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Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer | Innis & Gunn

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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:
#23,032
Reviews:
583
Ratings:
1,816
pDev:
15.24%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A single bottle serving on New Year's Eve. As soon as I opened the bottled a very pleasant smell hit me. I poured into a branded regular pint glass.

Look: looks amber brown some carbonation. About an inch of pure white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Looks malty.

Smell: a very pleasent smell of beer hith me as I opened the bottle and wanted to taste it right away. The smell as it sits in the glass smells of vanilla and barley (or yeast). Slightly malty smell.

Taste: Very sweet from the very first sip. Very smooth drink. Tastes a little malty but the vanilla notes predominate. No strong bitter notes in this one. More like a juice-type beer than a strong drink. The extra alcohol content is not noticeable. Taste dissipates quickly but the sweet vanilla lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel: fairly light and very sweet. goes down easy. A little creamy/malty. Almost sits like juice in the mouth. Almost no carbonation.

Overall, this is a very great tasting beer, feels nice in the mouth, and almost a luxurious taste. A little more sweet than I normally like, but this is not a downfall, as it is pretty balanced. Reminds me of juice or vanilla cake. A little less complex than I imagined but this was brewed very well and there are other beers by Innis & gunn that have darker, more bitter notes. Definitely no hoppy taste in this one. More carbonation would be nice. Very well done and a pleasing beer. I almost drank the whole beer whilst writing this review!

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(from a holiday gift set, poured into the tall, goblet-like glass it came with)

A: crystal liquid, apple-juice amber.... real tall frothy white foam on the pour, falls into a steady creme cap

S: toasted oak/bark, earthy fresh cigar... spicy, pear(?)-like esters... mild caramel or turbinado simple syrup.... excellent aromas, but unfortunately fairly subdued in intensity

T: clean malty foundation, not much hop at all, if any, and delicate bitterness... light-moderate vanilla notes... the toasted/cigar elements seem tempered by the up-front malt flavor... this is a tough one - the balance and quality of the esters and malt are certainly a few notches above that of bottles of many of the English pales I've tried over the years - maybe the barrel-aging has something to do with this, although, many of the Scottish bottles I've had are similarly better than the English... hmmm.... anyway, there's sort of a spiced caramel apple aftertaste that lingers long.... the alcohol is wonderfully phantom

M: clean and smooth.... understated compact viscosity.... dry finish... some juicy/oily residue left on the palate

O: to me, this is unique among BA beers.... if you're expecting something huge in flavors of alcohol or whiskey/port/calvados/blahblahblah, this is not what this is about.... not many straight oak-aged beers I can think of aside from the I&G....

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"Carefully matured for 77 days prior to release"

This is the first of the aged Innis & Gunn brews, natural hints of toffee, vanilla and oak are within this Scottish ale.

True, We don't get to know the specifics of how or what the ale was aged in, but you certainly can smell and taste the aged-in-cask effects.

An Aged, flat appearance to this deep golden and amber colored brew. A relaxed white foam, falls out pretty quick to just a ring around the edge.

An earthy, musky, aroma with a rum-like malty sweetness in the nose. Musty, earthy hop edge plays with sweet, rum and alcohol flavor's, maybe even the toffee, caramel they speak of and yes, just a hint of vanilla. Pretty complex in flavor for a simple, light but very laid-back and slick feeling in the mouth.

Deviate from the norm with these Scottish Cask brews!

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Innis And Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,816 ratings
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