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Innis & Gunn Oloroso Cask | Innis & Gunn

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Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 09-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 94
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pinky's worth of head that offers a slight degree of retention and lacing accents a coppery body that boasts ample carbonation.

Smell: Caramel malt and oak dominate the nose, with hints of figs and apricots hidden amongst the malt. Warming really helps to bring the smell out.

Taste: I've never had a beer make me say, this tastes like wine until now. To be fair, a strong vanilla and oak backed malt starts out the beer, but then as you drink it, it seems to unlock a figgy, oaked white wine aspect which many here seem to identify as Sherry. In either case it takes over at that point and ends there too.

Mouthfeel: A very crisp beer, as there is a slight acidic cleanse that hits the end of the beer that does a fine job of cleansing the palette. The carbonation is a little thin, but it works for this one I think given it's wine like taste.

Drinkability: It's an easy drinker, and really seems to take from white wine once again in that regard. Refreshing, but great alone and doesn't need a meal to go with it like so many reds. It's high class though, and really apart from the malt, it doesn't really have a lot of beer aspects.

Final Thoughts: All in all a good experience, but I wouldn't call it earth shattering by any means. I mean, it's a beer that drinks like white desert wine, with a reasonable amount of booze to it. All in all, it was interesting to try, and certainly I'd have it again if offered, but the price per bottle is a little bit too steep for me.

As a side note, part of me can't help but feel that the pursuit of the beer isn't what made this brew come about, but that a distillery wanted to try an Oloroso barrel aged with beer to come up with a new kind of scotch. If so, I'd be interested to see what came of that result.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks more like a spirit or a liquor except that it does have a head, and a pretty nice one at that. Just under a finger tall, yellow-tinted, fluffy and fairly dense, it sits heavily enough and falls none too quickly over the clear amber-pale brown liquid in the glass, on which it leaves light patchy deposits.
The sherry really just pops out of the nose, all kinds of the unique sweet combination of creamy and gently spicy dark fruit. This is balanced off a nice malt foundation, some earth, caramel, and bread, and further balanced by a very light addition of leafy hops. There's a bit of warmth from alcohol and a little nuttiness into the tail end.
The taste is similar, though not expressed as thoroughly as the nose. The nuttiness comes out a little more strongly, and a little bit of white wine dryness along with the creamy sweetness. Alcohol sneaks in a bit more, though it's still well expressed and avoids being overly ethanolic. The floral hops are much less noticeable, though they were light on the nose, and very difficult to pick up on the tongue. This is fine, since it's certainly a malt-forward beer, but just a little more would add some depth.
It's not too thin, though the particular dryness set against the sweetness adds an interesting character to the feel. The alcohol does seem to make it a little more like a liquor in the feel, as though it almost slides, so to speak.

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Photo of intoxabroad
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml clear bottle, at least packaged in a cardboard sleeve, which has strange Mesoamerican artwork covering it. This iteration is aged in already twice-used (the original sherry, and the more recent Scotch whisky) Oloroso casks - it will be interesting to see what they have left to offer.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of listlessly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of mountain-profile painted lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sweet, biscuity caramel malt, earthy dark fruit, a soft mixed spiciness, a hint of treacle, and fruity, mildly leafy noble hops. The taste is more grainy, sweet bready caramel malt, a sugary biscuit character, a subtle oily nuttiness, muddled earthy spice, ethereal red wine must, and laid-back earthy, dry leafy hops. Nothing is really evoked by the near 15 proof ABV, other than maybe a wee warming.

The carbonation is rather inert, and barely keeping up its support payments, the body an adequate medium weight, and fairly smooth, with a touch of creaminess. It finishes still on the sweet side of things, the biscuit and spice notes doing their darnedest to stem the tide.

Definitely one of the better offerings from Innis & Gunn, as the inherent sweetness is tempered, or pacified, I suppose, by the effects from the cask, which are not otherwise all that noticeable, beyond the tame spices. Fumbling towards balance, this seems to be, and while perhaps not a rock-solid litmus test, I find the glass (and bottle) empty before writing these last few lines.

