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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland CaskInnis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask

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BA SCORE
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ricke on 09-13-2009)
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Reviews by JamesMN:
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3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliant clarity with a caramel/amber hue. Pour resulted in a one finger off-white head that has since dissipated to a thin film.

Aroma: Blast of malt sweetness and a bit of skunk due to the clear bottle. Almost smells like an amber lager at first. Digging a little deeper you get the soft vanilla and caramel aromas of scotch.

Taste: Lots of toffee syrupy sweetness up front and then a lovely vanilla and cream flavor comes through. The finish is effortlessly smooth and leaves a caramel sweetness on the palate. Hardly bitter and no hop presence. Don't taste any of the 7.1% ABV but overtime there is a bit of heat in the throat. The only drawback is the slight skunky flavor.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body and a little syrupy. Smooth carbonation and average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Innis & Gunn should seriously consider using dark bottles to reduce the skunking that ruins the beer. This beer is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? Probably not, but I doubt I could even get my hands on another bottle.

JamesMN, Feb 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Shiny copper color with a small off-white head that leaves plenty of lacings.

S: Toffee, bread, malts, plums and a surprisingly prominent note of banana.A hint of vanilla. Something about the smell seems artificial. Not very impressive.

T: The taste is on the sweet side, to say the least. Actually, it's very sweet. Plenty of sweet fruit flavors. The strange banana aromas are present in the taste as well. Raisins, some leafy hops and a hint of oak barrels. Lots of malts, butterscotch and toffee, like every other beer I've come across from this brewery. The finish is mildly bitter with a minimal peaty note and a lingering mix of minerals, raisins and orange. Kind of a weird taste, it's too sweet and some of the flavors seems really out of place. Unbalanced.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: This is not a terrible beer, nor is it impressive. My main question is: Where's the barrel-aged character? Where's the whisky? Seems like they've barrel-aged this one for about five minutes.

ricke, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of EsoxLucius
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I very much enjoy I&G's packaging for their Limited Edition's.

A: light amber with a white slick for a head, lacing is decent and retention is also good.

S: sweet toffee mixed with tree fruit, i got appricot, i don't smell hops or grain at all, and alchohol is very faint. perhaps the fruit smell comes from the casks.

T: the casks are finally noticed with a slight woody taste dominated by malt and sweetness. it finishes with a strong butterscoth esque taste. it's honestly too sweet for me.

M: very thin, i was quite surprised. if you swish it around it does thicken up, but who really does that anyway? it was lackluster for what i thought it was going to be.

D: i'm not into super sweet brews and this one would definately attract wasps on a deck.

EsoxLucius, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of kbt5273
5/5  rDev +35.1%

kbt5273, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle in a lovely Scotch-like box that hints of the whiskyness within. Received as part of my Beerthday celebrations.

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Tan-amber brew, nice sized foamy head, some lacing. Looks like their standard ale.

Nose is sweet and malty, a bit of cracker, vanilla and a mild peat or oak or something barrely in there. It's an essence, but it's not very strong.

Sweet, malty, a bit of bread, fresh vanilla, a bit of oak. Mild floral hops to the finish. Very similar to their standard ale - I'm not really understanding the difference between this and the usual fare.

I mean, it's a tasty brew, so I won't knock it down. But I can't help feeling somewhat robbed of the potential for greatness here. The barrel didn't seem to do much to this brew that I can detect - I was hoping for lovely peat, iodine, grain or smoke and what I'm getting is quite sweet. Tasty, but not really worth the extra couple of bucks.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2012, so it's somewhat out of date. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Comes in a fancy box, which will hopefully have kept the light away. A limited edition brew aged in 18 year old Scotch whisky casks for 69 days.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright coppery-amber hue with good clarity and medium carbonation. Forms a small head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before disappearing. Aroma of fruity malt with notes of dried fruit, caramel/toffee, oak, brown sugar, mild roastted grain, vanilla and a subtle hint of whisky. A warming whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a rich, fruity character and a mild finish. Notes of dried fruit, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, oak/wood, mild vanilla, faint roasted grain, delicate hints of whisky and understated stewed hops. A touch of boozy warmth in the background. Attenuated and quite complex, but with little bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decen body. Could feel a shade more substantial to match its strength. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity malt, oak and faint sweetness.

