Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer | Innis & Gunn

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85
very good
1,787 Ratings
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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:
This is our firstborn brew, whose accidental discovery started our story in 2003. Its originality also lies in its singular taste – notes of biscuity malt and vanilla swirling within a creamy, mellow character.

A pioneering beer, its flavour finds favour with brewing juries, blind tasting panels and barflies alike.

Added by UncleJimbo on 09-15-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,787
Reviews:
576
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
15.2%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
419
For Trade:
2
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Photo of faatcase
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zet
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I had high expectations of this one, but am rather disappointed. It looks like an ice-tea that has in its glass for too long. The smell is quite weak, with flavours of malt and caramel. There is also a hint of oak in there though. The taste is basically euro pale lager with some caramel. It reminds me of the dutch style Oud Bruin (not too be confused with the Flemish one), which is not a compliment. Mouth feel is also too watery for my liking. That one reminds me of the mexican tequila flavoured beers, which is also not a compliment. Ah well, you win some, you lose some.

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Photo of ConnorG
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSn
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boodoo
2.54/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ABabbidge
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark copper color with a crackling head.

S: Sweet malt, buttery, herbal notes.

T: Malty sweetness, toffee, diacetly, honey, dark fruit.

F: Creamy, moderate carbonation, wet finish.

O: This is definitely different from other barrel aged beers I have had before. A lot going on, it makes me want to keep coming back for more.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice: color is copper, clear, head presents 1/4 inch thick but dissipates very quickly to just a few bubbles on the glass sides, head is off white in color.

Smell is almost all from the barrel: light toasted oak, vanilla, some toffee and honey as well. Enticing, but lighter on the malt as you might expect from a scottish ale.

Taste is much more amplified in terms of barrel characteristics with some more noticeable malt sweetness: vanilla, hint of oakiness, toast, toffee, honey, some thin malt.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp for a barrel aged beer with moderate to strong carbonation that lingers strongly.

Overall: a good beer with some quirks - not much malt depth and overly crisp/strong carbonation, however the barrel aged flavors are very good.

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Photo of _nickg_
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of saboliver
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge vanilla, oak, butter and toffee aromas followed up by similar tastes, that remain throughout the drink. One of the most flavoursome ales I have tried. Absolutely delicious and unique in my experience. One of my favourite ales.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stormfurx
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kovfer
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very sweet, vanilla flavor. Pretty thin viscosity. I was pretty disappointed actually.

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Photo of dhmxray
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of burk1982
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TeachChefs
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of urbanchemist
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SevenBeersDaily
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding beer by any enthusiast's definition. If you have never been a fan of barrel aged beers before (or simply have not tried them) this is the beer that will turn you around and make you a fan. This should be on the "must try" list of any serious beer enthusiast.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into the Innis and Gunn tulip as recommended. The appearance was a hazy golden honey color. The head was a nice half finger’s worth of white foaminess that died within about a minute and left some nice lacing in the wake. The smell had a nice woody/oaky vanilla and toffee in the front and a nice light caramel aroma entering in as it warmed. The taste was sweet and woody letting the vanilla, toffee and caramel intermingle nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. There’s a slight sessionable aspect about it. Overall, I say this was a nice English Strong Ale worthy of having again.

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Photo of zotzot
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RandyCongdon
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought this as part of a group of varied beers. I have never had barrel-aged beer that wasn't a Stout. I am glad I grabbed it.

Look- Honey or caramel brown. Completely still looking. There is virtually no head, just a thin white ring around the top of the glass.

Smell- Slight apple, likely from the oak barrel. A little toffee, vanilla and alcohol.

Taste- Vanilla, still a bit of apple, a touch of bourbon, oak and malt.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth. There seems to be a bit of carbonation that tickles the tongue despite their being no bubbles or head. There is a mild bitterness on the finish. The body is medium/heavy and just a little sticky. The aftertaste is that of wood, again from the oak.

Overall- I am really starting to get enthusiastic about barrel-aged beers. I really enjoyed it, and would buy it again. I paired it with a lobster ravioli, and the combination was great.

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Photo of maximum12
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Assumed 11.2 oz. bottle evidently aged 77 days in oak barrels. I’m going to go through these in the next few days, figured I’d ’member better than way. Now, where’s the remote.

The pour is amber that leans towards clearer orange when held up to a handy light source. Nose is very subtle but nice: sweet malt, caramel, vanilla.

Innis & Gunn Original Oak Aged is a three-sipper before I come up for a longer breath. Beautiful malt base that whispers caramel, toffee, & sweetness, while the barrel imparts a bit of vanilla, wood. Finishes with light citrus & long, languid note of molasses. Light, airy, light breathing in alcohol rather than drinking it.

This is straight ancient-school - I can imagine this is the beer Conan the Barbarian was sipping between busting medieval heads. This is finely crafted & a stellar example of what a skilled brewer can do even with a ‘low’ ABV brew. Excellent. Looking forward to the other two!

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schavuytje
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tasted at bustling Apeldoorn; Beautiful dark gold with a fairly firm foam suit, floral aroma, a lot of co2 therefore soapy and remains only floral soap

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

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