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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Oak Aged Highland Ale | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Oak Aged Highland AleInnis & Gunn Limited Edition Oak Aged Highland Ale

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- This one pours a clear coppery toned color that has very small reddish hues and the carbonation is plentiful but refined looking. The head is eggshell in color and retains very well....keeping intact a dense thick film of foam over the brew. The lacing is modest with small patches of foam that cling to the glass and they dont slide back into the beer.

S- The overall aroma is rich yet refined in what it is aiming for.....smells of toasty oak, wet wood, oat malt, wildflower honey that is floral and a finish that lingers and is of caramel/toffee. Not much in terms of hop bitterness.....nice!

T- Big time old Scotch flavor right up front that is sweet like vanilla. There are floral notes that are slightly fruity and wild in character. Smooth oak and slightly spicy as well right at the finish....almost rummy! The fruit is of mild orange. Finish is toasted caramel.....very nice overall!

M/O- The carbonation is fairly smooth and refined on this light/medium bodied brew. The drinkability factor is quite high in regards to a high alcohol by volume beer....I could definitely do another for sure and think this would be good with a stew in Winter. The alcohol itself is well hidden and doesn't affect the overall character of the beer negatively. Another winner by I&G!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - so, 'infused with Highland whisky', rather than aged in said barrels. Got it.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of random splattered lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sweet, sugary vanilla, bready caramel malt, faint black orchard fruit, earthy yeast, a bit of indistinct spice, subtle low-peat whisky notes (more vanilla, caramel and understated woody astringencies), and a mild noble hop bitterness. The taste is more pithy, hard to get around vanilla/caramel cooking sweetness, neutered dark fruit, a still difficult to pin down wooden acridity, one that could come from either the oak chips, or the whisky addition itself (I'm betting on the former), bland yeast, further burnt sugar notes, and very subdued earthy, leafy, and weedy hops.

The bubbles are so-so in their frothy and laughably fizzy ability to ward off the cloying, clammy, and palate-coating middleweight body, with a tacky smoothness that you would think could know better, but obviously doesn't. It finishes sweet, but at least in a somewhat moderated manner, as the woody vanilla, heat-free whisky spice, and hops do well enough to push things at least within a long, long approach shot of all things balanced.

Yeah, this is still Innis & Gunn, and they still insist on propagating that generally inoffensive house yeast, but more egregiously, that dependence on a huge vanilla/caramel cavalcade across my better beer senses. If you're a fan of all things sweet, then you might just fall all over yourself extolling this one's virtues. Otherwise, to quote my toddler when I tried to sneak some stupidly sugary allergy medicine into his milk this morning: 'I like it', and then set the glass down, never to be touched again.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle served chilld into an Innis & Gunn glass. Shared a couple of bottle with mom on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Purchased for $5.95 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - Pours a dark copper color with a very small off white head. Minimal carbonation and poor head retention. No lacing left behind. I wasn't expecting a big pour given the style, but this was disappointing nonethless.

Smell - Some signature vanilla notes, elements of peat and maybe the faintest whiff of smoke before all is drowned out by caramel (briefly) and whiskey aromas. While the whiskey notes are delightful, they are not as bold as I'd have hoped.

Taste - Again whiskey flavors up front dominate and hint of vanilla and oak but dialed back relative to many of the other I&G one-offs. Smidgen of smoke too. Nice, complex and blended, although I'd be intrigued with what a few extra days of aging at the source might have done.

Mouthfeel - Quite flat, even for the style. Doesn't stick to my mouth the way others in the style have and I'd expect. Finish and body are modest, even perhaps a bit thin.

Overall - Strangely enough the two bottles were rather different, one bottle with bigger whiskey notes and more barrel-aged characteristics. The other beer was flatter and more muted in its whiskey and barrel aged characteristics, making it quite disappointing. Consistent may be inconsistent. If you're a big I&G fan or scotch whiskey fan, then it may be worth a try, otherwise you can probably pass on this seasonal varietal of I&G, especially given the high price.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger cream head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear golden amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. nose and taste is orange candy sweetness, sweet malt finish. Best before Jan 2016. $7.35 for a 22.3oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of cjgator3
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. This beer is packaged in a box creating a visually appealing packaging and label on the bottle. The aroma is faint malts, sweet honey, tea leaves, and some notes from the oak aging. The taste is very much on the sweet side like the aroma with a lingering sweetness well into the finish. Overall, decent beer but it would be better with a little less sweetness and a little more character from the oak aging.

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Photo of jkane101
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice bright glowing orange with a slight, beach sand colored head. Light, slow rise of fine bubbly carbonation.

