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Innis & Gunn

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Strong Ale - English
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4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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wl0307 from England

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained from the ASDA supermarket. BB 01 OCT 2006.
Served slightly chilled in my newly-acquired Innis&Gunn chalice!!
A: clear, dark reddish tawny hue, with a semi-thick off-white head sustaining quite well, leaving fine sheets of lace; gently carbonated body, ejecting constant streams of tiny bubbles upon the surface.
S: wow... bourbon, spice and dried berry-fruits all intertwined together--lightly vanilla-hinted but profound oaky aroma on top of a tartly-sweet fruitiness (raisins, date-jam, sweet plums) and a caramel-malty base firmly in the background. Semi-sweet nose all around and deeply whisky-ish+liquour-ish~~
T: intensively sourly-sweet and rich fruitiness comes hand in hand with an incredibly creamy-textured, whisky- and vanilla-oaky dominated maltiness... lots of sticky fruits to savour at the back, like a fruit-cake splashed with a spoonful of malt-liquour and drops of honey... The aftertaste sees tangy fruits along with a lightly spicy touch (can't discern which kind) with more oaky-whisky... though I wish it to have a little more bitterness to balance the overall sweet palate.
M&D: semi-smooth on the mouthfeel while retaining a refreshing texture; however, this one is not as soft as the 2005 edition, perhaps due to the shorter ageing period (77 days "only")??. Medium-full bodied and 110% flavoursome ale. From this fourth offering of Innis&Gunn, it seems it's getting more and more audacious on its recipes. But I wish it would not go over the top on the alcohol side, otherwise a delicate balance which is this brand's bread and butter could be easily lost~~ That said, I enjoy this one as much as the others, if only it could be just a little bit less sweet~~

Dec 20, 2005
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Sigmund from Norway

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, at RBESG 2007 in Glasgow, Grand Tasting. Deep amber colour, moderate head. Woody / oaky aroma, but not very strong. The flavour is fairly sweet and woody.

Jun 27, 2018
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330ml clear glass bottle with embossed features. Having had the I&G 1st Anniversary 2004 Limited Edition and 2nd Anniversary 2005 Limited Edition, the packaging is a mixture of the two, the layout of the 2nd Anniversary box with the bright Post Office red colors of the 1st Anniversary. Listed as, “Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer Cask Strength”. A circular stamp at the base states that this is a “Aged 77 Days” with five gold stars running across it. Bottom of the Box says Best Before 16 December 2006.

Some statistics from the Box: “Innis & Gunn are delighted to present this stunning Cask Strength Edition Oak Aged Beer. During the uncommonly lengthy maturation in the finest Oak Barrels, every precious drop of Innis & Gunn undergoes a unique alchemy which transforms the liquid stored within. The resulting beer is always mellow and complex, with each individual barrel displaying its own unique strength. Ordinary beers of this strength can be cloying or overly sweet, but the artistry of Innis & Gunn is in the blending. We have selected barrels, which when blended together achieve a harmonious ideal; a beer of singular quality, complexity and mellowness that belies its high alcohol content. It is a timeless classic beyond superlative”

Appearance: 1” thick and creamy head forms easily, the light cap rises from the initial pour; I used a straight sided Wakefield CAMRA 2005 Beer Festival half pint glass which seems to have aided the head retention which was good. Towards the end of the drink, it settles to a thinner ¼” covering but never breaks. Body is a dark amber body affair, that looks similar to the 2nd Anniversary 2005 in so much as it exhibits dark orange and rich copper red diffractions when held to the sunlight. Medium levels of conditioning seem lower than past examples but ironically the head retention appears to be much better.

Nose: Immense impact with the nasal department right from the off. Lots of soft oak edged vanilla and bourbon like aromas punctuate the air in, above and around the top of the glass. Preservative like fruits lend a deep rich fruity aspect that balances the sweetish malts, chewy caramel and low end spices. Gosh I really do love the nose on this one!! Perfect.

Taste: Yet another complex yet mellow profile from Innis & Gunn. The bourbon in the nose seems to make way for heavier whisky flavors in the body of the Cask Strength Oak Aged version, but its never overpowering. Dark fruits litter the body, hops punctuate the middle and the finish is rich and velvety. Mellow vanilla beans blend with a gentle hint of Lowland Whisky which can take the back of the throat by surprise at thirst, yet soon the hops lend a nice tingle in the finish which sets against the chewy malts nicely. Alcohol Whisky tainted burn on my dry lips has a sado-masochistic intrigue. The lingering finish goes on long after the swallow, take time to enjoy and revel in the complexity of this one.

Mouthfeel: The 7.7% only occasionally decides to let you know where it is. Like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle if you look for the alcohol you may not find it, yet just when you think its not there it pops up somewhere else, try to examine it and it’s gone again. The Mouthfeel is not immune form the complexity that this brew exhibits.

Drinkability: Easily managed, a lovely lazy Sunday afternoon brew to investigate whilst relaxing and enjoying some warmth from the sunshine. Wish I had some more of this brew, wonder if they have thought of knocking this one out in bigger bottles, they should given the appeal of this one.

Overall: Having now tried three of the four Innis & Gunn offerings I am probably most taken with this one. They seem to get a little better each time. Bodes well for future offerings I would say.

Another *77* Day Oak-Aged Cask Strength Thanks to Sir Ian of the Keighley for this one, much appreciated Mr. BSF, a real pleasure to get to try these I&G brews.

May 07, 2006
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper, great clarity, lots of rising bubbles, thin layer of loose off-white suds that quickly collapse

Aroma: big hit of butterscotchy/diacetyl; hints of oak, whisky, vanilla, orange and popcorn (of all things!)

Flavor: full malt sweetness laced through with whisky notes, oak, vanilla, and a distant floral hoppiness; finishes semisweet with a whiskey-like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, spritzy carbonation, smooth soft texture, warming

Other comments: The diacetyl really overpowers the nose on this one; but once you get used to that it's pretty good and you start to be able to detect the other qualities.

May 23, 2007
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thesultan from Scotland

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed along with the original and blonde varieties.
the bottle itself is a work of art, a contoured glass creation with dazzling red labels.
The most striking feature of this beer is the fantastic aroma. There are so many things going on in your nose but the most prominant for me were the vanilla oakyness and rich, spicy bourbon. Despite all these scents, it's not overwhemling.
This is where i felt slightly let down in the taste, there's just so much going on and compared to the original and blonde the drinkability suffers. However the taste is just as complex as the aroma offers heeps more whisky and vanilla, complimented with the oak.
Greatly enjoyed having just the one but was glad to move on to the more manageable original.

Feb 23, 2008
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%

May 29, 2013
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