Vanishing Point 01 | Innis & Gunn

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Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 09-20-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter
Bottles July 2018

A- pours a pours black in color with just a hint of light creeping through the edges, one-finger foamy off-white head reduces to a ring around the edge

S- heavy dark fruit aroma with an emphasis on fig, charred malt and chocolate, molasses, oaky bourbon barrel adds hints of vanilla

T- opens with an equal mix of milk chocolate, figs and raisins. Mid-palate brings out some nice oaky bourbon barrel, as well as licorice and mocha cream. The finish gives some charred malt and lingers of vanilla and a milk chocolate sweetness

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns silky into the finish

O- a nice mix of dark fruit and creamy chocolate makes for a unique stout, with just enough barrel notes to compliment

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Photo of R_Kole
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew is packaged in a box....thick bottle. The appearance is a dark brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is malty...thick and sweet malt. The taste is balanced notably sweet. Wood is notable isn’t the scent and taste, but it isn’t as complex a beer as expected. Full in body.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle, best before end July 2018 printed on bottom of box and is stamped with JUL 2018 on the bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a while. There's also a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, oak, bourbon and vanilla. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of milk chocolate, coffee and licorice flavors. The barrel character is noticeable but not strong in both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy enough to drink. I thought this was a good brew, worth a try if you've never had it before. $14.99 a bottle.

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Photo of scotorum
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: Opaque bkack with virtually no head or lacing.

s: Powerful alcohol.

t: Strong whiskey over dark malt and a sweet alcohol finish.

m: Fuller side of medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o:Powerful BBAed mild stout is the whole character here. The alcohol flavor is excellent and totally overpower any stout smokiness.

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Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Glorithm
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola color with a creamy thinner but well sustained beige head atop.Caramel and vanilla stand out first in the nose with underlying roast and chocolate,faint bourbon.Starts out quite chocolaty on the palate with coffee roast underneath,a sweet caramel-like quality in the finish.It's all quite good but I just don't get the first used bourbon barrel element to the beer hence the lower taste grade.Again a good enough beer but expected more.

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Photo of byronic
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid imperial stout pours a
rich obsidian with faint cola highlights and a very nice head of tan foam that
subsides to a thick ring, thin light pool, and showcases some nice subtle lacing.
Nose of mild and mellow bourbon, mild oak, light vanilla, rich chocolate, light char,
and rich coffee notes. Flavors exceed the nose with a very nicely balanced mellow
bourbon note with oak and moderate vanilla mingling into a background of coffee
and dark chocolate. Mild char is in there as well mingling with a touch of white licorice
and brown sugar laden dark malts. Decent mouth feel; medium full body, lightly slick,
low carbonation, and a sweet boozy finish that hides the alcohol well.

Overall, a solid brew from a great brewery.


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Photo of Daniellobo
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.07/5: Interesting qualities, but sloppy, overly sweet, and lacking barrel presence

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Photo of Gasp262
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I figure this one would benefit from some further aging in the bottle. It has a bite to it, which detracts from the flavors. Maybe a couple years of cellaring would soften it a bit and enhance the complexity. Meantime for half the price I could get a larger bottle of a competitor that would be as good or better. This ended up being a macro brewery taking a stab at a luxury beer and mostly missing the mark, given the price

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Photo of LampertLand
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Innis & Gunn 'Vanishing Point 01' @ 11.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $15
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a spotty lace along the snifter
S-mild barrel aging
T-smoother than than the ABV suggest's , still lacks somthing , time perhaps
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-hopefully a year or two in the cellar will help this beer along
prost LampertLand

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown black with minimal head. The head broke faster than Usain Bolt and left zero in its wake.

The smell did not let onto the disappointment that was to come. There was a malty/roasty base that was accompanied by a sweet barrel note and then some touches of vanilla and cocoa.

The taste was not like the nose. The flavors were led by a treacly sweetness, then some syrupy cocoa and vanilla. This beer was very sweet, and the barrel one was hoping for never shows up in the flavor.

Feel was syrupy and yet watery at the same time. Is that possible? Try this beer and find out.

Not really a winner, and as mentioned before, for the price you can get some much nicer and decent beer. Somehow I fell for the Innes and Gunn marketing schtick again, but hopefully I have learned my lesson.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCage
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- This one pours with thin-ish caramel colored head that is dense and dissipates into a covering film over the beer itself! The brew is an opaque, heavy dark brown color....almost cola like to be precise. Carbonation is too hard to tell but with some swirling there appears to be a decent presence of the bubbly stuff. Lacing is quite thick and runs back into the liquid fast, but leaves behind a lot of small patches of foam that cling to the side of the glass.

S- This is an interesting aroma.....char, oak, bourbon, meaty smells that remind me of aged beef. Musty Earth/roots, and an overall tangy astringency it gets some air it starts to mellow out and there are perhaps some wafts of mild vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

T- Wow, the flavors are much different than the aromas let on....completely different! Sweet, creamy licorice root, vanilla bean, hints of mocha and cooked down dark chocolate. Mellow char, oak, and gently filtered fresh bourbon hit the back and sides of the palate at the finish, and leave a lingering aftertaste....very nice!

M/O- Smooth creamy mouthfeel, with slightly zingy carbonation is the best way to explain this one. The alcohol is very well hidden with only hints of it showing through.....well done for an 11% brew! This is surprisingly drinkable and I very much like this richly flavored Stout but don't know if I'd venture for more than a bottle at a time. Overall....another winner by I&G!!

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Photo of Timc32
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - aged in first fill Bourbon barrels for 6 months. I'll spare you all the other treacly marketing pap.

This beer pours a clear, very dark orange-highlighted brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves some decent layered streaky cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of well-roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, musty black licorice, a bit of meaty char, subtle day-old coffee, a faint woody vanilla character, and very subtle earthy and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and grainy caramel malt, a hint of free-range ashiness, some almost candy-like generic fruitiness, wan chocolate notes, plain milked-up coffee, ethereal whisky barrel essences (vanilla and bland wood, mostly), more musty licorice, and some weak earthy, herbal, and floral green hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly timid in its lazy-seeming frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising as things warm up around here. It finishes off-dry, the malt, chocolate, and weird fruity thing carrying the lingering day.

Overall - yeah, for less than this one's lofty price taggery, I can get a bomber of something a whole lot better. The barrel hardly comes through at all, and I can still detect that unappealing house 'flavour' underneath. Kudos on essentially masking the 22-proof booze quotient though.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/26/2017. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, nuttiness, smoke, raisin, plum, licorice, molasses, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, nuttiness, smoke, raisin, plum, licorice, molasses, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, nuttiness, light smoke/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from roast bitterness and oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly silky, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a very mild warmth, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Despite the weak aromas; with flavors were very rich, and basically made up for them. Very well balanced and complex dark/roast/bready English malts and bourbon barrel flavors; with nice mild complementing English fruity yeast in the background. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Vanishing Point 01 from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 24 ratings