Kindred Spirits
Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Stout - English
Ranked #39
Ranked #19,258
3.84 | pDev: 9.11%
Dec 07, 2021
Jan 23, 2018
Very Good
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Notes: Our smooth Scottish stout meets Tullamore D.E.W.® triple distilled Irish whiskey barrel staves in our unique ageing process to create a flavour packed beer with notes of dark chocolate and coffee alongside hints of vanilla and oak. We've spent more than a decade perfecting our craft, find out how we put the barrels into the beer at
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3.91 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2021
3.83 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Jun 12, 2021
3.85 by PvtSnowball from Florida on Oct 03, 2020
3.93 by Satsuma from Florida on Aug 22, 2020
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2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Captain69 from Illinois

not much head - good irish stout taste - can taste the bourbon aged

Apr 28, 2020
3.9 by kjkinsey from Texas on Apr 01, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

i grabbed up all the irish or irish related beers i could find today for st pattys, and with the irish whiskey treatment, this made the shopping cart. its been ages since i had one from these guys, nice to see they arent using clear bottles anymore, if i remember right, that was their thing before. maybe they still are, but at least not for this one. its nice and dark, surprised to see such a low abv with the barrels, but this might be done on staves or chunks and not in the barrels themselves, not sure. the head fades fast, but the color is deep, and the aroma and flavor are solid. ive always liked these beers, despite what others say and all, but this is way less sweet than i thought it would be, a drier base beer without a ton of richer middle of the palate malts. its roasty and bitter, lingers with coffee, almost a coffee breath aftertaste to it, subtle brown sugar but not too much residual sweetness at all, light tobacco and autumnal tones, not a whole lot of irish whiskey to me, but thats maybe for the best, cant say its my favorite type of whiskey (god forbid), so i am happy to be getting as much oak itself and barrel char as the spirit, but it does pick up as i let this sit. to me its vanilla, earthy burnt almost volcanic character, and the roasted barley all at once. quite pleasant, and i may well drink the rest of the four pack tonight. dont sleep on these guys...

Mar 17, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jwp777 from Oklahoma

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle:

Pours a jet black color with about 1/4 inch tan head that recedes quickly but laces a little.

Aroma: lots of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee, malts, and a bit of malt.

Taste follows the aroma. Overall it is quite sweet, but the whiskey barrel really shines in the middle of the taste. Finish is dry and malty, with maybe a hint of oak.

Feel: medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Not super heavy.

Overall, a fine beer. I hope I get the chance to try it in Scotland. If it’s this good from a bottle in the US, I can’t imagine trying it at the source.

Feb 29, 2020
4.25 by animal69 from Louisiana on Jan 14, 2020
4.3 by beerrat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2020
4 by 1mrbeer from Ohio on Dec 24, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by dcotom from Iowa

Poured at fridge temperature from 330-ml bottle into a long-stemmed goblet. BBE date on this sample was "NOV 18," and it seemed none the worse for wear. Deep blackish-brown in color, with a clingy (if short-lived) light tan head that left a bit of spotty lacing. Luscious aromas and flavors of dark roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of coffee, a bit of raisin and prune, a touch of molasses, and a whole lot of whiskey and barrel. Decent carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side and there is a bit of sourness lingering on the finish. Nevertheless, a fine stout and highly recommended.

Dec 22, 2019
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3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled and purchased from budget supermarket B&Ms so let’s check that BBE- Jan 2020, explains it all really
Pours a jet black body with spotty tan head
Aroma is gunpowder and detergent
Subtle flavours of whiskey, treacle & smoke

Dec 18, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

11.2oz bottle BBE JAN 20 L 8304 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 6.1% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with rusty brown head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is mild with chocolate and roast malt. The taste is barely tangy roasted malt reminiscent of darkly roasted coffee with a hint of oak before a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good to very good. This beer is over a year old and was aged with Irish whiskey barrel staves giving just a bit of oaky dryness to the beer at this point in it's life. It's a very nice English stout and would probably have a higher BA score if the words "barrel aged" didn’t appear on the label.

Dec 08, 2019
4.25 by Niceroad77 from Canada (BC) on Dec 08, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours espresso colored with a two fingered tan head; splashy lacing with reasonably good retention

Smell: Chalky chocolate and Irish whiskey; oaky with a hint of coffee

Taste: The Irish whiskey blends in with the chalky chocolate flavors from the outset; modest earthy hop levels appear, in the middle, and combine with the malt flavors to bring home the finish; perhaps some coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like Irish whiskey and think it works very well with this English (or as they call it, Scottish) stout; not something we see on this side of the pond where barrel aging and high ABV go hand in hand

Nov 22, 2019
3.66 by TheHammer from Canada (ON) on Oct 29, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

330 mL bottle in a carton from the LCBO; best before Nov 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours very dark, black-brown in colour with deep red highlights near the edges of the glass; situated atop is more than a finger of foamy, tan-tinged head that wilts within the next five minutes. A creamy collar and thin, frothy cap live on, with an attractive, even coat of lacing also having been left behind. No complaints visually, and the aroma is also appealing, albeit lacking in intensity - roasted malts, oak, molasses and whiskey are all accounted for, with minor notes of vanilla, coffee and alcohol.

