Kindred Spirits
Innis & Gunn

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Stout - English
Ranked #32
Ranked #23,450
3.85 | pDev: 9.35%
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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dcotom from Iowa

4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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EmperorBevis from England

3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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jkblr from Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Lucular from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Hitchman from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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CaptainHate from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Beersnake1 from California

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My wife (who doesn't drink) wanted to pick up a Founder's CBS for me. The employee in the store couldn't find it in on the shelves and instead recommended something in the vein of CBS - this beer. It is sad that most employees working in liquor stores are so far removed from understanding their products that they don't know the difference between styles of stouts or IPAs...and don't even start them with saisons.
Kindred Spirit is not something I would have bought and will never drink again. It tastes of mass production and it's just a bitter mess, without any finesse. It could have been worse, something malty and gross, but still, this is to CBS as Betty Crocker is to a European torte. Avoid.

Mar 06, 2019
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vinicole from England

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Almost black with a head that settles to a thin scum.
Light peat and fruity aroma.
Typical I+G woody taste. The whiskey is somewhat lost. This one has quite a pleasant sweetness.
Medium body with an intermediate carbonation.
I've tasted better from them but pleasant enough.

Mar 03, 2019
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semiotic from Ohio

3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've had a few Innis & Gunn beers before, and I really liked them---especially the Original. This particular one was way too sweet and chocolate-tasting for my palate; and I generally like malty beers.

Feb 24, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The dark brown, almost black, beer pours out of a brown bottle into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” finely bubbled foamy dark tan head that recedes slowly but visibly to become a cap on the liquid and then a thin irregularly shaped island with a small ring of foam while leaving a web of strands and patches of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches with lots of small patches, legs and strands of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, a bit of earthy hops and a bit of wood. In the background there’s also a bit of dark roast malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include the dark chocolate, coffee, dark caramel and sweetness from the malt. There’s also some vanilla and just a bit of woody character from aging on the barrel stave pieces. In the background there’s a bit of dark roast bitterness and some light earthy character from the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with only a bit of slightly prickly carbonation. The finish begins as the chocolate, coffee, caramel and the barrel tinged sweetness begin to slowly fade, leaving the long ending to the vanilla, some oak, and a bit of both earthy and dark roast bitterness, all of which just gradually disappear in the back of the palate. The vanilla and wood tinged ending is a bit on the sweet side but the almost hidden dark roast and earthy bitterness keep it from cloying.

Overall this is an enjoyable, drinkable beer that I’ll be looking to have again. The aroma/flavor profile is both complex and interesting with the various malt, barrel, and whiskey flavors showing and complementing each other nicely. Worth giving a try if you find it. This is a beer meant for sipping that is rich and complex enough that it’s basically a one a night beer. It also would be nice as a dessert with dinner or as a digestif after.

Jan 28, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a very deep brownish amber body with 3+ fingers of tan head produced with aerated pour. Fabulous retention and good lacing
S -- Roasted barley malt, herbal hop, molasses, charred oak, copper, maple
T -- Smoke, light umami, strong herbal hop kick, brown sugar, burnt blueberry waffle, peat
F -- Medium+ mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Surprisingly robust for the ABV. Has a lasting bitterness, I think primarily from hops
O -- Another nice, well-priced offering from the folks at Innis & Gunn. I think they're very underrated here in the States.


Jan 11, 2019
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Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best import I have had in a long time. Tastes like a well-done American craft. Killer stout with malty/coffee/toffee notes and a slight bit of whisky aftertaste.

Oct 28, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: complex, bright malty notes, woody, herbal, some coffee, whisky, chocolate flavors, creamy.
Black, opaque, dark tan head with broken ring lattice. Medium body. 40 IBUs

Oct 28, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has good retention after the pour

S- roasted malt and chocolate on the nose, with a floral and honey-like undertone, perhaps a hint of Tullamore influence

T- charred malt and chocolate up front, followed by a floral notes that follows the nose. Mid-palate gives a soft whiskey note that adds some honey and oak, the finish gives more roast and chocolate

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish

O- an interesting beer, the irish whiskey barrel imparts softer notes than a typical bourbon barrel

Oct 03, 2018
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