Innis & Gunn Triple Matured Oak Aged Beer | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Triple Matured Oak Aged BeerInnis & Gunn Triple Matured Oak Aged Beer

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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by wl0307 on 11-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- An always classy look to the packaging give this I&G product some points. It pours more dark brown/burgundy color than just burgundy in my opinion, as the box suggests, but a very nice color regardless. A foamy, off white 1 inch thick head forms, then quickly disappears into a ring around the glass. Doesn't appear to have too much carbonation and the lacing is quite minimal.

S- Sweet and rich. I first noticed a deep raisin aroma, but there's toffee & blackstrap molasses mixed in as well. The sweetness is offset somewhat by the oak, which provides a woody/fibrous note. The hops are very mild but just catch my nose right at the end.

T- A mild toasty flavor is noticeable right up front, with includes some dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, toffee, and dry dark fruits, such as prunes & raisins. The oaked character is noticable, leaving some mild spiciness, delicate woodiness, and just a hint of dryness from the barrel as well. The hops are mild and just hit the back of the palate on the finish. Very nice!

M- This is one mellow beer. The wood really lingers on the palate after drinking. The body is medium-full and the carbonation seems to be just right. I let this sit out for about 10 mins after my first couple of drinks and the warmth of the flavors become brilliant! I think about being in a lodge on a cold winter day when drinking this brew!

D- The 7.2% alc. is hardly noticeable at all. I would have no problem drinking a few of these over an evening, albeit slowly, as this is a classy brew that deserves to be appreciated, not chugged! I really like the rum cask beer I&G does as well, and while similar, this one is just a slightly less sweet. This one I have to say is tied as my favorite by this company! Very well done!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with one finger head that quickly fades with minimal lacing. Vanilla and oak dominate the nose as they always do with an Innis & Gunn beer. This particular style is also giving off some nice malty, toffee and caramel notes as well a touch of butterscotch. The taste pretty much mirrors the nose with the oak and vanilla once again the stars. A subtle butteriness is also present along with some nice caramel maltiness. I'm also getting just a touch of dark fruit which I've never had before with an Innis & Gunn. The mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth with no evidence of the 7.2 ABV, making the drinkability off the charts for me! This is my favorite offering from Innis & Gunn so far.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you look at the beer, it is immediately obvious of the color difference between the Original and the Triple Matured. This is a much darker, and richer colored beer showing rich dark browns and caramel like mahogany in the bottle. Its is up to 7.2% abv from the Original's 6.6%. But the added weight in malt is not what primarily contributed this color; it is the oak. Through a longer maturation process the oak continues to penetrate the beer with its deep, rich flavors and thus imparts a new level of complexity and maturity.

The Triple Matured was from a limited batch of 150 barrels, and was released in November 2009 - this bottle I opened has be resting in my cellar since then, so this tasting is approximately 8 months old.

This is actually my preferred age for any Innis & Gunn. When fresh, I find that the flavors are quite ripe, and slightly sharp, creating a quenching and delicious beer. But with a few months they continue to mellow and blend to a more refined and spirited beer. It is a fine line though, these beers come to us filtered and pasteurized, so their life is limited. By the 1 year mark it can get tricky, and I have ruined an Innis & Gunn by ageing it for to long.

This though is not the case here. This Triple Matured was one of the best examples of an Innis & Gunn I had ever had. I was really impressed with it when fresh, but now it has smoothed out to a mellow and silky beer with truly refined flavors.

I poured it into an Innis & Gunn stemmed pint glass cool around 8C (45F). This is where my journey began. I have probably poured about 20 Triple Matured bottles in the last 8 months, but this was the oldest, and build with the most life. It rumbled as it hit the bottom of the glass and immediately sparked up a rich smooth almond brown head. As the bottle emptied I was left with a magnificent airy, pillow like head a good 2 inches above the beer which shone deep with garnet, brick brown, rich mahogany and copper.

