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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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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ricke on 09-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by Seanstoppable:
Photo of Seanstoppable
2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Recently found at the NSLC when I was looking for other stuff. Decided to pick one up, as I have enjoyed some of their other stuff that has been available in past holiday seasons.

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of head. Head quickly settles down to a crown. No real lacing left on the glass.

Pretty clear oak and scotch scents. I could originally smell it from a distance.

Scotch/oak flavor are up front and pretty strong. Some vanilla and butterscotch flavoring at the end. A bit sweet. Creamy finish. Boozy flavor and vanilla lingers for a bit.

I found the alcohol in this one hit me a bit fast. That, plus the price mean this is not a repeated drinker for me. The scotch flavoring is interesting, but I feel it takes over the entire beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Photo of jbonapar
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of cragus
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Photo of Stocean1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.06/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish, kind of brown. About 2 finger head that recedes to a rim around top of liquid. I like the little carbonated look through the red/brown color that rises to the tan head. Very classy!

S- Vanilla/whiskey is the primary scent. Oak gives the nose a delightful aroma in the foreground.

T- Sweet, but balanced is the broad term I'd use to describe the taste. Vanilla, whiskey, with an oaky finish. The 7.1% ABV is masked real well, as it only comes in towards the finish. The

M- Not overpowering, but this isn't a light watery beer. I think it's overall a balanced texture for a beer that has so much flavor going on.

This is a real treat of a beer. The look poured shows a beer with class, the smell is so aromatic, and the taste is so well defined and balanced. Innis and Gunn has to be one of my favorite breweries, and I've only had this and their original. A+ brew!

Photo of IronDjinn
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Comes in a 330 ml clear bottle. Pours out a brilliant clear amber with healthy carbonation and a creamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap.

Aroma of toffee, caramel and light alcohol, basic but very enjoyable.

Holy crap, this is as good as it gets, or at least from what I've experienced so far. Smooth and flavourful, it's all about clean sweet toffee malt, light mild toastiness, hints of rounded whiskey, very faint grassy hops on the finish. Sweet malt and liquor linger long in the aftertaste.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, smooth and creamy texture with moderate carbonation.

For some reason this hits all the right buttons with me. I enjoy Innis and Gunn, yet have been disappointed with some limited edition releases in the past, so am far from being a biased banner waver. This is the best I've tried from them yet, and if it wasn't for the abv and price tag this would be my regular go-to beer and session beer of choice. I thought I was an incorrigible hophead, but this offering from Innis and Gunn has shown me the joys of the other side again.

Photo of StephenRich
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel very privileged having been able to enjoy a few bottles of this very special Innis & Gunn. The geniuses at Innis & Gunn are becoming known for brewing specialty beers for some of their most loyal customers - only last week I wrote about the Canadian Cask Innis & Gunn which was specifically designed for Canadians to celebrate Canada day. Now though, I feel privileged because I had the opportunity to enjoy the 2009 Innis & Gunn Highland Cask, a beer specially brewed for Sweeden that was aged in 18 year old scotch barrels. Thank you very much to my friends at Innis & Gunn for making this happen!

Like all Innis & Gunn beers, this one has been aged in oak barrels - but this time, in barrels that previously aged Single Malt 18 year old scotch. Single Malt Scotch Whiskey is a highly sought after prize among spirits aficionados (as well as myself), and it is yet another foam of oak which Innis can now add to their repertoire. This adds more very unique and exciting flavors and layers of complexity to the Innis & Gunn, and put this Highland cask up in the best I have ever enjoyed.

The Highland Cask was aged and matured for 71 days, and comes out at 7.1% abv. Like all Special edition Innis & Gunns, the Highland Cask comes in a decorated box, this time, a green one with reindeer relaxing by the mountainside depicted on it. Only 150 barrels of this beer were produced.

I opened it up cool at 8C (39F) and poured it into a proper Innis & Gunn glass. It poured smoothly and gently showing very little carbonation, but a tall pour did raise an airy egg shell colored one inch head. The beer shone red and brown with a pearl haze and golden hues. It has tints of burnt orange, honeycomb, copper and red brick. The beer sat there with a cool content sigh of relief. The short, but mountainous head gently rumbled as soft carbonation floated up through the calm haze of the amber brown and red beer. It is so far one of the deepest Innis & Gunns that I have ever seen.

Reaching in for the scent was like a warm massage for my nose. It is very smooth and elegant showing classic Innis caramel and oak, but is much creamier and more balanced. Rather than coming right out with malt sweetness and rich caramel, the Highland Cask caresses your senses with soft toffee, smooth warm caramel and vanilla, soft bread dough, mellow fruits like melon, plums and a soft mashed banana, and then a very distinct wave of ancient oak. It is hard to pin this one. It is smooth and buttery with notes of spice and herb and a touch of pepper. A big floral arrangement is easily noticeable, but plays deep in the background lightly teasing you. Again, much depth and complexity is to be found in the nose - it shows greater maturity and sophistication than the original.

