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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout - Innis & Gunn

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 569
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 27.3%
Wants: 38
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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 CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle
Served into a snifter

A: Dark brown and mahogany body, not quite looking black at any point on the pour or once settled. Small off-white, almost tan, head forms but quickly dissipates. No real lacing or retention either.

S: Chocolate malt, classic I&G style astringent "oak" aroma, semi-sweet...something. Perhaps vanilla, and maybe even a buttery or butterscotch note.

T: Oak is immediate, it's the same flavor you get with almost all the I&G oak-aged beers. A bit of sweetness, vanilla, black patent malt and some caramel undertones.

M: On the thinner side of a medium body, not full and robust. Slick and oily on the palate not every really coating, just sort of there.

I'm glad I picked this up to try, I really enjoy the Rum cask and original Oak aged varieties and while this one wasn't bad, it was certainly my least favorite so far.

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

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A lightly roasty malt nose with some caramel and a hint of spicy whiskey.

T - Sweet, malty notes of dark bread up front with dark caramel and toffee. Some smoky notes in the middle with a hint of oak and a finish of dark sugar, light roast and light, but peppery whiskey notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this is the best of the Innis and Gunn cask aged beer that I've had (I have been unimpressed with the others so far). The base beer is a nicely brewed English stout and the whiskey notes are very subtle but do seem to add something to the experience.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head and nice lacing on a clear deep mahagony brown body.

S: strong vanilla with irish cream, whiskey and chocolate. some roasted malts.

T: toffee, light coffee, roasted malts. light brown sugar and vanilla. the irish whiskey comes in late in the finish.

M: very smooth, light to medium carbonation and fairly thick body.

Overall: incredibly smooth, nice flavor and very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an English Pint Glass, poured a very dark reddish coffee colour with a thin head, stained a toffee colour. Head dissipates quickly, except for where it lingers around the edges. The whiskey is most prominent on the nose and finish, giving it just a hint of sweetness. Very malty flavour that develops a little bit as it warms up, heavy caramels. A good showing.

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Photo of Converge
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours a deep, nearly black ruby-cola hue with a frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are marginal at best. Nice packaging and bottle at least.

S - In typical I&G fashion, this beer smells ridiculously sweet right off the bat. Scotch presence is minimal, but the barrel and oak are detectable. Tons of toffee and butterscotch upfront, with vanilla, banana bread, and an earthy floral character as well. Some mild roasted malt and coffee notes. I get the feeling this is going to be way too sweet for my tastes...

T - Well, it's not quite as sweet as anticipated. It's actually sort of boring. Some fruity and floral notes make their way through, with I&G's signature cloying butterscotch sweetness and floral character clearly pronounced. Finishes with a touch of roast, and minimal bitterness. A touch of alcohol warmth in the finish as well. The whisky is light, but the barrel comes through a bit. Not nearly as most BA stouts out there, but just enough to let you know it sat in one for some amount of time.

M - Medium body, with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Not quite as creamy or smooth as a stout should be.

D - Yet another swing and a miss by I&G. All of their beers taste the same, with the exact same god damn cloying butterscotch sweetness. I though their take on a stout might be a bit different, maybe even better, but this is still unmistakably Innis & Gunn, and to me that's not a good thing.

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Photo of liamt07
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip.

Black body with a dense mocha head. Thin retention but thick lacing. Nose has chocolate, roasted coffee, a heavy dose of sweet oak, irish cream liqueur, caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet and oaky, a touch of whiskey and butterscotch (in a typical Innis and Gunn fashion). Light roastiness, and a Bailey's liqueur-like flavour. Body is disappointingly thin and watery, low carbonation. Some good ideas here, but everything doesn't seem to come together the way I'd like it to.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown purple with a tall mocha head that retained nicely leaving some random lacing
S - starts with the big malty aroma similar to Guinness, late follow up of some some sweet and smoky aromas, overall a fairly strong nostril tickler
T - smoky chocolate malty stoutness quickly followed by a pungent whiskey sweet & heat, so much so it is reminiscent of an irish car bomb shot
M - a thin body for a stout, significant alcohol heat gets in your nose
O - big up for getting really 'Mc' on this one, some of the big irish stout properties combined with big irish whiskey, although in some ways it seems like they just poured the two into the bottle, well worth a try but not my favourite I&G offering

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

LCBO seasonal. A different Innis & Gunn, on the creamy side, a decent stout at that, with Baker's chocolate and a better thana verage Irish whiskey and leaning on the sweet side for drinkability. Roasty aroma, an mild roasted coffee bordering on straight out roasted barley/coffee substitute. One of their better ones. Very dark bodied.

