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Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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BA SCORE
84
good

639 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 28
Gots: 132 | 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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Photo of Kmlund
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreatHornedEwl
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johnnyr1
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Grogsky
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Parsj3
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Bogdawg
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Shilling_2
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KirkBuchanan
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 bwbetts
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 tommy5
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of modidia
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaisell
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Tdenham
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
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