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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

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
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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datalager

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is that of a black body with cola brown at the edges when held against the light. Moderate pour into the glass edge provides a two finger tan head with frothy substance. Head dissipates in a few minutes, leaving a thin remnant of various bubble sizes, and beautiful lacing.

Smell is reminiscent of other stouts, with that recognizable smoky malt, and a touch of hop. This particular stout adds a nice wooden presence, with hints of sweetness.

The taste is outrageous! I’m not sure how I missed the vanilla in the odor, but one sip and it reveals itself prominently. The ubiquitous smoked malt is there, along with a bit of hop presence. Although I’m also picking up chocolate and yeast, and just a touch of good earthy funk.

Mouthfeel provides a mellow sip and a slightly dry aftertaste.

Overall this is a fairly complex and moderately sweet stout, with a solid marriage of complimentary smells and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 16:51:21 | More by datalager
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:26:55 | More by Fatehunter
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jlappy

Ontario (Canada)

4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Innes & Gunn has done it again. Their Irish Whiskey Cask beer is a very good tasting beer; it has a definite hint of Irish Whiskey aroma and taste. It`s not too strong, heavy or filling; certainly a great beer to enjoy St Patrick`s Day festivities.
Well done Innes & Gunn..

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:31:55 | More by jlappy
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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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WhiteHillsStore

Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love Innis and Gunn. It was the first beer I really liked and got me into good beer in the first place so I might be a little biased. The color is a very dark hazel with a coffee colored head that has some legs. The smell is toasty but you can smell a little of the wood too. The taste is great, everything I've come to love from Innis and Gunn. Smooth, rich, and just a fantastically crisp finish. Coats your mouth but doesn't leave a lingering aftertaste. Absolutely loved it and would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:23:12 | More by WhiteHillsStore
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Libationguy

Nevada

4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 04:54:22 | More by Libationguy
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soggybizkit

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a 12 oz tulip.

A- Light penetrates the dark brown color to produce nice red edges. A delicate pour lent a one finger head that dissipated rather fast but leaves good lacing that held.

S- Chocolate, caramel, and vanilla comprised most of the nose. Some faint oakiness and malt followed. However, as the brew warmed, the bouquet lent a more pronounced whiskey aroma. Still light compared to others but welcomed.

T- Unexpectedly very smooth considering the process. Sweet with vanilla, caramel and earthy with dry oak undertones. Finished dry.

M- Light to Medium bodied. Carbonation is light. Creamy from the vanilla and caramel left a smooth and dry feeling.

O- By far, one the better whiskey stouts I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Definitely a beer that can be enjoyed many times over. I can't wait for my next round!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 03:44:34 | More by soggybizkit
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rjplumer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Noticeable Irish whiskey aroma. Black with a light half inch tan head. Has that whiskey warming mouth feel to it. Finishes clean. Mild vanilla taste with a faint fruit taste also. I'm really liking this one. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I wish I had got more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 07:46:43 | More by rjplumer
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head and nice lacing on a clear deep mahagony brown body.

S: strong vanilla with irish cream, whiskey and chocolate. some roasted malts.

T: toffee, light coffee, roasted malts. light brown sugar and vanilla. the irish whiskey comes in late in the finish.

M: very smooth, light to medium carbonation and fairly thick body.

Overall: incredibly smooth, nice flavor and very drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:35:51 | More by kylehay2004
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown in colour with burgundy hues. Pours an off white head that falls quickly.

S: roasted malt, burnt caramel, black cherries. Alcohol is completely hidden.

T: Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Hint of smokiness is present.

M: Well carbonated, sweetness is well balanced with the alcohol and bitterness. The smokiness is present but does not distract from the rest of the flavours. Medium bodied.

O: This is a great stout and dangerous because the 7.4% alcohol is not noticeable through the flavours.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:56:03 | More by Kremlock
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Buster

Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark black pour, with thick tan head.

S- Malt, huge fudge-like chocolate note, vanilla, some coffee, and of course, Irish whiskey.

T- Outstanding. Not too much up front, but then, malt, chocolate, and coffee notes come through. Great stout flavor. Then, it finishes slightly bitter with a wonderful hint of that "famous Irish whiskey". Overall, it was delicious.

M- More carbonation than expected, but not aversive at all. Medium bodied.

O- Two thumbs up. It is an all around enjoyable experience, and it exceeded my expectations. My only regret was buying 4 of them. I will definitely be going back to pick up more.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 03:00:27 | More by Buster
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rwrk42

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark brown like a maple syrup color with a light beige colored head
Smell: A sweet roasted malt smell with chocolate and coffee undertones.
Taste: Extremely smooth and tasty. Roasted malt and coffee flavors are abundant. Slight hint of irish whiskey on the finish. Unique flavor
A very good solid stout. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:52:36 | More by rwrk42
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a nice sized mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, smoke, vanilla, and oak.

