Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer | Innis & Gunn

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Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged BeerInnis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 566 | Ratings: 1,752
Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBD May, 2017. Pours a clear dark copper. Normal head volume. Somewhat poor lacing and retention, even for a cask aged beer.

Outstanding light airy nose. Slightly sweet apple and pear are dominate. Underneath is a light touch of vanilla and soft caramel. While aged in oak, oak is only expressed in the vanilla notes.

Light body with a smooth texture. World class carbonation / body balance. The middle is perfectly effervesced to allow flavor expansion yet not detract the palate with effervescence. The finish delivers a nice prickly effervescence that tingles the tongue.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It tends to follow the nose but is not as sweet as was implied. It begins slightly tart then shifts to apple and pear in the slightly sweet middle. Mid-palate sweetness is bready more so than caramel in nature and has a subtle toffee note. Caramel is subtly there, but you have to look for it. Vanilla is somewhat masked but is noticeable under the fruit flavor, especially as the sweetness begins to fade. While absent in the nose, oak takes center stage before the finish and provides a light roughness that is slightly bitter. The finish is a slow fade of oak and the strongest vanilla influence. Diacetyl was not evident.

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Photo of ofYYC
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a sparkly amber without any head. Strong ale fruitiness, whiskey and oak in the aroma. Flavor profile is similar, boozy and sweet with a hint of banana. Overall, for a beer that would feel perfectly at home in a can, this is pretty decent.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Innis & Gunn's Original is a very light Scottish Ale. The nose of the beer hints at a deeper mouthfeel, but the body of this brew is thin. Notes of bourbon & vanilla. Orange zest in the aftertaste. Overall, this brew struck me more like a vienna lager or a better Newcastle Brown. I wouldn't seek out this one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up at the COOP.. Pours clear orange with a thin off white head... nose and palate both carry light vanilla and hints of toffee that are accentuated by residual maltiness.

All 3.75s

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Photo of whatthehull
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass

A - a translucent copper/amber, half finger off white head and no lacing/legs

S - bourbon, vanilla, sugar, tons of sweet malt/grain, toffee earthy hops, fruity and very velvety

T - little to no difference from the nose to the taste

M - medium minus body, nice balance, decent complexity, medium minus carbonation and a very sweet start to finish

D/O - looking for a smooth easy to drink ale with lots of flavor? This may be it. Worth a go for sure. Lacking in overall richness but makes up with nothing over the top.

Final thoughts - at $10 a four pack it is worth a try, though at that price range the under 8% is lackluster

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: more baked apple than anything else; a little fruity as well;

T: predominantly baked apple from start to finish; light fruit and a hint of oak through the middle; after that, it's all apple through the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking, but not enough oak character;

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Photo of Gandalf
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fine mainline Scottish ale that weighs in at 6.6% ABV. Lovely copper colour with a subtle whiskey flavour followed with a sweet vanilla/caramel finish. My wife and I enjoy it on tap at a local Scottish pub.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is a light amber with a head that disappears quickly.

Aroma is a light malt with vanilla from the oak.

Taste is a lot of that sweet vanilla mixed with malt.

Very good light BA beer.

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Photo of drmeto
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear golden-orange with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-vanilla,coconut,honey,slight orange,slight spice,lime,peach,toffee
-Follows the nose plus a toasty and dry finish
-medium carbonation
-light body
-alcohol noticeable
Surprisingly nice BA Scottish Ale.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich malty aroma. Toffee, baked apples, and vanilla. Lightly fruity. A touch of butterscotch. Somewhat earthy hop character.

Pours clear, burnt orange with a small white head that trickles away. Not much lacing.

Rush of toasty malts upfront leading into fruit finishing with vanilla and butterscotch. A touch of minerality. Orange marmalade, baked apples, and wet wood. Caramel and toffee.

Medium full body with medium low carbonation. Juicy malts finishing dry and minerally with a touch of steely bitterness for balance.

Fruity and rich Scottish ale with plenty of depth and layers of flavor while still being easy drinking for the ABV.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 'cat's eye' amber color. Cream is okay and dissipates quickly. Very enjoyable smooth (enough to drive my rating up), sweet, and little bitterness giving a nice feel to the beer.

