Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 563
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 39
Gots: 101 | 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 Naugros
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This looks like cola while being poured, but it comes together to make a nearly black glass of beer. The head is about half of an inch with some decent retention...enough to get some foam on my nose while grabbing my first whiff. That first whiff was pretty vinous with some roast and a load of caramel. The vanillins did their job in the cask.

I'm not fond of how the whiskey flavors and the stout married. The stout comes off as buttery and I don't believe it's from diacetyl. The whiskey is very evident but at odds with the beer. The fizziness of this thin stout leaves behind an okay mess on the tongue which is the remnants of the whiskey.

If you were hoping for an Irish Car Bomb, forget it. And although this sounds like a marriage made in heaven, it's not. In fact, there should be a divorce. (803 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle
Served into a snifter

A: Dark brown and mahogany body, not quite looking black at any point on the pour or once settled. Small off-white, almost tan, head forms but quickly dissipates. No real lacing or retention either.

S: Chocolate malt, classic I&G style astringent "oak" aroma, semi-sweet...something. Perhaps vanilla, and maybe even a buttery or butterscotch note.

T: Oak is immediate, it's the same flavor you get with almost all the I&G oak-aged beers. A bit of sweetness, vanilla, black patent malt and some caramel undertones.

M: On the thinner side of a medium body, not full and robust. Slick and oily on the palate not every really coating, just sort of there.

I'm glad I picked this up to try, I really enjoy the Rum cask and original Oak aged varieties and while this one wasn't bad, it was certainly my least favorite so far. (859 characters)

Photo of BriantheBeerGeek
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BBE Dec 14

Appearance: Dark, almost no light coming through. Thick-ish, tan head.

Aroma: Irish whiskey, booze, dried mint skunk, cocoa, treacle(molasses), some dark chocolate, faint oak. Upfront skunk though, maybe due to the clear glass bottle.

Taste: Not as good as the aroma. Tastes ok, malt and booze.

Mouthfeel: lighter bodied than you would expect with tons of carbonation.

Overall: I bet this is outstanding on draft, would be a great St. Patty's Day brew. I just don't under stand the clear bottle on this one. Not a bad beer at all, just think it could be more. (576 characters)

Photo of Pjev11
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard pretty good things about this I&G stout so I was looking forward to tasting.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Very dark with a half finger of light brown head. Looks like a stout should.

Smell is nondescript. Bottle says aged in Irish Whiskey casks but I definitely don't smell it.

I do taste the Whiskey cask and it's not too pleasing. Way too much alcohol in the taste for a stout. I pretty much only taste the alcohol. Very flat in the mouth.

Overall I am not impressed. Don't think I'll be purchasing this one again. (538 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
2.98/5  rDev -22%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle dated MAR 2013 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark brown with a slight ruby glow around some of the edges. One finger of bubbly light brown head formed from the pour and very quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Toffee, whiskey, roasted malts and brown sugar. The barrel aromas are very subdued and the base beer does not have typical stout aromas either. Not nearly as robust as I expected overall.

T - Whiskey notes up front that are much stronger than the nose indicated but still weaker than expected. Roasted malts, molasses and toffee from the base beer compliment the whiskey. The overall palate is decent but disappointing for the style (especially considering the ABV).

M - Light body with light carbonation. Very thin and watery.

T - While this was decent enough, considering the style and the price point ($5 for 12 oz.) it was extremely disappointing. This might be my last purchase of an Innis & Gunn beer. (947 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium dirty brown color head with medium retention and light lacing notes. Aroma is dominated by sweet caramelized notes with light whiskey notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramelized notes with a light whiskey touch which kind of round of the edges of the beer. Body is light with medium creamy texture and good carbonation. A bit of a lighter profile then I had expected with not as much whiskey notes as expected. (470 characters)

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start out with a high suggestion for most (I haven't tasted yet) Innis & Gunn beers. You're beers are great. Please consider putting them in brown bottles so they don't get light struck. Unless that is what you are going for.

