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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 563
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 4.71%
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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LCBO seasonal. A different Innis & Gunn, on the creamy side, a decent stout at that, with Baker's chocolate and a better thana verage Irish whiskey and leaning on the sweet side for drinkability. Roasty aroma, an mild roasted coffee bordering on straight out roasted barley/coffee substitute. One of their better ones. Very dark bodied. (336 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and some woody aromas. There is also a slight metallic aroma that comes out more as the beer warms. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and woody flavors on the finish. A smoke flavor comes out as the beer warms up. There is a vanilla sweetness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am not really getting any distinct whiskey aromas or flavors from this one. (687 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 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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml, clear as ever was bottle. Scottish stout, finished in Irish Whiskey casks - a potential Gaelic love-in, to be sure.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with pervasive cola highlights, and one finger of silky, bubbly, and foamy tan head, which settles slowly, leaving a nice drooping ring of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy wood, more fibrous than strictly vanilla and caramel, some thin nutty toffee malt, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is caramel malt, woody vanilla, brown sugar, some generic barrel booziness, and more of the aforementioned earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty morose, and not up for anything lively, the body a fairly steady medium weight, and a little cloying in its otherwise pedestrian smoothness. It finishes quite sweet, from malt, barrel, and alcohol alike.

I do quite like this, even though my prized Irish whiskey guest star gets lost in the mire - or does it? The subtly of that particular spirit may just help round out an already decent, unassuming stout, maybe. Reduction is not your friend with this one, I'm sad to say - just maybe rein in the sweetness a wee bit, and we're good to go. (1,181 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black with a coffee stained tan foam, some glints of ruby in the light. Some lingering lacing around the edges. Foam breaks apart after a few minutes.

Pleasant fruity aroma, sort of sweet and brown sugary like Irish whiskey.

Sweet and buttery, a slight roast in the aftertaste, but wouldn't have guessed it was a stout straightaway. Some astringency, possibly from the barrel. Slightly drying aftertaste, mild roastiness, hard to pinpoint the oak here though. There is some diacetyl, and traces of the base stout, but its a bit muddled and sweet, like the rest of their output i've tried. Not bad, but not unique enough to seek out over local stuff. (674 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 nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A lightly roasty malt nose with some caramel and a hint of spicy whiskey.

T - Sweet, malty notes of dark bread up front with dark caramel and toffee. Some smoky notes in the middle with a hint of oak and a finish of dark sugar, light roast and light, but peppery whiskey notes.

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

D - Not bad, this is the best of the Innis and Gunn cask aged beer that I've had (I have been unimpressed with the others so far). The base beer is a nicely brewed English stout and the whiskey notes are very subtle but do seem to add something to the experience. (771 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

A stout from I&G, aged for two months in Irish whiskey casks? Yes, please! It pours a dark ruby-black-brown topped by a relatively small wisp of light tan foam. The nose comprises blunt roasted malts, light char, very light whiskey, light dark-roasted coffee, and a touch of dark chocolate powder. The taste holds notes of light roasted malts, cocoa powder, light oak, very light vanilla bean, very light whiskey (melds deeply with the oak), and a hint of coffee. Everything comes through lightly, layered, and with I&G's signature subtlety of flavor combination. That said, it seems like it should have a more powerful taste, somehow... The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice beer, one that comes across as somehow both complex and simple, but enjoyable nonetheless. (859 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Next in line for me to try from Innis & Gunn. Interesting story, interesting beer, but again really disturbed by the clear bottles. This one I bought right from the covered cardboard case from the store right after it arrived, and it went right into my fridge so never really saw the light of day. Hopefully it helped. At least its not a screw cap.

Pours with a big fluffy 1 finger head that started with a slow careful pour, and fades slowly with nice lacing, and a great start to the appearance, except the beer itself is not super dark, more of a mahogany murky molasses brown color, a bit clear and light for a stout.

Nose is very unique, lots of caramel to start, toffee, and a bit of a sugar daddy with coffee syrup like aroma. A slight sweet syrupy aroma really brings a sweet base beer aroma. Plenty of brown malts. Next on the list is whisky, a nice malty whisky aroma, with a bit of booze, and also some light barrel aromas. Don't think I get any, what I would call, "stout" aromas, more like a nice brown or scottish ale. There are some vanilla and buttery barrel aromas though, with a hint of woody esters, and some booze.

Taste comes first with some dark malts, and starts to get on with a light stout flavor, inconceivable! Dark malts, with a hint of heavy crystal and soft creamy porter like malts, caramel, and some brown sugar molasses like flavors. Then a hint of roast, just a hint, with a light bitterness. Plenty of woody flavors, a woody ester, slight buttery and vanilla oak, then comes the whisky. A nice whisky, but very hard to tell Irish whisky, but just a general whisky flavor, with a hint of Jameson like whisky-ish flavors. Some bitter earthy hop flavors, as well as weird bitter earthy stem like flavors as well. Finish is slightly bitter and dry, with more whisky, plenty of whisky, some brown sugar and caramel flavors, toasty oak, toasty malts, and sweet like malt flavors. Again barely stout except that initial taste, and a bit of a booze taste which is moreso than expected for 7.4%.

Mouth is med bodied, a little kick of booze, decent carb.

Overall interesting, pretty tasty, a bit hot and boozy for only 7.4%, nice barrel and various whisky flavors, decent malts but not anywhere near what I would call stout, even the appearance tells you that. (2,290 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of smoky peat with a hint of chocolate and some vanilla/oak. Nice enough, though it could be more robust.

The taste is of chocolate with mild coffee taste and roast. It has some earthy tones in the back. The oak adds vanilla with some whiskey notes. There is a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. The whiskey cask adds sweetness to it, but there is enough roast and earthiness to keep it from being too sweet.

