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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 35
Gots: 102 | 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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3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

coppery amber with a thick light tan head.
the smell is faint, but i get mostly vanilla/bourbon aromas. dill pickle? some caramel is present and it also seems some hops as well, but i'm less sure about that.
the taste is sweet, with vanilla in caramel in no short supply. again more bourbon, less of a whiskey/scotch character. it's got some soft buttery flavors in there that add some complexity.
full medium body with a smooth active carbonation.
good drinkability. not hugely complex, but enough in there to keep you interested. nice to see some barrel aging on a "regular" beer.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Clear bottle. Best before 08/07
It pours a coppery/amber color with a fair-sized off-white head, along with some thin trails of lacing.
Smells of peaty Scotch are upfront. A sweet grassy malty aroma lingers in the background as does a whiff a mild citrusy hops.
A totally enjoyable separation tastes are evident early. Separate smoky, sweet malt, citrusy and tea-like hop flavors and a slight metallic tang, slowly begin to mingle with an undercurrent of Scotch. A light alcoholic fuminess is noticed throughout.
Once the flavors meld together, this becomes a very tasty session ale.
Thanks Cypress!

Photo of Shadman
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well two of my favorites in one bottle..beer and whiskey( although I'm a rye drinker...oh the shame)

would have to call the color a light orange. Almost tan head receeded quickly to a nice cap.Lacing was so-so. None of the sediment reported by other BA's

smelled mostly of the whiskey with a slight hint of vanilla

talk about a taste rollercoaster..slightly bitterhop followed by the whiskey's vanilla followed by: hint of carmel-vanilla-metallic-and finally a very nice butterscotch.

carbonation felt slightly harsh on my tongue, but overall it felt full-bodied and enjoyable. Not sure I can drink 4-5 in a session, but definitely a nice treat that I'll be having again

Photo of brucepepper
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber/light copper with decent head, but receded quickly.

S - Slight skunk (clear bottle) and a hint of dill.

T - Balanced hops and malt, still enjoying hint of dill, and a bit peppery. Did not detect oak aging.

M - Lots of carbonation. (in a good way)

D - Very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this beer. I might choose other pale ales over it, but would happily drink it anytime.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to an orange-red, with medium off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing up and down the glass. Aroma was a malty sweet oak, with hints of vanilla. As the beer warmed, the alcohol made itself known a little more in the aroma, almost like a mild whiskey, muting the other scents. Flavor was also sweet oak, with a touch of honey. Mouthfeel was pleasant enough, and the palate was sweet at first, but the alcohol became a little more dominant toward the end.

Not bad, but I could not drink many at once.

Photo of Stephen63
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into my prized Leffe glass. Short lived head but deep body with almost orange colour from the oak casks.

S - Not as strong as you would feel from the colour but toffee like with a hint of fruit.

T - Quite complex for this type of beer, up front hoppiness dominantes but with disticntive malty flavour. Perhaps it's in my brain but some oaky feel appears too.

M - Very light carbonation feels quite dry.

D - Certainly a few bottles of this would make a good night, one is not enough.

Really tasty pale ale. I've seen it on tap (nitro not cask) and that was a big disappointment, will not be trying that again. A cask version of this would be great.

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

Pours a clear orange-brown, with a white head made of the tiniest suds jam-packed together. The head never went away--at least 4 mm covered the surface of the beer for the whole glass.

The aroma is, as the bottle touts, vanilla and butter toffee, but, due to our friend the clear bottle, a slight bit of skunk (ever-so-faint and therefore not considered for the rating, but on my mind).

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, battering my palate with bubbles of joy, and crisp.

The taste is very reminiscent of whisky, and (again) vanilla, butterscotch, warming alcohol notes (strong ale, after all), and (surprisingly) a hint of dill. The aftertaste is all vanilla and dill. I enjoyed this beer a whole lot and was sad to finish it as it was a gift originating from far, far away.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: not overly impressive as it looks like a white zinfandel color, some head & carbonation
s: sweet smell - fruity & a bit of caramel
t: nice oak taste -- as advertised -- also evidence of caramel taste & good whiskey taste (a light whiskey of course, minus the harsh alcoholic kick)
m: crisp mouthfeel with decent carbonation and medium body belying its soft appearance
d: very drinkable - really enjoyed this beer & look forward to the next one. the whiskey taste really makes this enjoyable.

