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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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Reviews: 58
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 25.48%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.06/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
2.29/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear amber, some dark golden highlights, nice colour, thin white head forms and quickly settles to a very thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is weird, tons of butterscotch, buttery oak, some caramel, a bit of almost grapefruity hoppiness, a bit of raw oak and vanilla, booze, more butterscotch, thats about it, pretty overpowering.

Taste is similar, very sweet, just a butterscotch bomb that masks almost every other flavour, some oak and vanilla, brown sugar, way too much butter.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. I feel like its almost good, but its way too butterscotchy. Kind of tastes like caramel corn.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.61/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured with a half finger of head that dissolved almost immediately so lacing never even came into play. The body is a clear and deep copper colour with slow rising carbonation.

Smell: A lot of oak and untamed vanilla coming out of this one. It has an almost buttery note to it as well. Warming of course helps it case tremendously.

Taste: Way too sweet, and it becomes sweeter and sweeter as you get closer to the bottom. The overwhelming taste of butterscotch permeates every aspect of this beer. At the start some grain was present and the end has a slight alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel: The lack of head doesn't do it any favours and the carbonation just isn't there. The aftertaste is unsurprisingly butterscotch and it is subdued. The problem is that it's clingy, it builds and builds more and more the closer you get to the end of the glass.

Drinkability: Way too sweet for a beer as it tastes like a chasing a butter shot with a rye and coke. Thankfully it sits down nicely and isn't painful going down, just cloying.

Final Thoughts: I dunno, but I was kinda expecting a bit more smokiness and peat then butterscotch from this one. I would have thought Scotch barrels wouldn't be so sweet and buttery. This is one of Innis and Gunn's few disappointments for me.

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Photo of bryehn
2.62/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice auburn-copper colour with a sturdy collar of a head. Minimal lacing, but nice-looking overall. Poured this one in an oversized wine glass and it has a pleasant gradient effect in the colour.

It smells awfully sweet and of butterscotch, like Werther's Original candy. Nothing like real scotch or oak at all. The box says flowers and a hint of vanilla, but all I get is a sickening butterscotch sweetness and some kind of sour malt. Its quite off-putting really and I like scotch.

The aroma transitions to the taste, but its slightly better on the tongue than in the nose. Some smokey oak-like wood flavour does come through, along with a sort of roasted malt tone.

The butterscotch is really overpowering though and I'm not finding enough bitterness to balance it out, even after warming to cellar temperature.

The mouthfeel is creamy and leaves a hearty, sticky and syrupy thickness on my tongue and teeth. Its kind of hard to get down, almost like some kind of holiday dessert liqueur. I will not be getting another bottle.

This beer is simply too sweet for me and therefore unappealing. There is a certain complexity and craftsmanship to be appreciated, but for me the best part about the beer is its packaging.

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Photo of kjyost
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got another one of these in the Christmas gift pack. Better, though not great.

Nose has light scotch notes with the buttery / butyric still there. No oak o scotch character in the body, rather the flavour is once again buttery with a hint of butyric in there. Wow.

1/6/12: 3.5/3/1.5/1.5/1.5
Carton labelled BB Dec, 2011. Not too far off. I believe this was received in trade via tbeckett, Thanks, I guess.

Poured into a perfect pint glass at around 5C

A: Pours pale straw with minimal head. Minimal lacing.
S: Corn, a hint of scotch.
T: A moment of sweet corn in the malt, and then, bam! Vomit. Feck. Gaddammed butyric infection. Really strong too. Awful. Brutal.
M: The butyric lingers forever.
O: A very, very rare drainpour for me. I couldn't choke this down with my roasted chicken dinner...

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Photo of ricke
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color with black mixed in. There is about 1 finger of head which does not last long and very little lacing which dissapates quickly.

The smell is of oak, whiskey and a smokey quality.

The mouthfeel is thin and creamy.

The brew is aged in oak whiskey casks and you will definitely taste the oak and the whiskey. The malts also hit the palate on the front end with no discernable malt or hop taste on the back end. The ABV. is listed as 7% but it feels like more.

Overall, I can't say much about this brew. The oak and whiskey tatse are there; so are the malts, not much else.

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Photo of kwjd
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange colour with thin white head with some lacing around the glass. Smells incredibly sweet of caramel, apple and pear. Flavour has lots of sweetness. I don't really notice any hops at all. A little bit boozy and uncarbonated. Just ok, I prefer some other Innis & Gunn beers. For being aged in scotch barrels, I am not really noticing it much.

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Photo of rarbring
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of TerryW
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

At best this is a boring looking beer. Rusty orange, with no head, no lace, no fizz - nuthin' of what you'd usually expect. On the down side, for the novice beer drinking it's flat out off putting with lots of chunky bits of yeast in suspension throughout the glass. So be warned, don't be letting the yeasty bits bother you, and trust in your dishwashing skills - it's not you.

