Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer
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Scottish Ale
Ranked #36
Ranked #28,463
3.78 | pDev: 14.81%
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged BeerInnis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer
Notes: This is our firstborn brew, whose accidental discovery started our story in 2003. Its originality also lies in its singular taste – notes of biscuity malt and vanilla swirling within a creamy, mellow character.

A pioneering beer, its flavour finds favour with brewing juries, blind tasting panels and barflies alike.
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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a coppery translucent shade, with amber highlights. Almost the colour of mid grade maple syrup. One 1/2 finger white foamy head with good retention. 5 minutes after pour there is a 1/2 finger foam around the entire top of the glass.
Smell: Sweet, a touch of a Belgium ale yeast smell.
Taste: Earthy, and slightly dank. Malts stand out on the front. The whiskey barrel tastes are more subtle than I remember from past experience, but the oak and peat becomes more prominent as the beer warms.
Feel: Midlevel creamy. Smooth on the front of the tongue, the sides and palate. Nothing going on on the tastebuds in the mid to back tongue.
This beer earns a solid B to B+

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InspectorHound from Ontario (Canada), May 17, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My last pint of this was at Caesars Atlantic City at Gordon Ramsey Pub and Grill. Poured into a tall hefewießen class this beer radiates scotch.

As for the flavor, scotch. Malty yes, but mainly that of scotch. Is it bad... no, but if it is unexpectantly ordered perhaps you might feel a bit caught off guard by the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is a bit harsh for an ale.

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Photo of Jackman42
2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I blind taste tested this against Skull Splitter and Dirty Bastard. I love scotch ales and this unfortunately disappointed. While the smell was okay, I found it almost undrinkable yet was able to finish it (I’ve poured out a few). Due to the fact I finished it I give it a two rating.

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Photo of James94
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Orange/gold colour, pretty lacing, some kind of head lasts
S: Vanilla, toffee, alcohol, oakiness
T: Bitter hops at the front, sweet toffee notes at the back
F: Balanced carbonation, alcohol is there but a bit more well-hidden than on the nose

O: 4

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James94 from England, Dec 31, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Fiery amber with some visible rising bubbles. A quarter finger of white head with very long retention.

Smell: Sweet malt, orange peel, warm spices, bubble gum.

Taste: Sweet, biscuity malt with a slight bubble gum note on the underside that fades for mild hop bitterness. Mild toasted malt is prevalent throughout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with very high carbonation.

Overall: Despite the controversy over their faux barrel aging, this remains an excellent beer that I would gladly drink any time.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Dec 17, 2019
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1.63/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

This beer has changed. Looks like the millennials got a hold of it as it is awful and now makes me bloated because they use not just any barrels.... all barrels.. including rum, without labeling the bottle. It used to be my favourite beer and now it's ruined. As of 2019, I will never be drinking this stuff again, pity as it was a phenomenal beer. Hope the company will read this at some point.

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SMinkey from British Columbia (Canada), Aug 04, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way way better than most scotch style ales I've ever had. Try this before you say you dislike the style. Reddish copper clarity with an inch of white foam. Toffee, biscuits, caramel joy!

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, Apr 21, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL Can. ABV 6.6%.
Appearance: Clear, Deep amber-copper, One and a half fingers of off-white puffy head, Low carbonation, Slight lacing.
Aroma: Pear, Toffee, Bread, Oak, Whisky.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Creamy, Smooth, Low carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet caramel, Pear, Honey, Whisky finish.
Overall: Well crafted, but I think Innis & Gunn's marketing plays a bigger factor. It's enjoyable, a bit sweet and perhaps could benefit with a bit more bite (personal preference). I like that you can smell and taste the whisky from the barrel. Let it warm up a bit.

Review: 17

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octortus from Ontario (Canada), Apr 19, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely enjoyed this, and hopefully I'll find it on tap sometime. I appreciated the complex flavor, and smooth/mellow character. I would love a variant of this that was richer/creamier/maltier. Maybe something a kin to Belhaven's Wee Heavy and Boulevard's Plaid Habit.

I rate hard, so a 4 good.

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Jarling from Massachusetts, Apr 06, 2019
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4.66/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best in its class! (When I rate beer, I rate on a realistic scale. Otherwise 5 would be impossible to attain) smell doesn’t match the depth of flavor, which is complex and and delicious but not overly scotch. Looks great as well with a medium light coloration and frothy head that last for 30+ minutes. Definitely recommend!

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Photo of DownhillDude
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My favourite beer of all time. Always have some in the fridge. Love most flavours. Not a fan of their IPA, and the lager is just ok. The Original, and most variants of it, are fantastic.

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DownhillDude from Alberta (Canada), Sep 21, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Solid ring of lacing.

S: Malty... biscuits and vanilla. Smells sweet and grainy.