Photo of k75
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden pour. head dissipates quickly.

aromas are delicate and subtle. faint background of biscuit malt and bourbon vanilla

taste is a soft blend of malts, minimal oaky resin and almost no hops.

mouthfeel is medium low, but OK

very enjoyable with all contributors taking a very mellow attack on the palate

solid. an exercise in balance and restraint.


Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in a clear 12oz bottle. The british fascination with clear glass perplexes me. The packaging is nice with the clear, branded glass and classic, faux-signed label, kinda like a quality single malt, but I'd be happier with brown glass.
Crystal clear tawny amber, topped with a wispy head. Attractive color. Very modest head, but it laces all over the glass. Sweet aroma filled with pale malt, whisky, and vanilla. Caramel and a hint of smoke and butter. Really very nice. The flavor is mellowed and smooth. Highly carbonated for an english style beer, with quite a tingle on the tongue. Extremely fine bubbled. Medium body, with toasty pale malt sweetness. Oaky tones of vanilla, with whisky readily apparent. Not quite as prominent as in the aroma, but you never forget it's there. Lightly hopped finish, the hop flavor tucked under the whisky and a bit of smoke. Surprisingly dry, leaving off with hardly any flavor besides a light wash of barrel and buttery diacetyl.
Good stuff. I like a "regular strength" beer with the barrel aging. Typically, you only see 8%+ big beers taking the barrel aged challenge. I'd like to see more of these. The carbonation is a little bit much, but otherwise it's a quality brew. I'd drink this again if the price wasn't so off-putting. I paid $6-something for one 12oz bottle. If the price was marked on the shelf, I probaby would have thought twice.

Photo of Hammarby
4.84/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark amber, yellowish head.
S: Butter, hint of berries, caramel.
T: Smoke, oak, buttery taste, not so much bitterness. After taste of butter, caramel and oak.
M: Not too much carboration, lots of body. Aged in oak casks, which is evident in the taste. Almost like a whiskey. Very smooth. An excentric beer. Haven't tasted anything like it.

For the swedes: think rotmos (mashed turnip) as you drink it. Meal in a drink.

Photo of joecast
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml clear bottle. 6.6%abv. best before 07/07

pours a clear golden amber color with a small off white frothy head. medium to low carbonation, bubbles are small and quick in their race to the top. finishing off the bottle helps the head to a thick cap.

smell is surprisingly hoppy. starts out light and grassy but turns to show its strength as it warms. drying acetone like alcohol and malt sweetness bordering on sugary candy. the back label mentions vanilla, mmm maybe vanilla extract. the whisky barrels making their work known.

much more subdued flavor though. smooth malt with a lightly sweet base. the smell suggests about 10%abv, the taste much closer to 5%. strange one this. keep expecting this strong overpowering alcohol drying blast in the mouth. the reality is very different. almost bland by comparison, but on its own, not too bad. maybe a bit one dimensional as i cant detect much in the form of hops, and the oak aging seems to have left the taste alone.

decent body, with a smooth mouthfeel that isnt too light or heavy. interesting final product makes me wonder what the non-oaked version in like.

Photo of NEhophead
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz clear bottle served in a tumbler.
Best before 06.16.2007.

Lightly pale copper in color with noticeable carbonation. An inch-high, rocky white foam that plasters the tumbler's sides and fights against receding. Very sticky condensed lacing around most of the glass.

Floral, peat-smoked maltiness with a creamy, vanilla toned whisky aroma. Sweet caramel with a healthy dose of diacetyl. Mild whaffs of alcohol considering this Pale is aged in oak, whisky barrels.

