Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask - Innis & Gunn
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3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
03-21-2012 02:31:26 | More by andrenaline
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
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
02-21-2012 04:15:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-18-2012 00:33:04 | More by korguy123
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
02-11-2012 15:25:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5 rDev +20.8%
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!
02-09-2012 01:17:33 | More by ThomasMetal75
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
3.3/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
01-27-2012 21:27:27 | More by cragus
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
01-22-2012 22:06:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
01-22-2012 17:45:40 | More by zoolzoo
4.2/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
01-21-2012 06:51:31 | More by thehyperduck
3.33/5 rDev -10%
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.
01-21-2012 05:50:08 | More by Converge
Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
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