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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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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 Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.05/5  rDev -44.7%
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 kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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 JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge frothy head with tons of sticky lacing, crystal clear honey amber orange color.

Nose creamy malts, syrupy, light molasses, earthy hops even, light esters and tannins, slightest hint of whisky barrel.

Taste sweet, lots of whisky and some vanilla barrel oak, esters, some fruit, chewy malts and hops, some light bitter grassy hops. Finish is fairly bitter almost spicy hops, some malts and sweetness.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, dec carb.

Overall nice malts but don't get very much highland scotch or barrel, but whisky is there. It's more like esters and wood almost saw dust from the barrel. The base beer is fairly tasty but the barrel doesn't add much.

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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 mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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 biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This toasty auburn colour has become an emblem for this brewery. The fact that all its beers look essentially the same whether aged in fresh oak, spent oak, rum, whiskey or scotch barrels is either a peculiar coincidence or a testament to the endurance of the base beer. It is undoubtedly attractive, especially given the clarity, but needs a lot more head.

The write-up on the bottle's casing prepares us for notes of "thick honey, vanilla, marmalade, heather flowers" and "all classic Speyside characteristics". Unfortunately, that's rubbish because the bouquet in my glass is hardly delicious and hardly reminiscent of a quality Highland Scotch. All I make out are some sedated alcohol vapors and sample of wood spice. Although its buttery sweetness, which comes with warmth, does grow on me.

I was less than keen about taking a taste but am, for mixed feelings, glad to have finally done so. The beer is decidedly underwhelming, that much is quickly asserted. It is not, however, without some character and strength, as the distinct Speyside whiskey notes would attest. Peat and smoked wood come instantly to mind.

Dried fruits and butterscotch malts also feature on the palate but the aftertaste and resounding impression is of a beer that has been (possibly intentionally) diluted and emasculated. It is not without flavour and that flavour is not without its virtues, but it offers little by way of depth and complexity despite apportioning a considerable bout of its alcohol content. Warming does assist in bringing forth brilliant notes of golden raisin.

I rather like the beer, despite being disappointed by its inability to even remotely compare to similar (but more complex and competent) offerings. I would still recommend it to aficionados of both beer and scotch, despite suspecting that both camps might be disappointed. It makes a satisfying and quaffable tipple, shortcomings notwithstanding.

Unlike other Scottish breweries to try the same thing (Harviestoun) this beer shares few (if any) of the nuanced complexities of Scottish whiskeys and results not in an animated, ingenious blend of two worthwhile products, but rather in a surprisingly plain, pedestrian offering that would be less appealing to connoisseurs than mainstream consumers. While this is worth a try, any of the Ola Dubh beers are worth that as well as your money.

Photo of Viggo
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 wordemupg
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma has a firm overtone of whisky-soaked wood, plus hints of malt and caramel. It pours a clear coppery with an average white head. Malty, slightly fruity flavor has a woody overtone and a firm whisky note. Texture has average body but a good amount of persistent fizz. Definitely worth at least a try.

Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium carbonation, copper body, half finger of white head.

S - Tons of vanilla. Oak and musk appear also.

T - Vanilla comes through again with that oakiness. Quite sweet.

M - Really creamy. Not much carbonation but smooth and silky almost.

D - Good but overly sweet.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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 oldp0rt
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

Photo of kwjd
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
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 schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of rarbring
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.