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Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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Innis And Gunn OriginalInnis And Gunn Original

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638 Ratings

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 28
Gots: 131 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Druid
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of longisland1983
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of magpieken
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of smakawhat
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of betterbitter
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Brew_42
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer in a variety pack because it came with a glass and I was pleasantly surprised.

Pours golden honey color with almost no head.

Smells sweet and spicy.

Taste-Vanilla and caramel sweetness. I thought I tasted a hint of honey so I looked it up because I am vegan. There is no honey so there is a third sweetness factor that i couldnt put my finger on.

Mouthfeel- Refreshingc and very smooth. very drinkable.

Overall great beer I will definitely have it again.

Photo of rayman2112
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of HisBoyElroy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of sjones5045
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of vishnyc
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of beerluvr
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the old trusty Duvel glass with a flourish which only raised a short lived white head that all but disappeared into the clear deep amber of the beer itself. Nose has vanilla then light oak followed by light biscuity malt tones. The tasting reveals much the same as the nose, lightly sweet maltiness and vanilla notes. Light and smooth mouthfeel, an easy drinker. The finish is on the sweet side, a bit more hop would make this quite a bit more interesting but as it is, just an easy to drink ale with an emphasis on sweetness and vanilla oakiness. Ok but a one trick pony.

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Horbar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of SSS
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I dream about this beer! Seriously, it is an absolutely amazing beverage. The color is spot on amber orange. The smell is caramel and vanilla and malt and scotch. It tastes like it smells but the after taste lingers so nicely, I enjoy the sweetness that it comes with as I am a fan of dessert in general. It is potent....you don't notice the alcohol content until it is too late...

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Finally re-reviewing this long time fave. 500 ml can served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased for $2.95 CDN. Upon looking at my original score, I believe I have overrated this by some amount.

Appearance - rich bronze color, with about a half finger of white head, with minimal retention time and minimal lacing. Clear but with very few bubbles.

Smell - tons of vanilla and plenty of the oak aged barrel smell. Not a ton else, maybe some mild salted caramel, but the vanilla and oak are the stars.

Taste - vanilla with a earthy backbone, again I presume from the oak aged barrels. A touch of caramel again. It's pretty straightforward but for newbies to the craft beer scene, it's extraordinarily original.

Mouthfeel - light carbonation, but a bit spritzy although a heavier than average body. Somewhat syrupy although it works here with the flavours.

Overall- it's not as good as I had originally rated it, but I contend that it might still be the best offering in their lineup. Definitely something to enjoy time and again.

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DougT
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jborg
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.