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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey CaskInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

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BA SCORE
85
very good

408 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Buster

Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 03:00:27 | More by Buster
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 04:38:44 | More by sommersb
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:28:17 | More by AleWatcher
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:29:29 | More by Immortale25
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 03:58:51 | More by BeerDocT
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:54:55 | More by barnzy78
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malty

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 17:58:35 | More by malty
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:43:08 | More by alpinebryant
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 20:03:55 | More by Sunnanek
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:05:45 | More by korguy123
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:36:19 | More by cbutova
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:19:06 | More by Jwale73
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CloudStrife

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:10:03 | More by CloudStrife
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VaTechHopHead


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:56:47 | More by VaTechHopHead
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:23:33 | More by jlindros
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gaugebozo

New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:31:35 | More by gaugebozo
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:51:46 | More by wisrarebeer
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 16:27:52 | More by lordofthewiens
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Boto

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:42:12 | More by Boto
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Brad007

Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 00:46:08 | More by Brad007
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown in the pour, almost black in the glass. Finger of tan head that held well and great lacing.

Some good roasted malt smell, caramel and toffee.

Tastes like milk cream, harsh malt with a tease of sweet, bitter follows, ends with a good burnt malt grip. The oak cask is the backbone of it all, bringing structure and balance. It has a warming effect but not in the usual whiskey cask aged beer style.

Soft and creamy texture. Low carbonation, medium body, not as heavy as other cask aged beers.

One of my favorite whiskey cask aged beers. It's between a sipper and an easy drinker, which for a cask aged beer is impressive. Not hardly sweet at all, which is great.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:26:55 | More by Fatehunter
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datalager

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is that of a black body with cola brown at the edges when held against the light. Moderate pour into the glass edge provides a two finger tan head with frothy substance. Head dissipates in a few minutes, leaving a thin remnant of various bubble sizes, and beautiful lacing.

Smell is reminiscent of other stouts, with that recognizable smoky malt, and a touch of hop. This particular stout adds a nice wooden presence, with hints of sweetness.

The taste is outrageous! I’m not sure how I missed the vanilla in the odor, but one sip and it reveals itself prominently. The ubiquitous smoked malt is there, along with a bit of hop presence. Although I’m also picking up chocolate and yeast, and just a touch of good earthy funk.

Mouthfeel provides a mellow sip and a slightly dry aftertaste.

Overall this is a fairly complex and moderately sweet stout, with a solid marriage of complimentary smells and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 16:51:21 | More by datalager
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rwrk42

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark brown like a maple syrup color with a light beige colored head
Smell: A sweet roasted malt smell with chocolate and coffee undertones.
Taste: Extremely smooth and tasty. Roasted malt and coffee flavors are abundant. Slight hint of irish whiskey on the finish. Unique flavor
A very good solid stout. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:52:36 | More by rwrk42
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with a huge dense and fluffy tan head. Retention is quite spectacular and there is a thick wall of lacing as well.

S: Some really nice vanilla, creamy milk chocolate and mild roasted malt. Hint of coffee as it warms.

T: Very creamy vanilla and milk chocolate. Touch of char and coffee and caramel rounds it out. Pretty subtle. A little earthy and ashy in the aftertaste. Not much indication as to the whiskey that I can detect.

M: Thin but creamy and smooth at the same time.

O: Not a bad beer. I was excited at the irish whiskey barrel aging, but I'm guessing it was very brief since I don't really detect any whiskey notes. There's just a bit of vanilla and oak but that's it. Flavor is good up front but there's a bit of an odd ash in the aftertaste that detracts and prevents it from getting higher scores.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:05:51 | More by Dope
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start out with a high suggestion for most (I haven't tasted yet) Innis & Gunn beers. You're beers are great. Please consider putting them in brown bottles so they don't get light struck. Unless that is what you are going for.

This one pours super black with a one finger, heavy cream tan head that has excellent retention. Thin creamy walls of lace. Nice sudsy rings left behind.

Oak and mild whiskey notes come through in a faint, pleasant way. A rich underneath of cocoa, roasted coffee and some earthy elements. For a stout, the aroma is faint and not very rich. I expected more whiskey/booze in the nose. No skunk this time! Congrats!

The oak and whiskey notes come through better in the taste. A little lingering on the oak, woody tones. Not really a stout flavor. High on roast with a cocoa flavor that is lacking. Some medicinal notes, herbal and grassy. Licorice.

Thin for a stout.

Not the most enjoyable of this brewery. Above average, unique, and interesting. Missing body. Out of style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 23:48:47 | More by JayS2629
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