Taste: Delicious stuff. The toasted and toasted notes are very noticeable with bittersweet chocolate,, smoke, vanilla, and oak in there. You pick up a little booze characters, but doesn't feel like it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, slight booze, a little dry, and very drinkable.

Overall: This beer is good. Found this beer out last weekend and happy yo have scored a bottle. Will be enjoying more of thus in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 05:25:05 | More by Flounder57
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ianmatth

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, like a stout should be. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Malty, some sweetness, not a strong smell. I can taste this a lot more than I can smell it.

T - Malty, a little bit of sweetness, I think I can taste the oak too, which gives it a little bit of a scotch flavor.

M - Malty and sweet, very solid and substantial as a stout should be, pretty light and smooth for 7.4%.

O - I'm an IPA guy, but this is an incredible stout. I might prefer it to be a little drier, but it is much easier to have a sub-5% beer be dry than a 7.4% beer. I would definitely choose this over Guiness though as it it everything a stout should be and has some great oak notes as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 07:10:24 | More by ianmatth
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Tschnab

New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a very dark brown with a very thin film of head and no lace or retention.

S- very grassy and peaty, hints of vanilla and dark fruit, oak and alcohol heat.

T- oaky vanilla comes through from the whiskey, butterscotch and figs come next, some alcohol and warming on the finish, a sugary sweet but still balanced beer with very smooth hints of whiskey.

O- rwally nice, and extremely unique. Now, if I only they would put this in brown bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 20:48:08 | More by Tschnab
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NForr

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on May13th 2012

Innis & Gunn - Irish Whiskey Cask - Scottish Stout - 7.5% - Scotland

Aromas of dark coco, vanilla. Fruity - apples, pears. Vanilla. There is a little bit of coffee in their too. You can smell the whiskey in this one quite a lot.

Coffee and chocolate tastes up front followed by a little bit of sweetness, then some alcohol, and ending with a tart, sour and bitter finish. Sugars come out more as it warms, and the tartness subsides a bit, making it more enjoyable as I drink it.

The body is lighter for a stout, but still thick enough to let you know that you are having something bigger.

This one really works, one of the best I've had from I&G. It seems that the oak aging process compliments the dark roasted flavors quite well.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 19:17:39 | More by NForr
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Label with green ink on it? Irish whiskey cask aged? Could this be a St. Patrick's Day release? Hmmm. Anyway, on with the tasting!

Poured into a chilled Innis & Gunn glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Huge head on this beer, at least two inches. Eventually died down and completely dissipated. Jet black and the head is a light khaki color. The appearance of this stout is spot-on.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice. I smell coffee and toasted grains and a very slight hint of whiskey.

-Taste 4.5: Wow. As you taste this beer, the flavor becomes more complex. Front is all cool liquid; almost no taste. Middle is slightly sweet with a light vanilla/oaky flavor. Finish is BAM! Almost all the things that make a stout hit you in one swallow: toasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste is long and features more chocolate and coffee and the taste of whiskey. Again, wow.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: I was really disappointed with the level of carbonation in this brew. I felt it was far too carbonated for the style and, to a certain extent, detracted from my enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: While I complained about the carbonation in this stout, it is still an excellent stout that all fans of the style should seek out. The taste is excellent and I would heartily recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 03:58:51 | More by BeerDocT
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into innis & gunn glass.
Seemed like a good choice on which to end my St Pats weekend...

Gentle pour still resulted in a full head of 2 creamy tan fingers. Looks pretty damn nice indeed! Dark purpley red with some brown hues. Looks black until backlit.

Smells pretty dry-- some dark malt notes are nice but don't add a whole lot of sweetness-- or perhaps it's the big oakiness that dries it out? Good little whiskey bite prowling and prowling around like the troops of Midian.
The flavor has more going on than the nose: nice roasty malt profile highlighting some chocolate and caramel notes as well as a deep roasted, almost burnt bread, like pumpernickel or even dark rye. The oak dries out the finish nearly completely and adds a light touch of whiskey.

This is a beer that should probably be served at cellar temp-- don't even put this in the fridge. (damn Americans- you drink your beer too cold! Now stay off my lawn!)
As this warms, it improves tremendously and the whiskey really comes out on the finish.

The body is medium and creamy. Just spot on. It's light enough to be sessioned if it weren't for that damn ABV.