As for the vanilla and toffee (not a big toffee guy myself), I smell it more than taste it; though strangely the vanilla/toffee did become more pronounced with each passing sip. Maybe I must be missing. It's a unique scent (including oak) nonetheless.

Oak and malt definitely detected. By the time you take your last sip, it feels less a beer and more a 'beer aperitif'. Still. Know what? Interesting tasting beer. Try it!

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Photo of JoLight
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light brown in color and completely filtered. A white head bellowed to a finger's width, but dissipated completely within a minute and left no lacing.

The aroma is pronounced, rich, and pleasant, with notes of toasted malt upfront; sweetness and toffee accompany.

The flavor: upfront toasted malt; general sweetness; a smidgen of alcohol sweetness; light toffee and vanilla; and the most dominant flavor note is what I would describe as some kind of soup broth, or a smoked pulled pork sandwich without the sauce. The smokiness is quite pleasant, yet the meaty character is a little distracting.

The mouthfeel is light-to-medium and nicely carbonated, as well as slick.

The finish is semi-wet and slick and carbonated.

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Photo of goodsuds
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thin white head. Smell is sweet, caramel, bananas foster, bourbon. Taste is sweet, perfect amount of bitterness in the finish. I get raisin, fig, dark malt, a hint of the oak barrel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. No lacing and the head recedes to nothing.

This is a dessert beer that you would want to sip after a good meal. Makes me crave a good cigar.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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 takusan1000
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Talk about an unbalanced beer. This is too cloying, and flavors taste like artificial sweeteners. Sucralose, oak, fructose, aspartame, and vanilla are predominant. I've tried to like this one for many years, keep coming back to it for some reason because it is apparently an iconic Scottish beer? I've had much better in both Scotland and elsewhere. Still, not terrible, and definitely beats lots of other beers I've had.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bttl into libbey tulip
BB 12/16
L- reddish copper with an orange tint, thin disappearing white head
S- fruity, toffee, boozy
T- again fruity and toffee, with plenty of oakiness, boozy on the finish
F- interestingly thin, decently carbonated
O- I'm really liking the toffee, interesting beer, unlike anything i've ever drank, feels like it's lacking some balance though

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Photo of wwwagainsttimeca
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
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 +2.7%
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 Tone
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong wood, strong liquor, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong wood, strong liquor, slight sweet malt, Euro yeast, slight alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, simple aroma, good body, decent blend, the liquor was strong but finished smoothly and didn't end as dominant.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, no bottled on date. Finally reviewing this one, acquired a single bottle from the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A deep golden amber body, one finger of frothy white head that leaves moderate scattered lacing. Appears aptly carbonated.

S - Aroma comes off very light: subtle notes of vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee. Traditional lager "beer" type smell - ale yeast? The aromas of the oak wood & caramel are light, but what's there is authentic and nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready honey malts in the base, with soft subtle notes of oak wood aging. Again, the flavors imparted from the oak wood are subtle, but nice. Creamy vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, subtle hints of whiskey.

M - Feel is smooth& creamy. Medium-bodied, pretty easy-drinking stuff for what it is.

Overall, an interesting beer, to be sure. Subtle, but authentic and flavorful nuances of oak wood aging.

Innis & Gunn Original -----3.5/5

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a clear golden colour with a half finger of white fluffy head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma not much just a sour smell really off, nail polish. Taste is much better toffee, malt, caramel, sweet, vanilla. It's okay...... The head disappeared by the time I finished.

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Photo of Dzu
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Nice looking bright amber color with a little foam head.
S: Too simple for me. A little bit of soar and sweets.
T: Tastes good with a notes of caramel, fruits.
F: Weak aftertaste but very smooth.
O: Probably my first scottish ale that I liked!

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -12.8%
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 FBarber
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I will fully admit to enjoying this beer (as well as Innis & Gunn's rum aged offering). If you like whiskey/scotch you'll definitely appreciate the flavors and taste more.

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