Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer | Innis & Gunn

Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged BeerInnis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer
BA SCORE
3.74/5
1,809 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#22,421
Reviews:
580
Ratings:
1,809
pDev:
15.24%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
429
Trade:
2
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Photo of Vader444
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour into 2/3 pint glass.

Been a good few years since I've had this. Wasn't a fan previously.

Deep orange with small but persistent head and reasonable lacing on the glass. Smells of toffee apples and a hint of spice. Flavours of baked apricot and vanilla. Sweet but not overly so. No recognisable hop presence. Decent. Better than I remember. Cheers!

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FZR23
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of monkist
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMe8
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmoriarty
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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%
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 mrfrancis
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alck11
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kamahl16
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boozy... in a good way.

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Photo of sdm9465
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rickklein9
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
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 BlueSpader
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anthony-s
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 TheHopsman
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatthehull
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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 nightgardener
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,809 ratings
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