Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark AleInnis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale
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3.88/5
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103 Ratings
Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark AleInnis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Simon_of_Berlin on 12-30-2014

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Ranking:
#13,187
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
103
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by mtbdonn:
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of tbryan5
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, B and M stores, Bristol - Pours deep dark brown with a small tanned head which quickly thins. Medium carbonation. Aroma - light dark chocolate notes, light stoned fruits, malt overtones. Taste - Sweet dark sugar, dark chocolate notes, dark stoned fruits, light smooth whisky finish, light bitter back end. Best I and G I have sampled, however most seem to be very samey.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2017, so it's just out of date. Comes in a nice presentation box. Acquired a little while back from B&M. The label describes it as a dark ale aged in first-fill bourbon casks for 30 days.

A: Poured into a tulip. A dark reddish-brown colour with light carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of rich, boozy bourbon with hints of sweet malt, prunes, dried fruit, caramel, mild brown sugar, a touch of molasses, oak, ale yeast and faint stewed leaves. Complex and rounded - nice.

T: Tastes of sweet dark malt with notes of bourbon, caramel, subtle brown sugar, oak, mild dried fruit, ale yeast and stewed leaves. The malt character seems a bit underpowered relative to the bourbon/wood flavours. Quite sweet, with a subdued malty bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and a fairly thin body for the style. Could certainly be thicker. Aftertaste of bourbon, fruity malt, caramel/sugar, wood and stewed leaves.

O: A decent effort but not outstanding. Looks OK, while the aroma is a satisfying mix of bourbon character and sweet dark malt. The flavour is less balanced, with the bourbon seemingly unmatched by the malt. So-so body, a bit too thin given the strength. A interesting brew and worth sampling if you like bourbon, but not the best example of barrel-aging out there.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, just called 'Bourbon Dark Ale', and part of the current I&G mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear, very dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of sparse sea plume lace in the places around the glass as it quickly dissolves into the ether.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel/toffee malt, singed buttery biscuits, watery treacle, muddled dark orchard fruit, an ethereal Bourbon barrel woodiness, along with a faintly boozy vanilla character that bolsters the base beer's unusual lack of one. The taste is rather sweet caramel, vanilla, and grainy toffee malt, a subdued black fruitiness, faint earthy spices, and a Bourbon quotient that is fairly weak on the woody, vanilla, and even boozy fronts - huh.

The carbonation is quite thorough in its swirling and probing frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, I suppose, with a slight clammy pithiness putting a damper on a wannabe creaminess. It finishes sweet, a tad tacky, and not particularly whiskey-like.

Maybe the Bourbon barrel notes aren't overt, but I suspect that they've done a bang-up job here in keeping the house flavour reined in. For once, that saccharine vanilla thing doesn't make me want to scrape my tongue, and the rest of the malt, er, 'complexity' has a chance to show its stuff. Small miracles, but I don't actually mind this one.

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Photo of dertyd
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out a dark brown color, with a thin khaki colored head------------ the aromas are of roasted malts, Carmel, oak and light vanilla---------------- the flavors are of light Carmel, light toffee, light minerality, light whiskey and light oak(everything was light) the beer has a thin mouthfeel with a light bitterness on the finish---------------- overall this beer tasted like a boring brown ale with a splash of whiskey, it's not my cup of tea-----

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Photo of Damian74
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shpud
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a four bottle variety pack on January 15th, 2016. The best before date of the package reads May 2016. Pours a very dark ruby red-brown colour, almost cola like. Head is thin, cream coloured, but maintained itself up until about halfway through. Lacing on the glass stayed almost in rings. This beer has a thick, almost oily mouth feel. Aromas of orange peel, caramel and a bit of bourbon. Tastes heavily of oranges, caramel, and chocolate with a fairly strong bourbon aftertaste. Fairly sweet, the taste definitely improved as the beer got warmer as some of the stronger characteristics mellowed out. I would definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of sisterofba
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coltron23
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TijuanaTovar
1.53/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Smelled like fungus and gym socks. Infected bottle? For shelfies, Backwoods bastard is light years better. Disappointed.

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4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottleneck says BBE May 17.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Usual biscuity malt aroma with some English yeast that's signature Innis & Gunn. A touch of boozy bourbon.

T- Nice roasty flavor that's got just enough bitterness to complement the sweet vanilla note of the bourbon. I also get honey, brown sugar and again, some biscuit. I'm surprised at how tasty this is considering that it's so mellow at the same time. The 7.4% ABV is superbly well-hidden. Also a hint of caramel and some building hop bitterness rounds things out quite nicely.

M- Soft with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This one far surpassed my expectations. Not insanely complex but it delivers just enough flavor and subtle nuances to keep you interested all the way through. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale has a thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and bits of glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet, roasted malt, some anise, and raisin. Taste is of those elements, with dark brown bread crust, some sugar, and faint bourbon. Possibly, there is some peat smoke. Mouthfeel is medium, and Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale finishes medium dry and easy going.

RJT

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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 103 ratings