The nose is familiar, but a touch more soothing and relaxed than normal. Soft and buttery vanilla and caramels melt off the beer making their way gently into your nose. Its like warm toffee candies sweating in the sun. Big round malts show up adding rich scents and classic malt sweetness with hints of dark fruit and a clear oak and char aroma. It is not far off the fresh version, but as I mentioned, it not so ripe, its has smoothed out - like a green banana vs one that is beginning to brown.

After examining the sight and smell of this beer for some time the head has faded now to about half its original height. I went in for a long smooth drink - it almost forced me to recline in my seat and exhale with a full breath of satisfaction. This is where every Innis & Gunn should live. This Triple Matured has been sitting patiently building in flavor, complexity and maturity for 8 months, or slightly longer. Right now every flavor just melts off your tongue and fills your cheeks with lush and silky character.

First, a big warm wave of warm vanilla and caramel malts glide along your lips and penetrate your tongue with a gentle and flawless sensation. Again, that melting toffee candy feeling just floats everywhere. Right in behind is the rich round flavors of oak and char, but the oak is most prominent here showing butterscotch and sweet warming flavors reminiscent of whiskey.

Inevitably, dark fruits begin to make their way in showing prunes, pears, banana, plum and what I would have called figs previously, I would now say melon. There was a gentle and slightly sharp spice to the beer at once, which was very quenching, but has now calmed to a delicate and buttery mouthfeel. This beer is no longer a refreshment, it is a delicacy.

The malt backbone is most prominent in the beer but does house the wide and round range of oak, fruit, vanilla, and soft bitter chocolate flavors that this beer exemplifies. There is only the slightest hint of hops showing up with an herb and gently floral aroma. It does balance out the Triple Matured somewhat, but its overpowered by the sheer malt sweetness in this now smooth and sensational Inins & Gunn.

The mouthfeel too has calmed down. Carbonation is to a minimum, but still exists enough to tickle your taste buds. It is smooth and buttery, as I am sure you get by now, with a sweet, gently crisp finish leaving you satisfied, but aching for more.

It relieves me that I did not age and ruin this Innis & Gunn, and also excites me that I have one more left! This is a remarkable Innis & Gunn - but I would still over to see an unpasteurized version. I can only imagine the flavors.

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Photo of Shadman
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beginning to think the lads are in danger of being a one trick pony...( let's age the beer 69 days in the barrels and market it as...)

Easily the darkest beer these guys have put out. light has a hard time penetrating, but what does make it through looks like a very well steep tea brown. Nice 3 fingered head from a vigorous pour in a pint glass. Head looked white @ first, but settled into a tan cap/ring.

Aroma, even as the beer warmed is nice, but doesn't match the color in terms of richness. Hint of oak vanilla along with a slight candiend fruit smell. Bit of booze, but it's very subtle.

For something with such a high Nothing really jumps out and yet everything works in near perfect harmony. Toasted malts, slight dried fruit, oak woodiness & the dryness one would ecpect from oak, but not so dry that it ruins the whole palate for 5 minutes after takig a swig. Alcohol is absent except for a tiny bit of bite on the tongue.

smooth as a baby's bottom

The best of the Bro's offerings so far.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ronanohall
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass...

A - Dark reddish-brown colour to it, clear and not very carbonated. The beige head is quite rich and sticks around for a while.

S - Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and some dark fruit notes. Reminds me of both the original Innis & Gunn and a good milk stout. Barely any hints of alcohol.

T - Starts out sweet, with a strong vanilla-like oakiness, a good toffee backbone, and some hints of chocolate and even roasted coffee beans. Some hints of prunes or cherries. The finish has got some mild bitterness from the roasted malts.

M - Medium-to-full body. Very smooth and gentle on the palate, though a bit syrupy. Almost still. The alcohol is pretty well-masked. A slight warming sensation arises after some time.

D - Good, especially if you regard this solely as a strong ale. The one bottle I had went down extremely easily.