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Photo of Pjev11
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard pretty good things about this I&G stout so I was looking forward to tasting.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Very dark with a half finger of light brown head. Looks like a stout should.

Smell is nondescript. Bottle says aged in Irish Whiskey casks but I definitely don't smell it.

I do taste the Whiskey cask and it's not too pleasing. Way too much alcohol in the taste for a stout. I pretty much only taste the alcohol. Very flat in the mouth.

Overall I am not impressed. Don't think I'll be purchasing this one again.

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Photo of NForr
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on May13th 2012

Innis & Gunn - Irish Whiskey Cask - Scottish Stout - 7.5% - Scotland

Aromas of dark coco, vanilla. Fruity - apples, pears. Vanilla. There is a little bit of coffee in their too. You can smell the whiskey in this one quite a lot.

Coffee and chocolate tastes up front followed by a little bit of sweetness, then some alcohol, and ending with a tart, sour and bitter finish. Sugars come out more as it warms, and the tartness subsides a bit, making it more enjoyable as I drink it.

The body is lighter for a stout, but still thick enough to let you know that you are having something bigger.

This one really works, one of the best I've had from I&G. It seems that the oak aging process compliments the dark roasted flavors quite well.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke who passed this along from the Innis and Gunn rep for Canada. I wasn't very quick on the draw however, as this has been sitting in my fridge since before it was even commercially available, and have no good reason at all for not sampling it immediately. Still, better late than never....

From a 330 ml clear bottle that comes in a green box. Pours out black yet still translucent, exhibiting a cola-like hue when held to direct light.

Some raisin and fig on the nose, mild roasty malt, and some sweet booze. Notes of cafe au lait too.

Mild roasty malt up front in the flavour, drying out in the middle, yet with some raisin sweetness contrasted with herbal hops on the finish. Woody vanilla starts to coat the lips after several sips. Wood lingers on in the aftertaste, as does roasted malt and coffee notes when it warms.

Mouthfeel is lighter, although the texture still alludes a creamy fullness, with a low level of carbonation.

To my palate the whiskey barrel aging doesn't seem to add too much to the stout overall, however it certainly does add an extra layer to what's going on. Not a bad beer by any means, however it seems more like an experiment than something that was intentional when it comes to a final result.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never seen a beer so opaque before. The head is also very dark and leaves very nice lacing. The smell isn't very complex, but its still good - molasses, bread, and that ever-so-faint whiskey quality. The taste, however, is a step above because the whiskey really shines through. It almost overpowers the other flavours of molasses and malts. It's a little on the sweet side - not very well balanced I'd say. Very creamy, very drinkable. It it wasn't so expensive I'd buy this again.

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

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with a finger width of creamy tan head.

Smell - Oak/woodsy, chocolate, roasted aromas.

Taste - Chocolatey with hints of vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Very rich flavours with a touch of roastiness (barley). Turns sweet at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and a tad creamy.

Overall - An enjoyable English stout by Innis & Gunn. Excellent roasted qualities in both aroma and flavour. Wished there was a bit more oak and whiskey flavour from the barrel, but that is personal preference.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cola brown with some garnet highlights and a bit of creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt and a sweet, slightly oaky tinge of Irish whisky. Palate is huge on malt, a blend of biscuit and sweet bread. There's no real hop character to speak of, but the oak and whisky from the barrel shine through pretty well. The alcohol is well-integrated, I'd never guess that this is 7.4% ABV. I suppose there could be a little more whisky here, but it's a solid beer, for sure.

