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Average: 3.92 | pDev: 9.44%

Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 32

English Stout

ABV: 5.80% | Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
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Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin Teeling CaskInnis & Gunn Kith & Kin Teeling Cask
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 32
Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle-in-a-carton from the LCBO; best before Nov 2017 so this is just for interest's sake and should not be considered a serious review. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours an opaque cola brown that verges on black, with roughly one finger of frothy, beige-tinged head gathering atop. It settles off over the next couple of minutes, leaving behind a foamy collar and cap of modest thickness, as well as a small amount of lace. Looks good, and the aroma is quite approachable, too - toffee, molasses and roasted malts abound, with ancillary help from notes of woodsmoke, whiskey, and just a twinge of herbal licorice. Not getting a lot of chocolate malt character off the nose; maybe a faint whiff of cocoa powder.

The flavours are varied and generally enjoyable, but not as intense as you might expect from a BA stout. Hints of cocoa and milk chocolate come through alongside treacle, toffee, prune and roasted grain. Some nuttiness is also apparent, with touches of vanilla and Irish whiskey cropping up towards the tail end of the sip. The aftertaste is malty with a hint of wood; it also fades quite quickly, which is probably where this brew most strongly diverges from my usual BA stout experience. Light in body, with soft carbonation that hovers only slightly above the fringe of detectability; quite smooth and super-easy sip, but also a little watery and thin.

Final Grade: 3.73, a B grade. Kith & Kin is a decent enough stout; I'd say its quality is on par with most of I&G's other seasonals and limited edition brews. I did get the sense that this beer was already well past its prime as I neared the end of my glass, which is a bummer, but also my own damn fault. That being said, it still made for a pleasant, albeit underwhelming quaff. If they bring this brew back, I'd pick it up again and give it a proper review.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2017. Purchased recently from B&M. The label describes it as a Scottish stout aged in Teeling Irish whiskey casks; comes with the tag line 'A meeting of minds'.

A: Poured into a tulip. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Produces a decent head of creamy brown foam that lasts for a minute or so before reducing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of boozy whiskey with hints of dried fruit, prunes, dark malt, subtle molasses, a touch of roasted grain, faint smoke, wood and ale yeast. Balanced but lacking in impact.

T: Tastes of dark malt with notes of whiskey, roasted grain, dried fruit, mild molasses, wood, ale yeast and a faint smokiness. An alcoholic twang in the background. Quite rounded, with a restrained, malty bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with fizzy carbonation and a fairly insubstantial body for the strength. Could certainly be thicker. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, subtle whiskey notes, dried fruit and a touch of wood.

O: OK but underdelivers. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour showcase some decent whiskey character underpinned by roasted malt. Subpar body - too thin for the style. While the whiskey notes are satisfying, the malt character is insufficient to provide a proper backbone for this beer. This also has a negative influence on the body, giving it a watery texture that doesn't match the flavour. Drinkable but underpowered for the style. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

bottled and and housed in a presentation box
pours a jet black body with virtually no head
aroma is pure 'Spanish' licquorice dont pick up the Scotch
theres some nice dark fruit and a tiny bit of whisky and coffee but its still has that thin body you think of with E&G

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This pours a basically black color with tinges of dark brown around the edges and shows opaque. The head starts out about a finger in thickness and appears rather is caramel in eventually settles to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is modest at best and of course i cannot tell how much carbonation is contained. Overall not a bad looking Stout but nothing to write home about.

S- I detect plenty of dark heavy chocolate upon the initial smell, fresh French press black coffee, dry black and chocolate malt Earthiness, hints of oaked vanilla, roasted chestnut, molasses/toffee sweetness and hints of rum & butter. The aroma lingers in its' surrounding zone....very nice!

T- Mmmmmm! The flavors follow the aromas rather well, with a lot of bitter high cocoa content chocolate, cocoa powder, cold press coffee beverage, dark fruit subtleness, hints of coconut, toasted vanilla charred oak, perhaps a pinch of Whisky and a rounded nutty warmth that helps finish the taste.

M/O- Good cleansing carbonation which allows for flavor bursts on the palate. Well hidden alcohol and a medium body provides yet another good offering from I&G. I don't know how much the Whisky barrel aging changed the overall character aside from most other Stouts but I quite like it and would have it again!

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Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through with a medium,foamy,beige head
-fudge,caramel,hazelnuts,herbs,licorice,maple syrup,coconut
-medium carbonation
-light body
Amazing Aroma.On the tongue it turns very sweet before a nice roast and barrel-aged character kicks in.
The Body is also too light.
A good BA Stout.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black color. Slightly creamy brown 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs, but not much swirl effect. Flavors plums, berries, toffee, molasses, chocolate, coffee, light salmon, wood, walnuts, barley and herbal hops. Silky smooth medium body with a light crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, soft leathery feel, thick esters, roasted bread, light Rauchbier effect, with some hints of whiskey barrel. Superbly well balanced, incredibly rich nutty feel. Also a bit salty with light oysters. Yeah damn filled with tasty flavors. Highly alcoholic for the ABV, so the freshness takes a hit, but plentifully warming. Still well intensified and pleasant to drink, very rich and smooth. Nice complexity with a similar sensation to a Baltic Porter. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color stout with a medium size light brown color head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of whiskey notes with light chocolates notes and residual sugar is nice. Taste is a good mix of whiskey notes with some vanilla and light chocolate notes with some residuals sugar notes. Body is quite thin with good carbonation. Good but could have been so much better with more body.

