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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood FinishInnis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 167
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 05-21-2013

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Photo of marcusR111
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Serving: 330 ml bottle chilled in the fridge poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A very rich coppery colored beer. Slight red tint. Slight carbonation. Head is off white and frothy. The head began as one finger and very slowly dissipated to a ring around the glass. Light lacing around the glass.

Smell: Immediately catch a strong hoppy smell. As it is an Innis & Gunn, I also catch faint hints of toffee and vanilla. Cherrywood is slightly coming through. The bottle says maple syrup is added, but I'm not catching in the scent.

Taste: Woody, biscuit, sweet flavour up front easing into a slight malty and bitter hop flavour. Finishes with a pleasant sweet maple.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied ale. Very smooth and goes down easy. Carbonation isn't too overpowering

Overall: I quite enjoyed this beer. I am a Scottish Canadian so I felt it represented both very well. The cherrywood adds a nice twist to the regular oak aged Innis & Gunn. It's a kind of beer where you would like 2 or 3 at the pub watching the game.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%

A – A deep golden brown meets the eye so this beer looks damned good in the glass though it only has a fingernail of tan head. I was hoping for more. There is also very little lace in this one.

S – The smell from the glass to me is Sunday morning at the north coast, ‘pancake and syrup’. There is plenty of caramel, bitter wood, alcohol with raisin and vanilla notes. Smells damned fine!

T – You will not be surprised to learn that there is maple syrup in the brew, but the beer itself is not too sweet, instead as Goldie Locks would say, it is just right. The sharpness of the cherrywood in the casks that has leached into the brew balances out the syrup so there is a deep and complex flavour that just goes on and on. The taste is an almost perfect follow of the nose.

MF – Medium to full in the mouth with low carbon tingle this one has a slightly dry finish and some nice boozy warmth but nothing that ruins the taste.

O – Once again Innis and Gunn have produced a winner for me. Smooth and flavoursome this is a wonderful Ale and I find it to be very good with Potato and leek dishes. If you are vegetarian then this is a great beer to drink with a stew.

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Photo of Realbeer1542
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear reddish brown. Poured into a porter glass. Nice thick 3 finger head at first softening to a lacing across the caramel color. Really nice.

Smell - Cherry wood malt, oak cask, light cherry brandy and beer. Intriguing and not overly sweet.

Taste - Nice biscuit and malt. Very faint hops but just enough for the style. Gladly had to hunt for the maple syrup almost not there - just an essence. .

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation . Hides alcohol well.

Overall- Very enjoyable. I bought two 25 oz bottles and only finished half of the other. I recapped it easily and drank the second half on day two. The rating on day two was the same if not better with a softening of the carbonation and smells.

Serving type: Bottle poured into a Porter Glass

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Photo of DarrellK
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably the only thing lacking with this brew is that the mouth is a bit light for a Scottish Ale.

At the pour there is a moderate head that dissipates in a while but has the large bubble of the style.

Color looks like you poured a Jim Beam in the glass.

The nose is pronounced and has a trace of the cherrywood as well as the malt.

The mouth is more than adequate but not quite as viscous as the style dictates.

Finish is malty with the undertones of the cherrywood and maple balancing the slightly high gravity.

As a beverage is rates higher than how it matches the style but no one will complain.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby red with a nice white red head. The smell is a cherry oak smell that is very pleasant. Actually I really didn't think this would be all that good but from the look and smell it seems it could be ok. The taste is better than ok by far. It's a very smooth drinkable beer with hints of sweet cherry. Kind of an oak presence that fit very well too. Overall, I went from thinking of this as a gimmic beer to one that I would definitely buy again. Nice work by Innis & Gunn, which I haven't had much of before, but will try more now.

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Photo of Franck
4.25/5  rDev +11%

At smell, you recognize the typical Innis & Gunn's sweet malts and oak aromas. An aroma of maple sugar stands out too.
In mouth, the malts explode in mouth followed by sugar and wood notes. Traces of caramel, toffee and hops are trying to make their place.
Bitterness is short and sweet

Overall, it's another great beer by I&G. Well-balanced and no traces of alcohol despite its 8.3 ABV

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This bottle says Canadian Cherrywood 'Aged' instead of 'Finished', and the label backdrop is white instead of red, but I am pretty sure this is the same beer.

Appearance - pours a cherry-hued amber, loads of froth whip up two fingers of foam quickly. Some decent lacing to top things off.

Aroma - a non-impressive sweet grain flavor to start. After a bit of setup time, some fine cherrywood elements kick in.

