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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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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 32
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012)
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Photo of thehyperduck
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO, served slightly chilled. This has been my biggest (re: only) I&G want for quite a while, so I'm glad I snagged a bottle before stock ran out again.

Pours an opaque mahogany colour with some crimson highlights, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, light tan-coloured head. Good retention, with a nice swath of lacing left clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes. While the usual 1-2 punch of oak and vanilla shared amongst all I&G barrel-aged beers is front and center, this one has some nice accents of roasted malts, treacle and whiskey. No objections here.

It has been a while since I've enjoyed a nice, strong, simple stout like this. Caramel hits you first, in addition to raisin and figgy fruit notes. The roasted malt character then begins to dominate, followed by some molasses sweetness - taken along with the trademark I&G vanilla/oak, it's almost a little too rich for my tastes. Some light coffee roast finishes it off, with a disappointingly weak note of whiskey on the tail end. Medium-bodied; a little light in the mouth considering the abv, although you don't need to look very hard to detect the alcohol itself. A minor complaint, though - this is still a solid, enjoyable strong ale.

Final Grade: 3.98, a B+. Innis & Gunn's Irish Whiskey Cask is definitely one of their tastier brews, and at $3.25 a bottle it's absolutely a better deal than many of their other rotating offerings (I'm looking at you, bottles-in-a-carton). I'm not sure I like this more than their flagship oaked ale, but I'd be happy with either one in my glass. Worth a look, at least - not the most complex wood-aged ale by any means, but a good, affordable tutorial to the style.

thehyperduck, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -21.1%

lgmol, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

kvgomps, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

DudMan, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of JohnFatAss
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black in color when poured into a glass.
Tan head.
Not much lacing.

Smells pretty good. It has a sweet smell of vanilla and a trace of whiskey.

Tastes like it smells. Sweet roasted malts. I get some wood and a trace of whiskey on the finish.

It actually goes down smooth. Not harsh like Irish whiskey.

This is a very good and interesting beer.

Definitely worth a try.

JohnFatAss, Mar 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Golden32, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of cyrushire
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

cyrushire, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of rudabegga9
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

rudabegga9, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bcsbeer, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of dank203
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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

dank203, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of MPSTARR
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MPSTARR, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

seavercm, Mar 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

ohiobeer29, Mar 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

khargro2, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of IrishFrenchman
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

IrishFrenchman, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of jemarent
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jemarent, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of pisano
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

pisano, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of BFCarr
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BFCarr, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of jlappy
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Innes & Gunn has done it again. Their Irish Whiskey Cask beer is a very good tasting beer; it has a definite hint of Irish Whiskey aroma and taste. It`s not too strong, heavy or filling; certainly a great beer to enjoy St Patrick`s Day festivities.
Well done Innes & Gunn..

jlappy, Mar 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

DRBiser, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Drknight, Mar 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Hyperionecta, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of irishpaulie
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A scottish beer matured in Irish Whiskey barrels, hmmmm I'm very interested. I am a bit biased as I am from the Emerald Isle but Irish Whiskey gets a bit of a bad rep as it can be a bit sweet and is usually blended etc but there are some great small producers popping up. Anyway here goes....

A - Deep brown. Fine head which dissipates quickly.

S - Not too intense. Fresh with aromas of sweet tobacco, coffee, caramel and dried fruit, raisins. Dark malt. Bit of confected cherry sweets. Ginger.

T - Expected something a bit more concentrated but it is nice and refreshing. Dark malts, cherry, mocha, chocolate, sweet coffee. Hints of vanilla and pizza dough.

M - Not full bodied, much more refreshing and light. Good carbonation level.

O - Not overly fussed. Its a refreshing style porter and I could drink more. However I was expecting a bit more concentration of flavours in the taste and a more viscous mouthfeel. Nice but not amazing.

irishpaulie, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love Innis and Gunn. It was the first beer I really liked and got me into good beer in the first place so I might be a little biased. The color is a very dark hazel with a coffee colored head that has some legs. The smell is toasty but you can smell a little of the wood too. The taste is great, everything I've come to love from Innis and Gunn. Smooth, rich, and just a fantastically crisp finish. Coats your mouth but doesn't leave a lingering aftertaste. Absolutely loved it and would definitely recommend.

WhiteHillsStore, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of AndersonGT
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

AndersonGT, Feb 28, 2014
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
86 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.