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
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003

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1,747
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3.75
pDev:
15.2%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a complex beer like oaked arrogant B, its wood and some whiskey. But its a worthwhile changeup. It looks and smells whisky. Significant sediment at end, yet freshly imported, wich was not a put off. A bit of sourness in mid-sip, soapiness in finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a clear bright golden body. Aroma is a touch mild with oak and cedar wood dominating with notes of grain, orange and pale malt. Flavor is very bourbon or whiskey like just less sharp with oak in the finish. Imagine a whiskey that doesn't make take you back that you can take a mouthful of as oppose to sip. Smoothness of a nicely aged bourbon. Light to medium body and light carbonation. As a whiskey drinker this beer is both intriguing, memorable and tasty.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i appreciate all the innis and gunn brews because of their originality, and this one is probably the best. it might be an alias for the oak aged beer, both look the same and have the same stats. in any event, it pours clear and caramely colored into a snifter. there isnt much head at all, but just some thin white fluff. the nose is the best part, tons of toffee and vanilla without being too sweet, and plenty of oak on it, newer white oak, nothing too earthen or dank about this. the flavor is equally vanilla forward, not quite like dessert, but rich and sweet in a similar way. there is some burnt butter or caramel sort of notes throughout, but the finish is pretty dry and woody for what this is. its a little weak on the carbonation, and a boost there would really pop this beer off. i really like the way the scotch flavors carry through the whole flow, and the silky texture as well. this really is good stuff, but why do they keep on putting it in clear bottles?

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a amber color with a cream colored foamed head that has a very thin retention on top. The smell of the beer was sweet, a little bit of wood on the nose and some other light earthy notes. The taste of the beer was much different than most Oak aged beers I've had. This one was sweet with some hints of vanilla and caramel. I was expecting a little more of a sour flavor to it but it was way sweeter than expected. The sweetness dies down a bit the more you drink. The finish is grainy and dry with not a lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, the carbonation was low also. Overall I loved the look of the beer in the bottle but after having it I wasn't overly impressed. I have a bottle of the Rum Barrel version that I'll try one day, I'm hoping that one will have a little more depth to it.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured crystal clear amber in color with a thin head that dissipated quickly into just a few bubbles on the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma is moderate to strong and is a pleasant mélange of toffee, vanilla and oak.
T: The initial taste is predominantly toffee and is followed by notes of oak and vanilla. Malty flavors are not very pronounced and there is no hop presence.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There isn't a lot of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly due to the light body.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml clear as the window beside me bottle at the Keg - a decent celebratory choice for my girl's having finished yoga teachers' school classes.

This beer pours a medium crystal clear golden amber colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, wanly foamy, and mostly soapy dirty white head, which leaves a small bit of coral reef lace on the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of natural vanilla, boozy wood fiber, caramelized malt, a hint of watery toffee, and very tame earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more big caramel malt, vanilla cookies, equally strong oak barrel woodiness, and weirdly sexy (or just plain welcome) earthy hops.

The carbonation is really quite varied, from fizzy to outright flat-seeming, the body rather nice and round and weighty, with an attendant sugary smoothness. It finishes with a pretty sweet lingering, softly boozy whisky flourish.

A few years ago, I presented this to my dad, a UK whisk(e)y fan who doesn't really do much in the way of beer anymore, and he was impressed with the flavour intensity, but didn't think it would be good for more than a small serving. I still agree with that, as this is a tasty enough, original (at one time) brewing concept, but the flavours from the wood would indeed become cloying after a short exposure. And I suppose it helps if you're an ardent fan of oak-aged spirits in the first place.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest white head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some dots of lace

Smell: Toffee, pure and simple, dominates, but is accompanied by vanilla, oak and a hint of peat

Taste: Tastes like it smells, with toffee dominating up front and no real development until the swallow, when a slight hop presence kicks in to balance the sweetness; there clearly is diacetyl in the mix but it goes perfectly with this style; overall, the experience will remind you of a low key whisky, without the burn

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit slick on the tongue, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very different beer and one that took a sip or two to figure out but I must say that if you like the taste of whisky, you are going to like the taste of this one

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Photo of kojevergas
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 24th, 2010. Pours a clear amber-gould with a four finger head that retains well. The head's got some cream to it, but for a scottish ale its actually kind of thin. Appears moderately inviting.

Smell: Oh my! Many many notes: toffee, vanilla, oak, maybe even mint? Not too strong, either. I don't know what awaits, but the smell is quite good.

Taste: Very well built, an ambitious beer. Notes of what was hinted at in its smell, but also a creamy finish that wasn't expected. Luckily, they didn't overdo the oak flavour as so many breweries do these days (even Goose County stout is a little overdone on the barrel flavour). This beer's highlight is its subtlety: it gets better as you notice more flavours. A random bitter note towards the finish is its only drawback.

Mouthfeel: Coarse but wet. Maybe a little too wet. Doesn't leave me wanting another sip right away. Maybe if they made the finish a bit dryer they could erase that misplaced bitterness.

