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Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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534 Ratings

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 24
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slitherySOB on 12-24-2011)
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Clear amber nothing crazy here with light bubbles on the body. Has a weak head that is white rising to maybe 1/10". It is frail but you need to factor I am drinking this poured from a growler.

Smell: Light scotch scent, and a lighter scent of hops. The scotch is slightly overwhelming.

Taste: Little sweet believe it or not. Scotch feel is pretty evident and tastes stronger than what it really is. Lightly bitter but you have to look for it. This a very good brew.

Mouth: Lightly sticky, not smooth. It has this rum feel that is not for everyone and many people that I'm sharing this agree. Medium carbonation with a sweet after taste that breathes scotch down your throat.

Overall: I personally really like it. I smoke cigars and if there is a beer I would grab to go with one this would be it. Because of what it is, it is tough to have a lot of. Three might just over do it.

10-17-2012 01:57:26 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

This is an exceptional beer.

I first came across this at a Wetherspoons, at the tender age of 19. At the time, I was a cretinous larger drinker; you know, the usual suspects, Carling, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg, et cetera.

Eight years on and I can still remember the amazement as I took my first sip of Innis & Gunn Original. Truly unique, complex, and incredibly well rounded, liquid toffee…

Smell: Great. Malt and whisky.

Taste: Toffee is the dominant flavour here, with a hint of vanilla.

Mouth feel: Smooth, forgiving.

Drinkability: Boundless. Very pleasant aftertaste.

10-13-2012 16:31:42 | More by Elgar
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

A: dark gold in color with hints of garnet. Minimal weak head.

S: slight smoke/ oak aging. Caramel or toffee.

T: initial citrus followed by a wood/whiskey flavor with hints of vanilla.

M: easy drinking with minimal carbonation.

O: oak keeps it interesting. Good not great.

10-12-2012 21:04:36 | More by Giggy
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-09-2012 04:45:07 | More by mmilyko
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Copper color, hint of ruby, clear, no head or lacing. Aroma was only bourbon, couldn’t pick up anything else. Tasted bourbon, coffee, vanilla, oak plus a note of citrus. Smooth texture, crisp body, no carbonation but it was well enough balanced. Overall very impressive for the price, complex not too boozy, nice beer for the colder weather.

10-09-2012 04:36:41 | More by Serge
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

10-06-2012 18:50:56 | More by Geiseman
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

10-06-2012 00:47:18 | More by redleg64
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4/5  rDev +7%

09-29-2012 03:35:28 | More by nicsman
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

11.2oz. bottle poured into a snifter/chalice

A- A clear deep gold/amber with a finger of off-white head. Dissipates quickly. Some nice lacing as well down the glass.

S- straightforward grains, with hints of oak and vanilla.

T- The taste is so much better than the smell. A really nice pale malt bill is enhanced a great deal by the oak, vanilla, and a very subtle sweetness. Very nice, and downright delicious.

M- Smoother, and creamier that I would have imagined. A bit dry on the finish, but we're not talking IPA dry here. Light to medium carbonation.

O- The average appearance and smell hid what lay underneath. I'm looking forward to trying the various offerings of Innis & Gunn

09-28-2012 23:50:06 | More by JWU
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United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Copper colour, hint of ruby, clear, no head or lacing. Aroma was only really bourbon. Tasted bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and oak plus a hint of citrus. Smooth body, no carbonation but the mouthfull was balanced. Overall very impressive for the price, complex without being overly boozy, nice beer for the colder weather, should have picked up more than one.

09-25-2012 13:25:51 | More by jonb5
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

09-25-2012 01:21:16 | More by Dirtinabottle
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

09-21-2012 22:46:56 | More by wilfonzo
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

09-20-2012 00:29:56 | More by SDellinger
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

09-19-2012 23:23:53 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev +7%

09-19-2012 20:09:48 | More by Pillowburn
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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%

Innis and Gunn is hard to find around my part of MA. but I did some research and found some local distributers and picked up some original, since I heard so much about Innis and Gunn and I like Scottish beer.

S I got it in a bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A It was a dark copper color with asmall one inch head.

S It has a very mild smell of toffee and vanilla and you can smell the oak barrel aging in it.

T Very mild taste that goes down smooth also, you taste the toffee and vanilla along with the oak aging but it is not overbearing.

M This is were I like it, you take a nice mouthful and it is bliss, smooth with all the flavors mentioned above and you can not get better.

O I am once again impressed with the Scotts and there beer as I love Belhaven and I think I just found another best, I still have a Innis and Gunn rum cask to review after this one but I will be getting all the Innis and Gunn beers to try now.

09-18-2012 16:20:20 | More by BOSMECH
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

09-17-2012 17:42:29 | More by Rojada1988
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-17-2012 01:57:18 | More by Gehrig13
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -17.1%

[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...


09-15-2012 14:16:58 | More by KajII
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

09-08-2012 21:01:59 | More by Checkurtone
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New York

4/5  rDev +7%

09-07-2012 02:56:43 | More by dcollinsOX
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Fills a Gordon thistle glass with a clear, dark copper beer with a creamy head that quickly turns to a thin collar, leaving little lacing. Tiny carbonation permeates throughout.

The aroma is faint with sweet oak, caramel, and a hint of whiskey.

The flavor is sweet, similar to apple juice, with notes of caramel, wood and whiskey. Overall, it is crisp, with a slight finish including cinnamon and other spices.

A medium body with light alcohol and a syrupy texture.

Easy drinking and refreshing on a hot afternoon.

09-03-2012 19:56:43 | More by SLeffler27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

A - clear copper, thumb of off white head retained decently with some lacing
S - peat and pepper, oaky vanilla, and a herbal quality
T - peaty and leafy up front, smooth oak, vanilla , and toffee flavours build, light pepper and herbs
M - medium body with a definitely smoothness, lightly smoky and dry
O - i always enjoy coming back to this beer, it always stands up to the scrutiny, mild in terms of its 'scottishness' but with a mix of silky smooth flavours this is a winner every time

09-02-2012 02:05:22 | More by joemcgrath27
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

08-29-2012 22:31:35 | More by emceecue
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-24-2012 19:57:31 | More by jaidenjb
Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
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