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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 38
Gots: 119 | 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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Ratings: 965 | Reviews: 431
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the clear bottle the same color - caramel amber with a thick white head that descends to a thin, creamy cover then a patch. Some trailing lace sticks unevenly to the glass.

The smell is of vanilla and (somewhat mediocre) whisky. The whisky/vanilla almost masks all other aromas, though a touch of toffee and slight fruitiness peeks through.

Like in the nose the vanilla and whisky dominate the taste, leaving little room for other flavors to break through, even upon warming. There is, however, some citric fruitiness and toffeeish/caramelish graininess way in the back - restrained. Some alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. The body is a bit thin, but manages to hold on to medium. It has a surprising amount of smoothness.

In the end, it doesn't manage to hold up to be more than "interesting" to me. The whisky/vanilla dominates just a bit too much to appreciate anything else that could be going on here. Nothing "off" or "bad", certainly. And it is drinkable. Worth checking out, but I don't see myself going back to it with any regularity.

Photo of brendan13
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never had an oak aged EPA before...

A - Fairly clear amber colour with an inch or so of off white head that falls away fairly quickly. Lots of lace.
S - Fairly interesting smell. Obviously a wooden, oak character but also has a vanilla sweetness.
T - The oak again also comes through, biting at first but then the other mellow flavours come through leaveing a smooth buttscotch taste.
M - Light to medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation.
D - The strong flavours & fairly high ABV% would limit the drinkability of this. But a good one every now and then & I'd recommend trying at least once.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip glass. A: This really, really looks like cream soda. Maybe it's the clear glass bottle, but it pours the color of cream soda, maybe a shade more red, with very, very light, bright white head that goes away almost immediately. Hm. S: Really unique smell, much more full and spicy than it looks. There's a definite sweet coffee smell. Very oakey, as expected. T: Sweet up front, really strong coffee flavor, spices, whiskey, wood. Pretty great, actually. Slight hops on the finish. M: Thick, moderate carbonation. D: The appearance doesn't do this beer justice. Pretty delicious. The oak aging gives it a great character, but it's not overwhelming at all. Really solid beer.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outside of the appearance, this is a fantastic ale. It poured a crystal clear orange bronze colour with a pretty large white head. I wasn't a fan of the lack of cloudiness or haze. The clarity was a bit of a turn off for me. The smell, however, was stunning! I thought so, anyway. Very oaky, this smell like a damp piece of freshly split oaken fire-wood with a pinch of brown sugar. Woody notes really seem to come through this one on the finish, accompanied by what almost seems to me a very muted whiskey profile. Mouthfeel is very smooth and seems lightly, but pleasantly carbonated. This is simply wonderful!

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow...this one caught me off gaurd...Beautiful golden amber,whiskey color with a nice creamy butterscotch colored head that hangs for a bit and turns to a nice thin collar and some good lacing.
The nose is of butterscotch,a hint of vanilla,malts and yes...a touch of whiskey.
Very flavorsome full taste of syrup,vanilla, malts,some smokiness in there and maybe some maple ....very delicous.
Medium to full body with good carbs and rounds off with some lite bitterness at the very end.
This is a very good beer to sit back and enjoy,very flavorsome but not something you want to drink too much of,good to sip and enjoy the flavors,not to pound back, that's for sure.Will definately buy again just to have for those special occasions or those quiet evening's laying back and enjoying a good flavorsome beer.It's like having a beer and a shot of whiskey at the same time,and oh ya...it's got some punch to this one...6.6 abv...hehe,,,you can feel it.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great looking clear bottle to show off a pretty beer. Clear with an amber, whisky toned, colour. Head didn't hang around but plenty of lacings on the glass.

Love the aroma. It was familiar, and I finally ended up identifying it as those butterscotch suckers from Laura Secord (Canadians will get it).

The sweet butterscotch aroma comes through on the tongue at first but much more subtle. The oak and scotch immediately take over, filling the mouth and a soft malt note in the background.

Beer seemed a little thin for my taste and the carbonation distracts from the great tastes that come through. Not bad, but not ideal for me.

I'd have it again, but like scotch, this is a sipping drink, not one you'll hammer back.

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

Amber colour, clear; topaz hue in a clear light. Good carbonation, lively and persistent. Generous head that lingered with good lacing and coated the sides of the glass. The smell is like pipe tobacco, a walk in the woods after a good rain, the oak pretty well predominates. Full bodied taste and texture, vanilla, hoppy backdrop. Nice bitterness with a scotch or brandy aftertaste, warm going down. There's a touch of sweet european style dark honey, the kind you might find in a market in Krakow. I found this really satisfying, a wonderfully constucted English Pale Ale with a richness and fullness to savour.

Photo of sstackho
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from LCBO in Ontario. Pours a light straw with some decent lacing. Aroma is faint, but does have a hint of whiskey to it. The taste has more than a hint of the whiskey, although it is still a bit light overall. It does go down quite nicely.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear bottle into Boston Lager glass.

Pours with a delightful presentation, crystal clear orange amber, with a light fluffy head that persists as a fine film and leaves a slight lacing.

Aroma was lightly skunky at first pour, not bad, mingled with a nice caramel note and rich maltiness. Unfortunately, as it warmed, aggressive butter aroma started to dominate.

Flavor is especially complex with notes of vanilla, maple, scotch and caramel.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but finishes thin.

Drinkability is alright, it's a nice sipping beer, but butter aroma mars the experience. Haven't seen it mentioned in other reviews, so I'm going to try this one again in the future.

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

Although it comes in a clear 11.2oz. bottle it's elegant looks caught my eye.

A: orange copper with light carbonation. thin head

S: vanilla, malt, oranges. smells like a lightweight single malt on ice (even though scotch on the rocks is a no-no in my book)

T: malty, slightly smoky, honey

M: oaky vanilla, a little zest. a smidge syrupy

D: Interesting. Not a session beer by any means but one I would eagerly enjoy later in the evening. I find it very drinkable since it has many of the attributes I like in my single malts with the oak, vanilla and smoke.

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.

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