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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 579
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 27.3%
Wants: 40
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
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Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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 wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of rarbring
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer that is rather dark brown, a tan high head that settles rather quickly leaving much lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of brown sugar eggnog, including an alcohol presence.

Starting with, wood - saw dust, brown sugar, dates some bitter seed notes.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, slightly sticky and oily, a watery rather thin body, a dry short finish.

One of the better I&G, was not ruined by the oak.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a bit intimidated by the clear glass bottles. Though the four pack carton was full height and presumably protected the beer from much direct light. so at the suggestion of the salesman at Whole Foods I gave it a whirl...

Not too shabby this one. Not great, but not half bad.

Pours an inky black with a decent, tightly knit tan head. left plenty of lace as it withdrew.

Smell was a tad on the light side there was a wee bit of the venerable Jameson in there but not overpowering.Some sweet malt and a faint grassy whiff of hops.

Taste was nicely dry, not cloyingly sweet as many barrel aged beers seem to be for me these days. Some hints of the turf in the front, some black coffee and a strong whisky finish when you swirl it around the mouth.

Mouthfeel was light and when swirled or swished it became quite frothy/foamy in the mouth. Abundant carbonation in this one.

Overall and interesting brew. Not good for every day but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black, off-white to light brown headthat turns to a soapy lacing after roughly a minute.

Vanilla & butterscotch aroma followed by a strong alcohol and grain laced stout aroma of roasted malts and barely along with some coffee. It is quite sweet smelling with some oak and burnt wood.

Roasted malts and barely taste to begin with and touches of coffee. Sweet in the taste department with touches of vanilla and butterscotch.

Medium, smooth with a mildly bitter finish and a dry finish.

This one was a nice, warming beer with a good alcohol kick to it and a very sweet, smooth feel. It was a good beer and perhaps one that I would go back to again as I particularly enjoyed the smell of this one, very sweet and complex yet well balanced.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown ruby color. I took advantage of the tall glass I had for head retention, and there is a lot of head. Very light tan head.

I smell alcohol, a small amount of charred wood, and possibly caramel or vanilla.

Taste is smooth, slightly buttery, and reminiscent of spice cake with wood.

the feel is pretty smooth, but does include some whiskey character; there is that little kick at the end. The tingle is almost gone, which is kind of nice.

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Photo of Buster
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark black pour, with thick tan head.

S- Malt, huge fudge-like chocolate note, vanilla, some coffee, and of course, Irish whiskey.

T- Outstanding. Not too much up front, but then, malt, chocolate, and coffee notes come through. Great stout flavor. Then, it finishes slightly bitter with a wonderful hint of that "famous Irish whiskey". Overall, it was delicious.

M- More carbonation than expected, but not aversive at all. Medium bodied.

O- Two thumbs up. It is an all around enjoyable experience, and it exceeded my expectations. My only regret was buying 4 of them. I will definitely be going back to pick up more.

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Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-19-2012
Freshness: Best by 03-2013
Packaging: 330 ml clear bottle
Glassware: Innis & Gunn cervoise glass
Purchased: 4-back from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color, with garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is tan and frothy, 3+ fingers high, with good retention and excellent lacing.

Aromas include roasted malts, earthy and wood notes, plus malt sweetness. I get a little whiskey aroma, with a slight smoky smell as well.

Taste is nice and mellow - the roasted grains are there, but not much in the way of burnt bitterness. The whiskey is apparent, but doesn't come off as hot. Flavors also include chocolate and vanillas. Light hop bitterness, with the balance on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; a medium body and just the right level of carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry, a bit bitter from the roast, with oak flavors.

Overall: A very enjoyable and well-balanced stout.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into innis & gunn glass.
Seemed like a good choice on which to end my St Pats weekend...

Gentle pour still resulted in a full head of 2 creamy tan fingers. Looks pretty damn nice indeed! Dark purpley red with some brown hues. Looks black until backlit.

Smells pretty dry-- some dark malt notes are nice but don't add a whole lot of sweetness-- or perhaps it's the big oakiness that dries it out? Good little whiskey bite prowling and prowling around like the troops of Midian.
The flavor has more going on than the nose: nice roasty malt profile highlighting some chocolate and caramel notes as well as a deep roasted, almost burnt bread, like pumpernickel or even dark rye. The oak dries out the finish nearly completely and adds a light touch of whiskey.

