Original Oak Aged Beer
Innis & Gunn

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #37
Ranked #29,369
3.78 | pDev: 14.81%
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
Original Oak Aged BeerOriginal 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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Sparky44 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 10, 2020
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MightyMonk from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
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!!

Jun 07, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 08, 2018
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olradetbalder from Sweden

1.8/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Apr 07, 2015
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Themanran from Georgia

1.38/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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

Jun 30, 2015
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Stakebone from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Feb 09, 2016
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Jtee from Canada

3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Sep 13, 2017
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wheezlelump from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

May 02, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Apr 15, 2013
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CantDrinkEveryBeer from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Aug 27, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Says 11APR09...just in time.

Clear amber under about an inch of white foam that slips down to a bubbly sheet. Bourbon-like aromas of vanilla and wood along with toffee, malted milk balls, flowers, and fruity sweetness. The flavor is a smooth blend of honey and buttery toffee. The vanilla, whiskey-like woodiness has a deeper quality here than in the smell, but I don't feel it's overdone in anyway. Slick, medium body with a flourish of fine carbonation at the end.

Better than I expected, to be honest. Lots of pleasant whiskey characteristics. And I got it for $.99...I might go back and grab a case for that price.

Apr 10, 2009
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homebrew311 from Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear caramel color with a multitude of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Zero head present along with minimal lacing. The nose has a decidedly lager like character with faint notes of caramel malt and oak. Not really getting any of what I would classify as Scottish character. The taste features plenty of oak, mellow bourbon and vanilla character, and again a dry bready lager yeast character. The taste is rather thin and seems to have more flavor from the oak than from the base beer. Mouthfeel is way over carbonated with a very light body. This one is not working well for me. Kinda reminds me of the AB Winter Cask Ale, bland and watery with some vanilla and oak character.

Jan 28, 2013
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sommersb from Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-14-2011
Freshness: Best by 12-2012
Packaging: 330 ml clear bottle
Glassware: Innis & Gunn cervoise glass
Purchased: Gift box from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Picked this up in a gift box with the attractive cervoise glass and 3 Innis & Gunn offerings.

The beer is a crystal-clear, light amber color. It looks like a whiskey. Head is white and frothy, about 2 fingers high, with low retention and good lace. Little carbonation seen in the glass.

Pleasant aromas are of caramel, malts and vanilla, with a wood aspect as well, presumably from the barrels the beer is aged in.

Taste follows the nose with an oak and whiskey flavor. This is coupled with vanilla bean and other spice notes. Mostly malt-forward, with a nice sweetness that is not overwhelming.

Carbonation is low to medium. Finishes with a nice warming from the alcohol, giving hints of whiskey without letting it overshadow the beer.

Overall, I found this to be a complex beer but not muddled -- it all ties together very well.

Oct 15, 2011
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stevoj from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First whiff hints at scotch, heavy aroma of oak aging very apparent. Color is dark gold with hints of red. Taste also hints at whiskey flavors, some caramel. Not a whiskey drinker, this is a different experience, and for me a sipper.

Dec 29, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "BBE FEB 13" into pint glass. Pours a clear light amber with slight reddish tint. Initial impression is caramel and vanilla sweetness, with a hint of charred oak. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonaion. Finish is sweet and fairly dry. Not a terribly complex brew, but quite enjoyable. Not sure I could drink a bunch of these (too sweet), but nice in moderation.

Nov 14, 2017
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Brewer1980 from Scotland

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Aug 28, 2014
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mishi_d from Romania

3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

May 22, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightest of haze to an otherwise light amber color. Even with a violent pour, there is virtually no head here. What does show, fades within seconds. Interestingly, there is some fine lace on the side of the glass.

Curse the clear bottle; lots of skunk here. Vanilla notes and a kind of Bailey's Irish Cream smell.

This tastes like what would happen if you added a small amount of Drambuie to a British Mild. Honey, heather and a touch of mocha. Low level of bittering hops. A thick beer with a low level of fine-bubbled carbonation. A little bit of warming alcohol noted in the aftertaste.

This one does well after the initial weak start.

Nov 30, 2008
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Grinky from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Feb 01, 2013
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RAFH from Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jan 03, 2014
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LiquidDegenerate from Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Nov 29, 2011
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 03, 2017
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper with a white head that faded quickly
S-sweet caramel malt with light smoke and light alcohol
T-deep malt sweetness with a scotch like flavor, then you get a smoke and alcohol hints
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O- sweet and sweet with smoke and alcohol

Jan 12, 2014
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primevil2 from Canada

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sep 01, 2014
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