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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey CaskInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

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408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
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 Flounder57


4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a nice sized mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, smoke, vanilla, and oak.

Taste: Delicious stuff. The toasted and toasted notes are very noticeable with bittersweet chocolate,, smoke, vanilla, and oak in there. You pick up a little booze characters, but doesn't feel like it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, slight booze, a little dry, and very drinkable.

Overall: This beer is good. Found this beer out last weekend and happy yo have scored a bottle. Will be enjoying more of thus in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 05:25:05 | More by Flounder57
Photo of SHODriver


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a two finger dense and rocky head that retains very well into a pint glass
S: smells of chocolate and roast malt with hints of whiskey
T: tastes of roast malt, slight coffee, chocolate and hints of oak with some slight whiskey flavors being some vanilla and a bit of fruity alcohol. aftertaste is a bit more whiskey, chocolate and coffee
M: full in the mouth with soft carbonation
O: a good beer that really opens up as it gets warmer and the flavors from the casks become much more prominent.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 05:01:36 | More by SHODriver
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best By DEC2013

A: Pours a deep brown color with ruby edges and a half fingers worth of tan head

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of oak and Irish whiskey

T: Follows the nose. Starts off very much like a dry Irish stout with roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee notes and then moves into the subtle oak, vanilla, and Irish whiskey notes. Finishes lightly sweet and dry

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry

O: A solid dry Irish stout base makes for a solid choice to go in Irish whiskey barrels. Definitely has more flavor than most dry Irish stouts, and the barrel adds another nice dimension. A solid choice for an intro to BA beers, as it doesn't impart too much booziness but the flavors are still there. Solid beer

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 02:25:58 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 03:30:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear extra dark cola with a healthy dollop of lace on top and clinging to the sides. No real activity. Smell is sweet with mild molasses and malt. A faint whiskey presence. Coffee, coaco and bread. Taste is much the same with a smooth character that harkens back to the porter roots of an English stout. Lots of molasses and malt. Finish is mildly bitter with a hint of whiskey that gives a mild oak and vanilla flourish. Feel is on the lighter side with a crisp, mild carbonation. A good easy drinking brew. Not earth shaking but solid and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 03:00:10 | More by scootny
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New York

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 15:48:37 | More by mdfb79
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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into an Innis & Gunn tulip.

Pours pitch black with a barely one finger tan head that fades away not too long after the pour. A little lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is quite weak which took me a little by suprise. Some cocoa powder along with a touch of smoke and the Innis and Gunn yeast character that is present in all of their beers.

The flavor somewhat redeems the lack of aroma as there is a good deal going on. Cocoa is abundant transitioning into some darker chocolate. A little bit of peat smoke is buried deep in the background and i can definitely pick up the cereal grain flavor of irish whiskey although it is quite faint. A touch of clove and wood finishing out with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, one of the better beers I have had from this brewery although it is still fairly lackluster. It is a decent stout but definitely not worth the steep price tag.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:57:32 | More by rangerred
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Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my in-laws for procuring this treat for Easter dinner...

A - Pours nearly opaque, with a dark ruby red colour, two fingers of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice dark cocoa, hints of oak, bitter leafy greens,

T - Solid cocoa malts with a nice smokey peaty finish, hints of liquorice, finish has some leafy green notes and a solid caramel malt flavour. ABV is incredibly well hidden and the cocoa notes linger on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - Another hit from Innis & Gunn, solid flavour profile with a huge smoke and peaty notes. Definitely a worthy brew and glad to have had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:58:56 | More by andrenaline
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 23:19:36 | More by biegaman
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a full head over top of a dark walnut coloured brew. Looks good out of the bottle, head settles to a thin ring, no lace.

Nose if slightly boozy over dark fruit, malt and molasses, a whiff of earth. Tastes of coffee and smoke. The whiskey is noticeable through the earth and smoke. Sweet up front, mildly drying to finish. Slightly thin-bodied with a bit of spritziness from carbonation.