Drinkability: This will satisfy fans of Scottish ale, and is fairly reasonably priced. I'd certainly buy it again (in fact I intend to). That said, it does lack the creamy head of a beer like Belhaven Scottish Ale (who I believe brew this under contract).

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Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a footed tulip. Pours a saturated brassy gold. High clarity, some streaky lace and spotty bits here and there.

Sweet vanilla, defined oakiness, mild almond and toffee sweetness. Flavors are similar, some vanilla and almond, along with some pale malt and a dry finish with lingering oak notes.

Body is admittedly a bit thin and watery, though not a dealbreaker. Carbonation is light, the flavors carry it basically. Not bad, could easily have a couple. Far better than the "Rum Cask" version that we tried recently. Expecting an aged English Pale ale to be hoppy is like expecting a puppy to be well behaved without training.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium head with average retention. Aroma of malt is pretty discreet with some noticeable English hops. Taste has some recognisable floral malt with a slightly bitter finish. I’m not too sure about the oak aged aspect since I thought it was hard to distinguish and almost seems like a marketing gimmick…

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 4/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, oak, apple, plum, herbal, light pepper, and herbal/oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, oak, apple, plum, herbal, light pepper, and herbal/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, apple, plum, oak, light pepper, and herbal/oaky earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak barrel flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good oak aged Scottish ale style. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This is a bit lighter in body and flavor than the Rum barrel version, but is still nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white head that leaves nice lace as it settles. The body is deep gold and very clear.

S - Smoky oak aroma along with mild citrus hops, caramel and vanilla.

T - Malty sweetness up front and some toasted malt notes. There is a good bit of wood in the background as well as some sweet vanilla and peppery herbal flavors.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and an overly sweet finish.

D - It smells great, but the flavor is a severe disappointment. The cloying sweetness is a real turnoff, it could be more drinkable if it was dryer.

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

I was always afraid of this beer, thinking it was a cheap knock off beer, as it comes in a clear bottle, with a 40ozer cheap bottle like label. However, I tried it at a tasting today and it was interesting. SO here comes a review.

A fluffy fizzy very bubbly head hits about 1 finger and fades somewhat quickly. The beer is a crystal clear toasty orange tan colored.

The nose brings some malty aromas, a light pilsner malt, but a nice malty aroma over all. A slight syrupy almost malt extract like aroma too. Under that is hints of mild hoppy aromas, with a little fruity and grassy hops. Some golden malt aromas too. A slight oaky aroma.

The taste is just as expected, starting with a nice creamy malty aroma. Some golden malts, plenty of malts overall and I'm surprised it's only 6.6% as it's pretty malty. Then some light pale bitter hops, a little grassy and slight herbal, with hints of fruity hops. Then comes more oak flavors, not super oaky, and not woody esthers, but the oak rounds off the pale ale like flavors well. It begins with a light sweet flavor, but not very sweet, and dries well as well. It also finishes with a lingering slight citrus and fruity hop flavor, as well as some malty sweet like flavors, but still dry. Some oak also lingerers with almost a hint of bourbon-like flavor but no bourbon. I think it's the oak that gives it that flavor.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. The oak really rounds off the pale ale, and it doesn't get too hoppy, bitter, or heavy in general. Maltiness balances all this well, with a slight sweetness, dry finish, no real sticky feel, and good drinkable abv.

I have to say I'm impressed with this. With how cheesy the bottle looks, and even being called something like "Innis and Gunn", which sounds like a cheap 40ozer but I found out today is just the middle names of the two brothers that put the beer into the barrels and sell it. On top of that, this may be the cheapest (lowest cost) beer from Scotland, and eventually the barrels feed a single malt scotch so I have to say "Cheers to that!"

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Innis & Gunn's Oak Aged Beer pours a clear amber body beneath a short head of white froth that holds fairly well before dropping to a thin surface covering. The collar is wider, however, and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass - including some very nice, thick craggy rings at the outset, and some patches of tiny spotted walls throughout the middle.

The nose is distinctly toffeeish and nutty over a delicate bit of sweetish fruit (apples, berries) and mild wood. Interesting yeast!

It's smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and a gently tingling, fine-bubbled, and moderate carbonation.

The flavor delivers all that the nose promises and more with a note of vanilla that enhances the perception of sweetness at the front of the mouth. Then the buttery toffee and nuttiness appear, completing the scene. It's very toffeeish as you approach the middle of the palate. The dryness of the oak steps in, however, and brings it into balance. A solid bitterness, some woody dryness, and smears of leafy, grassy, and mildly citrusy hops linger in the finish. There's also a bit of a whisky taste that really gives it a certain charm and complexity.

It's interesting and fairly layered, with more than enough character to keep you engaged throughout the glass. And the sweet and then dry and bitter symphony followed by a blast of bitterness and alcohol is certainly entertaining as well... however, I'm not sure it has a real 'overall' drinkability. One is very enjoyable, but that may be my limit for the night. Still, I found it very interesting, and worth seeking out for fans of Scottish ales and whisky.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml brown bottle with a BB date of Feb. 2016 purchased and consumed in Fife, Scotland.

