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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout - Innis & Gunn

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539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 36
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012

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Ratings: 539 | Reviews: 137
Photo of bisonfort
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler in mountains. Great stout.

Photo of spedprof
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious beer! One of the best whiskey aged beers I've drank.

Photo of Toemas
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Much better than I thought. Subtle Oak and Jamesons flavor , not boozy at all for fairly high ABV. Very enjoyable. Couldn't see more than one,maybe 2 at a sitting. Great Offering from I&G

Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2fl.oz. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

It is very dark brown with ruby highlights. It is capped with an inch of tan head.

It smells sweet and chocolaty. I pick up on the whiskey, too.

It tastes just like it smells. I get some sweet chocolate and roasted malt. The whiskey that I smelled barely comes through at all.

Full mouthfeel

This is not a bad beer. I like sweet stouts, and the Irish whiskey aging added a slight complexity. I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.00 or so for a 330ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2in head that is gone within a minute. Very dark brown color

S- Goodly amount of whiskey nose on this one. Lots of malt and chocolate

T- Solid whiskey backbone. Lots of wood and malt. Chocolate laced.

M- Dry but decently creamy

O- Pretty good brew. Will buy again when I see it. Worth the extra few dollars

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Beer stew with root veggies and a nice gravy

Enjoy

Photo of tkdchampxi
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on draft at Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

What a bad CLASH OF FLAVORS. Average beer at best. It tastes like you took a good (not great) Irish Dry Stout and just added mediocre whisky to it. No barrel flavor or melding of flavors... just two separate flavors of stout and whisky that don't seem to work.

I like whisky, and this doesn't taste like good whisky. I also like some Irish Dry stouts, and this tastes kinda like Victory Donnybrook Stout. The flavor of this beer really just lacks melding and complexity.

Appearance is great. Smell is off-putting. Mouthfeel didn't help the beer at all. Might be better on nitro or cask - who knows.

Photo of esiason14
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Robust flavors, but very sweet

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Perhaps a bit big, debating the nonic, but it's whisk(e)y chips and a big abv so we'll skip the nonic. Brown bottle, hopefully good times.

Deep mahogany brown and red. Interesting clarity and very dark with a thick garnet red to the body color. Head billows up creamy, one in a half to just barely two fingers, with thin mocha tan color. Thick and large bubbled collar while settling and a few big bubbles on the top as well with a nice character and not oily. Very nice looking brew.

Nice sense of basic whiskey and a hint of buttery oak to go with it. A surprising amount of creamy milk like chocolate, dare I even say Cadbury smelling dare I even say? Muted roast qualities too. Quite nice and inviting.

Palate comes off nicely and very easy drinking, matching the nose with some surprises. Milky creamy body, with an almost clotted cream but more vanilla note. Light texture of malts hints to milk chocolate and a bit of caramel. Finishes real easy but with a sense of penny store candy and perhaps a hint of mint coming along. A bit sweeter than I would like, but gives to some thin cotton candy like qualities also.

A real nice and light flavorful stout, perhaps a hair sweet, but nice and well made. Coffee angle not very obvious to me as suggested by the makers, but still presents a solid experience.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark. No noticeable highlights at the edges, just black. Mocha colored head thins out to a wispy cap. Smells of raisins, roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of alcohol heat. Taste begins slightly sweet with a distinct caramel flavor. Then moves to chocolate and roast with a mild oak and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel and body is a little thin for the style and heat it brings. Finishes somewhat sweet.

Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unsure what to make of this, want to like it, but it's too sweet, monotone, and unremarkable. If one makes a sweet beer, it needs to balance with bitter, spice, and complexity.

A - Pours a one finger tan head on top of a more cola like, walnut, not black body. The head settles too fast and laces too little for a strong stout.

S - May be the best part. A roasty malt nose with lots of caramel and spicy whiskey barrel, wood, but could use more smoke and spice.

T - Follows smell but too sweet. A bit of sweet, dark bread up front with dark caramel and toffee. Not enough smoky notes. A lot of virgin oak and dark sugar, and whiskey notes. Lots of wood. Mildly interesting, but not fascinating!

M - Medium-thick body, low carbonation, and sweet finish.

D - Not bad. Best of the Innis and Gunn cask aged beer. Too sweet for me.