Another barrel-aged oddity from I&G. Could look better; the aroma/flavour are alright but nothing special given the treatment this beer has received. Body could be thicker. A decent beer but not amazing - their brews often seem to have an overdose of oak and a weak beer base that results in an unbalanced concoction. Darker malt might have improved this one. At any rate, drinkable but no need to seek it out.

jazzyjeff13, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

djcreepshow, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hmmm...'Highland' malt does not necessarily equal 'Speyside' malt, but this is a sidestep into beer, so let's have a look at the proverbial pudding...

This beer pours a clear, dark copper hue, with one finger of fast-disappearing soapy pale beige head, which leaves no lace in its wake. It smells of caramel, vanilla, nougat, a bit of floral fruitiness, and oaky wood. The taste is nutty caramel/toffee malt, some tangy butterscotch, a concentrated orchard fruitiness, a subtle oakiness, with the inherent vanilla and honey standing as one, and a soft floral hoppiness. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, smooth, fruity, and a little slick. It finishes quite dry, the mild warming alcohol and latent fruity hops coming to bear.

While I've always found the I&G beers to be interesting, none so far have stood out that much. Well, they couldn't go wrong by putting their starter ale in a 21 year old Speyside barrel, and this result is testament to that.

biboergosum, Oct 24, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 4/9/11. Thanks to korguy123 for this one.

A: Pours an extremely clear copper color with a small white head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of lacing. Decent amount of small bubble carbonation release.

S: Some toffee, a good bit of caramel, and a lot of vanilla. There is a hint of alcohol.

T: Very similar to the aroma, the vanilla is very prominent. There is also some caramel, toffee, and butterscotch.

M: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: It was interesting. It was a bit over the top in terms of sweetness. The taste lingered for a long time after I was done. Glad to have tried it though.

mdaschaf, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brewery has been at barrel aging for a long time. This is a mediocre attempt, but it is different. The appearance looks OK, with a fruitiness to the colour, along with a minimal head. There is a lactose aroma, and that of milk going bad. The mouthfeel is easy, a bit creamy. Butterscotch and rum tastes. Purposely like this? Apparently, very sweetish.

Sammy, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear copper, short tan head dissipated to a thin perimeter
S - a sweet fruity aroma reminiscent of red wine, hints of vanilla and wood with light booziness
T - starts with light red wine light sweetness, quickly moves to hints of vanilla, sweet whiskey mash, earthy woodiness with just a touch of peat
M - light and fairly smooth body, smooths out as the whiskey flavour rises, and finishes with a gentle dry smokiness, abv very well hidden
O - like many special I&G brews this is very complex in flavours, hard to nail down what it should be, but what it is is well worth a try

joemcgrath27, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

zillo043068, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jbonapar
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like Innis & Gunn's, love the Vanilla in their beers and was excited to try this one.

Poured as usually, a wonderfully clear, thick head.

Aroma is astounding. Spice. Oak. Whiskey. Malt....Amazing...subtle vanilla as usual.

Flavor is interesting and complex. Less vanilla than their typical beers. A nice maltiness mixed with a complex spiceyness that i can't really put my finger on. There is a touch of whisky burn, but very subtle. the finish is hoppy, more hoppy than i usually notice but it works perfectly. Very very creamy and smooth.

Fantastic, love it.

jbonapar, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

mikerems, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of cragus
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle into chalice
A - Pours a clear gold amber with a finger of rapidly dissipating white head
S - Grain and malt with a bit of cherry
T - Strong notes of oak with cherry and caramel. A slight astringency is noticeable on the finish
M - Smooth and moderate bodied. Carbonation was not particularly strong.
O - Pretty good, but its not a beer I'd want to drink a lot of.

cragus, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Issue....

