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: 40
Hads: 165
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 5.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear but dark amber color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt notes with light woody notes. Taste is also quiet sweet which probably originated from the maple syrup. Body is light with medium carbonation. Too sweet for the style but nice used of cherry wood. (328 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, with nice cardboard packaging. Their base beer aged over bourbon-infused Canadian Black Cherrywood (is that really a thing?), and then finished with a dose of maple syrup (that I know is a thing!). I get the feeling that this is the 2013 version of the Canada Day series, without any explicit declaration thereof.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with two fingers of bubbly, moderately foamy off-white head, which leaves a few examples of coral reef island lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of somewhat edgy generic black fruit (no in your face cherry here), and semi-sweet biscuity caramel/toffee malt, with a hint of yeasty cookie dough. The taste is rather sweet, the maple syrup, sickly treacle-esque character coming out to play - a softly grainy woodiness the recommended takeaway from that, with a touch of more inwardly balanced dark fruitiness, a still sturdy caramelized, toffee-adjacent malt, and some pleasantly understated alcohol twinges rounding this one out.

The carbonation is quite low and unobtrusive/absent, the body an adequate medium weight, if a bit bolstered by the multifaceted sugary components, and equally smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, a typical side effect of this brewer, with the fruity wood, syrup, and malt all mashed and muddled on the palate.

For what it's worth, if you're ok with the sweetness, this is one almost slavish ode to Canadian sensibilities, which I'm sure was the intent all along. Maple, wood, and strong beer - what's a hoser not to like, other than that this happens to be made outside our borders? Imitation is the sincerest form, and all that, I suppose. (1,671 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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% (799 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5

Appearance - Clear copper/amber colour with an average size frothy off white coloured head. There is an low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, vanilla, and grassy hops. There is also a bit of sweet dark fruit/cherry flavour. It ends with a bit of a cherry cola like aftertaste.

Overall - Okay I guess.. perhaps a little cloying in a way. Something about reminds me of an icewine flavour wise. Anyways, worth a shot - but wouldn't pick up again. (716 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From notes.

A - Poured ruby red with bright one finger light beige head. Very little spotty lace and an island film of retention.

S - Sweet cherry, sweet fruits, dark fruits. Mild, but you can pick up some good notes. A bit medicinal.

T - Sweet cherry again, dark fruit, cough medicine.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet fruity finish.

O/D - That medicinal note was a bit off putting and the cherry note came out as blueberry later too. Althought it wasn't too bad, it didn't impress me all that much. (526 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber/copper with a small fading head.
Nose shows sweet caramel and toffee, dry cut wood. Very sweet-smelling.
Sweet flavours too, big maple syrup notes, soft booze and sugary maple syrup. Too sweet, somewhat limited.
Carbonation could be higher. (257 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,719 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of foamy head on a clear amber colored body.
It has a rich aroma of maple syrup followed by wood, toffee, dry barley and candy corn.
The taste is a nice lemon bitter and maple syrup sweet mixture. It's fairly mellow (in a good way) for an aged beer with maple syrup added.
The texture has a stickiness to it with low to moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable. (374 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (826 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,792 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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 (529 characters)

Photo of charlzm
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Consumed January 28th, 2014 from an unrefrigerated bottle purchased at Total Wine about five days prior. Poured into a Klokke Roeland goblet.

Beer pours crystal clear medium amber. A two-finger off-white head forms then settles down to a tenuous crown providing some sheeting.

Aromas are virtually non-existent. There's a vague maltiness, sort of like scorched caramel, but that's all I can pick up. Well, there's a suggestion of wood. Oh, and there's the maple syrup.

Flavor is kind of a mess. Somewhat sweet (maple syrup again) and a little oxidized with a backbone of mild diacetyl, I searched nearly in vain for a trace of cherrywood, but I finally picked it up. Or was it the power of suggestion? Malt flavor is so slight I can't even characterize it properly.

Beer is medium-bodied with low carbonation but quite warming. It drinks bigger than its 8.3% would suggest.

Overall, it's a lovely idea that wasn't executed well. (933 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,294 characters)

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. (403 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of shand
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,908 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (370 characters)

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 (1,739 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (538 characters)

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 (387 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (482 characters)

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! (1,723 characters)

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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish from Innis & Gunn
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.