Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer | Innis & Gunn

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003

BEER STATS
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#25,439
Reviews:
599
Ratings:
1,869
pDev:
14.97%
 
 
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89
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Comes in a clear bottle, which is the only beer that I've seen like this so far, nice looking bottle though, gives it a more prestigious feel. Pours a medium amber colour that is slightly hazy, but still clear enough to generally see through. The head isn't really thick but it is foamy and slowly dwindles to a thicker cover over top the liquid. There is also some really good lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- Very different! The oak really comes through, and I could also smell earth tones, leather, and baking spices...ground ginger came to mind, along with fresh ground pepper, raw vanilla beans and cinnamon. There is a dark molasses smell too. The whiskey aromas are also noticeable, but were to a lesser degree for myself than I would have thought. There is also some herbal notes to this brew that come through. Complex would best describe it!

T- Wow! This again is complex...I could immediately taste the woodiness that the oak provides, and just a wonderful backround of whiskey, that is sweetened up by flavorful sweet malts. There is a great honeyed tone in this and a nice toasty finish, just like toast with honey spread on it! The hops I didn't really notice on this but that didn't seem to matter with everything else going on here!

M- Here I was expecting a little more, as this is a relatively thin beer, but just slightly leaning towards a medium bodied drink. The carbonation is low, which does provide for a smooth beer that allows the palate to pick up all those great tastes! Very easy to drink. Once this has sat out for a while and warmed up a few degrees, it really mellows out and becomes even better than when cold!

D- I probably wouldn't make this my choice for an entire evening out but I would definately have this as an after dinner beer....great to relax with. I didn't even notice the 6.6% alcohol and would recommend this beer to someone who has some experience in trying bolder brews. I tried this when I first started venturing out of milder flavors and I admit, I didn't really like this, but now I think this is one of the best beers I've had to date. Will definately pick this one up again to enjoy!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MightyMonk
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Don't understand some of these lower ratings.
This is an exceptional ale that is good on the nose as well as the palate. It blends notes of honey, malt and fruit with smooth aromatic hints of bitters.
Great beer.....get it....drink it....enjoy!!

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.8/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Diacetyl bomb. I cannot se beyond the butter or the popcorn taste. Horrible!

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Photo of Stakebone
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is soooo much different than the cask aged beers so in vogue in the states now. But it is so easy to drink. Pours clear light Amber. Smell is all oak aged sweet malt. Thank goodness no hops to overpower the the woody flavor and aroma. Malt is there but not too much. There's not much more to it. But easy drinking malty oaky whisky carbonated beverage is a-ok in my book.

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Photo of Jtee
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a 500ml can served almost straight from the fridge at 10 degrees Celsius into an English tulip pint. Best before date: May 2018.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant deep amber/light copper with 2cm of frothy, tan head that quickly (1+ minutes) dissipates into a craggy cap. Poor lacing and overall retention.

Smell: Mild strength and decent balance. Malt-forward with notes of oak, biscuit, toast, vanilla, toffee, and earthy hops. Oak is the most prominent out of all the aromas with the malts coming in second followed by the rest.

Taste: Follows the aroma with relatively mild strength and good balance. Very prominent, yet pleasant oak character. Malty-rich with supportive hops. Nice!

Feel: Medium body and carbonation leaning towards mild. Smooth with faint alcohol warming. I wish the carbonation was a little more amped-up to make this even more drinkable.

Overall: I&G Original is a pleasant enough brew where the oak is what keeps me coming back to it. Worth a try, especially if you like whisky. I'll probably have it again, but I'm in no rush to go buy more.

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Photo of wheezlelump
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have never come across a beer that tasted remotely like this. It's almost an epiphany that has caused me to rethink beer itself. What the hell is going on here? I may be about five (other) beers deep, but this seems like nothing short of a revelation.

Liquid cake -- without being cloying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some woody aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and woody flavors on the finish. There is a caramel sweetness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice woody aromas and flavors but the taste is quite sweet and sugary.

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Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a PGC Sparkles mug.

Appearance: Rich amber and honey in color. A nice foamy head, that fizzes down quickly but comes back with a quick swirl of the mug.

Smell: Light and subtle. You can smell the oakiness and a bit of the alcohol, but not too much else.

Taste: Woody, smooth. Vanilla sweetness, black coffee, with a bit of a bite, no doubt a result of the barrel-aging. Very tasty, and easy to quaff quickly. The sort of beer I'd get when hitting the pub with friends. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, and refreshing on the palate. There's a bit of a warming quality to it as well. Would be nice to have in the winter, sitting by a fire.

Overall: I enjoyed this one a lot. It's a great example of a Scottish Ale, and one I plan on returning to!

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Photo of Themanran
1.38/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

thought it tasted disgusting. Honestly worst beer I have ever had.

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

Pours a very appetizing amber with a soft, tan head. light carbonation.The nose is softly sweet with malt hints and some great oak notes. The taste is nicely malty with nice fruitiness down the middle. A wonderful alcohol & oak mix become prominent late. A great lingering woody quality that is counterbalanced nicely with light sweetness. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Semi smooth finish. A nice sipper. The lingering aftertaste sits nicely and allows you sit and enjoy while slowly downing this brew. A quite enjoyed it.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beerhunter13
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of shu_420
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zakk
1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

Photo of tbryan5
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beergod82
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Bright brassy hue, tall order of foam

SMELL: Bready, buttery, toffee, leafy, mineral, wood, herbal, overripe fruit, warming alcoholic esters

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, buttery, malty, toffee, chicory, dried hay, toasted bread crust, balancing bitterness, bite of oak, vanilla, fallen apples; warm, drying finish

Original is right—on one side, it’s a straight-up malt bomb that is balanced by some hopping. On the other side is its strength and oak aging, which ends up being quite complex. A great pick if you are looking for something outside of the norm.

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of KirkBuchanan
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DeanBB
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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