T/F: Follows the nose. Biscuity malts... sweet toasted grains. Vanilla and oak... fairly 1-dimensional. Light hopping for bitterness only. Light bodied... well carbonated.

O: A mellow vanilla tinted oak aged beer. Light and drinkable. Nothing exciting and pretty simple but not bad. Easy on the palate.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Sep 08, 2018
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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber with soft foam.

Smell is sweet with notes of golden syrup and vanilla.

Taste is sweet and malty with notes of oak and vanilla. Low bitterness and a bit simple.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a decent beer but a bit too sweet and one dimensional.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Aug 09, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear Amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste is buttery malt.

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ordybill from Georgia, Jun 05, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

oak is a little too prominent and vanilla fake, otherwise interesting and tasty beer....on second thought as this warmed up, the oak prominence faded/blended a bit better, changed the taste/overall scoring

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WillNJ from New Jersey, May 13, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color, clear, woody aroma. Light biscuit character on the taste, nice body and carbonation. Solid, without the trappings of trying to be more than needed.

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Nesued from South Carolina, Jan 26, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a lovely clear amber with a robust, thick off white head that lasts and lasts. Scent is primarily toffee like. Taste is very light, with a bit of alcohol, toffee and caramel. Nice!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

When you pour from a clear bottle, you kind of lose the element of surprise, but hey, this one pours the same color as it looks in the bottle: amber. Now, here is where it gets wild. Its base beer is probably yellow. This is helped SRM wise by the oak it would appear. The head drops in a mild 1/3" white color. Aroma is oaky. Definitely hit what they were going for in that department, that is almost the only smell, other than maybe some alcohol.

Taste is like the color, there is plenty of caramel and oak to it. Its bitter despite no hop regimen being apparent, maybe some nobles or some EKG shit. Is slightly boozy. I guess you have to mention toffee when reviewing this beer also. Doesn't really present itself as much of a scottish ale, seems to light bodied for that. No peat.

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Photo of flgimp
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured easy into a frosted pilsner. Color is orange gold. Head is one finger and lightly laces the glass while drinking. Nose is malty and earthy. Taste is creamy malt and vanilla with a slight okay booze. A complex, satisfying blend. Body is medium. Carbonation on the light side. A unique Scottish ale, one to remember.

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flgimp from Pennsylvania, Dec 27, 2017
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3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to learn I have not had this, I’m glad I finally did...

An actually good looking brew, dark golden color, very clear with thick, white foam to top off. Smell was okay, a bit also-ran and a tinge of copper to the nose that thankfully did not translate to the taste. Mouthfeel was crisp, light-bodied and somewhat carbonated. Overall, I enjoyed this. It had a slight booziness that still allowed you to pound it if you really wanted to do so.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2 fluid ounce bottle into glass. BBE date is stamped 'FEB 18'.
Dark amber, clear body. Scattered island and ring of white head. Scattered webs of lacing.
Faint aroma of grain, leather, smoke, and whiskey/vanilla.
Taste is more pronounced, but follows the nose, with a swirling mix of malt, vanilla/whiskey, caramel, smoke, and leather. Slightly sweet, but balanced with the other flavors. Oak barrel is present to balance all flavors.
Appropriate thin to medium mouth feel.
Would not order more than one of these, but interesting beer as one in a session.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a great beer. There is no age dating so I have no idea if this is 6 months old or two years. Aroma is severely lacking any smells like beer. No head on the pour so it looks kind of bad too. Flavor is sweet and somewhat diapery. Not pleasant. A poor beer. But of course, without a date on this one, I have no idea how old it is.

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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina, Dec 14, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a honey-gold colored liquid with a thin white head. Faint aroma....a little malt, some grain. Undercurrents of smoke. The taste had an earthy, woody, herbal malt and hop flavor. Semi-dry and medium-light in body. Not bad.

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Suds from Missouri, Dec 03, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Schönes intensives amber bis rot-braun. Cremige Schaumkrone, hält sich gut. Vermittelt Frische. In der Nase überrascht voll mit schweren und süssen Aromen von Rum, Vanille, Holz. Das setzt sich am Gaumen fort und bietet ein gesättigtes aber weiches Gefühl. Kommt sehr gut an, wenn man die Süsse und Rum-Aromen mag. Abgang ist lang und geschmeidig. Trotz der Schwere ein süffiges und geniesserisches Bier.

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MrPepper from United Kingdom (England), Nov 28, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice medium brown with ok head and decent lacing. Nose is full of leather, caramel, vanilla, and smoke. The taste follows the nose, a decent little beer, good flavors, not over the top but not underwhelming. Enjoying the unique quality of this beer, not your average flavors and its very enjoyable. Clean and smooth finish, easy to drink.

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