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Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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BA SCORE
84
good

653 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 32
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: slitherySOB on 12-24-2011

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Ratings: 653 | Reviews: 117
Photo of cujocon
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

04242015
Innis & Gunn Scottish Beer
6.6% ABV
11.2 oz brown glass bottle with crown $12.00/4 pack at State Street Northampton MA
Appearance: copper/amber soda carbonation very small head
Smell: apple cidery, sweet I'd swear it was a cider
Flavor: quck pop of bright malt and very dry finish, maybe Oak (not sure)
Overall: 3.5/5 I think for me the flavor is too sweet and doesn't have much character. It is certainly a beer
I could drink if offered...which at this point is a step in the right direction.

Photo of ppvora
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cool bottle into an ale glass.

Appearance: Light brown, no fingers, no aeration.

Aroma: Malt, malt, malt, some oak and bread.

Taste: Malt, toffee, vanilla, biscuit with oaky aromas thrown in. The label claims that the beer has toffee and vanilla taste and boy it delivers!

Mouthfeel: Malt all the way.

Most likely, I will not buy this beer again. From the 6-pack that I bought, I've had two on two separate occasions. Didn't care for it much the first time. However, the second time, I had it as a chaser after a peg of Laphroig 10-year old single malt -- which has a very strong and intense flavor. This beer works really, really well as a chaser to whiskey!!

Photo of LoganRyanMurphy
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: effervescent and crystal clear, with a caramel/honey color.

Smell: very interesting. I didn't pick up on as much of the bourbon or vanilla as others, but it is certainly in the background. There is a fruity sweet smell that really piques the interest; you know this will be a different tasting beer.

Taste: carbonated apple juice with hints of bourbon, honey, and vanilla. The hops are just barely noticeable, and extremely mild. The malt backbone for this beer is biscuity and crisp. The further along you get, the more noticeable the hops become, yet they are still minimal. There is a lingering sweet taste of clover honey.

Mouthfeel: this beer is very light in the mouth, and the carbonation is noticeable. If you swirl it around the mouth, there is a certain creaminess that manifests itself.

Overall: a good beer that should stand out primarily for its unique flavors and secondarily for its unique story. I wouldn't drink it everyday, but I would be lying if I said I didn't like it.

Photo of BeerMagistrate
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes just like the front label says. Definitely has a scotch whiskey taste to it as well. Well done.

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Haven't had in a long time but as good as I remembered. Love the golden amber color in the bottle and in the glass. The smell was very scotch. I did get the vanilla and butterscotch aromas. The taste was even better. More of the same plus some honey.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a finger high and slightly off-white in shade. While attractively creamy, its duration isn't very good. Little lacing is left behind. (3.25)

Smell: Touches of smoky peat come through immediately. Also, I don't get the diacetyl I do in many I&G brews. Okay, maybe a bit. The toffee-esque malt also appears nicely. I'm pretty disappointed in the lack of oak notes like vanilla or even coconut, though. While it's not a bad Scotch ale by any means, it doesn't seem very complex or barrel (err...oak chip) forward. (3)

Taste: The flavor profile, thankfully, brings more vanilla/oak presence upon the initial sip. Quickly, it transitions into slight butterscotch notes near the mid-taste. It will develop some brown sugar flavor after a while. I get almost no oak qualities, unfortunately. Still, not bad, especially considering other I&G brews really let me down. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly light for a Scotch ale, it still has a sweet, lingering finish. However, the general creaminess make it pleasant in the mouth. Carbonation is low. (3.25)

Overall: Not bad. The buttery notes endemic of I&G beers is subdued decently, and everything seems balanced respectably. I still wouldn't buy it again when Old Chub sits on the shelves at a better price point per ounce. (3)

3.14/5:Best I&G beer I've had to date, but that isn't saying a whole lot

Photo of Nine_Tails
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The flavor of vanilla and toffee makes this one of my favorite beer.

Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very tasty, unique beer. I really enjoy all of the Innis & Gunn lineup, with this being the most straightforward choice. The vanilla, toffee and oak promised on the label come through in both the aroma and the taste. I sampled this from a 750 mL bottle, which was quite reasonably priced, considering the quality of this beer.

