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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - a hardy pour of this clear, light amber brew resulted in a 2 inch white head that backed down to a thin ring in a few minutes, leaving spotty lace.

S - toffee and vanilla aromas fill the nose.

T - sweet toffee flavor upfront, malt makes itself known, and a faint taste of whisky on the finish.

M - light bodied, gentle carbonation, smooth and easy.

D - as a 'novelty beer' 1 or 2 of these every once in a while is a nice, tasty treat. I will buy and drink more of this beer.

I recommend that all beer lover's give this brew a try.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this after purchasing it at my local LCBO store. It was a nice clear bottle. The beer poured a coppery red colour into the glass with a 1 finger creamy white head that dissipated quickly to leave a little trace on top. The smell was rather foul to say the least....almost sour. The mouthfeel is crisp and slightly thick with an idea level of carbonation. The taste is good with some hints of malt and fruit (although I can't place the sweetness off-hand).

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

After underwhelming experiences with a couple improperly-stored bottles, I finally got my hands on some Innis and Gunn bottles worthy of review.

My sample poured from the bottle a bright, clear copper colour with a creamy head — the first time I'd seen one on this beer. It had good retention, too, and left sheets of lace on the side of my glass. The aroma was a nicely complex mix of toffee, peat, vanilla and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste was a similar delicate mix of several different flavours, starting herbal and subtly hoppy but yielding to a sweet toffee sensation, vanilla again and a dry finish. A bit rummy, too. Medium-bodied and low carbonation

Photo of Contra
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine raved about this beer, so I had to try it out. At approx. $4 a bottle, it's not cheap. It is, however, well worth the money.

Nothing really notable about the appearance except that it's a leather-tan color with minimal head. From the first sniff after opening the bottle, it seemed like a typical Scotch/English ale, but after pouring it into a pint glass, the aroma really opened up. The bottle describes the beer as being aged in "oak barrels traditionally used to mature malt whisky", and I think that sums up the aroma quite well. Extremely similar to whisky, and in fact, I would say that this beer is what I taste in whisky, but in a much more subtle and mellow fashion. Strong vanilla notes, but it really comes back to that toffee flavor. Oddly complex, while also subtle. Very well balanced in the flavors.

Overall, I am very impressed. I'd be interested in tasting this before it's aged. It seems like it would not be anywhere near as interesting without the aging. I'd imagine it would still be a good beer, but this beer is all about the subtleties found in the aging process. Highly recommended.

Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest white head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some dots of lace

Smell: Toffee, pure and simple, dominates, but is accompanied by vanilla, oak and a hint of peat

Taste: Tastes like it smells, with toffee dominating up front and no real development until the swallow, when a slight hop presence kicks in to balance the sweetness; there clearly is diacetyl in the mix but it goes perfectly with this style; overall, the experience will remind you of a low key whisky, without the burn

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit slick on the tongue, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very different beer and one that took a sip or two to figure out but I must say that if you like the taste of whisky, you are going to like the taste of this one

Photo of Flyer
2.19/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear bottle always makes me nervous, and this beer was somewhat skunky. So this review might be considered atypical, but not unfair -- if you use a clear bottle, you take your chances. It had a golden pale caramel color, with some malty aroma finding its way through the skunkiness. There wasn't a lot of flavor -- a little oak up front, but otherwise this struck me as a fairly standard Euro-lager. The finish was smooth and clean. Average at best.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a beautiful honey-amber, promising a good ale experience. Aroma has strong fruity overtones. Flavor has a brandy-like bite, but is otherwise fairly typical of a good ale, with smoky/burnt undertones and just a hint of apple or pear. Smooth yet edgy, this is a beer made for sipping rather than guzzling.

Photo of
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.

Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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