Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout
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Stout - English
Ranked #68
Ranked #33,262
3.74 | pDev: 14.97%
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviews by jren:
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jren from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid and accessible. I will definitely grab more in the future.

Feb 15, 2015
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Brenden from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

Firstly, it should be noted that this beer will not be at all one expects without having first read the label. Secondly, it's an extremely unusual beer in its own right.

It's a dark brown color, but with a very definite red hue to it. It does still reach a fairly dark shade, considering. The head reaches one finger and stays there for most of the session, only falling slowly and leaving plenty of lace on the glass.
This beer has an unusual array of flavors and some things that will throw off people expecting only what they think a stout is. Firstly, the absence of roast is notable; it is expressly intended, though. The rye crystal malts used in the base makes for almost an entirely new creation, particularly as this brewery uses its own particular ale malt in this recipe. Ultimately, this beer ends up being sweeter than many will expect without the big fullness or the heavy thickness and richness. American stout lovers may end up disliking this, which I can easily see. Those who can appreciate an English-style stout can appreciate this, even if it is a bit different. There ends up being a lot of vanilla, caramel and toffee with big notes of figs, brown sugar, and rum cake. There's a lot of balance, not to mention added complexity, though. Firstly, the oak comes through nicely with a bit of wood, but not so much to overturn everything. I imagine it also contributes to the strong vanilla notes. There's also a bit of herb, plenty of underlying earthiness, and just a bit of pepper. There's as much of a hops presence as could be expected in an English style, but maybe a little more to even the sweetness.
The body is medium-full, as most of its kind tend to be, with plenty of depth and a good, smooth flow to it balanced by just a light crisp bite. It's got a little bit of dryness easing in to keep it from being cloying, and it finishes with the full complexity of the flavor.

Sep 16, 2014
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I found this to be a really well done bourbon oak-aged stout. Glad I had the chance to try this one.

Dec 25, 2014
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getkrunkhoe from California

1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

app: MediuM BroWn not opaque in any way. pours a semi decent heaD but fades quickly

nose: butterscoTch and a toffee Like note. alSo like an expired caramel or spoiled sweet note.

taste is very sweet and not in a pleasaNt waY. taste (like mentioned abOve) bad caramel or a disgusting sweet candy. subtle hints Of Oak (but not BrbN). light To Low-medium feel. lingering smokiness that doesn't play well with the carbonation.

Sep 01, 2014
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Nov 10, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Dec 06, 2013
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bigbluebeerguy from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Oct 04, 2014
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"This Innis & Gunn Red Stout has been brewed using rye crystal malt to give it its deep ruby colour, Whitbread Golding hops complement the sweet biscuity malt with a soft hop bitterness. It was matured slowly over Bourbon oak chips which gives it its mellow vanilla flavour and a nice Bourbon kick." Brewed in the style of an English Stout aged over Bourbon Oak Chips, available in 20.3 fl oz. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 20.3 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy creamy foam head of a medium tan color over a clear deep brown body with red highlights and light, lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and tiered. 4

(Smell) Bourbon and oak character forward with bold bourbon sweetness and acidic, drying oak tannins in the nose top off a far more delicate malt base of little malt character, neither robustness or roast. The bourbon and oak character is very prevalent, and the stout base is conspicuously mute. 3

(Taste) Bourbon and oak again drives the flavor of this beer from the first sip to the last, frankly without much wiggle room for anything else to shine. The stout flavor comes through very subtly trailing the finish, merely as an afterthought, but as English styles go, is very simple, bordering bland and does not even remotely parallel the bourbon and oak character. An earthier, richer, more viscous or more heavily roasted stout base would have fared better with this level of bourbon, but in keeping with the traditional English Stout style, the bourbon and oak is just far too prevalent in this beer. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, smooth, medium dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is boozy with tannin acidity over sweetness and earthy bitterness. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Truly a bourbon and oak lover's take on the stout. I was hoping for more of a ball game out of the stout, but English variations leave a bit to be desired, and layered underneath a dominating bourbon and oak flavor, laden with vanilla and big tannin flavors, this came surprisingly close to feeling like a watered-down bourbon shot for me. Continuing my barely-hit-or-really-far-off-the-mark-miss trend from Innis & Gunn, I will take my leave of absence from trying anything of theirs for a while. Dialing up the oak and spirits against shallow and unimpressive base beers that really don't justify barrel aging seems to be this brewery's forte. Thus, this may be a decent crossover beer if your go-to drink is a rich, sweet oaky bourbon, but the lack of balance really kills it for me. 3.25

Innis & Gunn's
Bourbon Aged Stout

Jan 23, 2016
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JHendu from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Jun 24, 2014
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ptarmigan98 from Alaska

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Aug 08, 2014
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JWU from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an Innis & Gunn glass.

A- dark brown/ruby, translucent, which a stout should certainly not be. A nice tan head sits on top, but it's anything but dense, and dissipates quickly.

S- Much closer to a scotch ale than a stout on the nose. Sweetness, some oak and vanilla.

T- Very pleasant, some soft dark roast it met with a nice scotch ale type sweetness. Bourbon aging is a complexity thing here, and not a dominant character like the KBS's and BCBS's of the world. Some nice vanilla, oak, and very mild bourbon notes are detectable. I REALLY like the vanilla note on this one.

