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Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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574 Ratings

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 27
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
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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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

StoutHunter, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

avalon07, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
3.38/5  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.

Mitchster, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of tjsmith910
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

tjsmith910, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

andrenaline, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of MudHobbit
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

MudHobbit, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of MJGTi
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

MJGTi, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of artemh
4/5  rDev +7.2%

artemh, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of jeddis1
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

jeddis1, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of AaronBurr
4/5  rDev +7.2%

AaronBurr, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of RockinRob925
4/5  rDev +7.2%

RockinRob925, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Juice-O
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Juice-O, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of JohnG1975
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

JohnG1975, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-light golden color with a small white head and slight lacing

S-light toffee, malt, wood

T-light malt, toffee, caramel, vanilla, light bitter hop flavor and oaky notes

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-an interesting and enjoyable beer, but probably wouldn't drink multiple

MDDMD, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of IPA35
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper, amber. Small white head.

Light malts, wood: toffee and some vanilla, some fruity hops.

This tastes like you average British session ale but you definitly get that oak influence, toffee notes, again some vanilla. It works well with the light hops that give a slight citric, leafy taste to it.

Not a very big beer, but I like the taste. Nice, interesting and refreshing (drinking this cold as suggested by the bottle).

The mouthfeel is light but not overly so and there is quite some carbonation in this beer, I wouldn't call it light like many other reviewers.

Overall a nice beer, will try again and the rum cask version as well.

IPA35, Jun 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

SteelheadRed, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

YoPo, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Gww1864, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a head of tannish foam that rapidly gave way, leaving very little in the way of lacing. Colour is fairly dark amber, with a fair bit of carbonation.

Aromas present include light vanilla oak, a fair bit of malt, apples, cinnamon, its fairly enticing.

Taste is quite rich and not overly sweet. There's a number of flavours at play here, quite a bit of oakiness, with caramel and cinnamon fruitiness to name a few. It is a flavourful and interesting beer to drink, really quite dry on the aftertaste. Left with a dry roasted woodiness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, carbonation is not too overwhelming and it is quite full bodied, alcohol definitely comes through.

This ones a bit tricky to score. Its a quite drinkable beer with a good depth of flavour, although I believe they could be tied together a bit better. Seek it out though, have been a fan of this for awhile.

mick303, Jun 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Mikecap, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

robertaddis, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of mralphabet
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Pours a golden orange color with a nice 1 fingers worth of head that settles quickly to nothing with very little lacing.

S: Great mix of sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee and a little earthy hops at the tail end.

T: I'm getting some spicy hops right up front followed by a huge wave of sweet toffee, caramel and a hint of oak. The finish has the same spicy hops that I got upfront. The finish is a little on the dry side with a hint of alcohol warmth.

M: Strange mix.... Sharp carbonation upfront with an overall smoothness borderline creamy.

O: She may not look good but she smells and tastes great. I like this one a lot. Worth looking for.

mralphabet, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber/bronze, medium off-white head steadily-slowly shrinks to thin ring.

Aroma is bright fruity grain, dried fruits, dry bread crust, dry herbs & hay, honey, hint of vanilla.

Taste is nice creamy caramelized sweet bread crust, light juicy zestiness, toffee, vanilla, light woodiness. It’s a bit sweet with little bitterness, but is very good, enjoyable, with a little complexity and nice character.

Offa, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

IPRayRay, Jun 14, 2012
Innis And Gunn Original from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.