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Photo of rlundback
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jcubz
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Bugs318
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RobDB
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most excellent of ales I have tried from Innis and Gunn. Barring the little paper description, this beer pours a clear light amber with a quickly diminishing white head. Nose is very soft, light malts, raisins, caramel, slight herbal notes. The taste is exceptional in my humble opinion. Soft caramel malts dance to the front, light fresh grape flavor, lightly tart, with a very light hop bitterness on the back. VERY balanced, and the alcohol UMPH is quite a nice surprise. HIGHLY drinkable and has a nice clean finish and caramel/grape aftertaste that is both pleasing and elegant. Lightly carbonated and full of flavor, this ale has a lot of depth with warmth and tons of character beyond a standard Scottish profile. CHEERS!

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Photo of jdkitchi
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark coppery color, and is very clear. The head is less than impressive, starting out less than one finger in thickness, and giving me a quick disappearing act, settling itself into a very thin patchwork of foam. There also appears to be a bold carbonation in this beer, with several column of bristly looking bubbles rising rapidly to the top. The lacing is also not very well defined, as there are only a few small spheres of oily looking head sticking to the side of my glass.

S- There is a very sticky, sweet smell that beholds the overall aroma profile. There is a medley of smells happening here...plenty of toffee and brown sugar, and a distinct nuttiness that reminds me very closely of peanut brittle. Dried dark fruit aromas are present as well, such as chocolate covered raisins, prunes and/or plums. The aroma profile lingers and leaves a heavy note in the immediate air. The longer I smell this, the more spice that shows up...cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove...almost like a pumpkin pie! What a complex aroma this beer provides....something that I find is somewhat rare, at least with the beers I review.

T- Wow, this is a surprisingly clean and mild tasting beer overall! The flavors mentioned in the smells, however, follow closely. I definitely taste the wine-y sweetness of the Oloroso Sherry, (something I do drink), along with brown sugar/caramel and sweet nuttiness. There doesn't seem to me to be any real hop presence on the palate, which is something I&G say is there....perhaps this is the 'balance', and why I'm finding this beer so clean on the finish!

M- This has a medium body to it, yet is so clean that it really tastes like a thin bodied brew. The carbonation leans towards the hard side in my opinion, helping to provide that refreshing taste I keep bringing up. It's very desert like and reminds me of a light rum/fruitcake but it doesn't have that heaviness I would have expected....that and the 7.4% alc/vol is virtually invisible in the taste and feel....great!

O- This is a highly deceiving beer, and I mean that in a good way. I don't know that this is my absolute favorite I&G brew, but it's so unique within their lineup. It has an incredible aroma profile, crisp and clean full flavors and does well on it's own, and I dare say this would be a great sweetening agent into a chili! Big thumbs up again...I recommend this one!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light bright amber color ale with a small white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt notes with light sweet sherry notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cherry notes with some sweet malt notes. Body is light with an oily texture with medium carbonation. Interesting used of barrel-aging treatment but a touch too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of MarcMcFarland
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A) Basic golden pour, very light head, creamy-ish

S) Caramel malts, spiciness, earthy from the hops

T) Sweet caramel fruity malt taste, with spices, earthy, very light bitterness. Something stands out on the first drink, maybe the combo with the grapes and figs.

M) Smooth and thin, like most light beers, but a little creamy

O) Good sweet spicy earthy light beer, would buy again.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

appearance: Light Golden. Fairly tick off-white head with a mixture of small and medium bubbles.
smell: Nice though diluted malt and buttery. Not getting any Sherry. Pleasant though not particularly impressive.
taste: Well balanced with a sweet finish. Smooth, easy drinker. Nice but not particularly impressive.
mouthfeel: Quite thin.
overall: A very easy drinker like most Innis. Smooth and "quaffable".

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Photo of mmurphy525
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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