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Innis And Gunn Oak Aged BeerInnis And Gunn Oak Aged Beer

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - transparent caramel amber with a thick, foamy, bubbly, soap-like, white head that has decent retention

S - musty, caramel, faint diacetyl

T - caramel, apple, faint vanilla, oak, earthy, sweet

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This didn't look or smell like much but it was deceptively complex. The typical caramel, apple, and butterscotch notes are there. The oak adds some vanilla and woody, earthy notes as well. It's not great, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This honey-hued liquid is clear as the bottle it came in (and looks equally as classy). Barrel-aging may have taken the bounce out of carbonation's step, as evidenced by the total lack of bubbles, but it's left the beer's glossy, shimmering complexion perfectly intact. It looks a hell of a lot better than I would after 77 days in a barrel!

I have no idea from where Innis and Gunn source their barrels, but all their beers share a distinct, flagship aroma and probably in no other beer is that buttery-oak bouquet more prominent than in this offering. The heavily honeyed, heavily oaked scent is rich in vanilla and underlined by notes of toffee. The profile can instantly be associated to this brewery.

The flavour is perhaps best described as being composed of two parts the vanilla-oak, butter-bomb characteristics of a Chardonnay and one part the peaty, wood-spice of a single malt scotch. Those highly distinct elements surprisingly play nice with one another, although they're helped along by honeycomb toffee and fruity, brandy-ish esters.

Butterscotch explodes with nuclear proportions to the point where the beer starts to feel sticky on the palate. That being said, Innis and Gunn Original doesn't have much substance to it (beyond the distinct qualities gained from oak aging) and its honey sweetness comes uncomfortably close to cloying once it looses its chill. I believe they call this "diacetyl"...

To the average, casual lager drinker, Innis and Gunn Original is mind-shattering stuff. To many in the craft beer world, Innis and Gunn is kitschy and underwhelming. I've always felt that the truth lay somewhere in the middle. Regardless of your tastes, this brewery has made a lot of headway in expanding the palates (and minds) of the general public.

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Photo of darkstar12
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pilsner-style glass

A: copper colored and clear. one-finger head that dissapated down to a thin layer of foam. no real lacing.

S: vanilla, malts, a hint of scotch whiskey

T: Here the scotch whiskey comes out as a dominant flavor, very peaty and smoky. Also some vanilla, with the sweetness of the malts in the aftertaste.

M: a bit thick and syrupy, with very little carbonation.

O: A very unique and interesting beer. If you're in the right mood for it, it's an excellent beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass (It's all I had).

A - Dark gold appearance, medium head

S - Smells very nice. The aroma of caramel is the most prominent

T - Very unique in flavor. Oaky with some vanilla and toffee notes. Delicious and drinkable

M - Light and smooth

I'd drink again.

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Photo of codyhotel
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a decent head, dissipates fairly quickly with little lacing. Very clear amber colour.

S - Not a very prominent nose, but some nice flavors. Honey and oak are in there, and a touch of a scotch whiskey. A bit of fresh floral notes from the hops.

T - Toffee, caramel, malts. Very sweet.

M - Very smooth, little carbonation, medium body. Crisp finish, alcohol not very noticeable.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass at our hotel in Bath, England

A: amber/bronze with a one finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Honey, oak, caramel, malts.

T: Yum! Follows nose with toffee and bourbon. Smokey, sweet, oh, so good.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Best ale we tried in the UK. Smooth, bourbon-y and delicious. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance is a nice caramel, very similar to whiskey. The aroma is a bit of oak and caramel malt. Flavor is excellent with burnt sweetness coming from both the wood and roasted malt with just a hint of hops in the background. Body is surprisingly light considering the complexity and ABV.

This is an excellent beer that hits the sweet spot between complexity and drinkability and maintains the oak and whiskey elements while still being really good on a hot day. Far better than Bourbon Barrel Ale, which tends to overwhelm with a syrupy vanilla wood flavor.

DO NOT drink this straight out of the bottle; pour it into a glass. Like any nuanced beer, the aromas bloom when allowed to open up.

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Photo of Omen
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer..you can drink it 10,000 different times and pick up something else that you like about it every time you drink it. I highly suggest drinking this beer if you like a beer that has a hint of Oak and a smooth after taste, also try this with any kind of buttery meal (Ie a steak with butter on it or a pork chop with mash potatoes and butter)...Cheers

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 davewlfpckfan29
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought two bottles of this at a small store in Chester, VT.
The man at the counter suggested it as a solid Oak aged brew.

It pours a nice cream soda kind of light brown color. Not much carbonation of lacing in its appearance. Im guessing this was on the shelves for a while before I got to it.

The smell was pretty nice. Unique, oaked barrel smell. Belgian yeast? A little bit of a sweet sugary smell.