Essentially just an average stout buffed up a bit with a nice touch of whiskey. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:38:29 | More by TerryW
Photo of mrs_bretina


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

An overall good Irish whiskey cask. It's a dark beer that lacks the full bodied taste and texture. If you are looking for a sweet after taste, this one is good for you. A pleasant beer, but not a "knock your socks off" beer. I'd order it again for a light bodied and flavored dark beer. Probably a good option for a summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 16:54:31 | More by mrs_bretina
Photo of Suds


3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a clear bottle, this beer is nicely attractive. Dark, with a velvet tan head and a lot of lace. The smell is intreguing. Roasted grain, wood and charcoal, a bit of smoke. Sweet malt. The taste is sweeter than expected, and the mouthfeel is soft. It is certainly an English stout. Rounded, welcoming, and tasty. All n all, this is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 01:04:31 | More by Suds
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 20:32:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black on the pour with garnet hues and a bubbly tan head. Head retention is decent, with a quarter inch cap sticking around for a while. Lacing is patchy.

S: Heavy doses of toffee and treacle, bread pudding, caramel, bakers chocolate, hints of cola and molasses. Figs and dates. Earthy hops. The whiskey cask is very subtly integrated, with only a hint of oak in the background.

T: Molasses and chewy caramel. Cola. Slight leathery impression. Raisins, dates, and figs. Bakers chocolate on the mid palate. Light acidity. Earthy and spicy hops. Notes of vanilla and oak on the back end. Irish whiskey comes through more as a tame spicy alcohol character, and it's easily overlooked if one isn't expecting it. Drying finish of molasses and earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and well-rounded in the mouth. Very subtle scrubbing carbonation. Conveys substance without being weighty. A warming sensation softly caresses the mouth and throat on the swallow. Very good.

O: This beer is a deft balancing act. Malt, hop, and barrel all complement each other nicely and yield a product that is perhaps more drinkable than expected. It's the kind of beer that speaks softly, but has a lot to say.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 03:38:35 | More by ryan1788a5
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Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with ruby hues coming through. It has a nice creamy thick beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, toffee and a touch of whiskey.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted malts, chocolate/coffee, a toffee sweetness, vanilla and some light whiskey.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 20:47:19 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown in colour with burgundy hues. Pours an off white head that falls quickly.

S: roasted malt, burnt caramel, black cherries. Alcohol is completely hidden.

T: Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Hint of smokiness is present.

M: Well carbonated, sweetness is well balanced with the alcohol and bitterness. The smokiness is present but does not distract from the rest of the flavours. Medium bodied.

O: This is a great stout and dangerous because the 7.4% alcohol is not noticeable through the flavours.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:56:03 | More by Kremlock
Photo of silverking


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So, I'm switching over to this categorized Review format because it seems to me like it's easier to read.

A- It pours a Nice, dark brown with a splash of crimson when held to the light. The tan head has poor retention, but it never fully fades. A nice thin layer of foam is left that leaves excellent lacing.

S- Sweet malt and oak Dominate with subtle hints of licorice and vanilla. It does smell a bit like whiskey.

T- Sweet, smokey coffee notes with hints of vanilla that dance across the palate. The coffee sticks around through the finish, which reveals a slight bitterness with underlying notes of toffee.

M- It's a bit lighter than I had expected, medium bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation.

O- It was good, I feel like it would have benefitted from a bit of a heavier mouthfeel though.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 20:04:47 | More by silverking
Photo of Bierguy5


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, approaching black. Creamy, tan head holds together pretty well for a few minutes. Nice lace around the edges of the glass.

Roasted malt up front, a bit of chocolate and vanilla. Subtle notes of whiskey.

Roasted malt, but not overly so. Somewhat dry up front, and sharp. Whiskey notes at a nice touch. A bit of vanilla and the butterscotch notes I see in other I&G beers.

Medium body, wish it was a bit fuller. Soft carbonation helps things out. Alcohol is well hidden. Simple beer, with a hint of complexity. I enjoy these beers from I&G very much.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 22:12:36 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of shand


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Innis and Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask pours a dark brown with a small head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is full of sweet malt from the whiskey cask, along with a bit of roast and chocolate from the stout. The aroma is a little poorly integrated, but the taste makes up for it with smooth oak and whiskey tones over a generic, yet solid English stout dry roast. The mouthfeel is light for the style and gently carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is another solid beer from Innis and Gunn. They seem to have a thing going on where they make complex yet delicate sipping beers. I'm all for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:44:58 | More by shand
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black in color, a nice off white head at the top that left a little bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Vanilla up front, some coffee notes, and a hint of whiskey on the tail end.

