Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 697
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 35.85%
Wants: 37
Gots: 179 | 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 Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle BBE Mar 15 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of sweet malt and caramel
Head large (5.5 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – reticulum of small bubbles
Body orange, clear
Flavor is sweet with hints of diacetyl and vanillin; no alcohol, no hops. No peatyness. Ends quickly with a flavorless sweetness.
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
This is a pleasant Scottish ale – not too sweet, not too malty. The vanillin and diacetyl are both subdued and add a nice subtext to the typical maltiness of a Scottish ale.

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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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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 patre_tim
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden copper filtered with a few fast rising bubbles, 4 fingers of off white yellow tinged head, some vertically lined lacing.

S: Fruity, apples, oak, wooden barrels, bananas, orange juice.

T: Oaken wood, light Check or German lager taste, light sweetness, light fruitiness.

M: Medium light body, low carbonation, dry woody texture like licking a plank.

O: Delicious beer that would pair well with food. Reminds me of a cross between a lager and scotch whiskey. Love the oak nature of this beer. Great to see it in a can.

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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 PvtSnowball
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce bottle at one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Somewhat cloudy golden amber with decent head.

S: Moderate malt and hop characteristics. Fruit.

T: Same as the smell. Complex.

M: Smooth and not overly carbonated.

O: Tasty, an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a mixed 4 pack of Innis and Gunn beers, because, well, I am Scottish so what the hell. Good looking beer with an, I guess interesting smell. Not sure what to make of it. Taste is similar, not exactly what I expected from a scotch ale, but tasty. Overall, a pretty good beer but not one I will revisit regularly due to cost, plenty of better beers for less.

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Photo of nbaradel443
4.74/5  rDev +27.8%
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

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper with a white head that faded quickly
S-sweet caramel malt with light smoke and light alcohol
T-deep malt sweetness with a scotch like flavor, then you get a smoke and alcohol hints
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O- sweet and sweet with smoke and alcohol

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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 Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(from a holiday gift set, poured into the tall, goblet-like glass it came with)

A: crystal liquid, apple-juice amber.... real tall frothy white foam on the pour, falls into a steady creme cap

S: toasted oak/bark, earthy fresh cigar... spicy, pear(?)-like esters... mild caramel or turbinado simple syrup.... excellent aromas, but unfortunately fairly subdued in intensity

T: clean malty foundation, not much hop at all, if any, and delicate bitterness... light-moderate vanilla notes... the toasted/cigar elements seem tempered by the up-front malt flavor... this is a tough one - the balance and quality of the esters and malt are certainly a few notches above that of bottles of many of the English pales I've tried over the years - maybe the barrel-aging has something to do with this, although, many of the Scottish bottles I've had are similarly better than the English... hmmm.... anyway, there's sort of a spiced caramel apple aftertaste that lingers long.... the alcohol is wonderfully phantom

M: clean and smooth.... understated compact viscosity.... dry finish... some juicy/oily residue left on the palate

O: to me, this is unique among BA beers.... if you're expecting something huge in flavors of alcohol or whiskey/port/calvados/blahblahblah, this is not what this is about.... not many straight oak-aged beers I can think of aside from the I&G....

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of Das_Reh
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A = created a massive 5 finger head due to a very aggressive pour. slowly dissipated into a golden amber with a thin half finger head.

S = was disappointed and unsurprised to get a noseful of skunk on the initial opening of the bottle. an aggressive pour and agitating the beer helped to stir some of the volatiles. I get hints of caramel malt, alcohol, vanilla and wood.

T = initial sip was skunky, but agitation produced an entirely different flavor profile. Very sweet and malty without being cloying, little hop bitterness, vanilla cream soda and woody notes. Alcohol is present and slightly warming.

M = creamy and light bodied.

O = not style I think I'm particularly fond of, but certainly an interesting experience. I've not had a beer with a flavor profile like this before. Recommended to try once, at least. If only it was in a darker bottle...

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Photo of Paincane
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper hued brew with thin off-white head poured into I & G glass. Minimal lacing.
S: Vanilla, toffee, oak & lightly roasted malt highlight nose.
T: Oak, peat, vanilla, & toffee flavors open up as the glass warms.
M: Medium bodied & smooth.
O: Tasty brew that has a beautiful combination of flavors.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 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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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 BEERMILER12
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB MAR2014

A: Pours a golden amber color with just over a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Oak, vanilla, toffee, a light fruitiness, and maltiness make up the aroma

T: Starts off with the vanilla and oak and goes into a toffee sweetness along with some fruity notes. Finishes with some malt sweetness and a bit of graininess

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice oak aged beer that displays the barrels nicely. Not to much in the way of the barrel, so it really shines through. A good dessert beer because of the sweetness, but not a bad any-time beer either

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Photo of mnrider
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. clear bottle.

A: Pours cloudy light copper. Two fingers of fluffy white head. The head retention is nice
with pretty good lacing.

S: Oak. Alcohol. Caramel. Vanilla. Smells like good whiskey. Not something I'm used to from
a beer.

T/M: Oak. Vanilla. Smooth with low carbonation. Malty with really no hops detectible.
Alcohol warming feel. Caramel. The finish is sweet and oaky.

O: This Scottish Ale is quite similar to whiskey, except it is easier to drink. Tastes good, but
not really a style I am that familiar with. I probably could only have a few of these before
I went back to something hoppier. Still worth a try.


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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 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 DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
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