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Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 693
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 176 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some woody aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and woody flavors on the finish. There is a caramel sweetness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice woody aromas and flavors but the taste is quite sweet and sugary. (535 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i appreciate all the innis and gunn brews because of their originality, and this one is probably the best. it might be an alias for the oak aged beer, both look the same and have the same stats. in any event, it pours clear and caramely colored into a snifter. there isnt much head at all, but just some thin white fluff. the nose is the best part, tons of toffee and vanilla without being too sweet, and plenty of oak on it, newer white oak, nothing too earthen or dank about this. the flavor is equally vanilla forward, not quite like dessert, but rich and sweet in a similar way. there is some burnt butter or caramel sort of notes throughout, but the finish is pretty dry and woody for what this is. its a little weak on the carbonation, and a boost there would really pop this beer off. i really like the way the scotch flavors carry through the whole flow, and the silky texture as well. this really is good stuff, but why do they keep on putting it in clear bottles? (973 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 emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 03/02/13 notes. Shared by a friend, picked up at Whole Food Bowery in NYC.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla, oak, toasted malts, caramel malts, some light fruity malts. Nice nose, lot of oak and caramel.

t - Tastes of vanilla, caramel malts, oak, toasted malts, wood, fruit. Lot more vanilla; decent but a little too much oak/vanilla and not a lot else going on.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a pretty solid scotch ale. lot of vanill, oak, and caramel. Nice though the taste is very one dimensional. My friends love this one; it's solid and would have it again, though not my go-to scotch ale. (758 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 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 dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation swirling from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly heavier than moderate aromas of vanilla and oak over slightly lighter aromas of the spicy notes of rum.

T: Upfront the beer is slightly sweet with light to moderate notes of caramel and fruity (apple + pear) malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of oak, spiced rum, and vanilla. Lightly sweet but not overly so.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I found this to be one of the more enjoyable beers in the style that I have tried because it was not overly sweet or overly boozy - the flavors of the oak and the vanilla were really nice and the alcohol was fairly well hidden. I was happy to not get any skunky flavors/aromas considering the beer is in clear glass bottles. (1,125 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Bright copper colored brew with a light white head. Has a chill haze but mostly clear otherwise.

SMELL: Oak, toffee, vanilla, whiskey.

TASTE: Sweet buttery toffee and vanilla, coming from a very clean dry oak. Nutty maltyness has caramel with just a pinch of tea like noble hops. Not overly cloying, and the vanilla flavor really sticking around long after the sip. Nice dry oak.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, rich and full. Medium level of carbonation.

OVERALL: A nice little beer with a good dry oak note. I enjoyed drinking this a good bit. Very solid all around beer. (577 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barrel-aged ales under 8%? Hmm. A totally foreign concept to me but it's worth checking out.

Pours a reddish light blonde with a one-finger head into my glass. Interesting color. A bit light for the style.

Aroma is a interesting mix of skunked malt with only trace amounts of oak and vanilla.

Vanilla, toffee and some oak upfront. Not as much as I want though. Base malt is lacking.

Mouthfeel retains some of the oak. Otherwise, pretty bland.

Pass. Interesting idea but mediocre execution. (494 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Mild carbonation just a 1/4 inch of head that faded back to just a great bit of lacing. Color is a clear dark orange brown.
S - Mild bit of hops, some great toffee smells rather sweet and good vanilla/oak.
T - Quite sweet has a nice clean body with toffee, mild oak in the base, and very sweet vanilla notes,
M - Light to medium in body, very clean smooth taste.

Overall I always like these beers and can't wait to try the whisky version. Tasty as all hell. (463 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,325 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, oaky, with notes of vanilla and caramel. In the taste, Oak, toffee, and almost like bourbon, but not. A small alcohol bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry woody and vanilla aftertaste. Almost bourbon like, nice and mellow, with a big flavor. (342 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice copper colour, finger of head with some retention and no lacing.

S - Rich caramel and toffee, hints of oak and vanilla, a leafiness lingers.

T - Nice caramel and toffee notes, peppery spice with oak and vanilla comes through on the finish. The booze is well hidden, and a leafy flavor lingers alongside a bready caramel.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - A brew I've had many times before and I'm sure there will be many more to be had in the future. A solid brew and a staple to any fan of the style. (520 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It come in a white transparent bottle with an elegant label.
Golden color with a two finger head with low retention.
Light aroma of malt, wood and vanilla.
Now it got interesting, I was really surprised with the amount of vanilla flavors in this brew. Hints of apple juice, whiskey, oak and toffee. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with an acid sensation.
Very original beer, flavorful and quite refreshing. Well worth it a try. (455 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Innis & Gunn's Original a couple days ago for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I have been impressed with this brewery so I decided to pick up a couple more of their beers and I figured I should give their Original a try to see what this brewery is all about, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from an 11.2oz clear bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is just about the same as the others and it has a nice clean and classic look to it. It poured a nice light brown caramel color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of smooth off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. This beer looks ok, but I would have liked a little deeper color.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of very sweet malts that impart some, brown bread, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar like aromas. After that there's some more sweet aromas followed by a rich buttery aroma along with some sherry like aromas. Towards the end I get some barrel aromas with some oak and vanilla coming though. The aroma is good I like the balance between malts and barrel, but the sweetness it is a little too dominating.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, it starts off with lots of those sweet malts that I picked up in the aroma, not as sweet as the aroma, but still pretty sweet, they imparted some nice caramel and light toffee flavors. In the middle I get a little more sweetness followed by a nice buttery taste and a noticeable sherry like flavor. Towards the end comes the barrel which imparts some light oak and vanilla flavors. I liked the taste of this beer, but I thought the sweetness could be toned down just a little and a little more barrel flavors would be nice.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly cloying, a little creamy, medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. It was ok, but the sweetness and the carbonation could be toned down just a little.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought that it was a solid example of the style and a simple yet good oak aged beer that is very true to style. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth and flavors held my attention, I could see drinking a couple of these on a cool fall night. What I liked most about this beer was it's balance and simplicity, it wasn't overdone and was exactly as advertised. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness and that it comes in a clear bottle, those were the only flaws I found with this beer. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a good and simple oak aged beer, it's not too expensive and tastes good, I recommend giving this beer a try, it's a good beer to get into the style with. All in all this was one solid oak aged beer, Innis & Gunns seems to be a pretty good and solid brewery, I have yet to have a bad beer from them, good job guys, this one worthy Oak aged beer. (2,974 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 Zach136
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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) (417 characters)

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Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
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