Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark AleInnis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale
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3.93/5
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79 Ratings
Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark AleInnis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jhartley on 05-10-2016

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Ranking:
#10,761
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
79
pDev:
10.69%
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of travelguy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billybrewer
4.96/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I bought this beer to pair with smoked pork and it did not disappoint. It’s a wonderful Scottish Dark ale. To date, my favorite of the style.
Look - dark brown with small tan head
Smell - oak, vanilla, bourbon (light)
Taste - Dark malt, bourbon, light oak, vanilla
Feel - medium, pleasant...can have more than one
Prost.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthVorador
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spectru
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with a tall creamy tan foamy head, that dissipates. A rich aroma but the bourbon isn't obvious to me; Mouthfeel is smooth, mildly tangy; pleasant rich flavor. good beer, a bit on the filling side.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Stamped dating info on bottle neck has been smeared.
Clear, deep-brown colored body. Bubbly, khaki colored head, about one finger in depth results from vigorous pour, a bubbly cap remains after settling. Some scattered spots of lacing are left after each sip.
Muted aroma of dark roasted malts, some bourbon barrel and oak/vanilla.
Taste is dark roasted malts, with sweetness added by oak and bourbon barrel. Vanilla and milk chocolate contribute.
Thin to medium mouth feel, lower carbonation level.
Tasty dark ale with the barrel notes. Smooth and without bitterness. Barrel notes are rather mild, but tasty, which entices a more rapid drinking experience.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrider
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mahogany color with thin, quickly dissipating ,khaki colored head leaving a bare trace of lacing. Nose is very mild with traces of peaty malt ,charred barrel and some maybe imagined bourbon. Taste follows with hints of dark fruit, all very subtle.This is a very mild drinker, minimal carbonation ,goes down easy.Tasty but a bit weak for the style.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoMaMe
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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 -15.5%
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 +12.7%
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 +5.6%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +1.8%
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 +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whitey27
2.77/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Eddieeight
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

INNIS & GUNN BBA DARK ALE 12/23/17'

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 +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sebas
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 79 ratings