The man behind the counter also recommended drinking this with food, so I did. It was a nice. An oak taste with caramel in the background.
I wish this wasn't in a white bottle however. I can definitely taste the typical "skunked" taste from being in a white bottle.
I feel like this would be better if it came in a darker bottle, shielded from the light.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a 22 oz. glass

A- Pours a brownish amber, about a finger of frothy and a little bit creamy head that fades to about a half finger, slightly above average carbonation.

S- Very sweet scotch malt smell. Some floral notes, a little bit of caramel, some oak, pretty complex, unique, one of the better smelling beers I've smelt.

T- Sweet malty taste, similar to smell. Sweet caramel malts mixed with a light scotch, with a very faint oak finish. Has a sweet scotch after-taste.

M- A little bit on the heavier side, syrupy (a little bit too much for my liking), not too much carbonation, abv well hidden.

O- I haven't had too many Scotch Ales (probably somewhere between 5-10), but this definitely ranks as one of the best if not the best one I had. It was definitely dominated by a sweet malty taste, almost a little bit too sweet. If you like a scotch flavor and really sweet beers this beer is probably the one for you. However if you hate sweet syrupy beers I would probably stay away.

The cask age didn't impart too much of an oak flavor. It would definitely be interesting to try this beer if it was aged a little bit longer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extremely clear yellow orange pour into an innis & gunn glass. small amount of head quickly diminished into a surrounding foam. smells of bourbon, caramel, oak (very boozy smell), smoked. tastes of very light vanilla, smooth bourbon, a semi sweet after taste of caramel and oak. a very nice mellow display of bourbon barrel aging. light bodied, but gives off a warming sensation that makes it a slow drinking beer. this is a great anytimer - i had been meaning to try this beer for a long time but got carried away in domestic craft stuff so i never got around to this. did a trade with someone in TN and they had a 3pack with a glass gift set so he included it in the trade. i'm very glad this happened and i have 2 other versions of this beer to drink still!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Innis & Gunn Original from a clear glass bottle.

Looks a nice harvest gold color in my pint glass with some quick fizzy carb that formed a short-lived head. A couple of bubbles still come up from the bottom. Great clarity. 3.0

The aroma reminds me a bit of another clear glass bottled beer, Newcastle. Do they use the same hop preservative in all clear bottled beers? Musty grains with a flicker of oak and very faint vanilla. Nice toasted character to the malt with a hint of aged hops. 3.0

Fresh, sweet oak delivery in the taste with a much more forefronted vanilla flavor. A little crisp toffee or buttercrunch in there. Some transient harsh bitterness in the middle, possibly from the barrel wood or maybe the hops. Almost gummi candied like finish with hints of artificial green apple and artificial pineapple. Sweet and actually refreshing. 4.0

This is very drinkable with a decently vigorous carbonation that keeps rumbling in your stomach. Medium-light body. No real trace of alcohol. 4.0

Scotch Ales have become a wild array of different kinds of beer. To call this one is no longer a stretch. Innis & Gunn sold me on their oak-aged product. I love the brewery backstory and I like the beer. I've got a couple of Rum Casks waiting to be cracked soon from them. Stay tuned for that review. 4.0

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Photo of julian89
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on 4/5/2012
From bottle to pint glass (twice)

Appearance: A beautiful translucent amber gold that reminds be of a bourbon color. A half inch head with no lacing and rapid dissolve of CO2.

Smell: An earthy strong oak smell. Hints of vanilla and a flowery scent. Caramel and sugar for sure.

Mouthfeel & taste: Very light, nice "tingly" feel on the complete progression of palate. Stronger Vanilla taste on the back end. Earth oak taste on the front. Sweet taste throughout. Strong alcohol taste later once the beer is allowed to settle.

Overall: A fantastic beer that I shall return to. Maybe try the rum cask one.

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Photo of warnerry
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear copper with one and a half fingers of off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly and leaves only scant lacing.

S - Unfortunately, a bit of skunkiness in the nose. Beneath that, aromas of caramel, a bit of vanilla, coconut and oak.

T - Sweet malt, with caramel and faint toffee. Also vanilla and a bit of skunk. Prettt tasty despite the off flavors.

M - Medium slightly sticky mouthfeel.

O - Pretty good overall, but not somwthig I would seek out. Despite the slight skunkiness, I feel like I got a goodrepresentation if what this beer is all about. Pretty easy drinking, with sweetness kept in check.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber color, little cap of khaki froth, little retention. Scent brings strong vanilla, coconut, toffee notes, light hints of wood and whiskey, some hints of fruit. Taste follows scent, lighter based beer brings strong wood and vanilla notes from the front, settles into a delicious toffee flavor, sweet and nutty, light notes of whiskey and faint faint char, grassy and floral hops, faint off herbal presence. Medium bodied, slightly high in carbonation. Overall, nice scent and tastes, but lacks a touch of subtlety and complexity i'm accustomed to with those flavors. Highly approachable.