Big malty scotch nose, so if you're a scotch drinker this is for you. Sugary, boozy, lots of butterscotch. Very sweet to drink, no carbonation, slight bit of alcohol, somewhat thin bodied. I&G stuff is usually lots of big vanilla, but no so much in this case.

Nothing speacial, a bit to much like liquid candy. Forgettable.

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Photo of cratez
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from the LCBO. Part of the 2010 Autumn Ales release.

Pours a burnished amber gold with a deep orange hue, thick ring of white froth, and strands of lacing on the footed pilsner glass. Smell is butterscotch, cream, faint apple, very light whisky aroma, alcohol, oak barrel, golden raisins, white wine, and malt vinegar. Pretty complex nose, though not overly pleasing. Taste is sweet toffee-like malts, slight cola flavour, mildly spicy hops, some woodiness, caramel, butter, and a boozy sting on the back end. Better than I expected, but still unimpressive. Mouthfeel is smooth, thicker than medium, average carbonation, drying finish borders on chalky.

Although it's a decent quaff, Highland lacks bold and enjoyable flavours and the malts figure too prominently for my liking. The barrel aging adds depth yet fails to save this from being a mediocre beer. I also think these special releases, with their expensive packaging and high price points, are getting quite gimmicky. A ho-hum offering IMO.

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Photo of strangemusic
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

These I&G aged releases are always fun. Here's a new one! It pours beautifully, though with little head. Lovely, lovely warm coppery orange sunset kind of colour.

The smell isn't big, but it is deep. Sweet and malty, caramelly, with very subtle fruitiness and woody spice, smoke, and some vanilla. Kind of "meh" though.

Tastewise it's quite sweet and malt-forward, loads of butterscotch and some woodiness, alcohol but no real whiskey bite despite such a purportedly long cask aging... not really my cup of tea, as there's nothing to really grab you unless you really like that buttery flavour.

The mouthfeel is where this beer really falls flat. It's... flat! Thin, though buttery-smooth, it basically disappears down your throat leaving little to savour and a cloying aftertaste.

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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Converge
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz cervoise.

A - Pours with a big frothy head of light tan foam. A nice, deep maple-amber colored body. Head bubbles around for a little while, but eventually reduces to a thin ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S - Butterscotch sweetness, vanilla, and soapy scotch. Something really floral as well. Light grassy hops too. Not bad. Towards the end of the glass I can really smell bananas in here.

T - Lots of sweetness upfront. Butterscotch, toffee and caramel like sweetness upfront, with a floral touch as well. Oak, cherries, and a touch of scotch all work together well. Alcohol is clearly pronounced in the finish. Not much hop presence to speak of. Vanilla and honey pop up here and there as well, but altogether this barrage of flavors feels a little overdone. The Highland Park casks don't add a ton of flavor, but the contribution is there for sure.

M - Subtle carbonation, probably could be a bit more defined to help the flavor-profile. The body feels about medium, but just too slick and oily. This doesn't couple well with the alcohol warmth at all.

D - Alright, this is my second time reviewing this beer. After coming away feeling disappointed last time, I really wanted to give this one another shot before it was gone. While I have a lot of nice things to say about the flavor, somehow when it all comes together it just doesn't add up to the sum of it's parts. It feels over-sweetened, oily and too warm. My last bottle had an odd metallic skunkiness that permeated the whole experience, and this bottle didn't have that. However, this beer still leaves me feeling underwhelmed. Just like I said last time, it's alright, but an 11.2oz serving is just too much.

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Photo of cragus
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyV
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber colour with a half finger of creamy white head. The nose is rather sweet, with butterscotch, apple, and white grape. Taste is of sweet bready malt with vanilla and honey up front, leading into a slightly boozy and cloying finish with some of the scotch characteristics coming through. As others have mentioned, the mouthfeel is this beer's weakest area; it's far too thin. It's nice to try an I&G that hasn't been light struck (I've had bad luck in the past), but I still found this to be a bit too sweet and one-dimensional.

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Photo of EsoxLucius
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper with an off-white head, very thin ring of retention, hint of leg/lace.

S: Caramel popcorn, earthy orange zest, sponge toffee, quite sweet.

T: Caramel, honey, marmalade/orange rind, vanilla, hints of nut, slightly earthy, modest bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderately full body has some residual sweetness. Modest carbonation.

D: A little sweet for me.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of SebD
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of IllNate
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with ample white head, but poor retention. Aroma is of caramel, oak, vanilla and whisky, but not boozy. Also a bit of fruity ester. Appealing nose for sure. Taste follows with caramel, vanilla, oak whisky. Again a bit sweet for my liking. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall a good beer, but the lack of head and the unbalanced sweetness hold it back.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
82 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.