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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged BeerInnis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003

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Reviews: 441 | Ratings: 1,050
Reviews by TheHammer:
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Comes in a clear bottle, which is nice but I know can hurt the beer with information about how the beer is made. A nice light brown, with a bit of a red oak tinge to it. A minuscule amount of lacing and solid signs of carbonation. Head is almost nonexistent and disappears quickly.

Smell - Immediate overpowering skunk that took time to clear, as soon as the bottle was opened. Thankfully, after it cleared I was treated to a definite Oak Barrel smell, common with whiskey with vanilla and underlying malts. Very pleasant if not for the skunk.

Taste - Initially starts with a slight tinge of skunk, but thankfully it's overpowered by an almost a shortbread biscuit taste mixed with a smokey oak barrel, which I suspect may have casked white wine at some point. Ends with some mild bitter toffee like malts with a slightly nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is perfect, and little to no aftertaste. A nice influx of different flavors that don't transition too harshly. Only beef is that I would have liked a little bit of head.

Drinkability - This beer is perfectly walks the tightrope of smoky and sweet. It was smooth going down, and medium bodied. That being said, I don't think I could drink this beer all night as it is a bit too sweet and it seems to give a bit of mild gut rot. Still, a nice treat and definitely worth a try if you are big into whiskey.

Final Word - When I picked this up at the store, and saw it was on the shelf, unrefrigerated and unshaded, I really should have known better. I'm pretty sure that this beer wasn't stored properly, as my main problem with it is the skunking, which probably was caused by lack of refrigeration and light damage. However, I'm not 100% sure it was entirely the store's fault, as many people have commented on the skunk. Still, this beer fights through it and was enjoyable. The taste of this beer simply screams Scottish. I would love to try it again, but closer to the source next time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MightyMonk
4.56/5  rDev +21%
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 -52.3%
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 +10.9%
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 Themanran
1.38/5  rDev -63.4%
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 +6.1%
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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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Zakk
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

Photo of J2L
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beergod82
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of KirkBuchanan
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeanBB
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of warnerry
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear copper with one and a half fingers of off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly and leaves only scant lacing.

S - Unfortunately, a bit of skunkiness in the nose. Beneath that, aromas of caramel, a bit of vanilla, coconut and oak.

T - Sweet malt, with caramel and faint toffee. Also vanilla and a bit of skunk. Prettt tasty despite the off flavors.

M - Medium slightly sticky mouthfeel.

O - Pretty good overall, but not somwthig I would seek out. Despite the slight skunkiness, I feel like I got a goodrepresentation if what this beer is all about. Pretty easy drinking, with sweetness kept in check.

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Photo of R_Kole
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Shagator
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd actually tried this long before trying their Rum Cask Edition beer, which i found very interesting.

A: A nice golden yellow with a minimal head, but it does stick around through the entire drink.

S: Malty with a sweet bit of hops, a friend had called it skunky, but i found it to be pleasent.

T: nice and sweet with a little bit of bitterness. can definately detect the vanilla and toffee, i can taste the oak at the end, but initially its the sweet vanilla taste and creamy taste.

M: thin, yet not bad, but not good either. i'm a Stout drinker by nature and this was a little light in the mouth, however, it gets better as it goes down, so it's above average for me.

D: i bought two and am on the second one looking at it whilst writing this, it's drinkable for a change of pace, much like the Rum Cask Edition from this company, it's definately not for serving the masses but rather something to enjoy from time to time.

I would recommend trying it.

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Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bottle, why? Without fresness indication. Pours clear light almond, light tan head, leaving thick creamy lacing, with just a few bubbles rising to the top. Faint nose of peaty malt. Slightly smokey ale, soft notes of vanilla and some soggy orange citrus notes. Decent ale with some asperations of complexity, over 6% well in the background. Worth a try.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from the bottle, the color is a pale amber, looks almost like honey.

Smells smoky and strongly of alcohol. A mixture of beer and whiskey odor that reminds me of my old man.

Tastes like a combination of all of the above. Honey, Beer, Whiskey. This may not look good on paper, but the finished product is very unique, and very satisfying.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and it is very drinkable compared to what I expected. Because of the very oaky aftertaste, I don't see myself drinking too many in a row, but I would definitely recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First review on this site so---Overall the closest I have had to a beer/whiskey mix...It tastes good, but not sure if I would have more than one in a sitting

Appearance: Medium gold, small head that disappears.

Smell: Oaky and hoppy

Taste: I taste whiskey, and a slightly sweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel: It lingers a bit with a small syrupy taste--not my thing, but not bad

Drinkability: I think one is my limit because of the sweetness, but it is a very good beer

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Re-reviewed from a tall, 750mL clear bottle picked up at the LCBO. I wanted to see if my tastes had changed, as this was one of my first reviews on BA. A very handsome bottle indeed, although I wish it wasn't of the clear variety. Still, very nice.

Poured into a nonic. Dark golden to light amber in colour, clear and with about a 1/2 inch head that settles nicely into a thin layer. Flecks of lacing grace the sides of the glass.

The nose is potent and lovely, with strong notes of toffee, oak, caramel, cream, pale malts, butterscotch. Very pleasant.

Similar tasting notes as found in the nose, and all are quite pleasant. Toffee, vanilla, cream, butterscotch and oak make the strongest presence. Diactyl is there, but it's contributing towards a nice butterscotch flavor that I'm really digging. This brew is sweet, almost too much so - it's lacking a crisper malt presence to keep everything balanced. But the flavors are so enjoyable that it's hard not to love this beer.

Thinner bodied, creamy, solid carbonation.

A 750mL bottle is almost too much to handle in one sitting. The flavor of this beer is truly excellent, but I find the entire experience is a lot like eating homemade fudge - as terrific as it tastes, eventually one wants something else. An absolute must try, something to sip slowly - with friends, if you have a larger bottle. Great stuff.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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