Clear deep amber body with a decent head.
The aroma and flavor both clearly say "aging in rum barrels". I don't think rum barrls were actually used. Instead, the wood and vanilla tones simply suggest rum. In any case, this has some complexity, good balance, and a very smooth body. The high ABV is fairly well hidden although there is warming in the finish and afterwards and it certainly affects the aroma. Carbonation seemed a tad low.

O: a fine ale that has a load of oak barrel flavor and is readily recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, vanilla, toffee, honey and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of vanilla, toffee, caramel and honey. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in along with the essence of oak barrel aging. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer but considering the price there are better alternatives that are similar and less expensive.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation swirling from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly heavier than moderate aromas of vanilla and oak over slightly lighter aromas of the spicy notes of rum.

T: Upfront the beer is slightly sweet with light to moderate notes of caramel and fruity (apple + pear) malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of oak, spiced rum, and vanilla. Lightly sweet but not overly so.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I found this to be one of the more enjoyable beers in the style that I have tried because it was not overly sweet or overly boozy - the flavors of the oak and the vanilla were really nice and the alcohol was fairly well hidden. I was happy to not get any skunky flavors/aromas considering the beer is in clear glass bottles.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a foamy white head and great lacing. Disregarding the use of clear glass, the bottle is rather attractive.

Smell: This aroma is all about the whiskey. Soft touches of buttered bread, wood, and sugary vanilla are also evident.

Taste: The whiskey quality shows up as soon as you open the bottle, and as soon as it touches your tongue. Features some malty caramel, lemon, and pepper with a mountainous amount of oak in the flavor. Finish is distinctly wooden, with strong notes of vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Amply carbonated.

Drinkability: A singularly unique beer that's best enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 03/02/13 notes. Shared by a friend, picked up at Whole Food Bowery in NYC.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla, oak, toasted malts, caramel malts, some light fruity malts. Nice nose, lot of oak and caramel.

t - Tastes of vanilla, caramel malts, oak, toasted malts, wood, fruit. Lot more vanilla; decent but a little too much oak/vanilla and not a lot else going on.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a pretty solid scotch ale. lot of vanill, oak, and caramel. Nice though the taste is very one dimensional. My friends love this one; it's solid and would have it again, though not my go-to scotch ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

After so many people raved about it recently, I figured I'd give this brew a shot. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose is kinda weak, comprising light toffee, honey, very light greens, sweet flowers, and a touch of wheat bread. The taste is more robust, with notes of caramel, vanilla, light wet oak, maple syrup, light honey, sweet flowers, and wet heather. It's a unique flavor combination to say the least, but it all ends up making me smile. The body is a light medium, with a mild carbonation and a slickly smooth feel. Overall, an interesting, tasty brew, one that lived up to the praise heaped upon it 'round here.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am pulling stuff out of my refrigerator that I had completely forgotten about! I am not kidding when I say that the bottle backlog is out of control. I will be glad to return to The CANQuest (tm) when all is said & done.

From the bottle: "Oak Aged Like No Other Beer"; "Hand-Crafted Scottish Beer"; "Oak Aged Beer"; "Smooth Scottish Beer With Natural Hints of Toffee, Vanilla and Oak"; "To make Innis & Gunn we hand-select barrels which are packed with the most delicious oak flavors. Over many weeks our unique maturation slowly unlocks these flavours from deep inside the oak grain, the beer growing in character with every hour that passes. Only when it has matured to perfection do we bottle and release it. The result is a refreshing, honey-hued beer with aromas of vanilla and toffee, and a malty, lightly oaked finish."; "Carefully Matured for 77 Days Prior to Release"; "Approved for Bottling [undersigned] Heather Gillespie [;] Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sup".

I Pop!ped the cap and this caused some bubbling in the neck, suggesting that a gentle pour was in order. Even so, I raised a finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and while the officials review MSU's TD in the Big 10 Championship Game, the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus dropped in for a taste. Nose had a sweet, drying tobacco-like quality. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite oaky, initially, leaving no doubt that it had been aged in wood. As it warmed, the aforementioned vanilla & toffee flavours (Ha!) began to come through. Finish was semi-sweet. Again, not suggestive of any bitterness, but instead, alluding to the idea that it was not totally sweet, either.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Aromas of oak tannin and a hint of vanilla penetrate my nostrils as soon as I more the glass nearer to my face. Earthy almost apple pie spice with hints of caramel and mineral water round out the nose. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor is big on the fruits apple, pear and cinnamon initially. Light caramel and brown sugar gives way to oak tannin and vanilla. Little to no hop flavor or bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light sugary mouthfeel. Not a bar beer per se, but not something I really enjoyed much.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A caramel scotch body. Crystal clear and glowing.

S - Sweet toffee, with a big nose of Werthers candy coming to mind. Bitter cocoa hints and sweet, rich malt. A touch of dry oak.

T - A nice whiskey barrel bite. Oaky dryness and buttery malt. Sweet and dry together. Faint sweet apple dipped in caramel sauce.

M - Semi light body, with a subtle dry finish.

O - Interesting flavor combination. A pale ale but more like a Scotch ale.

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