Innis & Gunn Independence Day 2012 - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 06-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by admiral:
Photo of admiral
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer that shows the brilliant diversity of beer

aroma: Oak and vanilla with some slight creamy caramel

taste: A taste sensation with an array of flavours for the palate to enjoy. Oak, vanilla, spices, creamy caramel, cinnamon, slight bourbon and slight woodchips

An outstanding beer that is very enjoyable to drink

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce clear bottle

Pours medium almond amber, moderate tan head, leaves some fine scattered lace behind

Caramel malt nose with whispers of vanilla and honey

smooth, malty, overpriced and enjoyable ale. More caramel, more honey, more vanilla, with a hint of wood/smoke character just barely making itself felt.

Decent enough scottish ale, worth a try, but no bargain

Photo of socon67
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to have this guy on July 4th.

A - Amber pour, with a creme colored foam top. Clarity is good. No lcaing of note.

S - Smells of vanilla, earthy hops, and rum. Are all their beers on rum casks?

T - Flavors of rum again are dominant. Behind that, some vanilla bean, and brown sugar. Kinda wish the rum wasn't so forward.

M - After a glass of this I was done. Just found the rum taste was stuck in my mouth. I get that this is their intent, but I didn't find it so drinkable.

O - Not bad, and I'm sure those that like I&G will appreciate it. Butnot my favorite in a scotch ale.

Photo of scootny
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially not much to look at. Clear caramel color with a small head that fades quickly and not much lace. Smell is lovely with lots of sweet malt and caramel, along with a big fruity bouquet of fruitcake and yeasty dinner rolls. A touch of fusel alcohol and an herbal hop presence. Tastes great! Scotch ale with a huge portion of fruits. Big toasted caramel malt core with lightly scorched caramel notes. Cherries and vanilla, lovely oak and lightly bitter hops. A drying astringent quality that makes this one go down like soda pop. Feel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Supple over the tongue with super drinkability. This is a great brew with a great overall character.

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

clear orange glow with a finger of sticky off white head. Extremely malty and woody on the nose. Vanilla and oak with sweet toffee and caramel covered apples on the nose.

Smooth velvety almost wine like mouthfeel. Close to flat. Flavors that are on the nose all blend well together into one concise sip over the tongue with the oak being the star of the show and a little fruit twang on the back of the tongue. Sweet but with a clean oaky/spicy finish that isn't overwhelming. Concise, complex and flavorful. Pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the scotts brewing a beer for an american holiday but at least it came out good.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows classic I&G vanilla oak, toffee, caramel and faint spicy notes. Pretty enticing.
Coconut and vanilla stand out as flavours, with sweet caramel following. The base beer feels a little weak.
Body feels a bit light on.
A little to sweet, gets cloying, but nice oak characters throughout.

Photo of emerge077
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Split into two tumblers at the Independence Tap. Sadly very little foam, fizzed up like soda, then there was absolutely no head. Tawny reddish copper color, pretty nice clarity.

Slight woody and sweet gingersnap aromas, cola.

Bitter and woody, dark toasted malts, caramelized sugars. Savory and relatively tasty, though it feels like flat cola in the mouth. Abv is fairly well obscured. Innis & Gunn should look into force carbing their exceedingly watery brews. Tasted alright, though it could use some improvement in the body/mouthfeel department.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stick around for too long. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like caramel malt, apples, vanilla and a bit of nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, apples, oak, vanilla, and a little bit of butterscotch. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent enough overall brew.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: tan, caramel appearance. Wispy off white head. Clear, but lots of bubbles.
Smell: frankly, not distinguishable from other Innis and gunn in any significant way. Not bad in and of itself. Kind of a barrel aged "light", a pleasant mix of candy, oak, and malt.
Taste: Much like the nose. Pleasant, understated.
Overall: nice brew. Very cool that the brewers did this our Independence Day. Thanks fellas.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Off-white head with good retention. Oily, soapy lacing sticks to the glass. Body is dark copper in color. Aroma consists of sweet molasses, slight plantain and maybe brown sugar. Taste is mildly sweet with caramel malts, no bitterness and no alcohol. Not terribly exciting but certainly not bad at all.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Innis & Gunn's Independence Day 2912 for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I have been pretty impressed with this brewery and when I say that they made a beer for Independence day I figured I should try it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date 2012 vintage. Poured from a clear 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is just about the same as their others, but with a blue background, it looks ok. It poured a nice amber color that took on and amber/copper almost caramel like color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some patchy lacing. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with tons of sweet malts that impart some toffee aromas with brown sugar and caramel sticking out the most giving the aroma a high amount of sweetness and there is also a light nutty aroma. Next comes some buttery aromas and some light vanilla and oak aromas. Towards the end I get a lighter amount of noticeable hops that mainly impart an earthy aroma with a slight spicy hop aroma. The aroma is nice, but I wish that the barrel showed up a little more and the it wasn't so sweet, still a nice aroma though.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and starts the same with loads of malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness and impart lots of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar flavors. Next comes some barrel flavors that stick out a little more then they did in the aroma and impart some nice oak and vanilla flavors. After that I get a little more sweetness then comes the hops which impart some earthy and slightly spicy flavors with a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a sweet and barrel like aftertaste. I like the taste of this beer, the hops were a nice addition, but I feel like the flavors didn't come together as well as they could have, still pretty solid though.