Biscuit-like, toasted malt character with a creamy, smooth vanilla, honey, caramel, and toffee flavors. There's a moderate presence of diacetyl prior to hints of milk chocolate and peat that add to this Pale's creaminess. A very subtle presence of oak lingers on the outskirts of the primary flavors, providing slight traces of warming alcohol.

A light, medium in body; creamy and smooth. Completely unobtrusive and mellow on the palate.

If you're hoping for flavors of a Rauchbier, you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting a boring, one-dimensional English Pale Ale, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a foamy white head and great lacing. Disregarding the use of clear glass, the bottle is rather attractive.

Smell: This aroma is all about the whiskey. Soft touches of buttered bread, wood, and sugary vanilla are also evident.

Taste: The whiskey quality shows up as soon as you open the bottle, and as soon as it touches your tongue. Features some malty caramel, lemon, and pepper with a mountainous amount of oak in the flavor. Finish is distinctly wooden, with strong notes of vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Amply carbonated.

Drinkability: A singularly unique beer that's best enjoyed slowly.

Photo of Conrad
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle is elegant, but I wish it were dark glass instead of clear.
The label is understated and classy. This looks like a quality beer.
As soon as I started pouring, the aromas hit the room. It has a clear amber colour, like buckwheat honey. The head was moderate and settled quickly, leaving pretty lacing throughout the drink.
The smell is right up there. I picked up on a variety of aromas as soon as I started pouring, before getting the glass up to my nose. Right off the top, there is a pine resin, caramel, toffee, vanilla flavour. Like a candy factory. The hops and bitters showed up as an afterthought. The effervescence is moderate.
The taste is a bit too sweet for me. The flavours are just like the aromas. As the beer warms up, more complex tastes come through. Let's see... woody oak, smoke, vanilla, some malt, a weak bitterness, slight alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body. The carbonation is surpisingly good, and leaves a long finish.
Drinkability is something else. This is a nice warmer for a nightcap, or to have while sitting in your big chair with a good book and your favourite background music. -Not a session beer. It's quite acceptable, but not my favourite. I would not turn down a free one.

Photo of charlatan
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is available at any shop with a half decent beer aisle in Glasgow. It is a honey coloured beer with a moderate head. It has a pleasant pine sap to heather nose and feels rather vivacious on the tongue. It offers a big sweet fizzy buzz like champagne, but is backed with a rather more austere slightly heathery, slightly smoky flavour which somehow finds me pondering old school drawing rooms with red leather padded seats....As I happily make my way through my glass the beer becomes much flatter. One suspects this could be a great beer on cask.

This is pretty good stuff, but they could be a tad more generous and give it to us in 500ml bottles, and preferably not clear ones.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At £1.49 for a 33ml bottle, even at 6.6%, I wanted, and got a beer I like.

Looked good, poured into a Belgian Beer Goblet, clear ambber bronze with a thin off white foam on top.

Aroma was sweet, I got caramel, toffee and a subtle spirits smell, whisky (or even Irish whiskey), not sure, my snout has been in to many troughs, to eek out every aroma from complexed beers.

The taste was warming to the throat, giving a nice after glow, which lasted a lot longer than anyother Pale Ale I have had (that i remember).

A very pleasant drink and worth the extra cash I paid for it!

Photo of geexploitation
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with filtered clarity and a dusting of a head. Typical dark amber English pale ale color. Big vanillin smells on the nose, along with some spicy butter. On the palate, big, plastic-like vanilla flavors pop up first. Mouthfilling carbonation unexpectedly (based on this beer's appearance) forms at the mid-palate. The finish is a bit buttery with hints of diacetyl. Overall, this beer isn't that appealing to me. The vanilla flavors are overpowering and don't taste "real", that is, they're too bright and big, kind of like how "blueberry" artificial flavoring taste more blueberry than actual blueberries. Anyway, not my cup of tea.

Photo of Mit
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Nice presentation in the clear bottle, I know that it is problematic for storing but looks nice anyways.

Poured a very nice amber with short lived foamy head.

The initial smell is very complex with a nice hoppy aroma.