Overall-- this is better than its rated. I hope they do it again. I'd buy some.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:28:17 | More by AleWatcher
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shand

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Innis and Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask pours a dark brown with a small head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is full of sweet malt from the whiskey cask, along with a bit of roast and chocolate from the stout. The aroma is a little poorly integrated, but the taste makes up for it with smooth oak and whiskey tones over a generic, yet solid English stout dry roast. The mouthfeel is light for the style and gently carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is another solid beer from Innis and Gunn. They seem to have a thing going on where they make complex yet delicate sipping beers. I'm all for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:44:58 | More by shand
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pkalix

California

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

right . . . not much head at all... super dark/black, foamy remnants on top. smells very nice, though. I remember not liking the other innis & guns I tried. one was WAY TOO barrel-ly and nauseating, but this one smells very nice. I wonder if it's because it's a stout first? i'll have to check my other reviews... yeah they were scotch ales.... let's see how this one turns out . . . . but the smell is very malty and stout-like and I can breathe this stuff in for awhile...
taste is much MUCH better than I remember the others I tried tasting like. this is good! very stout-like. a little bit of chalkiness, some bitter chocolate, some bourbon/whiskey in the back, a little vanilla, and NOT thick and syrup-y like so many other stouts. barrel-aged or not.... a little too sweet for my preference, but I can see this being their flagship brew. wonder why it took so long for Total Wine to get this one??? maybe it's a testament to WHICH brews you allow to age in a barrel? the RUM barreled ones really sucked, I thought (which worries me about The Bruery's rum barrel Black Tuesdays coming out next month.... RUM??? does rum really go with beer????), but this one does good! but overall, this is the best one from this brewery yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:31:03 | More by pkalix
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silverking

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So, I'm switching over to this categorized Review format because it seems to me like it's easier to read.

A- It pours a Nice, dark brown with a splash of crimson when held to the light. The tan head has poor retention, but it never fully fades. A nice thin layer of foam is left that leaves excellent lacing.

S- Sweet malt and oak Dominate with subtle hints of licorice and vanilla. It does smell a bit like whiskey.

T- Sweet, smokey coffee notes with hints of vanilla that dance across the palate. The coffee sticks around through the finish, which reveals a slight bitterness with underlying notes of toffee.

M- It's a bit lighter than I had expected, medium bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation.

O- It was good, I feel like it would have benefitted from a bit of a heavier mouthfeel though.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 20:04:47 | More by silverking
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mdfb79

New York

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 04/06/13 notes. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a nice stout.

s - Smells of vanilla, cream, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, some oak, light espresso and coffee. Very nice, lots of cream and vanilla to it mixing with chocolate. No whiskey but still good.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, cream, light coffee, toffee, and toasted malts. A little sweeter than the nose and more chocolate. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth and creamy. No alcohol heat and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice stout. I've been underwhelmed by their Original scotch ale and did not like their rum cask wee heavy, but I liked this one a lot. Lots of chocolate and vanilla to it and easy to drink. No real whiskey to it, but it's still good. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 15:48:37 | More by mdfb79
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Morningside

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Southern Tier Pint Glass. Best before March 2013.

Appearance- Midnight black with a hint of reddish brown around the edges when held to the light. Pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly down to about an 1/8 inch but retains.

Nose- You can really smell the whiskey in here, which I love because I love whiskey. Other than that, I get big notes of toffee, rum raisins, and other assorted dark fruits.

Taste- Very nice. A little dry on the finish, kind of bready, but mostly I get a lot of the same things I got from the nose. Dried dark fruits and toffee.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and mildly carbonated, but the carbonation that is present is effervescent.

Overall- I like this, and I would definitely buy this again if I saw it. It's nothing earth shattering, but it is easy to drink and very dangerous at 7%.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:55:42 | More by Morningside
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/4/12

A dark brown with a large loose mocha head that retains quite well slowly falling to a thick film leaving just a little random lace

S dark nutty toffee with a little plum and raisin, there's some coco and earthy wood smells great

T a little licorice I didn't smell and other then that its just a little toned down compared to the nose, there's more evidence of the barrel on the finish

M light bodied for the color and just a little foamy, flavors linger long and strong

O pretty nice stuff and perhaps a new favorite from these guys, great nose and pretty well rounded in other areas

worth a try for sure at less then 5$, I like that they use a darker beer for this barrel I think that was a wise move

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:29:58 | More by wordemupg
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/15/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramel, coffee, chocolate, whiskey, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful stout worth drinking for while.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 20:32:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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