T: Same as the nose, just more of a roasty taste followed by the nice smooth whiskey notes, very good taste.

M - Medium bodied and nice amount of carbonation.

O: A good brew, well balanced, I think a little more whiskey flavor would have made this a little more tastier.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 21:42:40 | More by thedoubler55
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: perfect mocha head; very dark brown, opaque

Aroma: big chocolate, but on the sweet side; some molasses, figs, lightly burnt

Taste & Mouthfeel: roasted/burnt chocolate flavours, a great subtle smokiness, and it all combines for a rich, somewhat earthy brew that is like drinking firewood; good carbonation, smooth medium-heavy body; lingering bitter finish with some sweetness hovering in the background; raisins

Overall: a great stout, and the cask ageing seems to have a legitimate and enjoyable impact on flavour

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:16:24 | More by BGDrock
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a brown pour (light for a stout) with 1/2" of creme colored head. patchy lacing.
smells of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate. wooden flavor in the first sip, slightly nutty, vanilla, bourbon.

drinks more like a porter, medium body, moderate carbonation.
overall, a really refreshing flavorful beer.. not much like a stout, but the carbonation makes it perfect for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:18:09 | More by facundoCNB
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 14:27:41 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows some woody oak, sweet light malt, a bit of roast and faint caramel.
Very sweet flavours with only a little roast to balance it out. Some oak shows through but not as much as their other beers.
Could use more carbonation. Body feels watery for this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 06:02:24 | More by CrazyDavros
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Innis & Gunn's Irish Whiskey Cask last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I like Irish whiskey and have yet to have a beer that has utilized it, so lets see how this beer goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a clear 330ml clear bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty clean and simple, it doesn't look bad, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that had a little ruby highlight when held to the light along with four fingers worth of fluffy tan/light brown colored head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This beer looks pretty damn nice, it had a nice color and lots of really nice head.

S- The aroma starts off with some sweet light to medium roasted malts that impart a sweet, grainy, brown bread, chocolate, and molasses like aromas. Up next comes the Irish Whiskey that first Impart some some medium booze aromas along with some oak, whiskey, vanilla and butterscotch like aromas. The aroma is nice and a little on the complex side, I like it.

T- The flavor is similar to the aroma and starts off with some of those nice whiskey and oak aspects that I got in the aroma, there's some oak, top shelf Irish Whiskey, and vanilla flavors that make for a nice first taste and don't taste harsh or boozy. Up next comes the malts which have a higher amount of sweetness and impart some roasted malts, brown sugar, chocolate, toffee, light coffee, and more vanilla flavors. On the finish there's some more sweetness and a low amount of bitterness with some nice chocolate and roasted malts flavors coming through in the aftertaste along with just a hint of Irish Whiskey. I like the taste of this beer, It's nice and balanced for the most part, but I feel like the sweetness could be toned down just a little.

M- Very smooth, slightly creamy, slightly on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. I have no complaints when it comes to the mouthfeel, it worked nicely with this beer.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good example of a barrel aged English Stout, it had some nice Irish Whiskey aspects and some nice English Stout aspects, neither of them were overpowering which made for some nice balance in this beer. This beer had good drinkability, it went down smoother then I expected, I could see drinking one or two of these, the flavors does a good job of holding my interest, I wouldn't turn down another one right now. What I liked most about this beer was the balance and how good it looked in my snifter, those aspects were for sure above average. What I liked least about this beer was the clear bottle and that it had a little too much sweetness, but those aspects didn't hurt this beer that much. I would buy this beer again, it was priced nicely and you don't normally see Irish Whiskey aged beers, I highly recommend giving this beer a try, it's damn good. I'm starting to get into this brewery, I thought their rum beer was solid, but this one was better and nicely balanced, it showcases the best of both worlds. You can bet I will be on the look out for their original and other beers, all in all this was a pretty good beer that managed to impress me, I approve.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 03:44:16 | More by StoutHunter
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
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