It could be creamier, but there is enough body to it to make it work well enough. It is smooth.

An interesting, unique, well-balanced, tasty brew. It grew on me quickly and I liked it more the more it progressed. (706 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 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 biegaman
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is, I believe, the first Innis & Gunn beer I've tried that's entirely opaque. Though it appeared to have some hue in the clear bottle, it appears almost completely black in the glass (only along the trim and at off-angles do we spot a sliver of colour). The trim around its perimeter insists on sticking around but sheds no lacing whatsoever.

The bouquet is a very soft attack of concentrated raisin, plum fruit and vanilla flavours. Hints of heavily-sweetened cappuccino arise from swirling with only traces of the coffee bean and roast still appreciable alongside the milky vanilla notes. I sense very little (if any) Irish whiskey notes. Instead, it's a coffee-and-cream character that persists.

The flavour spots pleasant hints of lavender, honey, vanilla and leather alongside the toasty, sweetish notes of caramel malt. Nuanced notes of raisin, fig and plum emerge from the treacle and molasses-like sweetness. A dusting of coffee bean is sensed though it is as spurious as the drum sounds of a keyboard synthesizer - similar appearance but very different structure.

"Rich", "opulent", "complex" - these are all words that have no place in this review. "Expensive" may be the choice descriptor for a beer whose relative indistinctness falls well short of its price-point. While the alcohol is impressively hidden, so too are any and all Irish whiskey qualities, which, unless I'm mistaken, was supposed to be the idea (certainly my reason for buying it).

I fail to see the connection between this beer and Irish whiskey and, aside from the former spending 60 days in casks that formerly held the latter, there is indeed no connection. Innis & Gunn doesn't reveal the source of their casks. There's a tremendous difference in flavour and quality between an Irish whiskey like Bushmills and, say, Redbreast (let alone the age of those casks and their former contents). Whatever was actually used, I recommend switching it up. (1,941 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip.

Black body with a dense mocha head. Thin retention but thick lacing. Nose has chocolate, roasted coffee, a heavy dose of sweet oak, irish cream liqueur, caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet and oaky, a touch of whiskey and butterscotch (in a typical Innis and Gunn fashion). Light roastiness, and a Bailey's liqueur-like flavour. Body is disappointingly thin and watery, low carbonation. Some good ideas here, but everything doesn't seem to come together the way I'd like it to. (521 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black with a gentle carbonation gliding up the side and a think film of beige that soon turns to a thin ring of foam.

S- The clean aroma has some dark nougat notes and hints of brewer's licorice with a mellow roasted malt note in the finish.

T- The mellow roasted black malt has a soft bitter bite in the finish with some papery oak hints and a roasted quality that lingers.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is mellow and light with some faint notes of barrel, but it doesn't have much character. Drinkable but light. (646 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 Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brow with lots of hues of red. The head is medium large, tan and creamy. Decent lacings.

S: Sweet slightly smoked malt, with lots of whiskey influences. Vanilla, kind of artificial - detergent stylee. Fruity, citric and red apples. Some coffee.

T: Rich vanilla and coffee along with some cacao. Sweet. Dark dried fruits. Again whiskey and vanilla. No smoke, though.

M: Body is medium while carbonation is mild. Aftertaste is sweet. Kind of warming, from alcohol.

O: I don't know why I keep buying these beers - acing a beer in a whisky/whiskey is NOT a good idea - the oak gives it an artificial detergent like backbone . I wish they kept the time in the barrels were kept shorter, sonce the only bad thibg about this beer is the whiskey. (756 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with just a little hint of light coming through when held up to the light.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, vanilla and whiskey from the barrel aging.

T- The taste is sweet malt up front that is incredibly smooth with the whiskey and oaky flavors along with some warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this beer gets better and better as it warms in the glass so do not serve too cold. (563 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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 (750 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 330 ml. clear bottle. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

It pours dark brown with plenty of ruby red hues glowing in the glass. The head is about a finger thick and basically stays around for the whole session.

The aroma is sweet and malty, a tad smoked, but it also has a roasty feel to it along with a little wood. Hops are downplayed.

The body is medium.

The taste has plenty of sweet malts going on with a slightly roasted feel too. Overall it is fairly easy to drink and predictable. But it does not jump out as anything out of the ordinary. (549 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed 2/12/12.

Pours a dark black with a large brown head into my glass. Very attractive presentation. The fact that it's a scottish stout means more for some reason.

Sweet, creamy malt mingles with a touch of whiskey in the nose. A bit of coffee too but it smells like the bottle has been skunked. I don't think that stouts work in clear glass.

Drinking it cold splashes my palate with light roasted malt with a bit of cream. The whiskey is an afterthought but it does not overwhelm the palate.

Lingering roasted malt, cream and whiskey notes dominate the aftertaste. Not much else to report here. Finishes very clean.

I would say this is more tolerable than the last example I had from this brewery. They have an interesting niche but they really should switch to darker bottles in order to preserve the integrity of their beers. (853 characters)

Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep dark brown (75 EBC), the liquid clear. The compact three finger head got good retention.

The smell is loaded with oak, whiskey, and lots of alcohol. No smoke. Some sweet notes of dried fruits, some roasted malt and toffee. Quite a lot of nuts, too.

The taste is smooth. Fresh and dried fruits, some nutty flavours and a slowly growing alcoholic whiskey taste. It lacks those sweet diacetyl/buttery flavours that annoy me in their other beers. Dry oak-woody notes. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing notes of roasted malts, green fruits and berries (kiwi) and very dry oak-cask notes. The finish is very dry with warming alcohol.

The carbonation is light with lots of small smooth bubbles. The liquid is smooth. (740 characters)

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout from Innis & Gunn
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