Photo of captnpete133
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad tasting brew. Wasnt the most pleasant smell, but after the first sip it wasnt that bad. You can definitely taste the hint of vanilla and oak. Quite a sweet beer. I would drink this again.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 4/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, oak, apple, plum, herbal, light pepper, and herbal/oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, oak, apple, plum, herbal, light pepper, and herbal/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, apple, plum, oak, light pepper, and herbal/oaky earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak barrel flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good oak aged Scottish ale style. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This is a bit lighter in body and flavor than the Rum barrel version, but is still nicely enjoyable.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everything about the Innis & Gunn beers are a very humble above average. Excellent beers.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2nd bottle, poured in a mug :

Brilliant amber color. Almost no head with minimal lacing, but very bubbly.

Tasty aroma and flavor of smoky toffee, almost bread like, but more on the bitter side with a pleasant fruity citrus sensation.

Warming rich and almost creamy. Prickly and a bitter mouthcoating finish but well intensified. Ending with a nice smoky aftertaste.

Very good beer overall, great unique fresh smoky feel.

Photo of interzen
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Lovely, clear dark amber body with a bubbly off-white head which quickly diminishes to pretty much nothing but a few floating bubbles.

Smell: The bottle proclaims "hits of toffee, vanilla and oak" - I certainly get the last two, the first not so much. Quite a pleasant woody vanilla smell with just a hint of whisky and smoke.

Taste: Earthy, woody with hints of vanilla and more than a hint of whisky. Some malt notes coming through towards the end but little or no hop action. The whisky taste is interesting, since there's no explicit mention of aging in whisky barrels, just oak. Either way, it's not at all bad.

Feel: Quite watery, all things considered and there's not much in the way of carbonation to help things along. For 6.6% ABV I'd have expected a bit more in the way of body.

Overall: This is ... interesting. I wasn't at all impressed with the Innis and Gunn rum-aged beer so was approaching this with a bit of trepidation. Fortunately, the spiritous flavours are far more subdued and the drink is a heck of a lot more enhoyable as a result. Easy drinking, but nothing earth-shatteringly amazing.

It's probably worth mentioning that this is now bottled in brown, rather than clear, bottles.

Photo of ziggig
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for a first time taste

Photo of hansavijaticar
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colour, poor retention. Caramel, whisky, vanilla, wood. Why so watery with so much ABV?! And why those white bottles that can only damage beer inside? Not bad, but dissapointing. There are many more finer Scottish Ales.

Photo of marcfromphilly
2.67/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells and tastes like a Dewars Lager blend. Not bad if these are the tastes you're looking for. Good oak smell amongst the scotch smell.

Photo of GregJ
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweet earthy weed nose similar to an English ipa. Sweet bourbon/oak flavor followed by a cheap booziness. Sweet bourbon aftertaste.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Innis & Gunn Original has a thin, off-white head, a clear, amber, bubbly appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of toffee, vanilla, oak, and sweet, medium-roasted barley malt. Taste is the same with very low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Innis & Gunn Original finishes semi-wet and easy drinking.

RJT

Photo of Rhys
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and very tasty. Easy to drink and a nice big bottle

Photo of Svingjo
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Some nice vanilla notes and a slight oaky flavour that adds a little extra to the body of the beer.

Photo of Halfpintsized
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Lovely texture and flavour

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 9C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L4153 18:18. AROMA: sweet malty aromas with some cask notes and faint vanilla and toffee. low hop aromas. APPEARANCE: dark golden color and translucent. thin head of slight ivory color with poor retention. TASTE: malty flavour with some cask notes. low bitterness with a semi-sweet finish. PALATE: medium-low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a just slight different tasting bulk beer.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Appearance is amber with absolutely no head whatsoever. Looks like you're drinking a very large whisky! Edit: tried it a second time and lacing was ok.

Smell is of vanilla, caramel and sweet oak.

The taste is malty, sweet and smooth. There's a lot of vanilla and strong whisky like notes. It's a bit like a 6 per cent abv Polish lager with vanilla essence added. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall, a tasty and rather different beer with a disappointing look but a satisfying peaty whisky vanilla theme that makes me want to try it again even though I wasn't blown away by it. Interesting.

Photo of endovelico
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%

Gloriously sweet, rich and complex. A dessert beer from good 'ol Scottland that unfolds a many-layered swirl of honey, caramel, vanilla, pastry, biscuit and some exotic tropical fruit and spices, all balanced masterfully on a fine thread of acidity.

Photo of ABeerHoarder
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

It is much sweeter than the the whiskey cask, which tastes more balanced, but more complex than the original. A decent showing from Innis & Gunn.

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Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
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