Overall, this is indeed an exceptionally smooth and delightful strong ale, but I reckon the Original is still better.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear but extremely dark brown, tall fluffy tan head retained very well
S - very peaty and smoky with definite barrel aged aromas and caramel sweetness
T - big blast of smoky beat and charred wood, toasty malt with light sweetness and earthy hops, definitely the smokiest of the I&G brews I've tried to date
M - a little more than medium bodied with a full smoky feel throughout, a very faint hint of alcohol
O - I can't believe how smoky and delicoius this beer is, a strong char flavour with some earthy peat notes and the ABV very well hidden, so glad I came across this

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After seeing this brew at my favourite bottleshop it definately caught my eye with the nice blue/gold labeling even though im not a fan of beers in clear see through bottles i know this brewery is an exception,it pours exactly as it looks in the bottle a very dark mahogany hue and i mean dark it has average carbonation that leaves behind a bourbon and cola half finger head with a rim of lacing and geez the aroma is very similar to a bourbon and coke its very sweet indeed with also some hints of oak(obviously) and also dark ripe plums,the mouthfeel is very light for the style i must admit i was quite taken back as i was expecting a way more heavy set mouthfeel for this brew even though its a bittersweet discovery given that its makes this brew way more easy to drink than i was expecting which in contrast is a good thing i spose so maybe im being too harsh netherless it exudes tastes of xmas pudding,some light whiskey and i mean light,oak and a nice all round dark fruit edge that evens out this brew perfectly to counter act the lack of bitterness i encounter,overall this is probably the best Innis & Gunn brew that i have tasted and i will buy some more of before it is totally gone as like they say on the label it is limited shame as i rate this brew.

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Photo of EsoxLucius
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: red-brown, minimal head and lacing. very clean looking.

S: sweet caramel malts and some hop smell, overall sweet smell. nothing offensive. not boozy at all.

T: some spice and wood, sweet caramels and a apricot finish. very nice.

M: initially thin, but creams up good on the finish

D: very smooth, i'd bought a supply in November of 2009 and just cracked them today, late may 2010. goes down very easy.

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Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown on first appearance, with pretty red highlights under bright light. Large topping of beige foam settles to a thin cap. Very little lacing. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, and wood. Butter and restrained vanilla. The alcohol is very well hidden in the scent, but still there. Tastes of sweet caramel and raisin. Nice tannin comes through midway to finish. Vanilla is more apparent now than it was in the aroma, but still muted compared to the Original. Not as buttery as the original, either. The wood steps further forward as the beer warms. Mildly boozy. Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. Feels quite light on the palate, but not watery or thin. Could be a little softer. A pleasantly warming beer, the fall LCBO release was good timing for it to reach Ontario.

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Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an official Innis and Gunn glass, this is a very dark reddish amber beer. The head is foamy and settles down to about a centimeter over the beer.

The aroma is dominated by a smokey, oaky (rhyme haha), almost bacon-esque smell. Some sweet malty notes come through as well.

The flavour is quite nice. Slightly tart to start, the complexity is immediately apparent. Slight toffee mixes with a smoley oak flavour and some slight alcohol warmth. Some faint sweetness comes through and is well complimented by the oak.

Overall (I've said this for every Innis and Gunn review I've done), This is my favourite Innis and Gunn. The flavours are well balanced and interesting

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head looked nice & pretty creamy, but almost completely disappeared within about 2 minutes. The beer pours as it looks in the bottle... a dark chestnut colour.

It smells much like I&G's standard beer. Maybe a bit sweeter / richer. There's something to it I can't put my finger on... a rich sweetness... somewhere in between dates, brown sugar, and BBQ. Pretty good. Really have to swirl it around / blow over the top of the beer / head to get the full smell out.

I don't find anything too outstanding or different about it vs. I&G's standard beer or other similar releases. It's def. worth a try, though. It's a bit "fuller" than the others I&G releases. A bit more wood, a bit more sweet (raisin / date flavour).