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

330ml bottle that came from a box from the LCBO for $5 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass,

Appearance - very dark brown, nearly black. Small half finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - whiskey notes, hints of caramel and vanilla, wood and a treacle and butterscotch combo. Rather inviting and aromatic.

Taste - flavourful, bitterness shines through briefly. Hints of wood and smoke, little bit of caramel, the signature i&G vanilla shines through just a bit. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel- smooth and light, medium bodied and carbonation is sufficiently crisp.

Overall - one of the better, if less than memorable innis and gunn offerings. Solid across the board and worth a sample.

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Photo of YourMackDaddy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cooled to 3 degrees and poured into a tall wide-mouthed glass. (nothing fancy)

L - Pours a deep black colour that absorbs all light. Darker than black magic with a beige head that seemed to be capable of disappearing at will to match. Still nice to look at, with some wisps of head left behind, but I do wish it had stuck around a little.

S - Roasted coffee and dark cocoa really dominate the scent. You can pick up some earthy notes as well, with a light sweetness to it. Much like a cold dark roast coffee as others have said.

T - I found that upon the first sip I got a dominant chocolatey flavour followed by the coffee with coffee bitterness afterwards. As I continued to sip at it and adjust my pallet while allowing it to get closer to room temperature, I found a rich and complex mingling of flavours. Now the coffee taste was at the front, with earthy hoppy flavours and dark chocolate. If you go looking you can find notes of vanilla, wood, molasses and even coconut. It finishes on Irish whisky, with that flavour pleasantly lingering behind after the swallow then after. I must say I was a huge fan of the earth hoppiness along with the coffee taste, but the whisky finish kept me coming back for sips. Really enjoyed this rich flavoured stout.

F - This is the lowest area for the beer, but still no where near bad. The mouthfeel was rather light, which was surprising for such a rich beer. The carbonation was about where it should have been, and it had a wonderful crisp, dryness to it. It's just unfortunate that it felt so thin, and that was very notable when drinking.

O - I'd definitely reccomend this beer. Just as a one time sipper this is just a very pleasant brew. The highlights are the Irish whisky finish and the crisp and dry feel. Only real drawback for me personally was that it felt thin, and especially thin when juxtaposed with the rich and complex flavours of the stout. That just didn't feel to vibe with the coffee and chocolate flavours of the brew. Innis & Gunn are still making some good stuff that is certainly worth checking out, and as a side note, the packaging and presentation of this beer was fantastic. I have to say that everything from the writing, the little story on the box, the textured labels and the clean look really does add to the product and you feel like you're getting what you paid for.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Pours a deep coffee black. Minimal tan head, rapid dissipation, mild lacing.
S - Roasty, chocolatey notes, almost like sweetened cold brew coffee.
T - Sweet roasty malt up front, almost over-sweet root beer-esque middle, dry finish with a bit of barrel, lingering bitter aftertaste.
F - Mild carbonation, smooth, but a little thin. A more robust mouthfeel would suit the sweet and roasty flavours of this barrel aged stout.
O - Could be great with a bit of tweaking. As it stands now though, a very solid offering. Good stuff.

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

Innis & Gunn 'Kith & Kin Barrel Aged Stout' @ 5.8% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $5.75
A-pour is a cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a large spotty lace along the pint
S-teeling whisky casks
T-smooth and easy drinking
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-just an ok barrel aged stout
prost LampertLand

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a minimal head. The head breaks quickly and there is nothing left behind. The smell is roasts and a touch of barrel and not much else. Taste is caramel malts, a touch of treacle and then the barrel comes but is mild. The feel is extremely thin, there is medium carbonation and the finish is a touch dry.

Well, I'd have to say this was a bit of a disappointment for me, the thin body and the mild barrel were a let down.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle presented in a sturdy Matte Black cardboard box.

L- Pours a complete opaque black topped by a beautiful 1/2 finger deep tan head. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

S- Roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, and a sweet whiskey note.

T- Taste is a good helping of grain up front; think of whole wheat bread. This is followed by roasted malt, vanilla, a slight chocolate tinge, and a nice whiskey finish. The whiskey seems to linger on the palate.

F- A very creamy medium body. Low carbonation. Best case scenario for an English stout.

O- I haven't had a lot of Innis & Gunn brews but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how damn good this beer is. Not only is it presented it in a top notch way, but the flavours that the whiskey barrels imparted and blended with is just astonishing: Molasses, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, whiskey... Overall it's just an incredible stout. Buy it, try it, love it. Two thumbs up from me.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, in a nice black cardboard case. A stout aged in Teeling 'small batch' Irish Whiskey casks.

This beer pours a solid black, with subtle amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky brown head, which leaves a few instances of cannonball splash aftermath lace around the glass as it rashly blows off.

It smells of gritty and slightly roasted caramel malt, musty treacle, bittersweet cocoa powder, an oily nuttiness, cafe-au-lait, some subtle vanilla and toffee whiskey notes, and a hint of overripe dark stone fruitiness. The taste is grainy and toasty caramel malt, more dirty molasses sweetness, medium to milk chocolate, pithy nuts, more weak ('tis the nature, boyo!) woody vanilla and spiced Irish whiskey essences, and a sense of evaporated dark fruit ephemera.

The carbonation is adequate in its basically functional frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a pleasant creaminess essentially there from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the lingering cocoa and roasted caramel losing the guest barrel character in the weeds.

Overall, this is an enjoyable enough cask-aged stout, the choice of the Irish one guaranteeing a gentle touch, which is something this Scottish brewer could always benefit from. Not a big and brash offering like we over here across the pond have come to expect from wood-aged brews, but more simple, and thus easy to put back, without fear of the ol' demon whiskey effect!

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