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Photo of Squancho
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel bad my first review giving everything a 5. But, this is the closest beer I've ever had to perfection. It is just incredible. The aroma especially is astounding, toffee, caramel. The colour and appearance is fantastic, I particularly like the unique bottle shape which seems to work well with the label to compliment the golden, sweet nature of the beer.

Fine carbonation as well serves for a basically perfect beer.

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

$10.99 for a 4-pack if I remember right. Oak aged "scottish beer" for 77 days. 6.6% ABV. Clear bottle.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear light caramel, forming a very nice creamy merigue like white head with excellent retention and solid lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma opens with skunked hops, followed by toffee, butterscotch, and a subtle touch of biscuit malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium body. The taste opens with the skunk followed by very brief biscuits, then honey, then toffee. Sweet overall, not to be confused with malt character, which is has very little of. Very mild hop bitterness in the finish and then some residual open fermentation yeast character. I don't taste any oak personally.

Interesting beer. Kinda reminds me of a weird Sam Smith Pale ale, but I prefer Sam Smith to this.

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

First off, I have to say that I love the bottle. The aroma definitely has the toffee and vanilla notes that the bottle states it will, along with a sugary sweetness. It's nice.

Pours a dark amber color in the glass with a decent head at first that had very little staying power.

Taste is fairly sweet, with sugars, toffee and vanilla all combining together to give a pretty pleasing taste. Very quaffable stuff. Then, the oak barrel aging becomes noticeable, as it has kind of a whiskey type taste to it at the finish that gives it a slightly more boozy taste than what it actually is.

I really enjoyed this, though. It's an interesting idea with good flavor notes that goes down very easily.

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Photo of DrinkThis
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of our ideal beers. Very full body with a full mouth feel. Notes of vanilla, whiskey, oak, & smokiness. Medium head when poured into a glass, on top of a amber beer that is like stained glass. Best to drink around 45 degrees to release the natural flavour and aroma of the beer.

For more please check out our video with Innis and Gunn at the International Great Beer Expo NJ 2012


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Photo of Dave1999
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pored a dark orange with a thick foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Smell was of heavy malts and vanilla.

The taste was of oak, sweet vanilla, caramel and a little creamy.

Just the right amount of carbonation, very smooth.

Overall a very original and enjoyable beer. Probably the one of the best beers I've had from Edinburgh.

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Photo of caisno
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - from the bottle into a tulip and left me wanting for nothing, amber thick lacing.

Smell- Wood, oak mainly and a hint of pine with some honey and fig.

Taste- increadibly unique. A bit of malt flavored oak. A dose of wiskey and a hint of bread. A very spicy beer for the level of malt and sweet. A truely new taste. I'm grateful.

Mouthfeel- for the lvl of mild spice there is a greatly appreciated zing! There is a bit of boozyness too. Relatively thin. Pleasant.

Overall- A must. This and their rum cask are two must tries. However their rum cask is superior. Don't pass on either, you'll be cheating yourself.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. Got this earlier this month after volunteering at the EBF. Here we go folks.

Appearance: The poured a slight head that has reduced to a thin layer. A golden orange yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: vanilla, honey, oak, grainy and bready notes. Very interesting aroma, but it smells good.

Taste: Vanilla, toffee sweetness, scotch whisky, and oakey notes are fantastic. Alchohol, bready, and creamy notes too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, boozy, and easy to drink.

Overall: I was impressed with this beer. At first, the aroma turned me off a little bit, but the taste and drinkability turned things around. Solid beer oveerall and can't wait to try some of their other brews.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. Oak-aged beer; an original idea (sort of) that was discovered by accident.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich golden-amber colour with plentiful carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of sweet toffee, vanilla and oak, underpinned by an alcoholic, whisky-like note. Any malt or hop aromas are smothered, and the effect is rather cloying.

Tastes of light malt with a sweet, slightly woody character. Notes of toffee and vanilla upfront, followed by subtler hints of oak. Pretty sweet - like a dose of candy sugar has been added to it. A faintly spicy/fruity element, with hints of anise, bananas, bubblegum and whisky. A mildly harsh, skunky background character. The finish is slightly hot and boozy. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and pleasantly tingly. A little dry on the palate. Aftertaste of sweet toffee/vanilla.

An interesting effort, but I don't find myself falling in love. It's biggest flaw, in my opinion, is the excess of extraneous flavours rather than an emphesis on the 'beer' character. It has some complexity, but it's too sweet, with too much toffee and vanilla - these flavours dominate everything else. It would be improved by a more robust maltiness that stands up to the oak and creates a better balance. Anyway, try it for interest, once.

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