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On sight, Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask is a deep, dark brown that rests just short of black. It ends up being complete opaque with no light getting through the body. The nose has a hint of whiskey, pulling in hints of nuts, vanilla, sticky toffee, dates, cooked plums, espresso, and chocolate. There’s a fruitiness to the elements of espresso, cigar, and chocolate. On the palate it has a burned malt flavor, like caramel too long on the stove, but channels delicious notes of caramel, espresso, dates, and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is heavy thanks to the alcohol, but feels somewhat smooth, and doesn’t get hot. The aftertaste is rather short, but channels that charred wood, smoke, espresso flavor combination with a hint of cacao powder.

Photo of montesown
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not much here, its ok - but not much

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's fine. Tastes nice, looks nice, it's all good. Really reminded me of whiskey and cola and I don't like that, so I scored it a bit lower. There's nothing wrong with it, just not my thing.

Photo of snowman17
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Very nice finish for a stout and the good news is that it is coming out of retirement. Should be available the second week of January.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Appearance – Dark brown in colour with a good frothy head that lasts well.

Smell – Gentle aroma of whiskey, dark fruits, caramel and sweet malt.

Taste – In terms of flavour this feels mild for a stout but it has real depth and character to it. Sweet when sipped and nippy when gulped this one has a lovely woody flavour with notes of coffee and a wonderful hint of the whiskey. There are also light notes of caramel and coco that tease the tongue and force you to ask if they are there at all and a little bit of spice develops into a tiny bitterness that linger well.

Mouthfeel – Light to medium in the mouth with great alcoholic warmth. Not at all overpowering just well balanced, pleasant and drinkable.

Overall – This is probably my favourite Stout. Shame it is only brewed in small batches which makes it hard to get in Northern Ireland, although that does make the pleasure of drinking it even greater as I always know it is a limited pleasure. My advice is purchase as much as you can when it is about and hide it away in the cellar for special occasions. On second thoughts it is probably a good job this is only brewed in small batches or I would move to Scotland and drink the lot before it left the yard. (But maybe that is just the Ulster Scots heritage talking.)

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +5.3%

330ml bottle. Deep brown colour; tall, frothy, beige head which lasted well and left some nice lacing. Gentle aroma of whiskey, dark fruits, caramel and sweet malt. Gentle sweetness and a little bit of spice develops into a hint of bitterness. Light to medium palate and a suggestion of alcoholic warmth. Not aggressively assertive but pleasant and drinkable, nonetheless. Very similar to their rum offerings.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of April 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Picked up a while back from a supermarket and stashed in a cupboard. Hopefully still in drinkable condition. As the name suggests, this is a Scottish stout aged in Irish whiskey casks.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A dark reddish-brown that appears virtually black in the glass. Yields a massive head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for a while before steadily reducing to a surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of dark malt with hints of roasted grain, cocoa, a hint of coffee, warming whiskey notes, woodiness and a touch of booze in the background. Rather nice.

Tastes of dark malt with a significant whiskey character and a rounded, boozy finish. Notes of mild roasted malt, whiskey, wood, warming alcohol, brown sugar, faint caramel, a hint of chocolate and faint stewed leaves. Quite sweet, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and an insubstantial body for the style. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of boozy whiskey notes, mild roasted malt, wood and stewed leaves.

Pretty good - a solid take on the style. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are rich with alcoholic whiskey and dark malt character. Body is a shade too thin. A decent brew; the only problem is that it comes across as over-polished (like many I&G beers). Could be enhanced by bottle conditioning, but I won't hold my breath. That said, it's worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of IPAlpha
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a decent head. Smells pretty good. Smell a little hint of whiskey. Not overpowering. Tastes pretty good. Less stout than what I thought it would from the appearance. Just like the smell a little whiskey aftertaste. I like this beer. I would drink it again.

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Almost pitch black with decent head and retention.

S: Malt forward with a hit of the whiskey.

T: Malt and coffee with some sweetness.

M: Crisp. More carbonation than I would expect from a beer of this style. Maybe a tad thin.

O: Solid beer. Not my favorite of the style but still good.

Photo of BriantheBeerGeek
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BBE Dec 14

Appearance: Dark, almost no light coming through. Thick-ish, tan head.

Aroma: Irish whiskey, booze, dried mint skunk, cocoa, treacle(molasses), some dark chocolate, faint oak. Upfront skunk though, maybe due to the clear glass bottle.

