Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 683
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 170 | 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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Photo of Yarmageddon
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: A golden look, not too dark but not too light, ever so slightly cloudy, a nice golden honey colour really, very nice to look at. The head was in dribs and drabs really, nothing to really mention here in that regard.

Smell: Definitely some vanilla in there, with some idea of molasses or burnt sugars in the mix. A nice smell though, whets the appetite.

Taste: The taste is fairly malty initially with some aftertastes of vanilla and toffee in the mix, very pleasant to drink and enjoy.

Feel: Very smooth, but there is a largely unavoidable taste of malt, which is prevalent throughout.

Overall: Overall this was a really pleasant beer to drink; it offered a complimentary pallet of flavours to the drinker that only served to enhance the drink. This is definitely one to try if you don’t mind overly malty beers. I would recommend this to someone looking to try some Scottish beers. (898 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500 mL

A- Deep Honey colour with a legendary 3 1/2 lumpy white head that doesn't seem to want to die. Thick rings of lacing appear the glass.

S- Caramel and vanilla up front with a good dose of whiskey.

T- Identical to the aroma. A good taste of whiskey (without the burn of course).

M- Medium Body and Moderate Carbonation. Slick and palate cleansing.

O- Excellent first experience with Innis and Gunn (and Scottish Ales in general). Beautiful flavours to be had here. (494 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest white head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some dots of lace

Smell: Toffee, pure and simple, dominates, but is accompanied by vanilla, oak and a hint of peat

Taste: Tastes like it smells, with toffee dominating up front and no real development until the swallow, when a slight hop presence kicks in to balance the sweetness; there clearly is diacetyl in the mix but it goes perfectly with this style; overall, the experience will remind you of a low key whisky, without the burn

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit slick on the tongue, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very different beer and one that took a sip or two to figure out but I must say that if you like the taste of whisky, you are going to like the taste of this one (800 characters)

Photo of Dryhavich
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A finger and a half of head (as per my skinny fingers) and a completely clear amber color greets a medium-hard pour. Head dissipates after a few minutes.

Rich whiskey, vanilla, and caramel are the main aromas, with a slight bit of roasted malt in the back. No floral character or hops here - just dessert and aperitif aromas.

The taste is very similar - in fact, it gladly garners mouth-watering whiskey, vanilla, and sweet malt that would be sure to put hair on your chest. Daaaamn good. The mouth feel is the only negative aspect of the flavor to me, since it's a tad on the thin side.

This would be a ridiculously good beer if not for the thin mouthfeel, though it's still really good. Definitely recommended. I'd also agree that I've never tasted a beer such like this one before. (829 characters)

Photo of 911CROFT
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £1.65 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear amber body that turns a golden orange straw colour when held to the light. A modest amount of small carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to meet a thick, two-finger in height, white, foamy head. Disappointingly, it reduces quickly to a thin, patchy film and leaves behind nominal amounts of lacing.

On the nose there are mild aromas of toasted malt, light toffee, vanilla and a little honey. The taste follows suit, starting with plenty of crisp, biscuity malt and some light caramel and toffee notes upfront. Mid palate, dry, earthy, leathery, oak characters enter along with a touch of vanilla and linger throughout the finish. On the end more oak, a sweet bourbon note, mild spiced hops and a feint alcohol bite give it a slightly dry, woody feel. Although the light body and thin mouth feel make for easy drinking, a little more weight would be a better match to the beers complex character.

Overall this is a good beer. It is readily available throughout the UK, and the oak barreling adds an interesting flavor profile which alone makes it worth trying if you haven’t already, just don’t make a special effort to do so. (1,243 characters)

Photo of Geer_Boggles
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

First of all, I recommend drinking this beer at a slightly warmer temperature than typical cold beer, otherwise the flavor is almost completely masked.

Once at the right temperature you can truly taste what makes this beer unique. Toffee and vanilla come on strong but the oak flavor balances it fairly. It's a bit more of a watery feel than I anticipated and was hoping for a more full bodied flavor with the abv it had.

Overall a good beer for the person looking for a refreshing unique flavor and a little "kick". (518 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of wheezlelump
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of cujocon
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of ppvora
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
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!! (680 characters)

Photo of LoganRyanMurphy
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -16%
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 are 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 (1,423 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of captnpete133
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (197 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,520 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (394 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (1,255 characters)

Photo of hansavijaticar
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (229 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (335 characters)

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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. (460 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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. (601 characters)

Photo of endovelico
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%

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. (249 characters)

Photo of Zymologist
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Beautiful orange color. Skunky aroma in the bottle. Weak head. Medium, creamy body with candy aroma and a sweet (but not malty) oak flavor. Sharp finish. Overall, a nice barrel aged brew that I would have again, but probably not more than 1 in an evening. (255 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

660ml bottle into nonic pint

a: a light shade of copper with two-ish fingers of head

s: skunk, oak, vanilla, butterscotch/caramel, malt

t: skunk and mild apple notes in the front but mostly oak, caramel, and hints of vanilla

m: probably the biggest surprise here. medium-plus mouthfeel and very creamy. very little carbonation

o: whisky in beer form. aside from any skunk characteristics (this is a clear bottle so it's vulnerable to this), it's an interesting beer (473 characters)

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Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
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