M- Pretty smooth, a little chewy, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but it's not as good as some of their other beers, it felt a little watery.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and an above average example of the style, there are some nice added touches to this beer that keep it from being mediocre. This beer had good drinkability, it went down smoother then expected and the flavor held my attention, but the added sweetness hurts it a little, I might be able to drink two if the sweetness doesn't get to me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the noticeable amount of hops, this beer looked damn good and the added hop aspect helped balance this beer out a little. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness and I thought the barrel aspect could show up a little more, but the high sweetness was my biggest complaint, it seems much sweeter then their other beers. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's pretty rare so I don't think I'll see it again, and there's a few other beers from this brewery that I would rather have, but I do recommend giving it a try. All in All this was a solid beer, but lacked that special something that brings everything together and makes it cohesive, I liked it but I would rather have their other beers I have tried, it's a solid but I don't think it's that memorable. I like this one slightly less then the original..

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, pours a red orange amber with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: smell is heavily of oak like a freshly emptied whiskey barrel, also caramelized malt, slight pine hops

T: sweet malt character up front, oak tannins provide some bitterness to the middle that meets up with the light hop flavor, finish is on the sweeter side, flavors milder and simpler than expected

M: medium to full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol presence provides some viscosity but doesn't stand out as offensive

O: the oak aging provides a nice aroma to this beer, flavor is big on malt

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't know why they still do clear bottles, but hopefully no skunk on this one.

Pours a nice big fizzy fluffy head that reaches about 1.5 fingers before fading at a med to a bit quicker pace, with just a touch of light lacing, over crystal clear auburn maple colored beer.

Nose brings sweet malts and sweeteners galore, caramel and molasses mostly, toffee, little nutty, with a light vanilla buttery barrel aroma, actually as it goes a lot more buttery toasty oak barrel, a touch of oxidation I think, and light esters.

taste starts semi sweet, with more malts, although the barrel flavors really kick in quickly bringing lots of buttery oak, hint of vanilla. Sweeteners like caramel and toffee, molasses, little nutty, etc. Light malt flavors overall, mostly the sweet flavors that even seem to bring a hint of maple syrup. Little sticky and semi sweet, and little syrupy. Light bready yeast flavor on the back end, and hint of oxidation. Finish gets a decent bitterness, with slight dry but not quite, some buttery oak, and even more sweeteners.

Mouth is med bodied, syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall not bad, but almost all their beers are essentially the same, this being a bit more sweet than the others I think, but all have caramel, molasses, maple, and sweet flavors mixed with buttery oak barrel and sometimes oxidation. At least this one isn't skunked.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, faint bourbon like notes, vanilla, and a touch fruity. In the taste, a sweet apple fruitiness, woody, and mellow notes of bourbon. A smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry apple fruitiness and a small note of banana in the aftertaste. Big nose, lighter flavor, but nice nonetheless.

Photo of Reaper16
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

About to have a little pre-4th celebraish, you guys.

Pours a perfectly clear ambler color. No visible carbonation streams, yet the beer's head is greater than 2 full fingers (admittedly on an aggressive pour). Medium-sized bubbles all around.

This is a strange aroma. I first pick up on some juicy citrus from the hops. But that quickly gives way to some of the strangest aromas I've ever encountered in a beer: candy corn sweetness; a funky (not in a wild yeast way) aroma that reminds me of, like, old masa (cornmeal dough) or something; and smells of treated/stained wood. That soughdough quality is off-putting, as it has a certain gameyness to it...almost like game meat. Weird, weird brew.

The flavor is more pleasant. It's very sweet -- sugary in the way of peanut brittle. There's a sweet orange washover that occurs on the midpalate, but that's all that the hops provide here. The barrels show up with a bit of buttery flavor and some sawdust. It isn't complex, but it's reasonably OK tasting.

The mouthfeel lacks any carbonation whatsoever. It's smothness all the way, combined with a light body. It works with this beer, but it isn't that good in general.

Overall, this is a strange, ineffective beer that doesn't match up well with Innis & Gunn's other beers.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Been waiting to find this guy for months (obviously), and I finally happened upon a stash in Schaumburg. Damn Cook County distribution being better than Lake! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear soft tawny topped by a finger of glowing off-gray foam. The nose comprises vanilla bean, banana, sweet caramel, a touch of oak, and what seems like a kiss of whiskey (as though you were to sniff from a bottle and subtracted the alcohol scent). For once, that hint of very mild skunk that accompanies most I&G beers (never a problem, though) isn't there, but neither is that bit of complexity y9u normally get as well. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though a vague sweetness, very candy-like, pervades at all times, with a mild bit of bad wood near the finish, giving an earthy, green-y kind of not-quite-sour-but-I-can't-think-of-a-better-descriptor kind of character. Honestly, things just don't really work all that much here, The body is a light medium, with a decently light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this is by far my least favorite I&G beer thus far. The flavors, normally complex, rich, and pleasant, come across as slightly muddled, decidedly plain, and a tad blunt. Quite the disappointment, lemme tell ya...