This is a beer that should probably be served at cellar temp-- don't even put this in the fridge. (damn Americans- you drink your beer too cold! Now stay off my lawn!)
As this warms, it improves tremendously and the whiskey really comes out on the finish.

The body is medium and creamy. Just spot on. It's light enough to be sessioned if it weren't for that damn ABV.

Overall-- this is better than its rated. I hope they do it again. I'd buy some.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Sticker on the bottle placed there by the liquor store says 3/1/2012.

A- Pours a dark black with some light shining through and has a 1/2 inch tan head that does well retaining before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Average lacing.

S- Faint, crisp malt nose that's very subdued in the booze department for a medium ABV beer.

T- Oh, there's the alcohol. Initially unpleasant booziness begins to steady as more sips are taken and the malts are actually allowed to come through. Semi-bitter finish. A lot of non-citric tang activity is brandished throughout.

M- Quite prickly for a stout even if it is aged on Whiskey casks. Medium carbonation adds to the stingy action. It doesn't burn so much as tingles. Probably my favorite part about the beer although it is a bit dry in the finish.

O- Very easy to drink for a barrel aged offering without skimping on flavor. Thumbs up.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Label with green ink on it? Irish whiskey cask aged? Could this be a St. Patrick's Day release? Hmmm. Anyway, on with the tasting!

Poured into a chilled Innis & Gunn glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Huge head on this beer, at least two inches. Eventually died down and completely dissipated. Jet black and the head is a light khaki color. The appearance of this stout is spot-on.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice. I smell coffee and toasted grains and a very slight hint of whiskey.

-Taste 4.5: Wow. As you taste this beer, the flavor becomes more complex. Front is all cool liquid; almost no taste. Middle is slightly sweet with a light vanilla/oaky flavor. Finish is BAM! Almost all the things that make a stout hit you in one swallow: toasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste is long and features more chocolate and coffee and the taste of whiskey. Again, wow.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: I was really disappointed with the level of carbonation in this brew. I felt it was far too carbonated for the style and, to a certain extent, detracted from my enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: While I complained about the carbonation in this stout, it is still an excellent stout that all fans of the style should seek out. The taste is excellent and I would heartily recommend this beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, why clear? I was very worried about light stricken beer; glad this one was ok. Poured into my Innis & Gunn tulip glass, the ale is near black with some ruby at the edges of the glass when held to a light. Huge beige head leaves some great lacing on the glass and holds good retention. This was nice to look at. Aromas are Irish whiskey up front with some roasted malt and oak. Tastes are roasted and smoked malt with a nice dose of Irish whiskey and oak with some vanilla notes, followed by an astringent balsamic vinegar finish. Mouth-feel is smooth with appropriate carbonation and is medium bodied. Overall, the best offering from Innis & Gunn that I've had to this point. Nice one to have leading up to St. Patrick's Day. I might have to get another for the actual day.

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

Poured into a wide mouth tulip glass pretty much black, but there are some mahogany edges/hi-lites. The head is a loose and fluffy khaki color that settles to around 1" when left alone. Looks like a proper (non-nitro) stout. Delicate thin sheets of lace that drip ever-so-slightly.

The nose is a bit chocolatey, and there's really not much else to detect. After several swirls of the chalice, a tiny blink of coffee enters my nostrils, then quickly dies-off. Repeat - same.

The roasted malt and coffee/chocolate are now more apparent since I've taken a nice quaff of this ale. The Irish whiskey essence is here too. This I like. I've never placed any spirits into my beer, but this now may change. The whiskey is well balanced and sits right at the back of the tongue. The softness of this stout makes for a delicate barrier to ponder the whiskey, then the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very English-like in the low carbonation realm. A whiskyish finish melds well with the dark, lovely malts.

Overall a stout that I'm pleased I tried. The taste of the Irish whiskey is so very keen, concise and perfectly placed. I have to admit, I tended to believe this was some sort of novelty 'oak aged' beer hype. But now that I've had the opportunity to taste how original and honest this stout is, I will be purchasing a 4-pack (or more for next week) St. Patty's day. Bell's Expedition Stout still sits atop this holiday's choice list though.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is a slightly translucent brown ale with a darker chestnut hue to it.

S: Very sweet malt scented oak casked beer with a strong scotch ale yeast presence.

