Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale | Innis & Gunn

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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: 69 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of StevenMilligan
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoMaMe
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m not a big ale fan, but I thought I’d give this a try.

Quite flavorful with a medium mouthfeel. I drank this very slowly and the flavors evolved as it warmed up. The bourbon is definitely present and came out more as it warmed. It smells of peat and smoke and the flavor was reminiscent of a good scotch.

Overall, very nice.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent brew, a little weaker than you would expect for a bourbon aged beer.. Just a malty ale basically with very little complexity ..

Would drink again if it were given to me but wouldn't go out of my way to find one lol.

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Photo of Tinfang
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - dark ruby with a thin tan head, some traces of lacing down the bottom of the glass. Has glass appeal.
Smell - wood, vanilla
Taste - the bottle gives a serving temperature of 39 - 43F. This is a mistake. The flavors are much more pronounced and complex once the beer has a chance to warm. It reminds me of Sammi Claus a bit, but not as sweet. Dark malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla and a touch of tannin.
Feel - substantial but not heavy.

I thought this beer was exceptionally good and will buy it again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice head on the pour. Not a strong nose but some sweetness. The balance here leans towards a mixture between a German Doppelbock and Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Subtle dark sugars, a little bit of bourbon barrel, with a great feel and lovely finish. Great beer.

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Photo of drkiwibird
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown/black. A good amount of head at first but dissipated quickly.
Smell: Really sweet, somewhat honey and biscuit like.
Taste: Sweet at first, a lot of molasses, honey, malty sweetness. The taste of bourbon is also quite strong.
Feel: At first, quite full body. However, as one left it out, the sweetness went away, replaced by bitterness, probably from alcohol and bourbon, and the complexity was lost. One can also feel the booze quite strongly. I'm quite surprised at how the taste thinned out that quickly.

A good brew, but not really great. A bit thin for a Scotch ale.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprised by this one. I have had a couple other derivations of this and they were supremely average. This one is above avg.

Pours a dark, tobacco juice color with a light chocolate colored head. Some decent lacing.

Aroma is a bit lacking. Mostly sweet malts with raisins, figs, and other dark fruitiness. Alcohol noticeable as well. Kind of syrupy.

The flavor was nice. Well balanced for sure but there still seems to be a lack of mouthfeel. Feels chewy without being noticeable, which isn’t wholly desireable. Fruity with minimal hop presence. Alcoholic. Not warming but noticeable.

This was my favorite of the four iterations I have tried.

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Photo of Jethro
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whitey27
2.77/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Eddieeight
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with an almost burgundy shimmer to it
Sweet smelling like raisins and prunes, a faint tinge of the bourbon coming through.
Taste is very sweet, follows the nose, with a malty finish to it. I can tell the bourbon is there, but it's not as strong as most bourbon ales.
Feels light and smooth, very easy to drink and possibly sessionable.
Overall a sweet beer.

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Photo of scotorum
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


A new one (to me at least) for I&G, a bourbon barrel aged Scotch ale. We'll see how it stacks up to two of my favorites, Founders' Backwoods Bastard and Central Waters' Special Reserve Scotch Ale.

a: Black with clear ruby throughout when held to light. Finger thick offwhite head receded to thin patchy surface foam and light lacing.

s; Caramel malt and whiskey

t; Follows the nose with some light to moderate hop bite (or is it the alcohol?) and some carbonation tingle. Whiskey lingers along with some bitterness.

m; Medium with good body and carbonation bubbles.

o; Seems right on for the style, if slightly lightish, with ABV in line with many Scotch ales although not nearly as high as either of my favorite BBA versions. Still, a very good value for fans of barrel aged brews. In fact I bought the fourpack on sale for an irresistible $9.

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Photo of zotzot
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sebas
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Jester King Snorkel glass.

Appearance: True to its name, it's dark, ebon. Not a hint of translucence – you can see your reflection clearly, as if you're looking at polished marble. One finger of tenacious, tan head rings the top of the glass.

Smell: A very strong smell. Woody, recalling cedar. Slightly boozy, smoky, a result of the bourbon.

Taste: Not as bold as the smell would indicate. Bitter, nutty, and dry. Notes of chestnuts, acorns, black tea, and pipe tobacco, subtle but discernible. Woodsmoke aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and substantial, leaves a cold burn feeling on the tongue.

Overall: I slightly prefer their Original Oak Aged Beer, as it has a bit more sweetness. This is definitely still good, though. Do bear in mind that it is quite dark, resembling a porter more than a typical Scotch ale. Worth a try, I'd say.

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours black with only a small head. The aroma is reminiscent of very ripe bananas and some vanilla. The taste is not as intense as one would expect but it's complex and contains elements of chocolate, coconut and vanilla, a testament to the bourbon barrel aging. Well balanced with respect to its sweetness. Not much in carbonation and a medium body.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Calraven
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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