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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout - Innis & Gunn

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140 Reviews
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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 Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of Trosevear
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (356 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 damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,068 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 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 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 tigg924
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (193 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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
S-whiskey
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 (428 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 buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (481 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 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 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 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 Act25
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unsure what to make of this, want to like it, but it's too sweet, monotone, and unremarkable. If one makes a sweet beer, it needs to balance with bitter, spice, and complexity.

A - Pours a one finger tan head on top of a more cola like, walnut, not black body. The head settles too fast and laces too little for a strong stout.

S - May be the best part. A roasty malt nose with lots of caramel and spicy whiskey barrel, wood, but could use more smoke and spice.

T - Follows smell but too sweet. A bit of sweet, dark bread up front with dark caramel and toffee. Not enough smoky notes. A lot of virgin oak and dark sugar, and whiskey notes. Lots of wood. Mildly interesting, but not fascinating!

M - Medium-thick body, low carbonation, and sweet finish.

D - Not bad. Best of the Innis and Gunn cask aged beer. Too sweet for me. (836 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 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 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 magpieken
4/5  rDev +4.7%

330ml bottle. Deep brown colour; tall, frothy, beige head which lasted well and left some nice lacing. Gentle aroma of whiskey, dark fruits, caramel and sweet malt. Gentle sweetness and a little bit of spice develops into a hint of bitterness. Light to medium palate and a suggestion of alcoholic warmth. Not aggressively assertive but pleasant and drinkable, nonetheless. Very similar to their rum offerings. (410 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (1,536 characters)

Photo of IPAlpha
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a decent head. Smells pretty good. Smell a little hint of whiskey. Not overpowering. Tastes pretty good. Less stout than what I thought it would from the appearance. Just like the smell a little whiskey aftertaste. I like this beer. I would drink it again. (277 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Almost pitch black with decent head and retention.

S: Malt forward with a hit of the whiskey.

T: Malt and coffee with some sweetness.

M: Crisp. More carbonation than I would expect from a beer of this style. Maybe a tad thin.

O: Solid beer. Not my favorite of the style but still good. (340 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 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)

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout from Innis & Gunn
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