Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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665 Ratings
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 33
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: slitherySOB on 12-24-2011

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Ratings: 665 | Reviews: 123
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Photo of wheezlelump
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have never come across a beer that tasted remotely like this. It's almost an epiphany that has caused me to rethink beer itself. What the hell is going on here? I may be about five (other) beers deep, but this seems like nothing short of a revelation.

Liquid cake -- without being cloying.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Bright brassy hue, tall order of foam

SMELL: Bready, buttery, toffee, leafy, mineral, wood, herbal, overripe fruit, warming alcoholic esters

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, buttery, malty, toffee, chicory, dried hay, toasted bread crust, balancing bitterness, bite of oak, vanilla, fallen apples; warm, drying finish

Original is right—on one side, it’s a straight-up malt bomb that is balanced by some hopping. On the other side is its strength and oak aging, which ends up being quite complex. A great pick if you are looking for something outside of the norm.

Photo of smptenor
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

I love the appearance it just looks like a great beer! The smell is not to my liking and smells to me like a cheaper beer of which this wasn't that inexpensive. Almost smells like PBR. The feel/ finish of the beer is my favorite part. It ends with a beautiful honey taste and leaves the tongue feeling like it was just covered in a thin layer of honey. This made this beer very appealing to me. It may not sound appealing and I would agree but it actually was a good part of this beer. taste whys I honestly cannot tell if I like this beer. It is a difficult decision. It's a bit of a heavier beer so definitely not a session beer. Again, the taste is so hard to tell, the first pat of the sip isn't the best but then it gets sweeter and turns to honey. Totally unique and different from any other beer I've had. I do like. Would I buy it again? Maybe, hard to say. maybe would get it again on a cold night where I just want to sit and rest.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A = Dark amber/peach in color, similar to a fresh pressing of apple cider. The foamy head dissipates too quickly for me.
S = Lovely! Butter toffee, sugary, malty. Subtle and not overpowering.
T = Rather complex. Sweet, malty, light breads, light oakiness, and smoky at the finish.
M = Smooth and the light carbonation adds a refreshing element. Leaves a slight malty/toffee taste on the palate.
O = Delicious and unique. The 6.6% alcohol is perfect. Not an everyday beer, but one I will seek out again. As for food, it would pair with rich cheeses or even a spicy barbeque, and would accompany flavorful fatty foods well.

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml brown bottle with a BB date of Feb. 2016 purchased and consumed in Fife, Scotland.

Clear deep amber body with a decent head.
The aroma and flavor both clearly say "aging in rum barrels". I don't think rum barrls were actually used. Instead, the wood and vanilla tones simply suggest rum. In any case, this has some complexity, good balance, and a very smooth body. The high ABV is fairly well hidden although there is warming in the finish and afterwards and it certainly affects the aroma. Carbonation seemed a tad low.

O: a fine ale that has a load of oak barrel flavor and is readily recommended.

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The box containing information on the three beers in it, including rum cask and winter 2012, simply lists the color as "sunset." Regardless, it's too dark to be called yellow and too light to be called amber, lying somewhere in between. The nearly pure white head is as creamy as I've ever seen and starts off large. Tight bubbles make it seem like dish soap that's settled after you've used a lot and riled it up.. Very nice, really, and retention is also excellent. Lacing is left thickly, particularly toward the top of the glass but in good quantity otherwise.
The smell is interesting and unusual, and my first impression is a mix of candied and honey-roasted nuts of some kind. The vanilla's there, and the wood makes for an interesting change in what a purely vanilla note would be.
The taste is more to par with the claim, lots of woody vanilla with a strongly honey-like note to it as well, particularly in the finish. Alcohol adds more bite than heat but certainly does nip. Paler malts make a solid base, and for its sweetness, the wood does add some dryness and there's a lingering earthy hops bitterness as well. This serves to keep it all in check. There's a nice complexity to this beer.
Creamy and smooth as well as having just enough nip to balance the feel, this medium-bodied brew is held together nicely.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Clear bottle.

