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


Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
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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Stocean1

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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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 17:28:26 | More by Rutager
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 16:34:46 | More by jwc215
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mikeg67

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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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured unto a "Nonic" glass.

Appearance: A clear amber, with a full inch white head. Light bubbles nothing where you regret drinking.

Smell: I will be blunt, Scotch. Has it written all over it. Slight sweetness maybe resembling a butter scotch candy.

Taste: This is by far and not a bad thing I must add the most bitter "Innis & Gunn" beer I have had. A suttle sweet complimented with a woody flavor that can only be compared to Dewars. Yes I said it.

Mouth: Light-medium carbonation depending on your love for scotch ales this beer will vary.

Overall: Innis & Gunn are at it again, not your regular beer with another twist of sweet-bitterness. Tastes like and alohoilics' dream. "Mix beer with my scotch" why don't you. Some will hate it some will like it, others might bask in the glory of it's uniqueness....just don't take this for granted, obvious work was put into making this brew and it shows!.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 07:50:33 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 03:31:56 | More by joemcgrath27
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erosier

Connecticut

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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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 21:38:12 | More by jlindros
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:34:20 | More by mdaschaf
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 03:47:20 | More by biegaman
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BDTyre

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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spree92

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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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 19:57:42 | More by bryehn
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:20:23 | More by Derek
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -44.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:31:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:35:19 | More by Seanstoppable
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 03:07:50 | More by Viggo
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 19:26:13 | More by tbeckett
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:39:20 | More by MattyV
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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
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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
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 03:57:36 | More by Sammy
Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
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