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Innis & Gunn Triple Matured Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Triple Matured Oak Aged BeerInnis & Gunn Triple Matured Oak Aged Beer

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 11-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 28
Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown on first appearance, with pretty red highlights under bright light. Large topping of beige foam settles to a thin cap. Very little lacing. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, and wood. Butter and restrained vanilla. The alcohol is very well hidden in the scent, but still there. Tastes of sweet caramel and raisin. Nice tannin comes through midway to finish. Vanilla is more apparent now than it was in the aroma, but still muted compared to the Original. Not as buttery as the original, either. The wood steps further forward as the beer warms. Mildly boozy. Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. Feels quite light on the palate, but not watery or thin. Could be a little softer. A pleasantly warming beer, the fall LCBO release was good timing for it to reach Ontario.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear brown with an inch of frothy tan foam. Nose is lots of caramel, some wood, light fruit and apple. Fairly mild oakiness - more of a lightly boozy, caramel/molasses, rum-like flavour. Again hints of fruit and apple, but quite mild. Bitterness and carbonation are also quite low. Strong, puckery tannic astringency runs through this, which cuts down on the drinkability somewhat.

Photo of ludachris
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

Pours a deep copper with nice ruby red highlights. The darkest beer I've had from them thus far. One finger of soapy off white head that quickly dwindles down to a thin ring but leaves some decent suddy lace.

Very sweet smell of dark fruits, raison, vanilla, oak and buttery malts with a hint of alcohol.

Dark fruits, oak, vanilla, raisons and toasted malts. A tad too much on the sweet side for me. Decent but not what I was expecting.

Medium to full bodied. Smooth, creamy and well balanced with a carbonated kick midway through.

Overall, a decent beer at best considering the price and their other offerings. Being a limited edition, triple matured oak aged beer I thought the flavour would have been packed tight, but, if anything, this is one of their least flavourful beers. I won't be buying this again, but glad I tried it and recommended to anyone who enjoys Innis and Gunn.

Photo of Shadman
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beginning to think the lads are in danger of being a one trick pony...( let's age the beer 69 days in the barrels and market it as...)

Easily the darkest beer these guys have put out. light has a hard time penetrating, but what does make it through looks like a very well steep tea brown. Nice 3 fingered head from a vigorous pour in a pint glass. Head looked white @ first, but settled into a tan cap/ring.

Aroma, even as the beer warmed is nice, but doesn't match the color in terms of richness. Hint of oak vanilla along with a slight candiend fruit smell. Bit of booze, but it's very subtle.

For something with such a high ABV....wow...smooth. Nothing really jumps out and yet everything works in near perfect harmony. Toasted malts, slight dried fruit, oak woodiness & the dryness one would ecpect from oak, but not so dry that it ruins the whole palate for 5 minutes after takig a swig. Alcohol is absent except for a tiny bit of bite on the tongue.

smooth as a baby's bottom

The best of the Bro's offerings so far.

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Malty mildly chocolate and mildly old ale aroma, darkish colour, initial foaming head that disapears. Tad above average mouthfeel, taste of some chocolate malts, with a tad of sourness in the finish. Satisfying overall. Modest woodiness.LCBO another special to Canada, and an above average beer and above average Innis & Gunn.

Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from the LCBO. Nice packaging as usual with I&G.

Pours a clear dark mahogany red, almost ruby in the light, big and thick off white head forms, slowly settles down to a very thick ring around the glass, thin layer, some lacing sticks, looks pretty nice.

Smell is nice and malty, vanilla and oak, toffee, biscuit, bread, brown sugar, a bit buttery, touch of alcohol, some fruit, but mostly buttery oak and vanilla, good malts.

Taste is neat, heavy toffee, almost a bit chocolate milky, vanilla, oak, raisin, dark fruit, brown sugar, alcohol, light coconut, bready malts, pretty interesting if a little light on flavour.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth going down. Not bad but pretty underwhelming. Not my favourite from them.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- An always classy look to the packaging give this I&G product some points. It pours more dark brown/burgundy color than just burgundy in my opinion, as the box suggests, but a very nice color regardless. A foamy, off white 1 inch thick head forms, then quickly disappears into a ring around the glass. Doesn't appear to have too much carbonation and the lacing is quite minimal.

