Innis & Gunn Canadian Cask - Scottish Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn
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3/5 rDev -19.1%
Special edition for Canada day this year.
The beer pours a crystal clear cherry mahogany colour with a off white very active head that, sadly, quickly dissipates to near nothing.
The dominant smell are the usual Innis & Gunn suspects: strong Diacetyl butterscotch and hints of vanilla. Backing this a slightly more robust toffee/brown sugar malt notes the usual as well as some roasted character. Mild alcohol whiffs permeate the finish.
A malt assault on the tongue through and through is what's presented here. Roasted notes but mostly sweetness which, sadly becomes cloying as the drinking goes on. Hints of mild whiskey and cocoa end in a overly sweet boozy finish.
The body is of a slightly oily nature with low carbonation.
I'll never understand why this breweries beers have become so popular. They lack in the complexity they tout, being; for the most part, vanilla and butterscotch, smelling sugar bombs.
very malty light roastiness lingering sweetness slightly oily body alcohol vanilla very sweet finish mild whiskey hint of cocoa nonexistant hops light butty notes
11-23-2010 22:57:20 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
3/5 rDev -19.1%
This bottle had been in my fridge longer than the 71 days the beer was in the whiskey barrels - and that may not have been such a bright idea. Tan head dissipated quickly leaving an amber and chestnut hued beer. Hardly any lace or ring. Very little smell but for some patent leather and a trace of cherry whiskey aroma. Taste definately of whisky but not much of the barrel, I expected more vanilla and oak, this is kind of like lining up whisky shooters - to exaggerate a point. Thinner bodied than I expected too and there is alcohol heat in the rather abrupt finish. The beer was soon quite flat. With warming, a bit of butterscotch sweetness emerged but not enough to make me want to have another. I much prefer the other Innis & Gunn beers I've had previous to this one.
07-31-2009 04:50:14 | More by ThatWineGuy
3.18/5 rDev -14.3%
Poured into a snifter, this stuff is transparent dark-copper with an island of cream-white bubbles and ring around the glass. Bits of lace. Not too bad.
Smells of dark malt, rye whiskey (obviously), brown sugar, apples and subtle earthy hops. I've got it in a snifter here, there should be a decent nose but it's a little weak.
Good rye whiskey character in the flavour but the malt backing is not full enough to act as a good base. Lightly hopped, it's mostly watery malt with some rye. Some alcohol present, seeming to come from the whiskey. Can't say I'm into it; nothing is really off, there's just not really anything going for it.
Medium-thin body with a little too much carbonation for its style. Not too bad though.
I found this stuff to be boring and watery. At this price, I wouldn't recommend this stuff to anyone. You can find much better beer for half the price.
06-28-2010 19:40:25 | More by eat
3.2/5 rDev -13.7%
Bottle shared with Steve, 2010 edition. Into a tulip.
Pours mahogany with some ruby highlights, foamy eggshell head. Light lacing. Nose has some light rum, molasses and mild butterscotch; in the same vein as most other Innis and Gunn offerings I've had. Taste has some light butter, rum, some toffee and a bit of light alcohol. Body is thin and almost watery, and has a light spicy and buttery finish. Drinkability is fairly low, certainly not a set of flavours I find too appealing. General indifference to this offering, and not something I'd likely revisit.
05-24-2011 00:14:04 | More by liamt07
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.23/5 rDev -12.9%
Appearance: Deep red colour with an off white head, frothy & settles to a ring.
Aroma: Vanilla, dark red fruit, heavy on butterscotch.
Taste: Hint of oak, lots of ripened fruit, quite a bit of sweetness, slighty toasty.
Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, high drinkability for 7%, but quite dry in finish.
Final Statement: Not as bad as I thought it would as I'm not an Innnis & Gunn fan. Wouldn't try again.
08-03-2010 01:48:13 | More by MMansfield
British Columbia (Canada)
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Unique sticky lacing that hangs like a necklace.