T: This is a mildly sweet scotch ale with a dry finish. The scotch ale flavors are pronounced with a nice oak presence. Light vanilla and whisky flavors, but the whiskey seems very light, overshadowed by scotch ale flavors but definitely better than a scotch ale with no whiskey flavors.

M: The beer is very lowly carbonated which is usually about right for the style, with no carbonation sting on the tongue. Medium bodied and drank at room temperature.

O: Overall, this is a good scotch ale under the stout name. I could definitely enjoy this again and I have passed this up many times when I have seen it in the past. The barrel aging is present, but not prominent and while they do add character, this is more of an English cask version of a scotch ale than an Americanized version.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

A- Super dark, borderline black with a finger of beige head. Lacing is decent.

S- Roasted coffee, chocolate and a subtle whisky. Slight brown sugar and vanilla.

T- Bitter coffee is short lived and replaced by chocolate and a definite whisky flavor. This is much more barrel forward than a lot of their beers.

M- Light like a porter, good carbonation.

O- Quite impressed with this one. Far from the usual Innis and Gunn formula. Good job!

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

First saw this one around a few weeks ago, didn't know it was a stout, good bonus I suppose.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a light brown, coffee ice cream colored head. The beer itself is black with some brown around the edges. Cap forms to about one finger and has decent retention, falling to a creamy ring and cloud. Just a few spots of lace.

S- Mostly get a balance between medium sweet caramel and roast malts. Definite fruit and raisin aspect.

T- Dark fruit, raisin, sweet caramels and roast malts come to mind right away. As I get more into this, a nice oak, toast malt, brown sugar and very slight whiskey profile emerge. Just a hint of whiskey.

MF- Body with a creamy and foamy feel, sort of between both feelings. Some alcohol warmth and a lower end carbonation.

Pretty good, not as rich or roasty as many stouts but that is a good thing here. Some fruit and malt complexities shine through with oak.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter. March 2013 dated on the bottle.

A: Pours a dark black with a 1 finger cream colored head. When held up to the light some ruby / dark amber appears along the edges. Head dissipates to a thin film with bunches around the edges within a minute. When you swirl it around a 1/8" head forms and holds for a minute or two.

S: Malty aroma similar to Samuel Smith. Very sweet smell of dark fruits, vanilla and wood. Can get some of the roasted malt.

T: Initial taste of a stout with coffee and roasted malt. Hints of the oak aging but nothing overwhelming. As it warms up you can pull more of the dark fruits through and it sweetens up.

M: Little thin for a stout, a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. Slightly dry.

Overall could have been more as a new addition to the brewery. I think we are spoiled in America with all of our oak aged imperial stouts so this seems weak. Drinkable but a little expensive and I would prefer other beers from Innis & Gunn.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First offering from Innis & Gunn for me..12oz clear bottle

A - Looks like a stout but slightly see-thru at the bottom of the glass. Carbonation bubbles are bigger than normal for a stout IMO. Nice tan head that lasts.

S - Very please dry stout notes...roasted barley, peat, sweet molasses. The irish whiskey also lends a very complimentary scent and provides a hint of booziness.

T - Very flavorful...starts off as a stout with robust flavors of roasted malts, light coffee, toast. The whiskey barrels add a softness and flavors of cream, light nuttiness and a chalky texture.

M/O - Medium to heavy body with good carbonation, despite the bubble size. Easy to drink and the style and aging compliment each other well (it does have 2 of the 3 ingredients in a irish car bomb, haha). Perfect night cap beer IMO or just an every day beer if you're in the mood for something different.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of gaugebozo
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Carl's Meat Market in Kittery, ME.
They have a small but excellent beer selection.

This beer was a very dark brown color with a nicely formed tan head.

Mostly a caramel malt aroma. Some oak, a little whiskey, and a hint of vanilla.

Toffee and caramel taste. Then some oak. The whiskey was apparent, but subdued. Again, a hint of vanilla.

This was a smooth, easy-to-drink beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours an opaque, very dark brown color. There was a bit of a frothy tan head on it that leaves some lacing. Malts and oak are the predominate aromas. Slight whiff of whiskey also. Maybe some roastiness also. The taste is good. Caramel and toffee malts, slight roast, A very subdued peaty whiskey flavor. Just a bit sweet: lots of hops in here to balance this one. Very nice!

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Photo of Brad007
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout from Innis & Gunn
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.