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Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015 | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark brown/black color that is opaque against the light....it appears to be clear all at the same time. The head is caramel in color, is fine yet dense looking and doesn't necessarily retain all that well, becoming a thin wispy looking film over the beer itself. Lacing is awesome with an almost complete coating around the side of the glass when swirled! The carbonation is much too hard to tell what is going on, but I'm willing to bet that it is refined like the head suggests.

S- This is actually mild overall, but what I am detecting is whisky, oak char, caramel/molasses and robust malt characters. Background smells of vanilla, licorice, coffee and perhaps some boozy cocoa round out the rest of this....the finish has some clean bittering hops along with overripe assorted berries....perhaps blackberry and/or raspberry in fact!

T- The overall flavors are of rummy oaked whiskey barrel, molasses, slight vanilla, dark roast coffee, and some fried bready yeast dough. There is some sort of Earthy quality to it and some licorice root to boot....the finish is rather mild and clean!

M/O- This leans towards medium body and the carbonation is plentiful like Champagne, but it is very refined and smooth! I feel like it is just the right amount and because of the mildness of it, I find this highly drinkable and would rather enjoy more than one in a sitting....perhaps a little expensive for what you get but as with all of the I&G product, this is most excellent.....I would like to get one and age it for at least another year!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle (2015 vintage), Release No. 01/16-001, best by date of 16 DEC 20 stamped on the bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear very dark reddish/brown color with a huge, huge head. Had to let this one settle down a little while before I could get a decent pour in the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like vanilla, toffee, toasted malt, nuts, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some bourbon, molasses and dark breadiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and has a high amount of soft carbonation. A little too much carbonation for me, but with that being said it's not hard to drink at all. I thought it was an enjoyable brew, but maybe I should have drank it fresher. Still worth a try! $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml, cardboard-tubed bottle, from notes, aged 100 days (in actual first-fill Bourbon casks, wow), and bottle conditioned. Here's freaking hoping, amirite? NB - the label sure resembles Molson/Coors recent pale ale attempt, or maybe it's vice-versa?

This beer pours a clear, very dark red-brick amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, aggressively foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some random melting iceberg lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, vanilla-forward musty wood staves, muddled dark orchard fruit, some wayward son yeastiness, a hint of salted black licorice, and plain earthy, weedy, and leafy noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range char, mild vanilla cookie notes, a generic black stone fruit and berry, er, fruitiness, still swirling earthy yeast, an ethereal nod to the wood that never could, and more gentle leafy, weedy, and kind of floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly robust in their upper palate tingling and otherwise steady frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wan yeastiness not exactly looking where it's going at times. It finishes off-dry, but not by as much as one (yeah, me) might have been expecting.

Well, I feel like a broken record that finally skipped, and scratched, and made the beer geek heads in the room finally turn - this is certainly a welcome departure from the usual over saturated with vanilla/caramel dreck we see from this Scottish concern. The downside (other than the elevated shelf tag) is that the purported Bourbon barrel character is but a whisper (no corn or rye spice is evident in the least here), however, the overall effect renders this quite drinkable, and, yeah, I'll fucking tip back the rest of my share of this to that!

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppedelic
1.39/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Way over carbonated! Knew something was wrong right when I opened the bottle. Poured slow as possible and still got all foam. Thin mouthfeel, no barrel flavors, down the drain it went.

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Photo of Jeff8ham
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Admittedly, I was expecting a lot from this special single boxed limited addition "Vintage" "Bottled conditioned" "handcrafted" oak-aged beer, imported from Scotland, especially at the premium $20 price tag for a single bottle.
The head at first pour was much larger than normal, and my first taste reaction was also a much higher amount of carbonation than I'd prefer. So much so in fact, that it was rather difficult to pick out the bourbon at first, although there was some of that in the aftertaste.
After recapping and letting it sit for a day, it became less fizzy and better balanced, and some of the caramel notes were more pronounced on the 2nd tasting. Not a favorite.

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Photo of Mousel
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bronzewaite
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015 from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 10 ratings