Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood FinishInnis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish

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86
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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 lgmol
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2015. ABV is stated as 7.4%. Purchased recently from a supermarket. Comes in a fancy presentation box; the label describes it as a Scotch ale matured in Canadian black cherrywood and finished with an addition of maple syrup.

A: Poured into a cervoise. A deep, clear reddish-amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a decent head of frothy beige foam that lasts for a moment before disappearing completely.

S: Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of caramel, mild brown sugar, subtle maple syrup, raisins/dried fruit, woodiness, fruity yeast esters, a twinge of vanilla and faint stewed leaves. A whiff of warming booze in the background. Well-rounded and satisfying.

T: Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a fruity character and a lingering finish. Notes of caramel, mild brown sugar, a hint of maple syrup, subtle toasted grain, dried fruit, mild woodiness, fruity yeast esters, a whisper of marzipan and stewed leaves. Warming alcohol lurks in the background. Quite sweet, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet malt, dried fruit, yeast esters and stewed leaves.

O: A pretty good brew, though like many I&G beers not quite perfect. So-so looks; shame the head disappears too rapidly. The aroma and flavour are a pleasant mix of caramel malt, dried fruit, yeast esters and mild woodiness. The cherrywood adds something but the effect is subtle. Body is OK. The biggest problem is that the character seems too clean and polished - I reckon bottle conditioning would add a layer of complexity that would give it a boost. However, it goes down easily enough on a winter's evening. Worth trying if you come across it.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of R_Kole
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Franck
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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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3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of nhaimes
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%

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.

Photo of kevinlater
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml into snifter, 7.4% abv

a: clear caramel-ruby hue with just under a finger of light tan head

s: skunked unfortunately, but other than that i'm picking up caramel, oak, alcohol, and shy raisin and vanilla notes. um, not that much different from the original oak-aged ale

t: follows the nose but with a very slight cherrywood presence on the finish. tastes just like the original ale, which is a fine beer, but i was hoping for a bigger cherrywood pop in this one

m: medium-plus mouthfeel with low carbonation

o: expected a lot more from this one. i'm rather disappointed

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of marcusR111
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mick303
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle at the Toronto Festival of Beer, this like several I&G offerings hit me as immediately really overwhelmingly sweet, with a woody vanilla tone, a lot of candied woody character, you definitely pick up a lot of the cherry wood aspects, which is interesting but also frustratingly overpowering, I found it too sweet and woody in comparison to some of the other things they have done.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish from Innis & Gunn
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