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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey CaskInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

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BA SCORE
86
very good

475 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 30
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  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.

Sammy, May 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

djrn2, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

zestar, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

kylehay2004, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  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.

TMoney2591, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  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.

emerge077, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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 very dark brown colour, with cola highlights, and one finger of silky, bubbly, 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, 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 this particular spirit may just help round out an already decent, unassuming stout. 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.

biboergosum, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.1%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  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.

nickfl, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

jlindros, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

jwc215, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5.3%

MarkyMOD, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5.3%

imperialking, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

biegaman, Mar 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

sendbeer, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

dmorgan310, Mar 25, 2014
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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
86 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.