Taste - sweet grain, slightly peaty. The sweetness is not necessarily maple-flavored, but it is good. The cherrywood adds a nice woody character, in excellent balance no less. The finish is sweet and slightly dry.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, muted carbonation which I like in this case, and a clean, refreshing feel despite its heft.

Overall - an excellent end to a long Saturday day of work in the house. Cheers!

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Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper color in a stein with a 2 f head.

Very strong oak presence in the aroma- some cherry.

The mouth feel is carbonated.

Wonderful oak / cherrywood taste with some vanilla.
The maple syrup doesn't come in strongly. There is
slight bitterness in the finish.

Quite distinctive. Strong oak,light body, some vanilla, but the vanilla
aroma doesn't come through.

Served at 54F. However, it is suggeted to serve a 5C-too low,.

Quite good.My favorite from the brewery.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 330ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance - Pours a clear amber colour with a slight copper hue. Topped with 2 fingers of off white creamy head. Head retention is mediocre. The coloring is quite nice.

Smell - Very sweet. The cherrywood is very prominent, complimented by some sweet notes...maybe syrupand toffee. There is definitely fruit presence as well, probably cherries.

Taste - Very biscuit-y up front, followed by the a soft hop bitterness, cherries and syrup. Finish has some wood-aftertaste along with a a faint lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, low carbonation. Feels sort of like watery syrup.

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Photo of mesatrin
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured a nice translucent amber color with a finger worth of head.

The smell was sweet and malty subtle hints of cherry in the smell.

The first sip was sweet, almost too sweet. The more the beer breaths and warms you get more flavor. The sweetness is still apparent but you start to get woody and cherry undertones with small hints of maple.

I did not get a sense of over carbonation like a few other reviews. Mouthfeel was more syrup and smooth to me.

Overall, this was a great beer. I wish this was more readily available around me so that I could always have it in reserve when I want to take a break from my standard IPA for something on the sweeter side. This beer would also pair well with a smoked pulled pork, or a thick hunk of pork belly.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a delightful reddish/brown color that is chill hazed, with muddy tones throughout. The head is of a tanned color and decent enough albeit slightly soapy and settles from its initial two finger thick head, into a thin yet dense layer, and this retains well. It also looks like there is plenty of large carbonation happening.

S- The aromas are chalk full of rich toasty malts that give off a deep level of sweetness. The other big factor here is the Earthiness of the Cherrywood that is woody yet with a just a hint of cherry pits and caramel like sap. Hop presence is at a minimum, but I appreciate this for the style that they are going for.

T- This is plenty flavorful for sure! Rich deep malt sweetness that coats the palate and is raisiny, like the filling of a butter tart, is most prominent. There are other flavors to help balance this out however, starting with some woodiness from the oaking....it again has just a hint of cherry pit flavors....not sweet but more the essence of the fruit. I find that the bourbon infusion makes this lean to the boozy side of things...it's a little bit noticeable to me but doesn't take away from the beer itself. Burnt toffee and caramel bits round out the flavors and the overall blend keeps everything balanced!

M- Thick bodied and slightly syrupy, yet with plenty of carbonation to keep my palate relatively cleansed! The flavors are robust and full, and never let you truly forget what you are tasting....I feel like this could be part of a compote for pancakes or something breakfasty. I like it, but not quite to the same extent as other I&G fare.....still, a very good beer that is innovative, using the Canadian Cherrywood and it doesn't disappoint!

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Photo of shand
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very much an Innis and Gunn beer - all of their limited editions are really just twists off of their malty, complex, sweet wood style of brewing. This is no different. I'm really not sure what the cherrywood is giving to the equation - there's maybe a light amount of cherry flavor but that might be me imagining it due to the cherry on the label - but the maple syrup contributes a nice amount of complexity to the finish. Very tasty, as expected from I&G, but doesn't bring too much new to the table.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What a kick ass size I never had a 25.4 oz bottle before. Almost a steal at just 5.99. Into a pint glass.
A - Minimal head just a 1/4 inch that fizzes out slowly but in the glass a ton of carbonation. Slightly thick looking deep brown in color.
S - Smell is great like a regular Inns and Gunn but a bit stronger on the wood. Smells very sweet with vanilla, toffee and caramel.
T - Not as sweet as I expected notes of vanilla, cherry, oak, and a not so strong maple tone but its in there giving the finish a slight dry edge.
M - Such a smooth beer I would have guessed maxed at 7% but this one is well over 8%.

