowers. There is something about certain beers - English and Scottish beers in particular - where one can almost picture the landscape around where they were brewed, or at least where you would want a beer that tastes this way to be brewed! Definitely give this one a try, too unique not to.

Photo of darklordlager
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep honey colour, with a modest 1/2" head that recedes to near nothing within 30 seconds or so...

Smell is of peat, whisky, vanilla, booze, pale malt...not much detectable hop character

Taste is biscuity up front, moving to a sweet taste, and then everything turns to whisky- a smokey peat blast with a smooth carmelly finish. Some pear/cider in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, nothing out of the ordinary.

Drinkability may be limited due to the intense peatiness.

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First review on this site so---Overall the closest I have had to a beer/whiskey mix...It tastes good, but not sure if I would have more than one in a sitting

Appearance: Medium gold, small head that disappears.

Smell: Oaky and hoppy

Taste: I taste whiskey, and a slightly sweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel: It lingers a bit with a small syrupy taste--not my thing, but not bad

Drinkability: I think one is my limit because of the sweetness, but it is a very good beer

Photo of fullsweep
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL clear bottle poured into a glass.

Nice head that dissipates slowly. Beautiful dark amber/light copper color that is fully transparent.

I don't have a very keen sense of smell, but this is one of the few beers that actually did something for me in the olfactory department. Very nice hoppy/grainy scent erupted as the bottle cap cracked.

I have 2 reviews for the taste. The first wants to go on and on about the oak-barrel-aged flavorings, the lush sweetness (vanilla meets mild citrus with a hint of toffe). This is superb. But as I swallow, there is a strong flavor of alcohol that comes through. It does lighten a bit as I get further down the glass, but the first 3/4 of the drink has quite an overpowering taste of alcohol in the finish. This is my only complaint of this beer, which is quite tragic as it is so good in so many other ways.

Mouthfeel is great. It wants to sit on your tongue for a long time. Very drinkable beer--again, except for the strong alcohol aftertaste. Is that because of the 6.6 ABV? or the clear bottle? or some other factor?

Even so, I'd definitely drink this again as the smell and general taste are so nice.

Photo of drnknmnky
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- amber color, pours tall white head dissaptes slowly

S - malts, sweets toffee,

TM - almond, toffee, smooth delicousiness vanilla

D - Great, Drinking the whole 22 to myself.

LOVE THIS BEER. Great brew smooth and delicious all around, not a high abv. Good and should try.

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightest of haze to an otherwise light amber color. Even with a violent pour, there is virtually no head here. What does show, fades within seconds. Interestingly, there is some fine lace on the side of the glass.

Curse the clear bottle; lots of skunk here. Vanilla notes and a kind of Bailey's Irish Cream smell.

This tastes like what would happen if you added a small amount of Drambuie to a British Mild. Honey, heather and a touch of mocha. Low level of bittering hops. A thick beer with a low level of fine-bubbled carbonation. A little bit of warming alcohol noted in the aftertaste.

This one does well after the initial weak start.

Photo of mesperon
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a clear bottle, which may or may not have affected the final product that I tasted. It looked nice with a clear copper color, and a nice head with lots of lace. The aroma was faint, sweet. full of toffee, malt, and more alcohol that I would expect for a 6.6% beer.

It felt a little syrupy, with a good amount of carbonation. The taste was overpowering of something, I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was. It had lots of toffee, some vanilla, lots of woody flavor. The alcohol again seemed like a lot for 6%. I think this beer has helped me to decide that I'm not a big fan of oak aged beers.

I won't say that I like the beer, but I will say that it was different, flavorful, and interesting. A good quality beer, just not my favorite.

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

Pours a rich copper color, with a nice creamy white head.

Smells like an ale with a finish of vanilla and almond.

A little sweet, almost honey like in flavor and mouthfeel. Very soft creamy mouthfeel.

This a nice beer that I would love to have again in the future.

Photo of gdfan47
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Hornet2003
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Goregazm
1.68/5  rDev -55.3%
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.

Photo of simonjohansson
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of BigD1972
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.37/5  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.

Photo of falcon1
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of Ralphus
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
85 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.