A- Well, just like the brewer describes, this pours an auburn color, with tinges of copper in the narrow portion of my glass, and the beer is clear throughout. There appears to be aggressive looking carbonation rising to the top of the liquid, and there really isn't much of a head on this one, but more of a thick ring around the glass that retains quite well. The lacing aspect is rather good too, leaving behind good sticky foam on the glass. A decent looking brew...just better if there was more of a head.

S- This is actually quite heavy in malt sweetness, and I do smell sweet fortified wine, such as a nice tawny port, which is giving this some dark skinned fruit aromas. In the background, there is hints of wood and vanilla from the scotch barrel....rather pleasant smelling overall I have to say!

T- This is really deep in flavor, and now the smooth scotch notes are more noticeable. There is lots of dried prune/raisin flavor on the palate, and it really is on the mellow side....it reminds me of a freshly made dark rum fruit cake! There is hints of vanilla bean, and toffee thrown in there as well. The alcohol shows a bit of kick on the palate at first, but then really smooths out once you've had a couple tastes! I didn't find really much in terms of a hopped finish either. Very nice!

M- This is surprisingly light and fresh on the palate during the taste, and then leaves an oily, flavorful aftertaste making this feel much heavier than it really is. I get lots of dessert like fruitiness on the palate in the end, especially if you let this warm up a couple of degrees....it gets sticky actually. The carbonation really isn't that aggressive, and only enhances what was intended here.

O- This is most definitely one of I&Gs' best outings that I've tried, and I believe I've tried most of them! I would enjoy this on a regular basis if it wasn't so expensive per bottle, but it makes a great sipping brew for any occasion. As always, I highly recommend this offering and will definitely pick this one up again in the future....hopefully they make this a regular seasonal!

ChrisCage, May 22, 2012
Photo of Stocean1
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured one finger off white head upon an amber ruby hued body - semi-clear like a precious stone - little retention as it ebbed to a thin collar of fine bubbles - minimal lacing

S - whiskey and vanilla up front with that Innis skunk coming through. Herbal hops, sweet, with caramel and citrus fruit

T - Sweet whiskey, oak and peat, vanilla with herbal hops backing it up. Somewhat peppery with some light fruit as well. Everything I like about Innis but almost a little too sweet for me - but still very good, don't get me wrong

M - medium bodied with little carbonation - relatively smooth with some bitterness at the back of the tongue which grew as I worked my way through this one, sweet and not too dry.

Stocean1, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my father in law for this christmas gift. Nothing better than the gift of beer!

Appearance. Pours a clear orangey-amber with over a finger of foamy, just barely off-white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel, slight nuttyness. Some citrus rind and a hint of vanilla

Taste. Caramel, orange rind, lightly roasted grains. A little bitter woodyness and hints of vanilla. A little bit sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Good beer with definite whiskey character.

Rutager, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.05/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of butter and light scotch notes. Taste is a weird mix between some butter with some light warming notes of scotch. Body is light well some rounded notes of scotch with average carbonation. Another bad mix from a strange brewery.

Phyl21ca, Dec 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

LJWalker, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A -Medium amber colour with a slight ruby glow around the edges. One finger of cream coloured head formed on the pour and quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Biscuit, toffee, caramel and a hint of scotch in the background.

T - Good balance of base beer flavours with scotch and oak definitely there but playing more of a secondary role in the palate. The base beer contributes biscuit, caramel and toffee flavours. The ABV is slightly warming in the finish.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, 7.1% abv. Clear, darker copper color. White head holds for a few minutes. Only a few tiny bubbles moving about.

Slightly skunked nose, due to the clear bottle. A light caramel, butterscotch note, with some toffee. Slight suggestion of oak and whisky.

A nice clean malt, with a bit of a toffee taste. Hint of vanilla, some oak without drying out too much. Very faint whisky feel. Maybe a bit of a mineral edge, with some fruity notes rounding things out.

Lighter body, with soft carbonation. Just some slight warming from alcohol. A simple beer, with some nice flavors here. Very nice.

Bierguy5, Dec 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Chugs13, Apr 28, 2012
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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.