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Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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very good

592 Ratings

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 27
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slitherySOB on 12-24-2011)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle (best before Sept 2013) poured into a Innis & Gunn fluted snifter. Not sure how else to describe this glass. It's got the height of a tulip, but the shape of a snifter.

Appearance: Clear amber with a 1/4" rocky off-white head that slowly died down to a thin foam across the top over the course of a half hour. Lots of lacing noted.

Smell: Oak, whiskey, vanilla.

Taste: Definite whiskey bite and oak flavor, some vanilla. Not getting a lot of malt, but there is some underneath. It's hidden though. A bit boozy.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation on the tongue, surprisingly a bit airy while still having some thickness to it. Not fizzy....it's hard to describe really, but it's not sticky on the teeth and its thicker than water while not being very substantial.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting beer, but I feel the malt got hidden in everything and was dominated by the oak aging. Tasty though, just not as deep and flavorful as I was expecting. As for drinkability, while I would not mind a larger serving, one is enough.

damndirtyape, Jan 05, 2013
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
85 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.