M- Thin. But otherwise carbonation is appropriate.

O- Everything about this beer is mediocre, except the taste, which is what truly matters. You need to put aside your american stout expectations when tackling this one, as it's much more of a stout/scotch ale hybrid. When it comes down to it, it's downright delicious.

Dec 15, 2013
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csurowiec from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Sep 22, 2014
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rdilauro from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Across the board, an even 4. Right from the start, this one was pure. A nice golden, amber, almost rich oak in color. The bourbon aroma came right through from the start. The initial taste had a little alcohol present, yet this was very smooth. A big mouthful, bigger than other Innis & Gunn's I've tried.
The aftertaste end as beer began.. Smooth with a presence of bourbon, just enough to let you know it was there.

Nov 21, 2014
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mikerems from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Jan 14, 2014
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout a couple weeks ago for $6.99 at The lager Mill. I've never had a red stout before let alone a bourbon aged version and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 20.3oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's pretty similar to their other beers, but the barrel themed box this beer comes in makes it eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that took on a little bit of crimson and ruby colored hue when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy darker tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of sticky lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the bourbon being the first to show up and it imparts a nice combination of vanilla and oak aromas with a little bit of those bourbon like aromas coming through and it seems like the vanilla sticks out the most. Up next comes the malts which imparts lots of English malt flavors with some caramel, sweet malt, toffee. candied aroma and light butterscotch aromas coming through and there's an English ale yeast like aroma coming through in the background. This beer had a nice aroma, but it was a little less on the sweet side to me.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's just a little bit of roasted and very light chocolate like aspects. Up next comes the bourbon which impart the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but they are lighter and the vanilla still sticks out the most. On the finish comes the English ale yeast along with pretty much no bitterness and it had a sweet, caramel, vanilla and very light bourbon like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought the sweetness held this beer back a little, it it's not as roasty as a regular stout so it shouldn't be as sweet as an imperial stout.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly cloying, a little sticky, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was a little thicker with a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought this was a nice example of Bourbon Red Stout, I don't think I've ever had a red stout before, so I can't be too sure about this, but as far as I can tell it lived up to it's description and it felt like it was somewhere between a amber ale and stout. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, slightly cloying, a little sticky, not too filling and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, one full bottle might be just a little too much for because of the sweetness. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer was the drinkability, I just think the sweetness would really start to wear on me after awhile. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it was nice to try, but I don't really have the urge to revisit it anytime soon. I would recommend it if you like malty English ales and bourbon aspects in your beer, but I wouldn't recommend it as a good beer. This isn't my favorite beer from this brewery it falls about right in the middle and the same goes for the style. All in all I didn't mind this beer and it had some good aspect to it, but it also had some aspects that I hurt and I feel like I could go either way with this beer. I appreciate the effort it took take make this beer and I hope to see more unique beers from this brewery in the future, keep up the solid work.

Oct 11, 2014
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mychalg9 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Nov 02, 2014
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redleg411 from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 05, 2015
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Howlader from Canada

3/5  rDev -19.8%

Jul 20, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark bread, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, oak, clove, light vanilla, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and oak barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, light coffee, raisin, plum, vanilla, clove, oak, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, roast, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, vanilla, oak, clove, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English stout style. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Mar 31, 2014
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GTJayG from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Nov 22, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Brown colour with an above average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, wood

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also some dark fruits and a bit of a woodiness.

Overall - Don't expect a typical bourbon aged stout.. this tastes like the rest of the innis lineup basically. It's a decent brew, and another beer that is good to introduce others to craft.

Jun 26, 2014
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ajdemma from New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Sep 27, 2014
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +7%

A: clear brown ale on the pour creates a dark brown-black body with reddish highlights where light slips through the edges; you can kick up as much beige foam as you want, and it'll leave some lacing down the glass

S: candied fruits and nuts; herbal aromas as well; chewy sweet candy, warm brown bread

T: fruits like dates mashed with raisin, carob and cocoa, sweet vanilla tones; toasted nuts, some bitter nut; light coffee; cola

M: smooth and sinuous, medium bodied, slick; slight stickiness in the corners of the mouth; faint tingle of spice and fizz

O: very interesting ale - a "red stout" whose malts are lighter and toastier; bourbon aging effects a honeyed vanilla character of sweetness. Not like any stouts I can recall - one of a kind and absolutely worth the 8 or 9 bucks it might go for. Recommended.

Aug 22, 2014
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Dougwillhike from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Dec 14, 2013
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with hints of ruby. About a fingers worth of head fades down to a decent cap that leaves a cascade of lace down the glass

S: Malty and sweet up front, with some lightly roasted malts and nuttiness. Some dark fruits come out as well along with the nuttiness

T: Starts off with a bit of light roast, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and more of the nuttiness. Some oak and bourbon come through mid-way and add to the sweetness a little. Finishes with lingering light roast and more oak and bourbon notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice and different take on a bourbon aged stout. The oak chips are a little different from barrel aging, but still impart a nice bourbon, oak, and vanilla kick. I've enjoyed the very few "red" stouts that I've had, and this is no exception

Sep 23, 2014
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