S- Sweet and rich. I first noticed a deep raisin aroma, but there's toffee & blackstrap molasses mixed in as well. The sweetness is offset somewhat by the oak, which provides a woody/fibrous note. The hops are very mild but just catch my nose right at the end.

T- A mild toasty flavor is noticeable right up front, with includes some dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, toffee, and dry dark fruits, such as prunes & raisins. The oaked character is noticable, leaving some mild spiciness, delicate woodiness, and just a hint of dryness from the barrel as well. The hops are mild and just hit the back of the palate on the finish. Very nice!

M- This is one mellow beer. The wood really lingers on the palate after drinking. The body is medium-full and the carbonation seems to be just right. I let this sit out for about 10 mins after my first couple of drinks and the warmth of the flavors become brilliant! I think about being in a lodge on a cold winter day when drinking this brew!

D- The 7.2% alc. is hardly noticeable at all. I would have no problem drinking a few of these over an evening, albeit slowly, as this is a classy brew that deserves to be appreciated, not chugged! I really like the rum cask beer I&G does as well, and while similar, this one is just a slightly less sweet. This one I have to say is tied as my favorite by this company! Very well done!

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle (or box, I guess) of this just as they were stocking the cooler with it this past weekend in Calgary. Lots of florid prose about the 3 different ways in which this incarnation of their whiskey barrel-aged ale is aged.

This beer pours a clear, deep shade of golden brown, with two fingers of soapy beige head, which deposits very little lace around the glass as it quickly disappears. The aroma is roasted caramel malt, some soft ripe black fruit, and floral hops - like a jacked-up English brown ale. The taste is more ripe orchard fruit - slightly acidic and sweet, that expected vanilla oakiness, and some substantial earthy and floral Euro-hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly sedated, the body full, with a tinge of creaminess, and it finishes off-dry, the sweet fruity malt wood goodness welcome in its persistence.

I wondered how this particular new offering would differ from their standard product, and it's clear that the purported 'maturation' has rendered a much darker, fuller, and more flavourful beast, comparatively speaking.

Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, during the X'mas gift sale. Limited edition, coming in I&G's standard clear glass bottle packaged in an elegant dark blue paper box. BB 12/2009, served cool in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

* How is this beer "Triple Matured"? - summarising the lengthy description on the box, the first maturation happens in American white oak barrels, the second in a marrying tun to allow beers from different barrels to blend until reaching a harmony, then the third takes place in the bottles for a month. In total, 99 days are the long maturation for this beer, which is bottled from a limited number of 150 oak barrels. Really serious, it sounds.

A: clear, dark copper with deep ruby hues, topped with a thin layer of off-white foam settling gradually to a rim; the carbonation comes rather moderate and constant.
S: deeply fruity and syrupy-malty, showing lots of berry-jam fruits, fat prunes, hawthorn fruit candy, caramelised sliced-apples on top of I&G's typical mixture of sweet vanilla-ish oak-iness and coconut-shavings... a whiff of salty-sweet & sour edge almost like a brown ale hides in the background. Very dense and rich in the fruity elements and oakiness, at the expense of a malty balance IMO.
T: mildly sour-sweet prunes and dried hawthorn fruits expand freely on a pretty light, crystal-malt-like backbone (* the label states chocolate malts are used), turning slightly dry-ish herbal, black-sugary, and also lightly vanilla-oaky (in terms of the aroma on the palate) with an explicit input of moderate-level spicy hoppiness. The aftertaste, continuing with the sour fruitiness initially, witnesses a decent hop input as demonstrated by the slightly dry and chewy kickback; nevertheless the finishing touch is somewhat sour and thin.
M&D: not really mellow enough but still moderate in terms of carbonation on top of a medium body, this edition is indeed "mature" and goes easy on the palate especially thanks to very little alc. feel throughout the drink. Somehow a depth is in the lacking as is a preferable complexity that is achieved better by some previous offerings from I&G. Maybe "Triple Maturation" has softened everything, including even the oaky elements? Overall, this is still a decent drink, but maybe not as delicious as other sister products of I&G from the previous years.

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