Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale | Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark AleInnis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale
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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark AleInnis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jhartley on 05-10-2016

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Calraven
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a barrel tulip style glass.

Creamy forming two to one finger settling khaki colored head, with a flat top and light quality. Body color is almost a sort of purplish red like brown, quite a unique like color for the body. To the light it has a great clear ruby gem like appearance. Neat looking brew.

Aroma comes off as toasty chips of wood on first smell. An almost campfire and grape fruity like aroma seems present too strangely. Light smoke makes this kind of interesting and unexpected for a wee heavy, but there's not much caramel toffee angle going on here or perhaps maybe a hair. It is very inviting.

For a wee heavy, this is very light bodied. A very wet and session like quality, but still packs some interesting flavors. Crispy toffee and a bit of fruity raisin like character in the mix. A bit of tannic wood bitterness that really comes of like black licorice on the finish. Washing malt, almost a pepper packet quality flavor on the finish.

A unique take on a brew, but with more body and depth particularly on the caramel angle, this could be much better.

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Photo of BeerInspector
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Categart
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of johnlowe
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 88caprice
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: good, straight forward, not overly complex. Really enjoyed it.

Look: dark reddish brown, raisin color. Very little head that dissipated. Minimal lacing.
Smell: some caramelized malts, sweetness, maybe vanilla. Not a robust smell.
Taste: a good taste. Somewhat one dimensional. Malts, sweetness, some hints of dried fruits, and a woody bourbon presence.
Mouthfeel: velvety and chewy and moderately carbonated at first, but became thin and low carb with time.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Pens1967
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdhilt
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Opaque dark brown color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon and toffee, smooth. $4.60 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of SFNC
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another decent offering from I&G...

I picked this I&G from my local TW along with other flavors I saw on the shelf. Considering I like bourbon I thought, why not? Let's give this a whirl. Not a bad brew from the onset. Pour a nice dark brown almost black with weak head and no lacing. The smell has a sweetness to it, a distinct bourbon tingle to the nose, all of it blended quite well ending with a slightly boozy aroma. Though not too gassy, it teetered between medium- to light-bodied, nothing else I could say that stuck out to me. The taste when cold was mostly the dark ale it presents itself as, but started to lean towards a more bourbon character the warmer it got - a nice surprise as far as I'm concerned. Though not spectacular, it is a decent to good beer and I can't wait to try their other flavors under the same aging process.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle into a goblet, Best before 5/2017 date stamp.

Pours clear, very dark reddish brown in color with a short but dense beige head. Good retention with some spotty lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, raisins and some dark bready malts.

Taste: brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, oak, bourbon, brown bread, dates and raisins. Rather sweet but not cloying, at least not after mid-taste. A bit boozy.

Feel: Medium carbonation and medium-light body. Smooth but a bit too thin. Limited warming alcohol for 7.4%.

Overall: a mild, earthy and woody bourbon/oak aged scotch ale.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the Boise COOP... Pours deeeeep walnut brown but some red highlights show when held to a light.. Off white head doesn't stick around at all.. Dark and dry toast with hints of cocoa and fermented out caramel.. Barrel note are harmonious with the bigger Scotch ale notes. Dig this one the most so far. Love BA Scotch ales.


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Photo of TheHopsman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatthehull
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass

A - A dark brown/slightly blood red hue, maybe 1/3 finger off-white head and some sugar lacing

S - Very creamy bourbon note, woodsy, spicy hops, lots of sweet malt/grains (slightly roasted), bright herbs, brown earth, vanilla, black licorice, light molasses, a bit of mint and sweetness all around.

T - Hugely malty (both sweet and roasted), awesome bourbon notes, spicy hops, very earthy, really nice oak notes, baking spices. vanilla, anise and a cracker like yeast.

M - medium body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium carbonation and a nice sweet yet boozey finish.

D/O - Reminds me of a "light" version of an old ale or strong ale. Not lacking in flavor by any means but certainly less viscosity than most of a similar genre. Crisp, smooth and perfectly adult. I was skeptical at first and some of the look and feel is "off" but surprisingly delightful.

Final thoughts - Get yourself a 4-pack to try and to age. The only disappointment you may come across the the lowish ABV and lack of body and all-around fullness.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of FBGordon
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a rich dark brown with deep ruby highlights with a thin off-white head that settles into a thin line but laces nicely.

S: There is quite a sweet bourbon perfume initially that settles into light notes of caramel malt and bourbon.

T: Notes of bread crust, caramel, sweet malts and a touch of dark fruit up front with the bourbon notes settling on the back end.

M: A abundance of carbonation is a pleasant surprise. The carbonic acid scrubs the palate well, preventing the sweetness of the beer from becoming cloying. The fullness of the body is nearly perfect, in my opinion.

O: A great offering by Innis & Gunn; I was happy to drink it. I enjoy a nice Scotch Ale as long as it doesn't come off too sweet or with too much alcohol up front. The sweetness of this is tempered nicely by the bourbon notes and the carbonation. Cheers!

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Viscuos, no head retention or lacing

S: Dark fruit, raisins, all fade quickly

T: Figs, cinnamon, molasess, raisins & dryness up front. Leafy hops, oaky dryness, figs, brown sugar & cinnamon as this warms, brown bread & raisin, plus some vanilla. Finishes a little dry, oaky & boozey with figs

MF: Light/medium body, semi-firm carbonation, needs more malt depth & more Bourbon signature

Drinks fairly easy, but more body would make this a much better beer

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Photo of Electros
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian74
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany with ruby highlights when held in some light,a thinner quick to fade lighter beige head atop.A great mix of bourbon soaked cherries and raisins mixed light toast and vanilla,like a bourbon soaked holiday fruit cake really.The feel is smooth but just a tad lighter than expected,not a major fault.Bourbon tinged vanilla notes upfront on the palate with more caramel and dark fruit-like sweetness than an abrupt drying finish.It dry's out in the finish but the alcohol and vanilla notes do linger a bit,not a bad beer,if it was a little fuller it would be stellar.

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