Taste: Not as good as the aroma. Tastes ok, malt and booze.

Mouthfeel: lighter bodied than you would expect with tons of carbonation.

Overall: I bet this is outstanding on draft, would be a great St. Patty's Day brew. I just don't under stand the clear bottle on this one. Not a bad beer at all, just think it could be more.

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice well balanced stout with a hint of whiskey in the background.

Photo of scotorum
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

"BBE (?)" Dec. 14

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Black with clear ruby highlights when seen through light. Two inch tall tan head receded to fairly even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Booze.

t: Very smooth texture with whiskey flavor, as expected, different from their Rum Cask Aged. The whiskey flavor dominates aroma and taste, so that there is no smoky or little if any coffee or chocolate stout flavor in evidence. Throat burn despite the moderate 7.4% ABV.

m: Moderate, very silky smooth.

o: An excellent variety of I&G cask aged brews. Their Rum Cask Aged is one of my top go-to's for flavor when I want beer that tastes like liquor. This one would not be very far behind, in fact might be ahead due to its silky mouthfeel.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, stamp on it says BBE Dec 14. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. The head sticks around a while, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, Irish whiskey, and some dark fruit and coffee. It tastes like roasted malt, Irish whiskey, bittersweet chocolate, oak/wood, coffee, dark fruit (cherries), peat, and vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, it's not heavy on the Irish whiskey and I think it meshes well with the stout. I'd buy this again. $11.99 a 4-pack.

Photo of Mongrel
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This thing looks like a Coke or Dr. Pepper when it hits the glass. Carbonation is of course a bit tighter and produces a head with pretty decent retention. not much lace to speak of.

Smells, well, skunky. It's really a shame they still insist on bottling these in clear bottles, because I actually had one of these on draft last night and it smelled fine -- nothing remarkable, but nothing off-putting either. Aside from the generic lager-type skunkiness, it smells sweet, with a faint whiff of oaky vanilla.

Initially, it just tastes kind of sweet and skunky too. Like a Newcastle with faint roasty notes. Fortunately, the flavor does develop a bit past that. Vanilla, caramel and tobacco come in and the roasty notes deepen. Very clean flavor profile, as my buddy remarked last night. All of the flavors are very subtle and it would be easy to chug one of these, only tasting the bland "Newcastle brown" side of things, and not what lies deeper.

Mouthfeel is clean, soft, and a little on the light side, especially considering that this site lists it as a stout. I probably wouldn't call it a stout, but a brown ale. The roasty finish is moderately long, which is nice. There;s also a faint whiskey tingle at the back of the throat.

Overall, I'm a bit underwhelmed by this beer and I can tell you it's certainly better experienced on tap. That said, you could do worse with an English brown ale (ahem, Newcastle).

Photo of thehyperduck
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO, served slightly chilled. This has been my biggest (re: only) I&G want for quite a while, so I'm glad I snagged a bottle before stock ran out again.

Pours an opaque mahogany colour with some crimson highlights, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, light tan-coloured head. Good retention, with a nice swath of lacing left clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes. While the usual 1-2 punch of oak and vanilla shared amongst all I&G barrel-aged beers is front and center, this one has some nice accents of roasted malts, treacle and whiskey. No objections here.

It has been a while since I've enjoyed a nice, strong, simple stout like this. Caramel hits you first, in addition to raisin and figgy fruit notes. The roasted malt character then begins to dominate, followed by some molasses sweetness - taken along with the trademark I&G vanilla/oak, it's almost a little too rich for my tastes. Some light coffee roast finishes it off, with a disappointingly weak note of whiskey on the tail end. Medium-bodied; a little light in the mouth considering the abv, although you don't need to look very hard to detect the alcohol itself. A minor complaint, though - this is still a solid, enjoyable strong ale.

Final Grade: 3.97, a B+. Innis & Gunn's Irish Whiskey Cask is definitely one of their tastier brews, and at $3.25 a bottle it's absolutely a better deal than many of their other rotating offerings (I'm looking at you, bottles-in-a-carton). I'm not sure I like this more than their flagship oaked ale, but I'd be happy with either one in my glass. Worth a look, at least - not the most complex wood-aged ale by any means, but a good, affordable tutorial to the style.

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout from Innis & Gunn
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