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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask - Innis & Gunn

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

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%

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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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Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 08:55:29 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of ThomasMetal75


4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:17:33 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 23:42:56 | More by biboergosum
Photo of StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 15:28:50 | More by StephenRich
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4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 11:24:46 | More by erosier
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4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is possible the best non-stout oak aged beer i've ever tasted. Apperance is a very nice dark copper color. Aroma is pure oak straight out of the woods with a hint of whiskey. Taste is amazing, again oak is there. Very smooth and enjoyable. ABV at 7% is just right. A bit higher ABV and this may be a truly awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 00:47:27 | More by nelsonbeer2001
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 23:48:50 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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: 4.2, 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 06:51:31 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of karait95


4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer, balanced and with all the main characteristics of the style.

A: Full amber reddish color, a big white head formed by small bubbles is on top, carbonation is medium

S: Esters are present, dark fruits and some vanilla, very low hops.

T: Excellent flavor, high alcohol and again dark fruits, again some vanilla and low hops, malt body is present.

M: Sensation is complex but balanced, it has the sweetness related to high alcohol beers and at times some high bitterness with a very long lasting ending.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 03:09:57 | More by karait95
Photo of case4816

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into Innis & Gunn Glass a very vivid Caramel, Brown sugar colour and amazingly clear. Lots of visible carbonation with a nice head that settled to about half an inch.
S- The smell is very light in this Innis & Gunn special edition. Very buttery on the front of the nose, with a hint of petrol mixed in. Also smells heavily of a strong scotch(alcohol smell is very prominent), with hints of peat on the back.
T- Very smooth flavour, not as bubbly as it looks though. Flavour starts off fairly sweet, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee come to the front. Flavour then goes to a heavy scotch flavour; very peat-y, bit of petrol, with a light hint of oak. The beer ends with a small hint of coffee.
D- A very smooth beer with a distinct flavour. Wonderful to drink and will be picking up a few to keep in the back of the closet for later.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:15:25 | More by case4816
Photo of kylehay2004


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two finger thick head with some retention on a clear copper body. Burnt caramel, rum, molasses and breads for aroma with the flavor less sweet than expected forthw aroma with caramel, whiskey, sweet corn, molasses and earthy hops. Smooth, medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Smooth, full flavored and well applied base beer to the aging process as is the case with many of the I and G beers which they are definitely great at doing.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 02:11:45 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:03:30 | More by jbonapar
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes... Props to my father-in-law for procuring this particular bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour, finger of tan head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Rich toffee and caramel notes, hints of peat, smoke and earthy wooden oak.

T - Loaded with caramel and toffee, the earthy wooden notes of oak and hints of peat come through with vanilla on the finish. Surprisingly sweet, yet very drinkable.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - These guys consistently produce flavourful, yet uniquely different, ales. A solid offering from I&G and a great addition to their line.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:31:26 | More by andrenaline
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tumbler.

L - clear copper color with a thin white head that got even thinner.

S - scotch, vanilla bean and oak.

T - starts out with a sweet caramel cream taste and then the scotch and oak comes into play turning back towards sweet vanilla on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel and easy drinkability.

O - a most enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:06:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass dec20 2010

A clear light bronze with lots of large bubbles feeding a fast falling thumbs width of head that leaves a few random patches of lace

S some honey, vanilla, and a little toffee

T a little more earthy then the smell with even more toffee and just a hint of booze

M not as many bubbles as I expected after seeing all the action in the glass but still far from flat and there's a lingering aftertaste but it's faint

D something different and easy enough to drink for a strong ale, I thought there would be more evidence of the barrel but I did like what was there

one of the better beers I've had from this brewer but for the price I doubt I'll be stocking up on it

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 08:21:03 | More by wordemupg
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:15:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:12:55 | More by Bierguy5
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this is my favourite I&G beer. I'm a sucker for Highland Scotch and this just plays into my preferences.

Light copper with a thin head. Very buttery scent, with a definite Scotch scent to it. Quite sweet. I've had many Highland cask aged beers, and this is really quite unique.

Buttery, Scotchy taste. Sweet, smooth and really pleasant. The alcohol really creeps up on you. This is almost too smooth....

A great brew, way to smooth. It sucks you in...and one could probably drink a few before they realized the punch this packs.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 07:39:40 | More by BDTyre
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, rusty copper. Head barely forms, some bubbly lacing.

S: Lots of wood and spice. Some general signs of sugar sweetness, touch of vanilla there in the background. A grainy malt base pops if you start looking for it.

T: A hearty base beer laden with caramel malt, gently accented by dry whiskey barrel. Spice and vanilla, almost fall seasonal like in some way. The finish is pretty clean, with a hint of hop bitterness. Alcohol is subtle.

M: Holds more carbonation than the lack of head would suggest. Maybe my pour was too gentle. Body is on the thicker side of medium, pretty slick. There is, however, enough flavor to warrant a thicker body.

O: Nice use of barrel here, something a little different. Its been a long time since I have had the original beer, or any other Innis and Gunn for that matter. It might be time for a re-visit.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 17:45:40 | More by zoolzoo
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours dark amber with a thick off-white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, wood and hints of hops. Medium-full, creamy, sharp body. Taste is of caramel, herbal hops, spices, notes of dark fruit, wood and alcohol. Enjoyable winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 16:43:09 | More by mikeg67
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz clear glass bottle (wrong!) Served in a standard pint glass.
Poured a coppery amber color with a fast-fading off-white head.
Smells off cut dried wood, caramel, dry malt, resinous hop followed by peaty scotch.
Flavors of caramel malt, wheat crackers, resinous and metallic hops mix. The cask whiskey taste pulls through in the finish.
The body, quite dry at first, mellows and becomes smooth and velvety as it warms.

This HAS to be marked down because of the clear glass bottles. The brewers must not respect their own beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 15:35:34 | More by BeerResearcher
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 21:08:41 | More by Stocean1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle in fancy box.

A- Crystal clear dark copper pour with amber and red highlights. Half finger off white head that is short lived. Lacing is okay.

S- Toffee, caramel with a touch of vanilla. Not getting any barrel or scotch. Slight biscuit.

T- Vanilla, toffee, caramel with a bready note. Again whisky is very light.

M- Light to medium bodied, smooth.

O- Decent beer, whisky is almost non-existent. Definitely overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:33:04 | More by korguy123
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into an Innis & Gunn tulip. 2011 edition.

Appearance is a clear dark copper with a one finger tan head that fades rather quickly to a thin cap with light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells quite skunky at first due to the clear bottle. Once that is allowed to fade there is raisins and plums along with a bit of toffee and oak.

The taste has tons of oak evident throughout. Some of that dark fruit is there but there is also a little bit of smoke and lots of wood. It is evident this was aged in scotch barrels but it is more subtle than what I was anticipating. The beer is pretty sweet but not cloyingly so. A light bitterness finishes everything off.

Overall this is a good beer but not too different from other Innis and Gunn offers I have had. Could have used more scotch character and not really worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 03:19:38 | More by rangerred
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a amber, cooper color with a small head that evaporated fast.

S- Toffee, Caramel were first, followed by a touch of alcohol (brandy).

T- Surprisingly, I find it very mellow. The cask aging comes through on the end and flavors, noted in smell, come alive as the drink warms.

M- Like most Innis&Gunn, velvety, creamy body that stands apart for other beers I have had, in a good way.

D- 7.1%, right in the middle of where I like my beer. If they weren't so expensive, I could drink these all the time.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 02:40:15 | More by spree92
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