This one pours super black with a one finger, heavy cream tan head that has excellent retention. Thin creamy walls of lace. Nice sudsy rings left behind.

Oak and mild whiskey notes come through in a faint, pleasant way. A rich underneath of cocoa, roasted coffee and some earthy elements. For a stout, the aroma is faint and not very rich. I expected more whiskey/booze in the nose. No skunk this time! Congrats!

The oak and whiskey notes come through better in the taste. A little lingering on the oak, woody tones. Not really a stout flavor. High on roast with a cocoa flavor that is lacking. Some medicinal notes, herbal and grassy. Licorice.

Thin for a stout.

Not the most enjoyable of this brewery. Above average, unique, and interesting. Missing body. Out of style. (1,011 characters)

Photo of redleaves
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mostly none existent nose, touch of irish sweetness, but looks great, black, creamy head. Taste is smooth, no barrel though, Irish whiskey sweetness, malolactic? Vanilla extract. Touch of roast. Every thing is very light and smooth, given Irish whiskey is light and smooth, but I hoped for a bit more, if it was a six pack for the same price I could drink it easily, but a four pack is a touch too much for the easy drinker this is. (432 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NewBrewBB for the opportunity to try this one. Served in a tulip nonic. Pours a shade darker than cola with a half-inch, frothy, tan-colored head that settles into a bubbly band and a thin film. Some thin spots and swaths of lacing are exposed during the tasting. Nose expresses lactose and/or artificial sweetener, malt and ethanol with just the slightest suggestion of a whiskey character. Taste is more consistent with a Dark Mild/Porter hybrid with a suggestion of booze in the background than an English Stout. A residual wheaty/grainy quality lingers at the finish. I'm also not sure where the barrel comes into play. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a light, even carbonation the leaves a residual tickle at the back of the tongue. Overall, not a bad beer but nothing to write home about. Alcohol is well-hidden, but the overall character is a bit lackluster. (874 characters)

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours a deep, nearly black ruby-cola hue with a frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are marginal at best. Nice packaging and bottle at least.

S - In typical I&G fashion, this beer smells ridiculously sweet right off the bat. Scotch presence is minimal, but the barrel and oak are detectable. Tons of toffee and butterscotch upfront, with vanilla, banana bread, and an earthy floral character as well. Some mild roasted malt and coffee notes. I get the feeling this is going to be way too sweet for my tastes...

T - Well, it's not quite as sweet as anticipated. It's actually sort of boring. Some fruity and floral notes make their way through, with I&G's signature cloying butterscotch sweetness and floral character clearly pronounced. Finishes with a touch of roast, and minimal bitterness. A touch of alcohol warmth in the finish as well. The whisky is light, but the barrel comes through a bit. Not nearly as most BA stouts out there, but just enough to let you know it sat in one for some amount of time.

M - Medium body, with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Not quite as creamy or smooth as a stout should be.

D - Yet another swing and a miss by I&G. All of their beers taste the same, with the exact same god damn cloying butterscotch sweetness. I though their take on a stout might be a bit different, maybe even better, but this is still unmistakably Innis & Gunn, and to me that's not a good thing. (1,473 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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). (1,419 characters)

Photo of CobyMangum
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The ruby tints are very nice -- in a stout they make for quite a nice looking beer. Mouthfeel is a high note. Creamy feel despite having less body than the American stouts I'm used to. Taste is a bit high on alcohol, considering it's only 7.4, and the whiskey characteristics don't come through enough for me. The cherry, bitter chocolate, and toffee in the profile are enjoyable. Decent overall, but I wish the barrel added more to the flavor -- I feel the burn of whiskey but don't really taste it. (500 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark. No noticeable highlights at the edges, just black. Mocha colored head thins out to a wispy cap. Smells of raisins, roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of alcohol heat. Taste begins slightly sweet with a distinct caramel flavor. Then moves to chocolate and roast with a mild oak and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel and body is a little thin for the style and heat it brings. Finishes somewhat sweet. (413 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 (705 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows some woody oak, sweet light malt, a bit of roast and faint caramel.
Very sweet flavours with only a little roast to balance it out. Some oak shows through but not as much as their other beers.
Could use more carbonation. Body feels watery for this type of beer. (312 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke who passed this along from the Innis and Gunn rep for Canada. I wasn't very quick on the draw however, as this has been sitting in my fridge since before it was even commercially available, and have no good reason at all for not sampling it immediately. Still, better late than never....