Initial taste is quite sweet but very smooth and complex. I did find however that there was a smokey finish that I didn't mind during the first two sips but was very turned off by the end of the beer. Some people like this I do not so I almost didn't finish it.

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

I enjoy tasting these types of brewing and conditioning experiments, especially when they involve spirits.

Upon pouring I found the appearance to be as warm and inviting as my favourite single malt. Lovely copper hue covered by a decent head of foam that laces minimaly but... what a stunning liquid.

The aromas give up an interesting level of complexity with a mix of soft and rounded malts, some spices, a healthy dose of oak and spirits through slight hints of vapourous esters that vanish subtly in the end. As the brew warms it gives up even more of its aged character.

Flavours are toned down compared to the aromas. All elements are there but in a drier and more minimalist whole. First sips reveal a healthy malt and some earthy hops well supported by an underpinning of mild whiskey flavours. Further into the beer, notes of tobacco leaves and ginger surface and the 77 days of aging begin to show signs of life through a mild metallic taste.

This beer's character is reflective of its scottish roots and shows in a subtle way many of the nuances that a scotch might. Pleasant as a nightcap.


Photo of kmacphail
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I noticed this little bottle of beer on my way round the local supermarket after a long 12 hour day and thought "why not?"

This poured a nice bronze colour with a good slightly off-white head that remained throughout the drink. I immediately noticed a lot of bubbles and thought this may turn out to be a lager, not a good start.

The main dominating smell is of burnt caramel, which can be noticed when you are pouring it into the glass, there is also a faint hint of malt, citrus and wheat.

The taste is nice and malty, but there is a hint of something I can't put my finger on, possible a flavour from the oak cask. It has a nice smooth feeling on the tongue, which is very surprising given the ammount of bubbles in the glass. It has plenty of body and complex flavours to keep many beer drinkers interested.

However these flavours are what also makes me think this is not a beer for drinking all night. It has too many strong flavours and a bit too much body to be drunk all night, I think it may be heavy on the stomach after a few.

Overall a very nice beer, especially if you like to sample different flavours, worth a try.

Photo of wl0307
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I last tasted this beer. But after polishing my palate with Innis&Gunn's other great offerings (2004 and 2005 Limited Edition, Cask-Strength), now I'm better equipped to revisit this original version first introduced three-four years ago. Just 1.12 quid at the Sainsbury's when it was on sale, and I grabbed a few. BB 06 JUN 07, served cool in Innis&Gunn's own broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a dark orangey amber hue, a 1.5cm thick creamy off-white froth slowly settles down to a thin carpet on top of a constant streams of very fine and tiny fizziness... Elegant.
S: as attractive as ever... dence and rich toffee notes lead the way, on top of vanilla-oaky aroma, sweet orange-blossom honey, caramelised lemon-slices, malt-candy, coating the mild pale malts in the middle... really smooth and pretty sweet as honey.
T: upfront on the palate orange-jam, honey-water, toasted malts and toffee all approach together in a smooth manner, balanced sweetness with a healthy edge of ve...ry understated citric-sourness... gradually giving way to an ever-deepening aroma and taste of creamy oak-sherry and a lingering vanilla touch, before creamy-textured bitter-sweet biscuity maltiness and malt-sugar's aroma emerge almost from behind at the very last stage of tasting. Subtle, ever-lasting aroma of honey+vanilla and just a touch of dryish-bitter palate (like wood or hops) stays in the finish... with a subtle kickback of alc. deep down the throat.
M&D: creamy on the mouthfeel as the fizziness is really well-executed; medium-bodied, flavoursome, yet incredibly easy to drink for a 6.6% beer... Now that I read my previous note about this beer, I'm surprised that I had so little to say about it--maybe due to the mood, the condition and serving condition of the beer, or simply my lack of experience. But now I could say this really is some fine beer. It gets 4 on taste only because its "off-springs" perform even better. All in all, a well-crafted and subtle beer best enjoyed cool like a real ale, NOT chilled as the bottle wrongly suggests.

Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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