Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn
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Reviews by ToasterChef:
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
A cellar temperature bottle, listed as best by Dec 2013, is poured into a glass mug.
This si a very dark beer with a deep brown hue. A very large brown foam head fills the top half of my mug. Clinging and rising carbonation can been seen close to the walls of my glass, but the beer is opaque and I cannot see very deeply into the beer. As the head settles, spider-web lacing is left behind.
Chocolate malt and peat are the dominant aromas. Whiskey notes as small, but they do provide a bit of oak and warmth.
This is a very smooth stout. Whiskey flavors are present, but they aren't very strong. Big fans of barrel aged beers (those that taste like a shot of whiskey has been poured into the pint) will be disappointed with this beer. The whiskey notes are much more subtle. There is some roast and a touch of chocolate sweetness, but all the favors work well together.
Medium bodied, but the carbonation is high. There is some stickiness on my lips and in my mouth after swallowing.
This is an interesting stout. I don't believe I've every had a Scottish stout before, but I've certainly had my share of Irish whiskeys. And though the whiskey notes are light, I do like this beer. It is my second Innis & Gunn beer, and I've enjoyed both of them. If you are looking for a interesting European barrel-aged beer, I'd go looking for this one.
04-25-2013 00:00:43 | More by ToasterChef
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4/5 rDev +5.5%
Found this at Carl's Meat Market in Kittery, ME.
They have a small but excellent beer selection.
This beer was a very dark brown color with a nicely formed tan head.
Mostly a caramel malt aroma. Some oak, a little whiskey, and a hint of vanilla.
Toffee and caramel taste. Then some oak. The whiskey was apparent, but subdued. Again, a hint of vanilla.
This was a smooth, easy-to-drink beer. Very enjoyable.
02-29-2012 16:27:52 | More by lordofthewiens
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
Best by March 2013
A - Pours dark brown with a reddish tone and three fingers of tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.
S - Smell of vanilla, caramel malt, a bit of whiskey and oak, with faint dark dried fruits. Wouldn't have pegged this as a stout, but smells pretty good.
T - Rather sharp initial whiskey taste, with vanilla, caramel, some roasted malt and raisin.
M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is a bit watery.
O - Good beer, but the whiskey and other elements don't really seem to come together very well.
04-09-2012 00:58:51 | More by warnerry
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
07-29-2014 00:44:26 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
Appearance: perfect mocha head; very dark brown, opaque
Aroma: big chocolate, but on the sweet side; some molasses, figs, lightly burnt
Taste & Mouthfeel: roasted/burnt chocolate flavours, a great subtle smokiness, and it all combines for a rich, somewhat earthy brew that is like drinking firewood; good carbonation, smooth medium-heavy body; lingering bitter finish with some sweetness hovering in the background; raisins
Overall: a great stout, and the cask ageing seems to have a legitimate and enjoyable impact on flavour
10-22-2012 00:16:24 | More by BGDrock
4.29/5 rDev +13.2%
Black with amber hues. A dense brownish-cream head with moderate+ retention and nice lacing in the glass.
Really nicely balanced in the nose with bittersweet chocolate, cream, light roast coffee, mocha, filled out by a rich roasted maltiness and gentle hop notes in the background.
On the palate, the bittersweet chocolate continues with espresso and deep caramel notes with some very light peat and smokiness. The richness offsets bitterness in the finish.
A plush, creamy mouthfeel carries all the way through the palate.
Really well put together. The oak is very subtle in the beer and really only lends very faint background notes. It does integrate things nicely however. Wonderful balance and structure.
06-27-2013 04:54:22 | More by Libationguy
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black with a gentle carbonation gliding up the side and a think film of beige that soon turns to a thin ring of foam.
S- The clean aroma has some dark nougat notes and hints of brewer's licorice with a mellow roasted malt note in the finish.
T- The mellow roasted black malt has a soft bitter bite in the finish with some papery oak hints and a roasted quality that lingers.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.
O- This beer is mellow and light with some faint notes of barrel, but it doesn't have much character. Drinkable but light.
08-20-2012 14:27:41 | More by rhoadsrage
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
330ml bottle poured into a snifter. March 2013 dated on the bottle.
A: Pours a dark black with a 1 finger cream colored head. When held up to the light some ruby / dark amber appears along the edges. Head dissipates to a thin film with bunches around the edges within a minute. When you swirl it around a 1/8" head forms and holds for a minute or two.
S: Malty aroma similar to Samuel Smith. Very sweet smell of dark fruits, vanilla and wood. Can get some of the roasted malt.
T: Initial taste of a stout with coffee and roasted malt. Hints of the oak aging but nothing overwhelming. As it warms up you can pull more of the dark fruits through and it sweetens up.
M: Little thin for a stout, a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. Slightly dry.
Overall could have been more as a new addition to the brewery. I think we are spoiled in America with all of our oak aged imperial stouts so this seems weak. Drinkable but a little expensive and I would prefer other beers from Innis & Gunn.
03-04-2012 23:10:03 | More by CloudStrife
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
330ml clear as ever was bottle. Scottish stout, finished in Irish Whiskey casks - a potential Gaelic love-in, to be sure.
This beer pours a very dark brown colour, with cola highlights, and one finger of silky, bubbly, foamy tan head, which settles slowly, leaving a nice drooping ring of webbed lace around the glass.
It smells of grainy wood, more fibrous than strictly vanilla and caramel, some thin nutty toffee malt, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is caramel malt, woody vanilla, brown sugar, some generic barrel booziness, and more of the aforementioned earthy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is pretty morose, and not up for anything lively, the body a fairly steady medium weight, a little cloying in its otherwise pedestrian smoothness. It finishes quite sweet, from malt, barrel, and alcohol alike.
I do quite like this, even though my prized Irish whiskey guest star gets lost in the mire - or does it? The subtly of this particular spirit may just help round out an already decent, unassuming stout. Reduction is not your friend with this one, I'm sad to say - just maybe rein in the sweetness a wee bit, and we're good to go.
04-09-2012 03:24:53 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
Decent Irish whiskey aroma. Color is black with a very nice tan head. The taste has light roasted malts, chocolate, light oak, very light vanilla bean and very subtle whiskey flavor. Has hints of vanilla with a faint sweetness taste. Finish is smooth and clean. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
02-05-2012 01:12:00 | More by toca
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
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