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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 565
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 40
Gots: 100 | 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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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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.) (1,293 characters)

Photo of fishyakLA
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Todd English's PUB in Las Vegas. I admit that I am a stout fan and a fan of whiskey barrel aged beers so I really enjoyed this beer. The Irish whiskey element comes through very nicely in both taste and aroma. But it is hard for me to figure out what food to pair with this big boy. I'd say Shepard's Pie or Prime Rib would be good playmates. And it could carry over into the dessert round paired with a creme brulee or flan. I am a fan of this beer, but the IPA crowd would probably say this beer is too much. So your personal mileage may vary one this one. (589 characters)

Photo of datalager
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of jlappy
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
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.. (273 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best that I&G have to offer, a superb stout that matches perfectly with the irish whiskey used to mature it. Carbonation is surprising but subtle and the taste is very well balanced. a great beer. (200 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of Libationguy
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of soggybizkit
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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! (845 characters)

Photo of Toemas
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
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 (188 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Buster
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This most excellent stout pours a very dark muddled brown with tinges of red on the outside, a very nice light tan head of froth, and decent lacing. Nose of chocolate---dark and sweet, oak, mellow whiskey, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors up front sweet, almost like sweet cream, with roasted malts and chocolaty middle and a smooth whiskey background with a nice oak flavor. This is excellent with nothing overpowering the core brew itself. A fine stout with light carbonation, smooth creamy mouth feel, and a very light dry finish featuring chocolate and whiskey. One of the most astounding stouts I have had to date. VERY solid. Would LOVE to have this on tap. The equal of the sum of ones parts----THIS is a poster child!

Cheers! (785 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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 (535 characters)

Photo of rjplumer
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of ianmatth
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours what appears to be black. Head that thins out quickly to a thin film. Smells of mostly oak & vanilla, cocoa, & light roast. Wood aroma masks ny hop aroma unless hood are woody or earth like. Tastes balanced with vanilla, cocoa, light oak & whiskey. Taste appears spicy from wood like nutmeg, perhaps done light cinnamon, maybe done brown sugar.

Feels medium bodied and scary drinkable for 7.4%. A tad sweet but not cloying, perhaps form whiskey & oak. Overall, a very nicely balanced beef with just the right touch if whiskey yo go with soft oak character. Nicely done! Nothing that screams extreme, just an easy drinking beer. (635 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of NForr
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (758 characters)

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout from Innis & Gunn
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