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Innis And Gunn Original - Innis & Gunn

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BA SCORE
84
good

644 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 29
Gots: 139 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle (best before Sept 2013) poured into a Innis & Gunn fluted snifter. Not sure how else to describe this glass. It's got the height of a tulip, but the shape of a snifter.

Appearance: Clear amber with a 1/4" rocky off-white head that slowly died down to a thin foam across the top over the course of a half hour. Lots of lacing noted.

Smell: Oak, whiskey, vanilla.

Taste: Definite whiskey bite and oak flavor, some vanilla. Not getting a lot of malt, but there is some underneath. It's hidden though. A bit boozy.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation on the tongue, surprisingly a bit airy while still having some thickness to it. Not fizzy....it's hard to describe really, but it's not sticky on the teeth and its thicker than water while not being very substantial.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting beer, but I feel the malt got hidden in everything and was dominated by the oak aging. Tasty though, just not as deep and flavorful as I was expecting. As for drinkability, while I would not mind a larger serving, one is enough.

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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber, with good amount of fizzy head with decent retention. Aroma hits you as soon as you pop the top off the bottle. Oak and toffee are immediately appearant, with vanilla and fruity esters coming next. All of this over a biscuit malt backbone. Great aroma, really quite unique. Taste follow with big oak, toffee, vanilla and fruit. With all that toffee and vanilla, it gives the impression of sweetness without actually being sweet, not much in the way of hops though, I think they would benefit from a bit more hopping for balance. Oddly enough the oak lends a bit of bitterness to the mix. Mouthfeel is smooth and foamy. Overall a good beer, aroma was the high point for me. But overall quite enjoyable and definitely different.

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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.
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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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?

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A poured from a 750 ml glass bottle into a weizen glass (because I just used it, not because it is correct for the style), pours an orange straw color with a tight white head that lingers leaving little lacing, clear and quite bubbly

S: deep smells of sweet malt and oak, like whiskey with the alcohol smell removed, slight smell of yeast and quite earthy

T: flavors are quite subtle, oak flavor is quite prevalent with a malt sweetness, light and refreshing with a slightly drier finish, not a ton of depth to flavor though, mostly just the oaky quality

O: quite highly carbonated for the style, smell is good but the flavor profile is quite flat, their Winter 2011 version was much better, I always question clear bottles too, hope they are UV treated in some way or that may explain the loss of depth of flavors

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Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light copper tan with a white fomay 1 inch head and plent of lacing.

Smell - Scotch, whiskey, smokey, caramel, light hops, some vanilla, some oak and minor spices.

Taste - Scotch whiskey oak flavor mixed with some vanilla, caramel and added sugars. Light, crisp and mild flavored, some malts and a little alcohol come out after beer warms some. Slight hop flavor comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, smoot and easy on tounge. Scotch and vanilla coat tounge. Palate gets sugars, malts, and oaked flavors. Aftertaste is mild vanilla and toffee.

Overall - Decent, mild and easy to drink, scotch flavored with lots of oak make it enjoyable enough. Nothing over the top or world class about this, just a solid and mild beer.

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