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Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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120 Reviews

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 713
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 37
Gots: 190 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 120 | Hads: 713
Photo of josanguapo
1.94/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Goodbye Deponia.Not a kind of beer I like but at least I could finish this one without as much disgust as the tennents one, so it must be better. No foam and nasty colour

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Photo of smakawhat
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of ppvora
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
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!!

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Photo of Stunmai
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It had a nice oak flavor to it, but the problem was that this oak flavor was largely masked by a distinct toffee taste. If you are a toffee lover than this might be an amazing beer. I certainly am not one of those people. I didn't really enjoy it, and it was wasn't cheap even for craft beer. I won't be buying more.

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Photo of ubenumber2
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. My wife once again says the beer was very pretty , but thats where it all ends. Not much head at all and very little if any lacing. The smell was just a whiskey smell which I guess is to be expected and the taste is like a beer that someone has poured cheap whiskey into. Im not a whiskey fan and I would not have tried this even but a buddy bought it and left it in my fridge and it was taking up space , and well you cant have space taken up in the fridge , I took about 3 drinks then had an accident and spilled it into the sink ,I would never break man rule #43434 and waste a beer, blah never again

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Photo of Zach136
3/5  rDev -19.1%

On draught #JustSayNoToClearBottles

Appearance: Deep honey to light orange body. airy off white head. Solid lacing (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate, distinctly I&G notes of caramel. Background is earthy with the slightest hint of smoke. (4.00)

Flavor: Malt forward, moderately earthy with some faint nutty notes. Low, but still present alcohol. (3.80)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dissipating finish (3.75)

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. No lacing at all.

S: A mild (to say the least) aroma of malt, caramel and light hops.

T: Tasted of malt, a hint of caramel, a little hoppiness in the finish, and slightly skunky quality. Definitely not a great flavor. Too thin and not forceful enough.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a pretty forgettable beer. Not a whole lot to recommend.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

In the somewhat dim restaurant lighting, the beer appeared to be a light amber, or polished copper. About a 1-finger head in the 14-oz glass. Very faint smell. I could faintly detect vanilla and other sweetness. Head lasted hardly a minute.

Taste was on the sweeter side, with definite vanilla character, and reminders of amaretto, perhaps. The bottle says "a hint of vanilla, toffee and oak". I think "hint" is too weak a word here. The vanilla-toffee taste was very dominant. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall, I found this beer interesting due to the vanilla flavour. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to purchase this beer to bring home, but I would not be bothered if it came along for the ride as part of a variety pack.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
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

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Photo of KajII
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear golden honey with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film with a small collar and had excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was lightly sweet with a caramel malt, light herbal hops and a sweet moldy yeast with notes of toffee, vanilla and a bit of oak cask.

The taste was rather malty with a nice toffee sweetness throughout, with the finish being lightly bitter-sweet with a touch of vanilla and a slight oaky finish. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a light sweet woody taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a nice lightly sweet Ale with a great drinkability, basically this is a good sipping brew...


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3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Excellent amber color with terrific clarity, topped by a fleeting off-white head which turned into an oil slick almost immediately.

Wonderful oak/vanilla aroma. Smells like bourbon too.

Malty start is not overly sweet, but seems wimpy. Only vague hints of the oak/vanilla and none of the imagined bourbon. Not much of a Scottish ale lurking here either.

Light, too light, mouthfeel.

Poured and smelled good, but a disappointment.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml. bottle. Amber to red colour, with a minimal head that vanishes too soon. Smell like a damp cellar with spider webs, oak, whisky, Maybe some vanilla or something, but it's buried under the whisky. Light palate, taste of whisky, oak and spices.

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Photo of Geer_Boggles
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
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".

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Aromas of oak tannin and a hint of vanilla penetrate my nostrils as soon as I more the glass nearer to my face. Earthy almost apple pie spice with hints of caramel and mineral water round out the nose. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor is big on the fruits apple, pear and cinnamon initially. Light caramel and brown sugar gives way to oak tannin and vanilla. Little to no hop flavor or bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light sugary mouthfeel. Not a bar beer per se, but not something I really enjoyed much.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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


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Photo of kawilliams81
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a FOBAB tasting glass.

A- Very pale straw color with a 2 finger white head. Some lacing that resides quickly.

S- Pale malt, some sweetness.

T- Light caramel malt flavors, some candi sugar, very little hop bitterness.

M- Light body, medium carbonation.

O- Very average beer. Would not drink again.

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Photo of LAp
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a straw yellow with a finger of white head. Smell is faint hits of whisky - vaguely sweet. On the palate, leads with malt, more biscuity than bready. A yeast profile accompanies the malt, giving way to whisky. The sweetness isn't prominent enough to fully distinguish this as bourbon at first blush. 77 days is perhaps too short to impart an overwhelmingly sweet bourbon undertone, but ultimately that's probably for the best, as it (along with the absence of a cloying malt base) prevents this beer from being overly sweet. The mouthfeel is airy - very light, with not insubstantial carbonation. Overall, a refreshing beer. I'm biased perhaps by my fond memory of similar beers had during a wonderful stint in Edinburgh. Objectively, there's nothing overly complex here, and it's certainly not justifying of the price tag. Nonetheless a thoroughly drinkable beer that points me to fond memories.

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Photo of tmm313
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a golden amber color with a quickly dissipating 1 finger head. Very little carbonation.

S: This really caught me off guard. I was expecting boozey dominance, but it is nowhere to be found. Instead, there'a oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and sweet pear. Super sweet.

T: Caught off guard again. Follows the nose pretty closely. Sweetest beer I think I've ever tried.

M: Medium body with slight carbonation. Slight boozey tingle.

O: This was surprising to say the least. Sweetness everywhere! This seemed really balanced and had really strong scents and flavors, but to me, this was jus too sweet. Glad I had it, but I'll probably never buy again.

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Photo of cujocon
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No specs per the website. 6.6% ABV per the bottle. Aged in oak for 77 days. 11.2 oz clear bottle.
Pours out to a very clear light amber, forming a nice creamy white head with very good retention and excellent lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. Aroma is rich with butterscotch and toffee on top of a little earth. Taste opens with a really nice and smooth mild bitterness, followed by a lingering toffee sweetness. Vanilla and a hint of sweet leather lingers in the aftertaste. Overall, on the sweet side. I honestly can't taste oak, unless one wants to attribute the butterscotch to oak, but I think it has more to do with the malt and yeast strain.

This is quite rich and sweet, and a little cloying, so one of these is enough. I'm not really inclined to buy it again...I much prefer Fullers, Youngs or Sam Smith.

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Photo of Converge
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle poured into a Innis & Gunn cervoise. My old man bought me a gift pack for Christmas from I&G, so I figured I might as well get around to the reviews.

A - Pours a bright and clean golden-amber, with a short-lived head, surprisingly fizzy even for I&G.

S - Mild grainy notes, with some honey, butterscotch and floral sweetness. A little cloying, but mild enough overall. Some grassy notes as well.

T - Not spectacular. Mostly barley malt upfront, with a big cloying finish of butterscotch, too sweet to possibly enjoy; classic Innis & Gunn. There's some mild grassy hops, but not nearly enough to balance the harsh cloying malty sweetness.

M - Subtle fizziness, but strangely flat at lifeless at the same time. Body is a little syrupy/oily form the overbearing sweetness.

D - Pretty typical I&G all around: Overly sweet, cloying, and not all to enjoyable. Swing 'n' a miss, Pops.

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Photo of smptenor
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.