Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn
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3.99/5 rDev +5.3%
11.2 ounce bottle, stamp on it says BBE Dec 14. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. The head sticks around a while, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, Irish whiskey, and some dark fruit and coffee. It tastes like roasted malt, Irish whiskey, bittersweet chocolate, oak/wood, coffee, dark fruit (cherries), peat, and vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, it's not heavy on the Irish whiskey and I think it meshes well with the stout. I'd buy this again. $11.99 a 4-pack.
03-30-2014 01:50:11 | More by bluejacket74
3.44/5 rDev -9.2%
This thing looks like a Coke or Dr. Pepper when it hits the glass. Carbonation is of course a bit tighter and produces a head with pretty decent retention. not much lace to speak of.
Smells, well, skunky. It's really a shame they still insist on bottling these in clear bottles, because I actually had one of these on draft last night and it smelled fine -- nothing remarkable, but nothing off-putting either. Aside from the generic lager-type skunkiness, it smells sweet, with a faint whiff of oaky vanilla.
Initially, it just tastes kind of sweet and skunky too. Like a Newcastle with faint roasty notes. Fortunately, the flavor does develop a bit past that. Vanilla, caramel and tobacco come in and the roasty notes deepen. Very clean flavor profile, as my buddy remarked last night. All of the flavors are very subtle and it would be easy to chug one of these, only tasting the bland "Newcastle brown" side of things, and not what lies deeper.
Mouthfeel is clean, soft, and a little on the light side, especially considering that this site lists it as a stout. I probably wouldn't call it a stout, but a brown ale. The roasty finish is moderately long, which is nice. There;s also a faint whiskey tingle at the back of the throat.
Overall, I'm a bit underwhelmed by this beer and I can tell you it's certainly better experienced on tap. That said, you could do worse with an English brown ale (ahem, Newcastle).
03-22-2014 16:11:32 | More by Mongrel
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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.
03-22-2014 05:39:30 | More by thehyperduck
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
Almost black in color when poured into a glass.
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.
03-20-2014 01:57:09 | More by JohnFatAss
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
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
03-17-2014 23:26:19 | More by dank203
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
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