Overall could have been a bit thicker but I found it very smooth, tasty oak aged old ale. Well worth the 6 dollar price for more than a bombers worth.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 7/11/13

A clear dark amber with a few slow bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S mild wood, lots of toffee, ju-jubes are strong, I don't think cherry wood would make this smell like cherries but I do get some cherry, some maple rounds things out

T tastes a little better with slightly more wood, maple and caramels are stronger, ju-jubes are toned down, just a hint of booze but its very well hidden

M lighter side of medium but the bubbles give it some life creaming it up a little, fruity finish

O one of the better Innis & Gunn beers I've had, the flavor was the best part for sure but not lacking anywhere

I could drink this one again no problem, not overly complex but has a nice mix of flavors and very easy to drink for 8.3%

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like cherries, wood, maple, and bready malt. I think the taste mostly follows the aroma, with the cherry and wood flavors being the strongest. It's a sweet, fruity ale. There's also some caramel and candied fruit flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, it's definitely worth a try. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from Tesco (£2.39):
Dark caramel with a finger-sized, cream head that is a brownish white in colour and settles as a thin lacing covering the surface before slowly turning patchy.

Sweet with strong malts and a touch of maple syrup as the name would suggest. There is some faint alcohol coming through with some pine and vanilla as well as some sugar & cherry.

Sweet malts and caramel kick things off, alongside some vanilla from the nose as well and hints of alcohol too. Despite this alcohol the beer was surprisingly easy to drink and this was helped along by some pleasant dark fruits and spice along with some maple syrup and butterscotch adding to the sweetness in the taste.

Sweet & smooth feel to the beer on top of a medium body and the hints of alcohol that also featured throughout. Carbonation was on the soft side becoming slightly stronger as you got to the middle and there was also the occasional touch of bitterness that seemed to linger at the end.

A nice beer and similar in a lot of ways to the breweries original beer. Smooth and quite easy to drink despite the huge alcohol content and the touches of alcohol dotted throughout the taste. Sweet and sugary with plenty going on to keep me interested and the warming alcohol feel to the palate was very nice.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The brew pours a copper-amber color with a billowy just off white head. The head had a lighter level of retention, fading rather fast to leave light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was sweet being a mix of darker fruits of cherry and fig as well as a maple syrup and caramel smell. Along with these sweeter smells so too comes some nice oak and biscuity malt aromas. A little bit of alcohol and spice also comes to the nose creating a warming sweet woodsy smell overall.

Taste – The taste starts out with a sweeter caramel and lighter dark fruit flavors of cherry, plum and fig. Along with the sweeter flavors upfront are some biscuit malty flavors as well as a little bit of oak. The oak grows stronger while the biscuit loses strength as the taste moves on. Along with the biscuit fading so too does some of the caramel only to be replaced by a more candied sugar, toffee and maple syrup taste. In the end the oakiness mixed with some alcohol booziness to give a sweeter whisky like taste which when combined with all the fruit, sugar and light malty tastes ends up leaving a smooth, sweet, and warm taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thickness is quite nice for the sweeter flavors of the brew with the lighter carbonation helping to create a more warming feel in light of the boozy and oaky flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather enjoyable brew overall. It is sweet of maple, fruit and other sugars but is balanced out by some of the wood, boozy and biscuit malt flavors of the brew. A nice one to give a go to.

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Photo of Glennam
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this beer on display in my local distributor. Intrigued by the cherrywood. Cracked it open with a friend and was immediately impressed by the thick reddish head. Poured it into a pint glass and admired its coppery red/ orange color. Took a sip and absolutely loved it. Not sure about tasting any cherrywood but definitely a lot going on. Slightly sweet with a touch of the alcohol. Nice mouthfeel and goes down smooth. Recommend it!

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Photo of gr0g
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany in color with a soapy, one-finger foam cap. True to its name, the aroma is cherry and oak forward. Smells pretty sugary and rich. Sweet toffee malt component. As good as this smells, I'm hoping it's not overly sweet and unbalanced.

So... the flavor profile is sweet and unbalanced, BUT... not excessively so. This is drinking much like a "light barleywine," if such a thing could exist. Sweet upfront, with lots of cherry and oak. Sweetness holds on all the way to the finish, where some oakiness lingers. Carbonation is light and not very visible, appropriate and complimentary to the flavor.

Much like the rum cask version of Innis and Gunn, this fits solidly into the "after dinner" beer category. A sweet, malt-forward ale that's not all that complex but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Total Wine in West Orange. I had some other Innis and Gunn beers recently and expected this to be a variation of their smooth, malty, and copper beers that I've become accustomed to and for the most part, that's what this turned out to be. This was strong in the alcohol department too but it never really felt it and like all of their other offerings, this went down smoothly and was a nice take on the style that only these guys could pull off!