Bring the Highland Cask to your lips, breath in with your nose as you tilt the glass, and let it pour into your mouth. The flavors here are now fully engulfing and mesmerize my palate. It is very reminiscent of the nose showing warm malt sweetness in a smooth balancing act of soft caramel, light and creamy toffee, then gentle vanilla, which does bring with it light hints of oak. Fruit is ripe across your cheeks and against the top of your mouth bringing raisins, melon, banana, hints of blood orange and soft muddled spices.

The overall character of the beer shows a great herbal and floral flavors - it is soft and elegant and really dances gently along your tongue. The hops are relaxed and fresh and add gentle hints of bitter, herbs and spice. But the big player here is the 18 Year Highland Cask. Most Innis & Gunns have a unique and distinct Oak flavor in them which is imparted by the barrel ageing. It is somewhat separate of the flavors of the beer. This though is married perfectly. The Highland Casks have imparted their flavor effortlessly onto this beer in a smooth and round manner showing amazing complexity that is built into every sip.

This is why it is so hard to pinpoint that flavor characteristic; because it is softly ingrained into the entire beer. It shows a mellow woody char and the earthy soft smoke of a rich 18 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy showing less carbonation than most Innis & Gunn's. Bright touches of bubbles show life, but overall it is a silky smooth treat.

The finish is smooth and silky with warming notes of fruit, oak and toffee. It is not supremely quenching, but extremely satisfying. It was an extraordinary experience for me, and I can't wait to try the next one. Innis & Gunn does have plans to craft a Highland Cask aged in 21 Year old barrels rather than 18; this version may reach our shores as early as October!

Truly remarkable, and upon reflection after trying three of these bottles, I am claiming it as my most favorite Innis & Gunn to date!

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice clear orange-copper color with a short medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of oak, vanilla, and nice scotch.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramel, oak, vanilla, and a nice scotch aftertaste. Really nice flavors to this one.
M: Rich, smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, warming.
D: Overall a really nice beer, smooth flavors and feel with a decent abv make it one to savor.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange amber with a nice head initially. Unfortunately, the head collapses quickly. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is grassy at first - almost skunk-ish. Whisky comes through backed by a traditional "English" style ale.

The taste is on the sweet side. Woody with some whisky dryness and alcohol peppery spicing. Very mild herbal hop taste is in the backround behind the malt and whisky oak. Sweet touch turns to a dry finish.

The alcohol is noticeable, but it still maintains smoothness with a solid medium body.

Although it didn't set off fireworks for me, or knock my socks off, there is something very enjoyble about the brew. It has a nice smoothness and the whisky casks adds a nice, unique touch to a balanced oaky, traditional, well-made brew.

Photo of SebD
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/copper color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, toffee, oak and a slight spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet caramel and toffee character, with notes of oak, vanilla and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a sweet overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a bright, clear amber-orange colour, with a bit more than a finger of frothy beige head on top. Retention isn't great, but some sparse lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass before the head dies down to a thin, filmy cap. Enticing aroma that blends many elements together - sweet notes of caramel, vaguely peaty scotch, leafy English hops and some toasted nuts. Not a hint of skunk, likely thanks to the carton.

This is a delicious beer. Leans toward the sweet side, starting with butterscotch and toffee, followed by a light hint of vanilla. Oak and scotch malt notes come through toward the finish, alongside more leafy, earthy English-style (edit: technically Slovenian according to the carton) hops for a slightly bitter, drying finish that balances the malt sweetness perfectly. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a silky smooth mouthfeel. My ideal abv is usually in the 7-8% range, so this stuff provides the perfect level of warmth from the alcohol for me. It could stand to be a bit heavier, and some peatiness would be nice I suppose, but it's fabulous either way.

This is my favourite Innis & Gunn offering of the four I have tried by far, easily beating out the rum cask... an unsurprising assertion when you consider that I greatly prefer whisky or scotch over rum. I wish this were available year-round.

Final Grade: 4.15, a high A-. I will probably get this again at some point - it's a bit pricy, but worth it IMO, and (coming from a fan of them) significantly better than I&G's year-round offerings.

Photo of rarbring
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear - but with quite a lot of sediments - copper amber toned, a firm off-white head that settles slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Plus for color and head, minus for sediments.

The smell is very much wood/oak and sawdust, a bit sour.

Initially very much sweet toffee and caramel, fruit, pears and apples. A very weak, nearly imaginary, whisky or alcohol sense.

Very low carbonation, a somewhat bland feeling.

As most times very mixed feelings for me when it comes to cask aged beer. I would like to like it but often miss hops and freshness. Sometimes it feels like a watered down barley wine.

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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.