From a 330 ml clear bottle that comes in a green box. Pours out black yet still translucent, exhibiting a cola-like hue when held to direct light.

Some raisin and fig on the nose, mild roasty malt, and some sweet booze. Notes of cafe au lait too.

Mild roasty malt up front in the flavour, drying out in the middle, yet with some raisin sweetness contrasted with herbal hops on the finish. Woody vanilla starts to coat the lips after several sips. Wood lingers on in the aftertaste, as does roasted malt and coffee notes when it warms.

Mouthfeel is lighter, although the texture still alludes a creamy fullness, with a low level of carbonation.

To my palate the whiskey barrel aging doesn't seem to add too much to the stout overall, however it certainly does add an extra layer to what's going on. Not a bad beer by any means, however it seems more like an experiment than something that was intentional when it comes to a final result. (1,257 characters)

Photo of gaugebozo
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black/opaque with thick tan head. Looks promising.

S - Little bit of roast with some whiskey like booziness. Butterscotch like tang.

T - A sweet stout with some oakiness, almost scotch ale like. Not much roastiness, some alcohol, UK style yeastiness. Not so hoppy, but the taste of herbal English hops.

M - A little light for what I would expect. Slightly above average bubbles for a stout.

O - Good, but a little disappointing for what I was expecting. Maybe I'm too much focused on American versions of this. If you're big into Scotch ales and English stouts and also whiskey, you'll probably like this more than me. Still a good beer.

Edit: LOL! Gave the same ratings EXACTLY as the person below me! (711 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep, dark color, opaque, big frothy head
S: mellow nose, reminded me of a typical British bottled beer with a bit of sweetness and subdued nose
T: thankfully the taste was better than nose, a bit watery for ABV, some DMS, I didn't know what to expect but nothing wrong with the beer, a bit hot in finish, rounded roasted malt, dry, barrel aging not incredibly noticeable
M: a bit watery in taste, dry and chalky (415 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body with a two finger tall head of light khaki-colored foam.

Smell: Sweetish maltiness smelling of baker's chocolate, low-grade coffee, caramel, and toasted barley grains. Meager hint of ineffusive dark fruitiness. Fragments of charred oak barrel scattered all about.

Taste: Sugary cocoa powder, slight caramel, spent coffee grains, walnuts, and well-toasted malts. Subtle prune skins. Vanilla-flavored chalk sticks. Particularly drying wooden cask character that latches on until the lightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's decent and it's drinkable, but that's all I have to say about it. (751 characters)

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On sight, Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask is a deep, dark brown that rests just short of black. It ends up being complete opaque with no light getting through the body. The nose has a hint of whiskey, pulling in hints of nuts, vanilla, sticky toffee, dates, cooked plums, espresso, and chocolate. There’s a fruitiness to the elements of espresso, cigar, and chocolate. On the palate it has a burned malt flavor, like caramel too long on the stove, but channels delicious notes of caramel, espresso, dates, and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is heavy thanks to the alcohol, but feels somewhat smooth, and doesn’t get hot. The aftertaste is rather short, but channels that charred wood, smoke, espresso flavor combination with a hint of cacao powder. (757 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dark brown ruby red hue, dark head. smell has some faint whiskey but the flavor has a lot more. and it's smooth with a spicy note to balance the sweetness of whiskey. I enjoy it but A.) not sessionable for me and B.) needs innis glassware; regular pint glass threw off balance (276 characters)

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