Not bad - a down-to-earth, polite experience as far as BA beers go, but that doesn't make it bad, or even below average. Dark malts, molasses sweetness and roasty notes come through at the forefront, with the oak and whiskey flavours starting to permeate the taste buds shortly thereafter. Very light on the vanilla, with more oak and hints of coffee joining the fray towards the finish; mild aftertaste with faint roastiness and smokiness persisting briefly, but no sign of the alcohol. Light-medium in body, with low carbonation levels that gently tickle and froth up on the tongue; feels smooth and soft - not quite thin, but in a BA whiskey stout I'd really prefer a bit more weightiness.

Final Grade: 3.74, a B grade. Kindred Spirits is a good beer, but I don't think I'd call it a great one. A side-by-side comparison is now impossible, but I think I liked I&G's old Irish Whiskey Cask more than this, which may be abv related - this one clocks in at a relatively svelte 6.1%, compared to 7.4% for the IWC, which is a significant difference. I'd consider picking this up again in the future, but $5 for such a small serving is kind of a hard sell to be honest (ditching the unnecessary carton might help in this regard). Give it a try and decide for yourself, especially if you like this company's beers, or Irish whiskey, or both.

Sep 14, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Lucular from Maryland

Easily one of the lightest bourbon/whiskey barrel-aged beers I've ever had. No off flavors, but overall it is light in flavor and (especially) mouthfeel. Meh.

Aug 22, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Black with a two fingered thick and dense tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Leather and tobacco, caramel, oak, and malt. Sweet.

T: Taste follows the nose. Much oak. Similar to a lot of Innis & Gunn brews in taste but quite good.

F: Medium with appropriate carbonation. Chewy.

O: I love the original cask ale and while many of their other offers leave me wanting - this one got my back to why I love them.

Jul 20, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Whiskey barrel flavor is a bit strong for my taste, but I'm not a big fan of whiskey to begin with. Overall an okay stout with food, but not something I would buy again for drinking on its own.

Jul 07, 2019
3.94 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jun 25, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the bottle in a snifter. This rather nice little stout pours a
nice blackish brown color with a nice head of tan foam that settles to
a thick ring, thin light layer, and shows some nice lacing. Nose of
peat smoked malts, subtle whiskey and oak notes, and dark cocoa
with hints of cola and vanilla. Flavors surpass the nose with an excellent
presentation of cola and peat notes with a hint of whiskey (and more
prominently the oak of said whiskey) with dark cocoa and touches of
smoke and char topped off with light vanilla notes. Excellent English
style mouth feel; medium trending towards full body, smooth, moderately
rich, lightly coating, and finishing subtly dry and subtly sweet with a
pronounced roasted malt ending.

A mighty fine little brew from a great little brewery!


Jun 22, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothmanscott from Georgia

Pours a murky looking deep brown producing a slim tan head which leaves only a thin wash of lace. Aroma is deeply roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, dried dark fruit and faint woody whiskey. Tastes is a dance of roasted malt with coffee, chocolate, nuts, toasted coconut and burnt notes leading the way backed by woody whiskey which fades to a dry, lightly astringent aftertaste. Medium body with light-moderate carbonation, drying with a sandpapery bite in the finish. Decent but not excellent barrel aged beer.

Jun 09, 2019
4.35 by Keggarmaker from Oklahoma on Jun 01, 2019
4.11 by Sayb from Arizona on Jun 01, 2019
4 by bwferrie1 from Pennsylvania on May 12, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jjamadorphd from Florida

I&G offerings are all okay in my experience but this one is special...

Right from the moment I poured it, the brew was really nice and dark. It poured a dark, foamy head though there is no lacing. The smell was super delicious - a roasty, thick malt, chocolatey, and with hints of coffee. Taste-wise it followed along the same lines, getting sweeter the warmer it got. The mouthfeel was lightly creamy and carbonated, with a crisp after-finish. Overall, this for me was probably the best I&G I've ever had. Kindred Spirits, indeed!

May 09, 2019
3.9 by oksooners2000 from Oklahoma on May 07, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hitchman from Michigan

Poured from tap at Lucky Dog in Beulah, Michigan. Smooth and mellow taste, with deliciously subtle toasted chocolate and nut flavors, as well as a hint of Irish Whiskey. Easy drinking for times when a heavy Stout is not desired.

May 01, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by CaptainHate from Ohio

Poured into a DFH tulip, produced a nice tan head that faded slowly over a brownish black body. Smell is of malt, wood and slightly boozy fruit. Taste started out as vanilla, wood and char but as it warmed a cola taste started to dominate. The mouthfeel is fine but it ultimately is heavier and less refreshing than the ABV led me to believe. Not bad but I'll probably pass on this in the future.

Apr 28, 2019
4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Apr 25, 2019
4.13 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 20, 2019
3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Apr 06, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Matte black with a short mocha blanket leaving layers of lace.

Smooth and round, this delivers roasty nuts and licorice with a light touch of Irish whiskey and a hint of peat, but not much. There's a little heat with a bit of odd woody vanilla, a touch of cola and root beer, and surprising hints of Tootsie Roll chocolate as it warms.

Apr 01, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice black with quickly receding head. Nose is charred wood and dark fruit, with a touch of vanilla and bread. Fairly mellow, which continues onto the taste. Slightly bitter with mellow flavor of charred wood, wheat, nuts, and a touch of whiskey. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of this one. Seems too thin. Mouthfeel is light.

Mar 26, 2019
3.69 by StevenMilligan from Florida on Mar 26, 2019
3.56 by oberon from North Carolina on Mar 24, 2019
3.87 by richj1970 from Alabama on Mar 22, 2019
3.96 by BigGruntyThirst from Canada (ON) on Mar 18, 2019
Kindred Spirits from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 143 ratings