Feels A-OK in the mouth. Not overcarbonated. A little watery, perhaps, but a bit of smoothness is there... would like a bit more, perhaps.

Pretty drinkable!

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Photo of artemh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle (or box, I guess) of this just as they were stocking the cooler with it this past weekend in Calgary. Lots of florid prose about the 3 different ways in which this incarnation of their whiskey barrel-aged ale is aged.

This beer pours a clear, deep shade of golden brown, with two fingers of soapy beige head, which deposits very little lace around the glass as it quickly disappears. The aroma is roasted caramel malt, some soft ripe black fruit, and floral hops - like a jacked-up English brown ale. The taste is more ripe orchard fruit - slightly acidic and sweet, that expected vanilla oakiness, and some substantial earthy and floral Euro-hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly sedated, the body full, with a tinge of creaminess, and it finishes off-dry, the sweet fruity malt wood goodness welcome in its persistence.

I wondered how this particular new offering would differ from their standard product, and it's clear that the purported 'maturation' has rendered a much darker, fuller, and more flavourful beast, comparatively speaking.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle presented in a nice blue box, best before dec 2010. sampled dec 24/09.

pours crystal clear brown, showing some nice ruby highlights. the small fine tan head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. fruity english profile. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. light alcohol. vanilla and raw oak.

taste is good. vanilla and raw oak. warming alcohol. caramel and toffee. lightly toasted mulit-grain bread. bit of chocolate. a bit fruity too. touch of coffee.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level. silky smooth.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, and the barrel character seems well integrated too. not nearly as overbearing or heavy handed as many of the I+G beers i've tried. most of them i wouldn't cross the street for, but i liked this one and may pick it up again. good stuff.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Creamy looking off white head atop a chestnut brown colored body. No lacing, but an inviting looking beer non the less.

S- Lots of toffee and caramel in the aroma, some woodiness, vanilla, dark fruits and brown sugar as well. Very sweet like I expected.

T- Not quite as good as the aroma, but it has a nice profile. Dark fruit kind of takes over the flavor in this as opposed to the toffee and caramel I was getting in the nose. Vanilla and oak round this one out.

M- Smooth and rich. low carbonation and medium body make for a velvety feel in the mouth. Maybe a touch thin.

D- By far my favorite Innis & Gunn to date. The taste could of been a little bolder, but I enjoyed this one. Hopefully a precursor of things to come for my Eagles against the Packers on this wild card weekend.

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Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, during the X'mas gift sale. Limited edition, coming in I&G's standard clear glass bottle packaged in an elegant dark blue paper box. BB 12/2009, served cool in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

* How is this beer "Triple Matured"? - summarising the lengthy description on the box, the first maturation happens in American white oak barrels, the second in a marrying tun to allow beers from different barrels to blend until reaching a harmony, then the third takes place in the bottles for a month. In total, 99 days are the long maturation for this beer, which is bottled from a limited number of 150 oak barrels. Really serious, it sounds.