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Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown colour, one finger of tan head with a good amount of lace. Smell is of roasted malt, both dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, whiskey notes though I wouldn't say specifically Irish whiskey, oak barrel scents, light coffee followed by more milk chocolate. Taste is quite roasted up front, bittersweet notes of chocolate and coffee, oak is subtle at first and eventually becomes more pronounced towards the finish, some whisky flavours but not as overpowering as some other offers from this brewer, vanilla and chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is quite thin and a touch watery, light-med carb, light feel. This was fairly nice and would have been far better if it had a little more body, one of the few I&G beers I haven't found to be over oaked.

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Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a creamy beige two finger head upon a near black body, patchy lacing and decent retention - nearly impenetrable

S - sweet molasses and vanilla and peaty whiskey - a little smokey

T - follows the nose with sweet burnt malt and a beautiful whiskey note that really comes through as it warms - toffee and licorice also comes through with a herbal hops in the background

M - medium bodied with little carbonation (which I like given the whiskey feel), this brew only has a little bitterness in the aftertaste. It is somewhat sweet and is not dry.

O - Another interesting brew from Innis and Gunn which was a pleasant surprise as I was not expecting a stout (did not read the bottle).

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle dated MAR 2013 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark brown with a slight ruby glow around some of the edges. One finger of bubbly light brown head formed from the pour and very quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Toffee, whiskey, roasted malts and brown sugar. The barrel aromas are very subdued and the base beer does not have typical stout aromas either. Not nearly as robust as I expected overall.

T - Whiskey notes up front that are much stronger than the nose indicated but still weaker than expected. Roasted malts, molasses and toffee from the base beer compliment the whiskey. The overall palate is decent but disappointing for the style (especially considering the ABV).

M - Light body with light carbonation. Very thin and watery.

T - While this was decent enough, considering the style and the price point ($5 for 12 oz.) it was extremely disappointing. This might be my last purchase of an Innis & Gunn beer.

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

330ml, clear as ever was bottle. Scottish stout, finished in Irish Whiskey casks - a potential Gaelic love-in, to be sure.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with pervasive cola highlights, and one finger of silky, bubbly, and foamy tan head, which settles slowly, leaving a nice drooping ring of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy wood, more fibrous than strictly vanilla and caramel, some thin nutty toffee malt, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is caramel malt, woody vanilla, brown sugar, some generic barrel booziness, and more of the aforementioned earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty morose, and not up for anything lively, the body a fairly steady medium weight, and a little cloying in its otherwise pedestrian smoothness. It finishes quite sweet, from malt, barrel, and alcohol alike.

I do quite like this, even though my prized Irish whiskey guest star gets lost in the mire - or does it? The subtly of that particular spirit may just help round out an already decent, unassuming stout, maybe. Reduction is not your friend with this one, I'm sad to say - just maybe rein in the sweetness a wee bit, and we're good to go.

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Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 2013

A - Pours dark brown with a reddish tone and three fingers of tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Smell of vanilla, caramel malt, a bit of whiskey and oak, with faint dark dried fruits. Wouldn't have pegged this as a stout, but smells pretty good.

T - Rather sharp initial whiskey taste, with vanilla, caramel, some roasted malt and raisin.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is a bit watery.

O - Good beer, but the whiskey and other elements don't really seem to come together very well.

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Photo of Naugros
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This looks like cola while being poured, but it comes together to make a nearly black glass of beer. The head is about half of an inch with some decent retention...enough to get some foam on my nose while grabbing my first whiff. That first whiff was pretty vinous with some roast and a load of caramel. The vanillins did their job in the cask.

I'm not fond of how the whiskey flavors and the stout married. The stout comes off as buttery and I don't believe it's from diacetyl. The whiskey is very evident but at odds with the beer. The fizziness of this thin stout leaves behind an okay mess on the tongue which is the remnants of the whiskey.

If you were hoping for an Irish Car Bomb, forget it. And although this sounds like a marriage made in heaven, it's not. In fact, there should be a divorce.

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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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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout from Innis & Gunn
86 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.