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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged BeerInnis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer

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Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003

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Photo of BethanyB
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A clear, light copper body with a thin, slightly off-white head. The smell is of orchard fruit and spicy herbs, like sweet tea. Cinnamon and sugar, caramel, pear, and nutmeg. These attributes are echoed in the taste, which also features characteristic peaty flavors of oak and peppercorn. The sweetness, however, is consistently at the forefront, making one wish for more roasted notes for balance. The medium-light body and medium carbonation lacks the dryness this style is known for, but still completes a nice, yet slightly sweet example of this unique and delicious style of beer.

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Photo of wwwagainsttimeca
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Used to really enjoy this until but not much going on compared to more complex brews. Good intro to craft beer from the mass produced light beer market.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a white foamy head.

Aroma of oak, toffee, malty.

Taste: oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, cream soda, root beer, malty sweetness, no bitterness.

Decent lacing.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pilgrim in Edinburgh. Overall a nice malty, light bodied flavorful brew with a fair amount of oak. Easy drinking and tasty. Crisp with just the right amount of bittering hops.

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Photo of zshaft
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours light Amber Brown. smells like malt and oak. taste is smooth malt with some woody and leather taste. end with malty oak and some sweet vanilla notes. pretty well balanced. im not a huge fan of barrel and oak aging. this is almost bad but something keeps it from being totally undrinkable. wouldn't buy or seek out. not my thing.

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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 EMH73
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey color with a very small head. Predominant smell is that of oak. This beer was rather flat. The flavors were honey, vanilla and oak, not very complex. Kind of disappointing, especially when compared to their other beers.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a honey color with one-finger, bright white head and lacing. The smell is mostly bready yeast with some faint vanilla and oak. The taste is quite oaky with bready yeast and some faint toffee/vanilla. There is also some hoppy bitterness at the finish. This ale is well carbonated and really easy to drink but there isn't enough flavor to make it special.

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Photo of Curtis
2.11/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It seemed flat. The only thing I can really say is it was terribly bland. Smell was pretty much nonexistent. Maybe I got an old one, but there was nothing to it but a little bit of light/medium malt -no hops, no aroma, little if any carbonation. Quite disappointing.

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Photo of BigMacca
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a satisfying clear honey gold with about 1 finger of bubbley head. Reasonably carbonated and a unique, very oaky, almost burnt wood nose. Medium bodied and a smooth feel. Tastes rather vanilla with a grainy oak base and an immediate and overwhelming yet short bitter aftertaste. Overall its definitely a beer for seasoned drinkers (not like myself) to fully appreciate. Drinkable nice malty beer to get a glimpse of the Irish brew.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.94/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Goodbye Deponia.Not a kind of beer I like but at least I could finish this one without as much disgust as the tennents one, so it must be better. No foam and nasty colour

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Photo of EEscobar
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: golden orange amber with white head
Smell: honey vanilla caramel
Taste: honey vanilla with underlying oak
Feel: thick with medium carbonation
Overall : very nice scotch ale

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Photo of jancona
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden orange color but a bit too light on foam. Smell is oak and vanilla taste follows - light feel with medium carbonation. Very nice - sometimes the barrel aged beers go a bit overboard - this is just right.

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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 FRANKIE65
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having read some of the latest reviews it's hard to believe I was drinking the same beer. Maybe I just had a good batch, but, in no way did this taste like a cider.
The barrel came through in both aroma, and, taste. Had a nice "scotch like" quality to it.
Will have to purchase again, to see if I get different results.

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Photo of kyle2159
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured Deep amber with little to no head.Very carbonated. Oak and vanilla notes pull strong through the nose. very satisfying smell. Feels light in the mouth. Starts off slightly sweet then transitions to zesty as it hits the back of your mouth.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a dark mahogany that turns to a clear amber when held to light. The pour kicks up a solid head of tiny bubbles that fades to a fluffy cap after a few minutes, and just a ring around the glass after a few more minutes. Leaves minimal lace.

Aroma is plums, figs, other dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and hints of licorice. Could probably pass for a quad if it wanted to.

Taste follows the nose - lots of dark fruit. There is a nice oak character that gives it some of the nice flavors of barrel-aging, but doesn't overwhelm. Nice touches of vanilla and caramel. Finish is slightly bitter and drying, and aftertaste is dark fruit again.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, with a nice presence from the carbonation.

