Innis & Gunn Smokin' Gunn | Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Smokin' GunnInnis & Gunn Smokin' Gunn
28 Ratings
Innis & Gunn Smokin' GunnInnis & Gunn Smokin' Gunn

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 04-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear, deep amber; full, thick head with limited retention

Aroma: vanilla, caramel, dark rum

Taste & Mouthfeel: hits hard initially with a burning sensation and flavour on the palate, similar to cinnamon hearts; you could call it smoke, but the sensation is more of heat; flavours of burnt caramel, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla; not as sweet as other I & G, the burn and dry finish encourage rapid sampling; read the label - maple syrup finished - yep, totally identifiable as the main contributor to the sweetness, a great match with the fiery flavours; silky mouthfeel, medium-heavy body; root beer

Overall: the best I & G beer I've had, great interplay of a variety of strong flavours; really well done

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Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle, the result of a competition held by Innis & Gunn amongst bartenders to come up with a new beer for them. This winning entry uses smoked malt, bourbon barrel aging, and maple syrup. I have to admit to an appreciation of the punny name.

This beer pours a clear, medium-dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and mostly fizzy dirty white head, which leaves but a few specks of raindrop lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of lightly smoked bready caramel malt, weirdly sugar-free maple sap, oaky wood (way too subtle vanilla and spice notes, however), and leafy, somewhat metallic perfumed hops. The taste is rather sweet, kind of meaty caramel malt, smoky vanilla, woodsy maple, a soft and rounded (ok, neutered) barrel grain astringency, and gently spicy minty and leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, barely a tickle here and there, the body an adequate medium weight, a bit slick, but generally smooth. It finishes sweet as ever was, with the bolstered vanilla and caramel, but given the lingering meaty smoke, a small sense of moderation is at least achieved here.

Well, finally the house flavour in an Innis & Gunn offering is subtly diminished, and all it took was smoking the malt, changing up the barrels, and tossing in some extra, though slightly different sweetener in the maple. All of these things are indeed evident in the beer itself, but in going to such lengths to balance everything, any edge, anything interesting seems to be shaved right off. Sounds about right.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a fading head.
Nose shows light smoke, vanilla oak notes, soft coconut and bourbon. Actually quite good!
Flavours pretty much perfectly mirror the flavours, with more smoke, vanilla and bourbon as well as copious amounts of sweet toffee and caramel.
Carbonation could be higher.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of butterscotch notes with light smoked notes and some residual sugar notes. Taste is a mix between some brown sugar with some butterscotch notes with some light woody and smoke notes. Body is light with OK carbonation. This starting point is interesting but ultimately this is lacking complexity.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of SebD
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice brownish/amber color to it. It has a nice creamy off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, smoked malts, woody oak and light vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramel/toffee, maple syrup, light smoked malts, oak and faint vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with an decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of BB1980
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from LCBO for $4.95 CDN. 330 ml bottle served well chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - One half finger of of head, clear toffee / brown colored beer. Minimal visible bubbles in the crystal clear beer. A wispy head lingers with its few lacing buddies.

Smell - Canadian Whisky and maple syrup immediately grab your attention while a mild smokiness continues down the path of newer I&G aromas. The usual vanilla and oaky notes are there too, but much more subdued than their other offerings.

Taste - Similar to the nose (maple syrup, whisky and mild smokiness) with the trademark I&G vanilla flavors. Some oaky earthiness shows through here too. As the beer warms a bit the smoke begins to combine with a leathery flavor and there's maybe even a trace of coffee flavor in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel - Medium feel, despite having a low carbonation, as this beer has great tongue and mouth coating properties. Very good sipper and likely to be more appreciated by whisky aficionados.

Overall - Pretty tasty, but not exceptionally memorable. It's definitely its own place in the I&G lineup and quite different from the rest. Bit of a hefty price tag, so I recommend trying, although if whisky isn't you thing, or you haven't been impressed with I&G you may be able to pass on this.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.76/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ADZA
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ok this brewery has been hit and miss for me but I'm very interested in this one and it pours a dark copper hue with a three finger head and creamy clingy lacing,the smell is sweet hickory,a touch of smoke and some sweet bourbon and yeah I'm liking it,the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and the tastes start off with maple syrup,a touch of smoked oak,molasses and finished with a touch of spicey bourbon and overall this is definately my favourite offering from these guys and well worth a look cheers.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Olek4374
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

Another of I&G's new offerings. They've slowly become a very popular brewery in these parts, thanks to their tasty beers, and really nice bottles to boot. This particular one came in a box (good move).

There's not much sense commenting on the colour, but it just looks attractive poured into the glass with the empty glass bottle sitting beside it all frosted up. It's the little things like this that make reviewing beer always exciting. The aroma is true to its name, as the smokiness is quite prevalent. Some really sweet undertones too.

The taste is extremely nice. It has that great smokiness while also being very refreshing and light on the palate with light carbonation. It goes down extremely well for such a beer. If you let the aftertaste linger on your tongue a bit, it can be a little unpleasantly bitter, but the actual flavours are pretty good. It almost has sort of a whiskey aftertaste too. The ABV is also evident right away, as the burn is very strong, almost demanding you finish the beer quickly.

Overall, certainly a good beer. Not particularly noteworthy in any particular aspect, although it's certainly worth a sample if you're a fan of this brewery.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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