Photo of Ziggyzig
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this at my local craft beer spot in Springfield,OH. Was a little concerned how it was gonna be considering age and the clear bottle, so here's the review:

Color: about 14-16 SRM
Appearance: clear and clean, poured a 1 finger head that disappeared quickly.
Smell: sweet, woody
Taste: heavily sweet, woody, malty, scotch notes.
Experience: a pleasant sweet, woody nose dominates this beer and continues through, even lingering after each drink. The oak age gives it a almost scotch feel. As the beer warms it becomes even more smooth on the tongue.

I would have loved to have one of these soon after it was brewed, as I curious how it's aged. But alas I am just lucky I found it before it was gone forever. If you come across one of these pick it up, before age catches up with it, or before it's extinct.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've always thought that Innis and Gunn beers are a bit out of balance and that the oaking was more of a schtick than something that was intrinsic to the beer at hand. I'd say that this beer is pretty much par for the course- not bad, and the oak flavors are fairly nice to start, but they tire the palate after a 1/2 a glass, and there are really none of the promised hops to help balance everything out. This beer pretty much underlines why you need more than just a few sips of beer at a beer event to review something. After a couple of ounces, I think I'd score this a fair bit higher than after finishing the whole glass. All that being said, it's not a terrible beer by any stretch. There is a bit too much oak, but the oak doesn't hit you over the head. The malt dominates any hoppiness here, but it's a gentle, warming, caramel malt that's quite pleasant. Probably the best thing about this beer, though, is the lovely, creamy mouthfeel and finish. This along with some dried fruit notes makes it a pleasant digestif overall.

Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into DFH snifter.

A- Crystal clear caramel pour, same as all the others. Two finger, foamy off white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Caramel and toffee, brown sugar and vanilla. There is a touch of oak but nothing that really stands out at me. Slight citrus aroma from the hops.

T- Toffee and strawberries. Brown sugar and a bit of alcohol. Mandarin and a small amount of floral bitterness. Oak is very subdued.

M- Light bodied, slightly chewy, good carbonation.

O- Typical Innis and Gunn release. Is it anything special? No. Is it good? Sure.

Photo of schoolboy
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been developing a taste for this style over the last 10 months or so. This one is a rather big and busy tasting one. It is very malty and dark ann bitter, as it should be.

This beer looks great, with effervescence that won't quit in the Sam Adams glass. The aftertaste is a nasty maltiness that won't quit, for bitter or worse. Generally, this is a high end example of the style. I probably won't get another chance at it, but I am enjoying it.

Photo of palma
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking on July 2 on Southampton beach. Yes dude.

Retired crayola Raw Umber body. Bubbly tan head fades rather quickly. No lace.

Nose is citrus. Caramel. Fusel alcohol. Lighter oak and vanilla notes than other innis beers. Some of the fruitiness in the nose comes through as a funkiness.

Palate is a thin but cloying sweetness immediately followed quicky by citrus notes. A sweet light malt flavor throughout. Very light bready notes. Was looking for more biscuit/breadiness. Vanilla and oak favors show towards then end. Somewhat cloying more so than the other innis beers. I like those a little better but hey its the 4th - had to try this one.

Not a bad beer by any means though. I enjoy the other offerings from this brewery much more.

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

slight variation on the original...pretty good beer.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a good sized khaki colored head that settled to a light layer.

S - sweet vanilla and a bit of oak.

T - lots of oak and vanilla with just a hint of the Williamette hops towards the finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

O - a good example of the style.

Happy 236th Birthday America!

Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This has plenty of age on it. But in my experience Innis & Gunn brews age pretty well despite the clear glass bottles, and this has been kept in the cool dark of my finished basement since purchase.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear dark amber with a finger thick white head which receded almost completely.

s: Booze.

t; Rum up front with a mild hop bite and considerable carbonation tingle. Rum flavor lingers.

m; Light to medium, ok body, occasional slight watery notes.

o: Much like their Rum Cask aged, very flavorful and sippable.

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber hue with a two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is zesty citrus,oak,lemons,candy and mustiness,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of zesty citrus aged in oak,lemons,candy,ripe peaches,caramel and the finish is neutral neither sweet,dry or bitter and overall ive never really rated this brewery with pretty much everything aged in some oak for bad results but this one is above average and easier to drink then their other brews cheers.

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Innis & Gunn Independence Day 2012 from Innis & Gunn
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