Overall, really nice cold-weather flavors in a relatively low ABV. Perfect for fall. Great base beer, and the oak makes it better.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, this fine ale pours a nice light amber with a quickly dissipating white foam and
light lacing. Nose of vanilla, caramel, and heavy oak. Flavors are sweet up front, a light
caramel flavor, oak to the back and sides with a light bittering hops on the aftertaste. Smooth
mouthfeel, with a lot of smooth oak and a hint of vanilla in there. Nice.

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Photo of Scstroud827
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this while playing horse Shoes.
I enjoyed it very good beer.
The taste from this beer made me want more it went down nice and smooth.
the taste of the oak made this beer for me.

full bodied with wood great flavor. Vanilla and toffee flavors could only be detected after about 20 seconds. Very slight bitterness and moderate sweetness. Medium carbonation. great taste

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Photo of ThomasT
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.
Appearance: Nice amber oak colour; very similar to whiskey. Foam was about a finger high and white, but dissipated after only about 5 minutes.
Smell: Foam was very aromatic, with toffee and vanilla prominent and a hint of oak.
Taste: Medium bodied with wood a little too prominent in the flavour. Vanilla and toffee flavours could only be detected after about 20 seconds. Very slight bitterness and moderate sweetness. Medium carbonation. Definitely drinkable, but perhaps could be improved with a little less oak.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance... Golden beer with foamy head colour white of 1 finger aprox

Aroma... malt, grass and wet wood; herbal aroma predominance

Taste... Malt predominance with vanillae notes and then hop , touch of bitterness is very light.

Mouthfeel... medium body and soft carbonation

Overall... a british ale but malty and sweet. Drinkable.

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Photo of Derek69
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really wonderful beer that according to the story was created by accident.

I usually pick up one of these 660mL bottles for $4.10 when i go beer shopping. Its a dark golden colour, the smell is really pungent and brilliant, leaves about a finger of head.

The flavour is marvelous, the oak flavour really comes through, they age it in barrels for 77 days. Its a very complex flavour, malty, fruity, oaky, with toffee and a sweetness too, without going too far in any one direction. At 6.6% ABV its definitely a sipper, but pairs well with a lot of food without fading away or dominating your palette too much.

I for one am very happy for this accident of a beer and glad that many others have enjoyed it as well and made it so widely available. Innis and Gunn have since expanded the brand and made many wonderful variations.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed 4 pack of Innis and Gunn because I am Scottish. Good looking and smelling beer with an outstanding flavor. One of better beers for me so far but not a great value overall do to cost versus quality. Probably won't try again but certainly would drink if available.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Marshall Street Bar and Grill in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light honey brown. Small, half inch head, not much lacing.

Smells like toffee, vanilla, and wood.

Tastes are very similar. Strong toffee, almost like buttercrunch candy. Some smokiness, slight whiskey flavors with vanilla and brown sugar.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, low carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

This is a pretty low key barrel aged beer, probably good for people who want to try the style without diving in too deeply.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The me of 293 reviews ago wouldn't have tried Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer due to the cost, at $8 for one 330ml bottle that is a hefty fee for an ale. But then the me of 293 reviews ago ironically had a bit more choice on what I could review and now I'm reaching for over-priced brews in a feverish attempt to reach that allusive number 300. And you can't wait to see what I have in store for review #300, it is a special brew indeed.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear rust-tinged amber body with a nice cappuccino white head.

S: Subtle tones of toffee malt, vanilla and some fruity hop flowers. Hints of bread yeast and booze linger on in the background. The ale has the reminiscent aroma of a classic English bitter.

T: The taste is bolder and sweeter than expected, with toffee malt, vanilla, fruity hops and a brandy-like note towards the end. There is also an overarching pastiche of floral flavour, a bit of a potpourri type deal going on due to the mix of hops and oak. Finishes a bit dry with a touch of bitterness.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light English ale carbonation.

D: Overall it's pretty average, certainly nowhere near the best English/Scottish ale I've had. I would pick a Pride of Oxford or Adnams Bitter over this any day of the week. Maybe if the pricing on this brew were more competitive it would make it a better choice. That being said the oak really comes out well and gives it a different flavour to most other ales, so kudos for that.

Food match: A classic English Sunday roast would sort this ale out quick-time! Don't forget the Yorkshire pudding ;-)

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