A: clear, dark copper with deep ruby hues, topped with a thin layer of off-white foam settling gradually to a rim; the carbonation comes rather moderate and constant.
S: deeply fruity and syrupy-malty, showing lots of berry-jam fruits, fat prunes, hawthorn fruit candy, caramelised sliced-apples on top of I&G's typical mixture of sweet vanilla-ish oak-iness and coconut-shavings... a whiff of salty-sweet & sour edge almost like a brown ale hides in the background. Very dense and rich in the fruity elements and oakiness, at the expense of a malty balance IMO.
T: mildly sour-sweet prunes and dried hawthorn fruits expand freely on a pretty light, crystal-malt-like backbone (* the label states chocolate malts are used), turning slightly dry-ish herbal, black-sugary, and also lightly vanilla-oaky (in terms of the aroma on the palate) with an explicit input of moderate-level spicy hoppiness. The aftertaste, continuing with the sour fruitiness initially, witnesses a decent hop input as demonstrated by the slightly dry and chewy kickback; nevertheless the finishing touch is somewhat sour and thin.
M&D: not really mellow enough but still moderate in terms of carbonation on top of a medium body, this edition is indeed "mature" and goes easy on the palate especially thanks to very little alc. feel throughout the drink. Somehow a depth is in the lacking as is a preferable complexity that is achieved better by some previous offerings from I&G. Maybe "Triple Maturation" has softened everything, including even the oaky elements? Overall, this is still a decent drink, but maybe not as delicious as other sister products of I&G from the previous years.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is only appropriate, given that the beer is aged in American oak barrels, that it possess a very bourbon-like hue. It is a spotlessly clear complexion with a healthy, reddish gleam. It even appears flat like the spirit with nothing more than a thin ribbon of lace spotted on its surface. Given that the barrels used to age it were new and uncharred oak, this likely gained its deep colour from the addition of chocolate malt and not the wood.

This beer has that same old buttery, oak-infused scent that has become emblematic of this brewery - except it seems to have less of it than other offerings. Vanilla-laden oak, citrus tang and sweet butterscotch don't go unnoticed, but they go only *barely* noticed. Really deep breaths seem to suck in some toffee, lightly roasted malts and, just maybe, a splash of coffee but it probably takes a pretty keen sense of smell to pick up on.

The addition of chocolate malt seems to have added more than just colour to the standard Innis and Gunn registry. The taste of dark fruit is much more prevalent and is likely to be among the first flavours acknowledged. Despite the beer's relatively mellow profile I manage to taste a significant amount of dark, roasty flavour; it is notably grainy and tastes almost like unmalted cereals. The oak, naturally, adds to that sensation of 'rawness'.

The beer is smooth, I'll give them that. Like all this brewery's releases I find the sweet, honeyed butterscotch flavour quite well suited to my ideal of a fireside, cool-weather nightcap. Likewise, comparisons to a lighter, more quaffable kind of scotch wouldn't strike me as unreasonable. The price tag, on the other hand, is certainly unreasonable - not the least because I don't appreciate what a slow, expensive process has gone into it.

Rather, it is simply because this brewery makes similar yet better beers. I agree this particular technique resulted in an extremely palatable, untypically refined ale but I think they've achieved better results with aging beers for shorter periods of time (their flagship beer slumbers for 77 days, a simplified version of it for 37). This is something I'd enjoy having again but, given the option, I'd go with either of the two aforementioned.

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Photo of ludachris
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

Pours a deep copper with nice ruby red highlights. The darkest beer I've had from them thus far. One finger of soapy off white head that quickly dwindles down to a thin ring but leaves some decent suddy lace.

Very sweet smell of dark fruits, raison, vanilla, oak and buttery malts with a hint of alcohol.

Dark fruits, oak, vanilla, raisons and toasted malts. A tad too much on the sweet side for me. Decent but not what I was expecting.

Medium to full bodied. Smooth, creamy and well balanced with a carbonated kick midway through.

Overall, a decent beer at best considering the price and their other offerings. Being a limited edition, triple matured oak aged beer I thought the flavour would have been packed tight, but, if anything, this is one of their least flavourful beers. I won't be buying this again, but glad I tried it and recommended to anyone who enjoys Innis and Gunn.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear brown with an inch of frothy tan foam. Nose is lots of caramel, some wood, light fruit and apple. Fairly mild oakiness - more of a lightly boozy, caramel/molasses, rum-like flavour. Again hints of fruit and apple, but quite mild. Bitterness and carbonation are also quite low. Strong, puckery tannic astringency runs through this, which cuts down on the drinkability somewhat.

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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown/amber with a thin tan head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, vanilla, and dark fruits. Taste is malty with vanilla and some woody notes. Smooth mouthfeel but the body is a bit thin. Interesting beer but at $4.95/bottle I wouldn't buy this again.

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