S - woody, with spicy vanilla and maple hints
T - buttery whiskey flavor, vanilla notes as well
M - light carbonation with a smooth and slick feel
D - This beer is something to try. The whiskey flavor and texture are very strong influences here.
06-27-2009 01:37:43 | More by Grunewald
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
The brewer's notes are wishful in thinking the beer is deep red - how appropriate would that be! - when it is in fact much more of an amber-tinted butterscotch. The clarity is wonderful with the upwards stream of bubbles set on repeat. Its head seems ironed into the surface, a fuzzy eggshell white lining that is only minimally porous.
People often mistake Innis and Gunn beers for being skunked. All this brewery's releases possess a trademark aroma that is very buttery and unmistakably oak-infused. I love it. Unfortunately this offering, although having spent 71 days in the barrel, doesn't seem to have it. There's no oak, no whiskey, no toffee-ish malts. There is a striking resemblance to corn - artisanal oak-aged beer should not share any likeness to a mass-produced swill lager.
The mouthfeel also seems untypical of this brewery. All their beers I've tried I recall them as a soothing blend of chalky, flinty mineral-rich water, sweet toffee-laced malts and buttery, vanilla-laden imprints of oak. This is nowhere near as entertaining. It is relatively featureless, possessing little texture and a severely underachieving mouthfeel. Most importantly, it lacks (even in nuance) the features of oak and whiskey!
Only with much warming can you taste hints of caramel, dried fruits and rye grains (but still no oak or whiskey). I've had bourbon-barrel aged beers that tasted of nothing but bourbon and that was bad. But now I'm having a whiskey-barrel aged beer that tastes nothing of whiskey and that's equally as bad. The suggestion of fruit is weak as is the malt profile (the suggestion of corn leads me to believe they skimped out on ingredients for this one).
I've tasted better crafted beer and more oak-related complexion from other Innis and Gunn beers that costed half the price and sat in the barrel half the time. What gives? The oak of these barrels (150 of them altogether) first saw light in the 1700's so you'd assume they could have contributed a little more character than this?! This is a relatively average beer from a brewery who until now had yet to make anything but above-average beers.
(*Note: Anyone reading the writeup on the side of the box will see claim that the oak began sprouting "... in the mid to late 18th century, around the same time that Canada Day was first celebrated." Actually, Canada was not united as a single country until 1 July 1867 - a full hundred years after the time listed. How very embarrassing for the brewery. Maybe the Scots should leave the special Canada Day beers to Canadian brewers?)
07-12-2009 23:24:35 | More by biegaman
3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
330 ml clear bottle, in a nice box, from the LCBO.
Pours a clear dark reddish orange, very nice colour, thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, nice lacing sticks to the glass, good retention, this head lasts. Smell is neat, caramel, very buttery, oak, vanilla, oranges, brown sugar, touch of rye spiciness and alcohol, raisins and dark fruit, weird kind of sourness going on. Taste is similar, very buttery up front, citrus, caramel, wood, some vanilla, bit of spiciness, raisins, alcohol comes through in the finish, but somewhat underwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth going down. Smooth, but nothing really jumps out. Decent beer but I was expecting more out of it.
06-10-2009 23:55:44 | More by Viggo
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light rye whiskey with light caramel malt notes. Taste is also characterized by rye whiskey notes with light caramel malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall but stronger rye whiskey notes would have been more inetersting and provided more character.
08-28-2009 02:46:18 | More by Phyl21ca
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows sweet bready malt, rum and raisin ice-cream, woody oak and cream. Very different, quite sweet.
Flavours focus more on the sweet malt and oak, although there's still some rum and raisin. Again, different but nice. Next to no bitterness.
Carbonation should be higher and the body should be thicker.
10-24-2010 10:25:19 | More by CrazyDavros
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
Pours a very clear, but very deep amber hue. Rather heavy in the glass, with an initially full, but ultimately filmy head of bright white bubbling. Lacing is as good and thick as you expect from the British Isles, even from a reasonably filmy head. Looks like a very decent ale.
