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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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Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012

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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 613
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate, whiskey, oak, molasses, faint cheese, dark grains, herbal spices. Thick bitter earthiness, yet warming and not stale. Slick medium body with moderate carbonation, a little crispy. Strong finish, dry and tongue coating with tons of flavors. Lingering grassy spices, dark fruits and roasted coffee, wood barrel, and sugary whiskey. Superb ending. It's bold but pleasant to drink, not overwhelming, but feels a little thin. Good flavors, nice balance, some freshness. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle, best by OCT 2015 printed on the bottleneck. My second beer from Innis & Gunn, acquired a single bottle from the local bottle shop. "Scottish stout matured with Irish whiskey oak chips".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours dark brown-black, nearly opaque with some cola color hues toward the surface of the beer when held to the light. One finger of thin frothy light khaki mocha foam that reduces to a bubbly ring and a milky creamy surface skimming. Minor sticky fluffy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is light - notes of mustiness and some cola-esque spicing are apparent. Minor earthiness / woodiness, and some very subtle malt presence, but it's a fairly dull aroma in all honesty, that didn't leave me with high hopes for the taste.

T - The taste delivers the goods, however. Smooth creamy vanilla, caramel, milkiness, lightly toasted oak wood, and subtle whiskey & cola spice characteristics. It's not the most ridiculous or amazing thing ever, but there is a decent display of flavor and depth of character here.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, lightly sticky, low in carb. A bit thin & watery per the style, for a 7.40% abv stout, but it is smooth and easy drinking stuff. Lingering caramel / vanilla / oak wood / marshmallow fluff flavors.

Overall, an interesting beer from Innis & Gunn, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Probably a bit better than the last one i tried - the white oak variant - but they are both equally good in their own right. Recommended.

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged -----4/5.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a very dark brown with a light brown head, fading to a thin layer. Nose detects a bit of roast, malt and oak. Taste is whiskey in the beginning, followed by the roast and malt. Yum!

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Photo of Oldejoe
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks. Fairly dark brown with yellowy tint and a thin head.
Smell. Mildly yeasty and a bit resiny, some mellow earthiness showing up late.
Taste. Malty, tangy start, no hops, a wet sweet finish.
Feel. Medium body with a rather sparkley, lively mouth feel.
Overall. I like the malty, tangy, bubbliness. Pretty high on the drink ability list for me.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours dark brown body with small, tan head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, fruity toffee notes with some sweet, banana esters
T: sweet, smokey taste with some banana notes; sweet toasty notes in the aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; nice drinking beer

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Photo of cjgiant
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours thin dark brown, but a nice bit of tan head covers almost 50% of the surface, minutes after the pour.

Smell is almost Irish coffee-like. The whiskey is a bit overpowering; even though it is a barrel beer, my initial impression is where is the beer part.

Luckily the taste doesn't bring the heat the nose suggested. The feel is a little thin, as if by the whiskey that does come through in the taste. The barrel also comes through in the taste. The beer notes themselves are thin but medium bold coffee, cola, and a hint of licorice. Carbonation level is a bit prickly, but not too bad.

An enjoyable offering, but overall the whiskey hid the beer more than I'd like. It wasn't killing me in all aspects, but made its presence known throughout.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: black with a thin brown hue, finger of head that disappeared quickly despite a steady bubble stream S: sweet whiskey, vanilla, and oak T: cloying sweetness followed with whiskey and oak with a smokey finish M: medium and creamy O: just too sweet for me

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Photo of ccg
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Initial pour produces a half inch of foam. Good retention. It's mostly black with just a hint of brownish tint.
Smell is oak, a bit of roast and malt, and a bit of whisky.
It tastes smooth and a little sweet. The whisky is noticeable but not overpowering. It's subtle. There's a nice dark chocolate flavor on the finish.
The beer is light on the tongue with only a mild carbonation.
Overall, it's nice and smooth.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black body with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. The scent is a bit ferrous with some cocoa and roasted malt though altogether it is fairly weak. The taste is a wonderful blend of whiskey and stout tones, would be very good for a whiskey lover. It is also incredibly smooth. Really nice offering from Innis & Gunn.

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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An exceptionally good stout. Nose of strong vanilla, oak, and whiskey; almost like Bailey's. Well rounded smoky flavor with vanilla, cocao, and creamy sweet lactose. Pours dark with good head but is a bit thin. I will be back for more!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bottle, pours near black with a thick light tan head. The nose is sweet, oak, smokey, wood, whiskey. The taste is sweet, dark chocolate, vanilla, roast maltiness, Cocoa very nice.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated BROWN bottle at into snifter
$ 2.69/11.2 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of vanillin
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular one to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – small islands and archipelagoes of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of oak, roasted malt, slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and refreshing for an aged stout. Mild whiskey and barrel notes, however, there was also a healthy dose of anise/black licorice in there as well... aroma and taste. A nice brew overall, and readily available. Nice change of pace brew from the murky barrel - aged monsters.

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Photo of Trosevear
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Black. No bubbles present nice toffee colour head that disappeared quickly.

S: Sweet. Can smell a little bit of alcohol dark malts molasses

T: Smooth dark malts. Strong taste of whiskey that lingers

F: Low carbonation but easy to drink

O: Another nice beer from Innis & Gunn but even though I like whiskey this one isn't the favorite on my palate.

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Photo of fishyakLA
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. No date but I assume a recent bottling.

Appearance: Black with an initial 1/4" tan head that died back to a ring of foam. Thin sheets of lacing noted that slid back down the glass to rejoin the ring.

Smell: Molasses, hint of toffee, and a distinct note of Irish whiskey. With a swirl some vanilla and wood aromas come out as well.

Taste: Remarkably sweet, maybe a little too sweet. Toffee, sugar, milk chocolate, a hint of whiskey. The finish is lightly bitter - this beer could stand some more roasted malt or maybe some bittering hops to counter all the sweetness. It's a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth and creamy with a prickly carbonation. Some stickiness noted.

Overall / Drinkability: This should have worked better than it did. The stout is too sweet (and that's coming from someone with a major sweet tooth) to really let the whiskey serve as an aging note for the flavor. But I will give it high marks for smell and mouthfeel. In the end, okay. Not good enough for me to buy again.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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!


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Photo of tigg924
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Innis & Gunn 'Irish Whisky Finish' @ 7.4% , served from a couple of 330 mml bottle's purchased for $3.10 each
A-pour is a cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with some crimson red peeking thru a thin tan head leaving a minimal lace along the pint
T-whiskey flavour beer , hint of oak on the swallow
MF-ok/decent carbonation , big full body
Ov-ok beer , possible good English Stout
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Toemas
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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


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Photo of tkdchampxi
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on draft at Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

What a bad CLASH OF FLAVORS. Average beer at best. It tastes like you took a good (not great) Irish Dry Stout and just added mediocre whisky to it. No barrel flavor or melding of flavors... just two separate flavors of stout and whisky that don't seem to work.

I like whisky, and this doesn't taste like good whisky. I also like some Irish Dry stouts, and this tastes kinda like Victory Donnybrook Stout. The flavor of this beer really just lacks melding and complexity.

Appearance is great. Smell is off-putting. Mouthfeel didn't help the beer at all. Might be better on nitro or cask - who knows.

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