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Vanishing Point 01 | Innis & Gunn

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3.92/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 09-20-2017

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Reviews:
5
Ratings:
8
pDev:
6.38%
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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Gasp262
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -0.5%
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
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very sweet.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCage
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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 throughout....as 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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +1.5%
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: 3.92 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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