Nose is a little diminished for an oak aged beer. Slight weak almost small-beeresque malty grain character, followed by a moderate sting of organic hops, giving a slight aroma of lemon myrtle. Little else, and while it's pleasant enough, it's extremely light.
Taste is similar, although there's a faint woody oak character flittering around the back. Starts with a light organic grain note mixed with a touch of phenolic heat, before the wood comes through with a touch of blackberry-tart hops to finish. Feel is smooth and a little hot, but doesn't have much breadth on the palate.
It's a respectable beer, but one that doesn't really plumb the depths of the great beer ocean. For an oak-aged beer, it's quite disappointing. For an English Ale, it's acceptable.
11-28-2010 06:20:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
Prince Edward Island (Canada)
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
I had one of the 2010 editions yesterday (as it WAS Canada Day). I didn't take any specific notes when I drank it (I was at a friend's place), but I can say this much:
I love Innis & Gunn's main beer, and I like what they do in general. So, my hopes were high for this. I liked the smell... I picked more raisin / date than orange out of it. The head was decent, and didn't stay high for very long. It was not as smooth as other I & G's. Had I paid more attention and taken more time (I didn't chug it by any means), maybe I would have liked it more... but, I just didn't. It was OK, but just. I liked parts of it, and others I didn't. If they made it again next year, I'd maybe get one... but if other new beers were there vying for my attention / dollars, I might skip it.
07-02-2010 14:17:39 | More by PEIBeerGuy
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.45/5 rDev -7%
Hmmm, Scottish (not English)ale and Canadian cask.
To start a slight whisky element on the nose this made a very light fluffy head. Amber brown in colour. A rather unusual morish flavour at first with very forward wood and a lingering almost malty smokey butteriness which lingers. Not unpleasant but certainly unique. Slightly on the fat side and that whisky element is always in the background creating some acidity. Its potency does come through in time as does its heaviness though it does improve in the glass as it is drunk. Interesting but if it wasn't for my curiosity I may have found this hard to finish.
12-11-2010 19:38:41 | More by Zimbo
3.45/5 rDev -7%
enjoying this one on my country's birthday. here goes,
Appearance - Pours a dark amber colour. About half an inch of white head which dissapears quickly leaving no trace.
Smell - Not getting alot smell wise. You can definately pick out the rye characteristics though. a little smoke, caramel
Taste - Similar to the smell. a little smoke, Oak, caramel, and hunny.
Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, soft carbonation. long and wet finish.
Drinkability - If your a Rye/Whiskey/Scotch/Bourbon fan it might be worth giving it a shot. I'm likely to reach for a proper Whiskey than another on of these though.
07-02-2010 04:24:49 | More by Morrish
British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
A: Deep amber-copper with a light than head, ring of retention, light lace.
S: Mango, vanilla, oak, red berries, caramel, butterscotch.
T: Wood, whiskey with plenty of corn, caramel, nut, bread, nice fruitiness, light sweetness (modest bitterness).
M: Well-attenuated, moderate body... not at all dried out our acidic like some barrel-aged brews.
D: A decent drinker.
06-16-2010 00:31:55 | More by Derek
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
Deep red body that is quite clear. Thick finger of beige head that slowly settles to a thin cap and leaves a sheet of lacing.
Vanilla-like oak aroma, and a hearty dose of whiskey smell. I'd like to think there is a malt aroma in there, but it is hard to be sure over the more potent oak and liquor smell.
Oak is the strongest part of the flavour, but the malty strong ale underneath manages to peak through. Finish is not nearly as boozy as one might expect, in fact a faint citrus hop plays a part. Probably the best taste from I&G I've had.
There is a little bit of thickness to the body, but carbonation is a little too light. Comes across a bit like a flat soda.
This isn't bad, the booze isn't overbearing and the cask flavours don't bury the beer flavours. Still not going to be one of my favourites but I'd have it again if offered.
10-05-2009 02:03:24 | More by elricorico
Innis & Gunn Canadian Cask - Scottish Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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