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

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Liking the new label.....the brew itself pours a very dark brown color with tinges of ruby straddling in the background....it appears to be clear as one can look through it somewhat. The head starts out thin, yet it is creamy, being mocha foam in coloration, and it does retain rather well. The lacing is quite nice, with a solid film of small circular patches clinging all around the inside of my glass....very nice overall!

S- Definitely smell the luck O' the Irish! The Tullamore Dew is most definitely noted, with a smooth woodsy aroma blended with rich creamy dark chocolate, aged whisky, hints of vanilla, and believe it or not, smoked sausage on the finish! There is roasted malt with hints of char/campfire throughout the smell.....different, and I like it!

T- Very woody immediately with hints of smoke and meat to start! The body is met on the palate with wonderful loads of dark chocolate fondue, cream, vanilla, moving into some char, whisky soaked orchard fruits along with the pits, almond nuttiness throughout, and smooth spices. The finish lingers on the palate in a soft & subtle way that melds all of the flavors beautifully until the next sip is taken!

M/O- Extremely well blended in terms of flavor and the 6.1% alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing! This is medium-full bodied, smooth and very delectable.....would make a great nightcap but does well at any time of day...especially on a cold holiday afternoon with a friend! I see this pairing up very well with a sharp cheddar or a salty snack. Another winner and will pick up again in the future!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/20/2017. Pours fairly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, whiskey, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, coconut, vanilla, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, whiskey staves, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, whiskey, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, coconut, vanilla, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/peppery hop, roast/char bitterness; and whisky/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, whiskey, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, smoke, char, coconut, vanilla, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, whiskey staves, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.1%. Overall this is a delicious whiskey/oak aged Stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, whiskey staves, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying hop/charred finish. As with most of these, the "barrel" presence isn't huge, but definitely adequate. Nice bready/roasted English malt complexity with balanced whiskey/oak notes. This tastes like more of a Foreign stout with the overall hop presence. A very enjoyable and well made offering.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very dark brown with a small but dense head. maybe 1/8"
Smell: Chocolate, malt, a spicy hop aroma when first poured. You can pick up a light whiskey smell. Slight coffee. biscuit.
Taste: Mellow, dark chocolate cake, hint of dark candy cherry like in a black forest cake. Not bitter at all, which I thought would be there with the spicy hop smell. Lingering malt. Expected more flavor.
Feel: very smooth and coats the mouth well.
Overall: very enjoyable but not challenging or complex on the nose or palette.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle BBE Nov 18, consumed 3/14/18

Poured deep dark black with a nice thick caramel head that left nice lacing.

Aroma is Irish whiskey dominant, coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate backing it up. Definitely makes you think the whiskey is going to really hit you on a sip.

Taste is much more balanced, the whiskey is still strong but much better balanced with the roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate than the aroma.

Moutfeel is medium, pretty smooth for a barrel-agee, bitterness not an issue, clean finish.

Overall, I just picked this up for St. Paddy's Day in attempts to keep it real (for an Asian), but seriously I'm very impressed with the whiskey presentation and overall drinkability of this stout. Definitely recommend for the holiday but even for the everyday.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MAB
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Scottish "English Stout"?

Nice and dark with classic roasted barley head, coffee and roasted grains on the nose and not much hop aroma at all.
Sweet and extremely smooth. Not as foamy as a Guinness and the mouthfeel is a bit thinner because of the lack of nitrogen bubbles.
Not that it's a bad thing, though.
This is a delicious beer.

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Photo of bobstockwell
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Black pour with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Roasted grains... slightly tart/bitter. Smells a lot like a Guinness. Not picking up any booze/whiskey on the nose.

T/F: Bitter roast grains/sugars and some tartness. Residual sweetness comes after... mild coffee/espresso and faint cocoa. Still not picking up whiskey/booze... maybe a bit of oak. Creamy carbonation.. smooth on the mouth.

O: Drinks like a dry Irish stout with a little more roast and tartness. Kind of let down by the 'whiskey' aspect since it didn't add a lot of character. A nice little stout but hoped for a bit more.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, best before end NOV 18 stamped on the bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bittersweet chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and some woodiness. The brew tastes like roasted/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, wood, nuts, caramel and a bit of whiskey. Nice balance between sweet and bitter/roasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good overall brew, certainly worth a try. Wish there was more whiskey in this but that's a minor complaint. I know I'd like to try this again in the future. $3.41 for a single bottle.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, brown head. It smelled of chocolate, oak, toffee and caramel. Sweet chocolate and caramel taste with some oak and vanilla notes.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of vinicole
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour Black with a frothy tan head. Good lacing and good retention.
Smell is light, malty, and mildly toasty with a hint of sweetness.
Taste is a tad sweet with some bitterness and some roasted grains in the back.
Mouth feel is bubbly and crisp.

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Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, spicy hops, hint of nut, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an English Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There are elevated metallic notes. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, spicy hops, hint of nut, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of wood. Overall, great blend, body, and appearance, the whiskey is not noticeable, and the metallic notes are slightly distracting.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was dissappointed by this. A lot of I&G's beers are full of flavor, with plenty of barrel character. This one, not so much. For me, it fell flat on the flavor scale, as well as mouth feel. I read "Whiskey Stout", so when I got a run of the mill Irish Dry Stout I wasn't too excited. Not keen on having this again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from TJs.

Black with dark brown highlights and capped with a dense, brown head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is heavy on the roast and char, a little cocoa, a little evaporated milk, a touch of whiskey. The palate opens bitter and roasty, pleasantly so, with a mildly creamy feel. A blend of heavily roasted grain with a burnt sugar bitterness, a grainy husky note. There's a complex sweetness, a layered blend of molasses, dark brown sugar, a touch of jaggery and a little licorice. Drying on the finish with a mild vanilla note present (from the oak staves?), this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. More bitter than most, this is quite tastefully done. Solid stuff.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spikester
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark essentially black with three fingers of tan head. Swathes of lace as the head falls.
Smell is coffee cocoa vanilla oak.
Taste is coffee cocoa vanilla hint of oak.
Mouthfeel is medium with alright carbonation. The finish is medium wet and somewhat sweet.
Overall a tasty and filling brew.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle - 'unique ageing process'? Did they break a Tullamore Dew barrel down into little pieces, then?

This beer pours a very dark, near-black colour, with prominent amber basal edges, and two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet fizzy tan head, which leaves some streaky coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of roasted bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, mild cafe-au-lait, a hint of nougat, faint vanilla-accented woody notes, and some ethereal earthy, musty, and floral noble hops. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a bit of free-range ashiness, day-old coffee grounds, still rather tame wet oak, cold cream, some subtle black stone fruitiness, dry chocolate flakes, and more well understated earthy, herbal, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-tingling frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of damp char maybe making a minor fuss here. It finishes off-dry, the toasty malt, cocoa, and lactic essences exhibiting the most lingering fervour.

Overall - well, as expected, the whiskey character doesn't really come through to any appreciable degree. The Irish versions are typically much too light and fine to match up with a roasted stout, making this whole deal kind of a wasted effort.

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