A: Pours a clear copper amber with a 1 finger white head. The foam is quick to dissipate leaving a ring around the edge. Not really any lacing. Average carbonation.

S: Right off the bat you get sweet carmel, a bit of oakiness. Hints of the vanilla and toffee as the label suggests.

T: Not an overpowering beer. The scotch ale blends nicely with a little oak aging. There is a lot of carmel sweetness that I can see being too much for some.

M: It has a fairly thin body considering the flavor. Feels a little watery. Not too much carbonation. A little bit sticky.

Overall its an enjoyable beer on occasion. good after dinner beer or something to sip. Not a beer I would want to make a night out of drinking.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Carefully matured for 77 days prior to release"

This is the first of the aged Innis & Gunn brews, natural hints of toffee, vanilla and oak are within this Scottish ale.

True, We don't get to know the specifics of how or what the ale was aged in, but you certainly can smell and taste the aged-in-cask effects.

An Aged, flat appearance to this deep golden and amber colored brew. A relaxed white foam, falls out pretty quick to just a ring around the edge.

An earthy, musky, aroma with a rum-like malty sweetness in the nose. Musty, earthy hop edge plays with sweet, rum and alcohol flavor's, maybe even the toffee, caramel they speak of and yes, just a hint of vanilla. Pretty complex in flavor for a simple, light but very laid-back and slick feeling in the mouth.

Deviate from the norm with these Scottish Cask brews!

Photo of Brad071
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a real surprise, kinda tastes like Whiskey and vanilla. I love it and go out of may way to find it.

Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - copper-amber with a quarter of an inch of off white, foamy head that has decent retention

S - caramel, oak

T - caramel, oak, bread, sweet

M - crisp, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, malty scottish ale. It's very easy to drink. The only downside to this beer is that its purely malty with little else save some oak for complexity. On the plus side this beer didn't have any of the skunky character I actually expected from a clear-bottle import.

Photo of beerluvr
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the old trusty Duvel glass with a flourish which only raised a short lived white head that all but disappeared into the clear deep amber of the beer itself. Nose has vanilla then light oak followed by light biscuity malt tones. The tasting reveals much the same as the nose, lightly sweet maltiness and vanilla notes. Light and smooth mouthfeel, an easy drinker. The finish is on the sweet side, a bit more hop would make this quite a bit more interesting but as it is, just an easy to drink ale with an emphasis on sweetness and vanilla oakiness. Ok but a one trick pony.

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 joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper, thumb of off white head retained decently with some lacing
S - peat and pepper, oaky vanilla, and a herbal quality
T - peaty and leafy up front, smooth oak, vanilla , and toffee flavours build, light pepper and herbs
M - medium body with a definitely smoothness, lightly smoky and dry
O - i always enjoy coming back to this beer, it always stands up to the scrutiny, mild in terms of its 'scottishness' but with a mix of silky smooth flavours this is a winner every time

Photo of scootny
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big head and the best lacing of the IG ales in the winter pack. Lovely clear amber with a golden amber color. Malt backbone with a spicy fruitiness in the nose. A light alcohol sweetness. Taste is smooth and malty with an oak and vanilla toffee sweetness. Alcohol and mineral edge in the finish with a mild hoppiness. Feel is medium light with a velvety creamy carbonation and easy drinkability. A good solid malt oriented ale with an oakey twist.

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 apasternak
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didnt get any barrel flavor

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear tawny color. 1 inch white head thats quickly fading. Smells a little skunked, what else is to be expected from a clear bottle. Some sweet malt but otherwise subtle nose.

Oh wow, thats a rich beer. Sweet rich dried sugared fruit, raisins, black cherries, sweet malt. Sweet fruity notes balanced by faint oak, rich sweet vanilla and caramel. Some boozey heat. Faint touches of smoke. Delicately layered, creamy mouthfeel , slightly perfumey, flavors that go well together. Just could use a bit more carbonation to maybe mask the alcohol a bit and raise the drinkability ( i know thats not attributed to the style but whatevs)

(BTW the beer started to smell better as it aired out ) The barrel aging isn't overwhelming and is just enough to balance the malts.

Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 6deg C in a tulip glass

A- Pretty good. Opens well. Pours a good head that dissipates to a film within 1min

S- Ok. Vanilla and caramel

T- Vanilla and spice. Heavy to the tongue and cloves come through. You can definitely taste the barrel aging.

M- Ok. Not creamy at all but ok

O- Not bad. Will not buy again though.

Food Pairing

This ok little beer pairs well with... peanut butter sandwiches

Enjoy

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle, FEB13 printed faintly on the neck, so it's in code.
Pours into a tulip glass with copious foam, had to let it settle to pour the rest. The fluffy head takes a few minutes to fade, but does so rapidly after the first sips. Crystalline honey amber color, looks more like a lager or English pale. Very bright clarity that reflects the light well. Some soapy lacing develops in the glass.

Skunky smell when the cap is pried off, and as its poured into the glass. Not surprising with the clear glass bottle. After it sits in the glass some honeycomb and sweet grains emerge, which is a bit better than the initial impression.

Smooth feel, slightly watery (as with all I&G beers thus far) with a light to medium body. Lightly sweet maltiness with a mild bitter bite, with a straightforward vanilla wafer and graham cracker flavor. Simple but pleasant enough. Drinkable, though not something I'd seek out more of.

Photo of nbaradel443
4.74/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I was takin back when I saw this. I was at a trade show and the only female rep that was their was the innis & gunn rep. So obviously I went over and when I started trying her product I was dumb founded to day the least. I tried the original the porter the rum aged and the Canadian chereywood limited edition and their were all amazing. And since than I make sure to keep them in my fridge at all times it's hard to get sometimes cause the distributor doesn't always have it in stock but I say when your at your local liquor store and you see anything with the innis & Gunn name on it buy it you will not be disappointed at all

Photo of EgadBananas
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Always hesitant with the clear bottles, so when I see a 3 bottle + glass set in a cardboard box, hell, why not.

Pours a lighter orange, clear, with a tan head. There is some oak and vanilla on the nose, caramel, and toast. The taste has some vanilla and mild wood notes, with an earthy hop note, pale grain sweetness and slight toffee. Feels light, maybe a hair medium bodied, clean, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks easy enough. Not sure if I find this to be a Scottish ale to style or Scottish ale because the brewery is Scottish. Oh well, its not half bad if you can avoid the skunking.

Photo of smakawhat
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real nice orange amber, glowing and very bright colored body and clear. Very creamy three finger head made with a nice light retention. Settles to a foamy puck, quite nice looking.

Yup, there is trouble here folks on first opening. This brew is skunked. Rubber and faint hints of toffee softness are in the background. A little bit of lemon strangely, but the brew is definitely not pleasant.

Very mild toffee aromas, on the palate, and a mild cream but extremely muted. Very light lemon character on this almost like a soda. Extremely light palate but also quite flat. Light sugar toffee like tasting, and a little flat carbonation. Has a taste of flat cola (which ironically I always enjoyed as a kid).

Still, it's a compromised product, and it gets scored as such because it's totally preventable if they used better bottles or packaging. Won't be buying anymore Innis & Gunn till they fix this.

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 metter98
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Pleasant aromas of vanilla from the oak barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has lots of vanilla flavors along with notes of toffee and hints of caramel. There are some notes of oak towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because it didn't seem as heavy compared to some of the other beers in the style and had lots of vanilla in the smell and taste.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml transparent bottle. Snifter glass. Bright copper color, clear appearance. White & close crown lasts as a thin layer on top. Yeasty, candy, sugar & alcohol aromas, solvent notes to he nose rounded by cumin & toffee hues on the deep backside. Crispy, herbal & phenolic upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Spiced touch, vanilla cream & anise flavors are displayed in the middle, peppery & sugary flavors as well.. Long sweetish finish is touched by subtle woody hints. Kind heat & slight fruity on the aftertaste. As it warms intense vanilla, toffee & ripe apricot are felt.

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Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
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