Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish - Innis & Gunn
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3.23/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
12-09-2013 00:36:58 | More by Phyl21ca
3.64/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
05-21-2013 02:10:02 | More by biboergosum
4.01/5 rDev +4.4%
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%
11-08-2013 04:23:28 | More by wordemupg
4.01/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
09-18-2013 02:43:16 | More by DrDemento456
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
08-04-2013 23:05:38 | More by bluejacket74
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
09-12-2013 00:52:12 | More by spinrsx
3.31/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
09-09-2013 12:53:15 | More by tbeckett
3.26/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
09-25-2013 09:12:20 | More by CrazyDavros
3.91/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-11-2013 01:27:34 | More by Darkmagus82
4.24/5 rDev +10.4%
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!
02-23-2014 05:12:14 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish from Innis & Gunn
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