The pour to this, was a dark copper, with a somewhat frothy head that faded shortly after pouring what I could out from the big bottle. Hardly any lacing to be seen as well and the carbonation was light as well, although there were a few traces of bubbles that could be seen after each sip. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but the taste more made up for it. The cherry was here but it was a lot more syrupy than sour, as there was some wood, raisin, currant, rye, and crystalline sweetness. The mouthfeel was quite smooth and left a somewhat oily residue on my mouth afterwards. It didn't feel like a Barleywine or a dark Belgian beer but there were signs of both here as this was potent and dark while not being overbearing, which doesn't surprise me at all given that this is an Innis and Gunn offering.

The 1 pint, 9 oz. bottle took a long time to down and much of it had to do with the alcohol. It could be viewed as too similar to the other, more popular beers from these guys but for me, this was a nice example of what an English Strong Ale should be. The hops aren't here but everything else is and someone looking for a good dessert beer to split without the sour tartness of the cherries would be wise to start here. Innis and Gunn beers are different and not for everyone but those who are patient will be well rewarded with a subtly smooth and strong beer that's worth the time it takes to finish it off.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - hazy cedar red brown, one finger of tan had receded to a thin cover
S - definite woody and cherry aspects present, brown sugar and light grains
T - cherry flavour is there but maybe a little bit forced, woody and light earthy notes, some sugar and spice rounds it out with a hint of vanilla
M - relatively light, maybe a tad flat on carbonation, sticky sweet and coating through the finish
O - its a tasty brew with both the cherry and the wood making itself known, maybe a little too sweet for some but it suits me just fine

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: mostly clear bronze. Substantial tan head. Lots of bubbles.
Smell: a sweet, yeasty nose that surprisingly reminds of a tripel. Pleasant enough though no idea of this cherrywood thing. Maple is not prominent.
Taste: much like the nose though the maple appears in the finish.
Overall: nice enough. Not sure what the cherrywood treatment has done for it. Tasty.

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Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear deep ruby with a thick one finger off-white head. Really good head retention and lacing.

The first note I get in the aroma is the very typical Innis and Gunn oakiness. There is some cherry in there that is faint along with a bit of butterscotch.

The flavor has that heavy familiar oak up front but there is more depth to it with this beer. Some cherry is there along with butterscotch and sweet caramel. The maple syrup is detectable in the sweetness that is present but the actual flavor is quite faint. Pretty thick mouthfeel with quite a bit of sweetness and a sticky finish.

Overall, a decent, somewhat complex beer but it still misses the mark for me. The sweetness is a bit much and somewhat limits drinkability. Still, a nice effort by Innis and Gunn.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml clear bottle purchased from LCBO for $3.25 CDN. Served fairly cold into glassware. Yet another Innis & Gunn one-off that I haven't tried before. Still looking for the beer that I enjoy as much as the original. Maybe this will be the one. I hope so for my 350th review.

Appearance - Moderately aggressive pour lends itself to only a half finger of frothy off-white head that has next to no retention time. The beer itself is a coppery red in color and quite clear. Some residual wisps of head linger on top and the visible carbonation is fairly minimal.

Smell - The signature aromatic oak and vanilla shines through as always, There's a bit more of an earthy woodlike smell than usual, but nothing terribly different than the original.

Taste - Similar to the original with plenty of vanilla but this has a fruitiness (think cherries) combined with the vanilla for a moment or two in the middle of the sip before it dries out and transforms into a dry wooden slightly ashy flavor (in a good way) in the finish

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation although a touch sprtitzy for the moment it hits your lips, but afterwards definitely on the flat side and a dry finish that mingles well with the dry wooden ashy flavor; this is a satisfactory conclusion in my eyes. However, I wish the mouthfeel from the carbonation was a little more bold and consistent throughout. Alcohol is well hidden given this is about 1-2% higher in ABV than most of their offerings.

Overall - One of the better and more enjoyable ones from I&G, but still doesn't blow me away like the original did when I first had it, but with some slightly different nuances and a well hidden ABV, you could do far worse than this. At its price point, a definite try for I&G fans

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served slightly chilled into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful clear copper color with an inch of light tan head that quickly recedes leaving a very light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of whiskey, caramelized sugars, dried fruit and very mild hint of pineapple.

Flavors follow through the aromas with a slight peppery finish.

Light to medium bodied and sweet with a crisp dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a full flavored but fairly light bodied beer. Not my favorite from I&G, but a good beer to pair with a variety of cuisine.

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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish from Innis & Gunn
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.