Innis & Gunn Blonde - Lightly Oaked Beer - Innis & Gunn
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured a 330-ml bottle into a stemmed beer glass.
Appearance - nice golden-yellow colour with a 3/4-inch head that reduces to fine lace and a sudsy surface. Plenty of carbonation.
Smell - Very noticable caramel and vanilla together over a grainy malt gives a sense of baked bread. A second take brings forth the Innis & Gunn oakey scent, toned down quite a bit versus their namesake Edinburgh Ale.
Taste - nice malty flavour with dense citric and floral overtones, the comes the hop-oak combo to finish quite long for as light as the beer supposedly is. Mind you, it's a 6% offering, so the notion of "light" is pretty rich.
Mouthfeel - hard to take in all the deep flavours at once so you get a very active, truly busy, overload that takes away from what it might be. Goes down easy though.
Drinkability - I find that with both Innis & Gunn products I've tried 2 is more than adequate. They're strong and go down pretty easy so it could spell trouble if I was really thirsty.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2009 00:17:50 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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3.18/5 rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. Picked up from a supermarket some time back and stored in my garage. A lightly oaked beer; the label states that it was matured in casks for 37 days.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with plentiful carbonation. Forms a large creamy head of white foam that remains for a few minutes before settling. Aroma of strong vanilla, toffee, oak, tannins and stewed leaves. Slightly sweet, with a mild whiff of booze in the background. Faintly reminiscent of whisky - unusual but not entirely appealing.
Tastes of distinctly oaked beer with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of oak, vanilla, toffee/caramel, a hint of brown sugar, tannins, stewed leaves, cardboard and overcooked veg. Faintly sweet but also astringent. A mild solventy twang in the background, followed by a restrained, earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and mildly spicy, with decent carbonation. The body is OK for a comparitively 'light' beer. Dries the palate and leaves an aftertaste of oak, vanilla and stewed leaves.
Different, but not brilliant. The oak/vanilla/toffee/stewed leaves combo comes on a bit too strong and spoils the character for me - it just isn't balanced. The flavours also seem forced and artificial; there ought to be some 'beer' flavour in there. I admire I&G's efforts to bring variety to the beer world, however in this case the oak and blonde beer don't work amazingly well together. The wood dominates the flavour - perhaps showcasing it was the intention? I reckon a dark oaked beer would be better; I can imagine oak and roasted malt flavours marrying nicely. At any rate, this is an odd sideshow and not a particularly worthy one. Try it for the novelty factor then move along.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2012 23:33:07 | More by jazzyjeff13
Innis & Gunn Blonde - Lightly Oaked Beer from Innis & Gunn
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.