Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask - Innis & Gunn
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2.05/5 rDev -44.6%
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.
12-14-2010 03:31:31 | More by Phyl21ca
2.25/5 rDev -39.2%
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.
11-29-2010 03:07:50 | More by Viggo
2.58/5 rDev -30.3%
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.
01-29-2012 18:47:01 | More by TheHammer
2.65/5 rDev -28.4%
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.
01-24-2011 19:57:42 | More by bryehn
2.7/5 rDev -27%
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.
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...
01-02-2013 23:08:51 | More by kjyost
2.73/5 rDev -26.2%
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.
09-13-2009 22:20:14 | More by ricke
Nova Scotia (Canada)
2.8/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
12-05-2010 22:35:19 | More by Seanstoppable
2.8/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
03-11-2012 21:00:27 | More by microbrewlover
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
10-07-2010 00:38:17 | More by kwjd
3.13/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
08-28-2010 16:08:42 | More by rarbring
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
11-27-2013 01:17:44 | More by TerryW
3.18/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
10-15-2010 02:13:53 | More by cratez
Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
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