Kindred Spirits
Innis & Gunn

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Stout - English
Ranked #31
Ranked #22,811
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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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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superspak from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Feb 10, 2018
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Gdobber from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Mar 18, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Mar 18, 2018
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GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

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

Apr 06, 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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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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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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oberon from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 24, 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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ummswimmin from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 20, 2019
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Niceroad77 from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 08, 2019
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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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Satsuma from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 22, 2020
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 29, 2019
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Captain69 from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Apr 28, 2020
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

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

Apr 25, 2019
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1mrbeer from Ohio

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

Dec 24, 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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bwferrie1 from Pennsylvania

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

May 12, 2019
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MAB from Canada (AB)

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Jun 29, 2018
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bobstockwell from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 11, 2018
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psmith161 from Indiana

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

Mar 15, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Apr 21, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

May 25, 2018
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