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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey CaskInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

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BA SCORE
85
very good

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%


Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012)
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Taylor1989

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-29-2013 14:43:40 | More by Taylor1989
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-15-2014 23:57:44 | More by BeerForMuscle
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-13-2014 22:12:40 | More by JamieDuncan
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

04-13-2014 19:21:20 | More by hmmmbeer10
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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-12-2014 15:00:37 | More by bubseymour
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:56:21 | More by scotorum
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JoePlail

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-10-2014 22:59:12 | More by JoePlail
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Will12

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

04-10-2014 19:34:40 | More by Will12
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craftbeersweden

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-08-2014 22:24:24 | More by craftbeersweden
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Greg_Nall

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-08-2014 18:20:06 | More by Greg_Nall
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AScrambledEgg

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-07-2014 19:26:59 | More by AScrambledEgg
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-06-2014 13:51:56 | More by vinicole
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WesMantooth

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-05-2014 14:20:34 | More by WesMantooth
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MikeHRayn

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-02-2014 20:56:11 | More by MikeHRayn
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Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-31-2014 23:10:54 | More by Subliminal64
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tberry1693

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-31-2014 17:50:15 | More by tberry1693
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sjones5045

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-30-2014 06:42:49 | More by sjones5045
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:50:11 | More by bluejacket74
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Metalmaniac915

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-29-2014 02:49:28 | More by Metalmaniac915
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TallulahSparks

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-29-2014 00:35:44 | More by TallulahSparks
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Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-28-2014 02:27:41 | More by Cycle69
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PhotoMattT

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-26-2014 22:56:01 | More by PhotoMattT
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-25-2014 00:26:55 | More by dmorgan310
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 16:11:32 | More by Mongrel
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +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: 3.98, 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 05:39:30 | More by thehyperduck
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