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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged StoutInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout

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very good

554 Ratings
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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 36
Gots: 93 | 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: 554 | Reviews: 146
Reviews by scootny:
Photo of scootny
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear extra dark cola with a healthy dollop of lace on top and clinging to the sides. No real activity. Smell is sweet with mild molasses and malt. A faint whiskey presence. Coffee, coaco and bread. Taste is much the same with a smooth character that harkens back to the porter roots of an English stout. Lots of molasses and malt. Finish is mildly bitter with a hint of whiskey that gives a mild oak and vanilla flourish. Feel is on the lighter side with a crisp, mild carbonation. A good easy drinking brew. Not earth shaking but solid and enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
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 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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste is Irish Cream, vanilla, cocoa, and whiskey barrel. The flavor combination is very mellow and there is a good deal of cocoa taste that is accented by the oak. A good beer to relax with.

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 BGDrock
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Libationguy
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of toca
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a glass goblet.

Pitch black with small, tan head on top. There’s no retention at all and little to no lacing on the glass. Dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, substantial sweetness on the nose. I can’t seem to detect any whiskey barrel in the aroma, however. Taste is sweet maltiness up front with bittersweet chocolate. Now you can taste the whiskey, although it’s not as forward as I thought it might be. There are bitter malts at the end with a fairly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is smooth but not as creamy as I like in a stout. This is a decent barrel-aged stout, but I think it could’ve benefited with more time in the whiskey barrels.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LCBO seasonal. A different Innis & Gunn, on the creamy side, a decent stout at that, with Baker's chocolate and a better thana verage Irish whiskey and leaning on the sweet side for drinkability. Roasty aroma, an mild roasted coffee bordering on straight out roasted barley/coffee substitute. One of their better ones. Very dark bodied.

Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cola brown with some garnet highlights and a bit of creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt and a sweet, slightly oaky tinge of Irish whisky. Palate is huge on malt, a blend of biscuit and sweet bread. There's no real hop character to speak of, but the oak and whisky from the barrel shine through pretty well. The alcohol is well-integrated, I'd never guess that this is 7.4% ABV. I suppose there could be a little more whisky here, but it's a solid beer, for sure.

Photo of cjgator3
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with just a little hint of light coming through when held up to the light.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, vanilla and whiskey from the barrel aging.

T- The taste is sweet malt up front that is incredibly smooth with the whiskey and oaky flavors along with some warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this beer gets better and better as it warms in the glass so do not serve too cold.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black in color when poured into a glass.
Tan head.
Not much lacing.

Smells pretty good. It has a sweet smell of vanilla and a trace of whiskey.

Tastes like it smells. Sweet roasted malts. I get some wood and a trace of whiskey on the finish.

It actually goes down smooth. Not harsh like Irish whiskey.

This is a very good and interesting beer.

Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown in the pour, almost black in the glass. Finger of tan head that held well and great lacing.

Some good roasted malt smell, caramel and toffee.

Tastes like milk cream, harsh malt with a tease of sweet, bitter follows, ends with a good burnt malt grip. The oak cask is the backbone of it all, bringing structure and balance. It has a warming effect but not in the usual whiskey cask aged beer style.

Soft and creamy texture. Low carbonation, medium body, not as heavy as other cask aged beers.

One of my favorite whiskey cask aged beers. It's between a sipper and an easy drinker, which for a cask aged beer is impressive. Not hardly sweet at all, which is great.

Photo of mlockman
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of funky... (I know, most helpful description ever!)

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown ruby color. I took advantage of the tall glass I had for head retention, and there is a lot of head. Very light tan head.

I smell alcohol, a small amount of charred wood, and possibly caramel or vanilla.

Taste is smooth, slightly buttery, and reminiscent of spice cake with wood.

the feel is pretty smooth, but does include some whiskey character; there is that little kick at the end. The tingle is almost gone, which is kind of nice.

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 joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown purple with a tall mocha head that retained nicely leaving some random lacing
S - starts with the big malty aroma similar to Guinness, late follow up of some some sweet and smoky aromas, overall a fairly strong nostril tickler
T - smoky chocolate malty stoutness quickly followed by a pungent whiskey sweet & heat, so much so it is reminiscent of an irish car bomb shot
M - a thin body for a stout, significant alcohol heat gets in your nose
O - big up for getting really 'Mc' on this one, some of the big irish stout properties combined with big irish whiskey, although in some ways it seems like they just poured the two into the bottle, well worth a try but not my favourite I&G offering

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 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).

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout from Innis & Gunn
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