S: Sweet honey bourbon and oaky flair, toasty malt and heather. Nice spiciness, dried syrup and honey pine, with a decent strength with a light whiskey fade.

T: The flavor was sweet caramel grains and bourbon. Big oaky flair, buttery caramel and honey toasted malt. Fresh flowery hops and heather bring an earthy green appeal with some dried fruitiness, vanilla, and dried honey-bourbon cashew nuttiness. Hints of sweet nutmeg and cypress.

M: Light bodied, syrupy slick texture with a quiet carbonation. Sweet honey-bourbon warmth.

O: The oaky-whiskey flavor and influence defines this beer with a smooth character and drink-ability factor. Its a bit sweet for large volumes or multiples, but has a nice English character. Still an 85 seems right for me. Having had several of their beers, they seem to have a common thread in most of their offerings.

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Photo of CPAles
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the limited edition 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 24, 2015.

The pour is a kind of olive-mahogany amber tone with a big fluffy head that fades down quickly.

The aroma is very sweet with sugar, honey, peat moss, grapes maybe, and a hint of oak.

The body is in the medium range but there is a definite slick, smooth texture to it.

Very sweet flavor just like the aroma suggests it would be with those same honey notes playing up in the foreground. Only a mild bitterness and hardly worth noting. I had hoped it would be better.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vidisad
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djrn2
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber colour, no real head or lacing. Lots of toffee and caramel, hints of smoky peat and vanilla. Flavour is a bit bitter with leafy greens alongside heavy butter caramel. Toffee, caramel and hints of scotch linger. Solid brew but a tad pricey.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"This Innis & Gunn beer is well balanced and complex with an incredibly smooth finish and an aroma of heather-honey and rich spice." Brewed in the style of an English Strong Ale, matured on oak chips, available in 22.3 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22.3 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy eggshell white head over a near transparent and pale orange amber body with rosy champagne tones and ample carbonation. Retention is below average expectations and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Sweet and accessible English malt and yeast tones including toffee malts, nutty caramel bread, juicy fruit, and peppery spice. Little to no hop aroma and the oak chips generate a complimentary, if not too transparent impact on the aroma of this beer. Notes of subtle whiskey are evident, and surprisingly inoffensive against the perceived simplicity of the aroma otherwise. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Very sweet malt presence up front with incredible caramel malt syrup character, light biscuit and toffee malt character, fairly clean but alarmingly sweet, aided with the magnitude of a smooth whiskey backbone, but not being too familiar with the varying calibers of whiskey, I'm not sure how genuine the flavor is. Moderate fruit notes of English yeast and faint spiciness contribute some slight complexity to the mix. Not much oak age impact aside from the light dryness which doesn't make much of a dent in the syrupy and smooth malt profile overall. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slick, clean, smooth, moderately syrupy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy and nutty bitter. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Another distractingly sweet concoction by Innis & Gunn, very English-like in malt and yeast flavor but there's superior balanced beers from England to fill that void. Incredibly sweet (I can't seem to emphasize this enough), yet easy to drink and accessible even by non-whiskey drinker's standards. The whiskey in part seemed to be the most notable variation from other Innis & Gunn beers that I have sampled, and still light and clean in delivery. That being said, my hopes for a beer of this caliber and packaging may have been somewhat of a more fulfilling beverage from both the malt and yeast build as well as the oak aging, but both angles fall slightly short of expectations, leaving us with slightly north of an average beer overall. 3.5

Innis & Gunn's
Highland Ale

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Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22.3 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 2/2016. Pours crystal clear deep amber/copper color with a 1-2 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 good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted oak, bread, plum, apple, light vanilla, herbal, grass, and oak/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and solid balance of bready malt, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. A bit on the strong side with oak presence in the aromas. Taste of caramel, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bread, plum, apple, herbal, grass, light peat smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate amount of oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla,toasted oak, bread, plum, apple, herbal, grass, light peat smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bready malt, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oak aged English strong ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: a beautiful hue of orange-red amber - crystal clear with a finger of fine bubbles that slimmed to a film

S: honeyed fruit and toffee, something like vanilla and soft tawny leather

T: fruits like raisin or date or plum, abundant honey and faint herbal, floral elements; some spice, some vanilla, hints of oaky tannins

M: medium-weight, subdued carbonation, smooth and slick; stays wet with lotsa of impressions coming and going as it lingers

O: a real nice ale - didn't notice the Highland Scotch whisky in it - but perhaps it was so smoothly infused that it was the idea; the oakiness is also subtle - tasted like a good strong English ale - hits with bright sweet fruits, honey and spice. Quite nice.

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