Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer | Innis & Gunn

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85
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,773
Reviews:
572
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
15.2%
 
 
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83
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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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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 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 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 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 WillieThreebiers
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boozy... in a good way.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 Boone757
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
1.8/5  rDev -52%
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 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 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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