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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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BA SCORE
84
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127 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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Photo of rangerred
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.

rangerred, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of mikerems
4/5  rDev +8.1%

mikerems, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
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.

andrenaline, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of JxExM
3/5  rDev -18.9%

JxExM, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of microbrewlover
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

microbrewlover, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of FrankK
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

FrankK, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of wesbray
4/5  rDev +8.1%

wesbray, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
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.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

LJWalker, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of korguy123
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.

korguy123, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of kbt5273
5/5  rDev +35.1%

kbt5273, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

RedAleMan, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

oldp0rt, Feb 11, 2012
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!

ThomasMetal75, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of KevinSP
3/5  rDev -18.9%

KevinSP, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Jennings
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Jennings, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of TheHammer
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

TheHammer, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of cragus
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

cragus, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +8.1%

justinm4bama, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of zoolzoo
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.

zoolzoo, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Hewsinator
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Hewsinator, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
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.

thehyperduck, Jan 21, 2012
Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.