Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon StoutInnis & Gunn Bourbon Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 10-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
204
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
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11
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51
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear and very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) with a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with some hints of vanilla.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has some hints of vanilla from the bourbon oak chip aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot different compared to American bourbon barrel aged counterparts as it doesn't have as strong of a bourbon taste and is instead sweet.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml clear bottle. Aged 'over Bourbon-infused oak'. No mention of barrels here.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy soft mocha head, which leaves some pockmarked limestone wall lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of sweet grainy, biscuity pale malt, a bit of crystallized toffee, dark orchard fruit - plums, apricot, and black currants - and mild vanilla, caramel, and wooden plank notes. The taste is sweet caramel and toffee malt, bittersweet chocolate, muddled pit fruit, an ethereal oak essence, manifest in barely a whisper of vanilla and woody graininess, and subtle earthy, leafy noble hops.

The carbonation is a tad peppy up front, but generally sedate otherwise, the body an introductory medium weight, and fairly smooth, but with a certain clamminess slowly building. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, biscuity toffee, chocolate, and obfuscated alcohol running the show.

Like the rest of I & G's offerings, this has 'gateway' beer written all over it. While there is a lot of flavour, everything comes back to that malt sweetness, which I am long past being an apologist for. I thought that the use of American oak (in whatever respect) would lend this the air of an American stout. Nope, still English, the hops surprisingly taking care of that. A bit more complex than I was expecting, but that's about it.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing, super dark chocolate almost black color with just a touch of brown light sneaking through the bottom.

Nose is very unique, a weird fake chocolate like aroma, like Hersheys chocolate melted into the beer, perhaps creamy lactose, dark stouty malts as well, the oak is also unique an strange European oak that I'm not sure of, it's like a weird oak that has milkweed liquid or tree milk or something like that, it gets a little piney too, like pine tree, and a very young green bourbon juice, a fresh unprocessed maple sap, etc. and a big caramel candies flavor.

Taste brings a lot more oak, tons of buttery oak, milky oak and toasted oak, a little bourbon note, again raw bourbon juice and green young bourbon. Weird raw wood flavor, like I just cut open the wood and the raw heart is bleeding into the beer, earthy wood with a hint of pine as well, a tannic oak. Reddish caramel malts, a little caramel candy like, and unprocessed maple sap as well, chewy candy like. A weird bitterness comes through, don't really get hops, just a weird bitterness. Touch of booze warmth as well, and the finish attempts to dry but stays a bit sticky, bit more weird bitterness, more maple candies and caramel candies, as well as more buttery toasty bitter tannic oak.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little syrupy like, nice carb, hint of warming booze in the background.

Overall OK, tastes like it was forced and almost made up with fake flavors, oak is tannic and super buttery bitter toasty and weird, bourbon is super super light and young and green tasting, and malts are OK but a lot of caramel etc. An OK beer but nothing special, as usual from these guys.

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Photo of oberon
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thankfully, the last beer from the 3 pack gift box.
Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar with some dark dried fruit and a bit of oak tannin, light vanilla, and a hint of alcohol. This says its a stout, where is the roast, coffee, and or chocolate? The flavor is quite sweet with dark sugary malt, toffee, dark fruit, light oak and vanilla sweetness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Stout huh? not by a long shot! Still an overly sweet Scottish ale that maybe they but a hint more color into. Again there is nothing flawed about the beer other than its boring and not to style.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tommy5
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 7, 2014.

The pour is chestnut brown with some reddish hues when held to the light. The head on this beer lasts for only a short time before dissolving completely.

Oh those bourbon esters really climb up my nose with a slightly more muted but still notable dark malt and chocolate character.

Body was on the thin side.

Same evolving flavors of dark malts, chocolate, earth, and bourbon play toss and catch with each other. It ended with a slightly lingering chocolate note. I found it to be delightful.

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Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly and leaves no lace. Deep opaque amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon and vanilla, hints of caramel. 330ml clear bottle part of 4-pak (glass is included that just holds 330ml) $5.99 from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of wl0307
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Sainsbury supermarket, presented in a barrel-themed paper case. BB 09/2014, served mildly chilled in a straight pint glass. Notes: the beer label specifies the beer is matured for 54 days (presumably in the bourbon barrels) before release. This “red stout” is brewed using Innis&Gunn’s own ale malt, rye crystal malt, roasted barley and wheat, while Whitbread Golding hops are used “to complement the nutty, biscuit character of the malts with their soft hop bitterness and dried fruit flavour”.

A: pours a dark russet brown colour with good clarity, coming with a thin dark beige head and rather restrained level of carbonation.
S: sour-sweet vanilla Bourbon oakiness comes in full strength (not in terms of alcoholic intensity), edged by coconut flesh-like sweetness, Taiwanese longan fruits, jammy raisins or dried berries, and unnamed sweet herbs; given a good swirl, subtly chocolaty malts, dates and grapy fruitiness combine to render a bit more complexity, but always overshadowed by the lively vanilla-oakiness from the Boubon casks.
T: lightly carbonated, the foretaste is immediately (unsweet) black sugar-ish, vanilla-ish and lightly chocolaty in terms of maltiness, followed by slightly richer notes as of burned caramel, treacle, and herbal-bitter hop hints, whereas the vanilla-ish oakiness seems to outlive all the other elements to prolong the enjoyment with a slightly savoury-sweet, woody/dry-ish palate typical of a well-aged spirit (sherry-like even!). The finish has raisin-ish fruitiness, toasted wood-chips, bitter toffee and smoked longan-fruit shells on display, but only in terms of lingering aroma and impact, which is subtle enough to contribute just enough to the overall complexity instead of taking over. A good weight of chewy hop bitterness is felt in the finish also.
M&O: smooth on the palate, the body comes rather moderate or on the verge of being light at times, but given the moderate flavour profile that doesn’t go heavy on malts plus alc. well hidden, the overall balance is pretty respectful. Being a “Red Stout” oak-aged in Bourbon casks, I find this beer very enjoyable and would certainly recommend it amongst most other Innis&Gunn’s products I’ve tasted.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint, 4.3 ounce bottle. Bottom of the box the beer came in says best before June 2015. Not sure if this is any different than their regular bourbon stout, but the box says this is a "Limited Edition" beer that comes from a select batch of only 220 barrels. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark ruby red/brown color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is good, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like roasted malt, nuts, caramel, and some dried/candied fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, nuts, dark fruit, cola, and also has an herbal/mineral flavor to it. I don't really pick up much of if any bourbon at all. I know it's weird to say, but it tastes like an Innis & Gunn beer. There's just something about the beers I've tried from them that have a similar taste, but whatever it is, I like it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I liked this brew, but maybe they should have aged this over the bourbon oak chips longer. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Zach136
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: Deep red, small lasting head with great lacing. (4.00)

Aroma: Intense notes of caramel, oak, liquor, little to no roast.

Flavor: Intense anise up front with muddled notes of caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Borders on cloying sweetness. Hints of smoke and earthy/hard water character but again roasted is subdued at best. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, despite the insanely sweet body, the finish is fairly dry and dissipating. (3.8)

Overall: A tasty beer I think will play very well with I&Gs customer base. I don't think this beer scores well as a stout, and the bourbon character is pretty muddled. Bourbon chip irish red? Sure I'll take that. Call this a bourbon stout seems to me more trying to ride the wave of BA stouts. (3.65)

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3.59 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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