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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cask - Scottish Oak Aged BeerInnis & Gunn Canadian Cask - Scottish Oak Aged Beer

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by IronDjinn on 05-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a long tulip glass. This is the 2009 Limited Edition.

Appearance - Dark copper with a 1/2-inch sustaining off-white head. Highly carbonated.

Smell - light oak aromas with some subtle caramel. Reduced malt scent and just a slight detection of cider.

Taste - lightly smoky, and with a woody flavour like the original Innis & Gunn ale. A little more malt flavour coming through and the aftertaste is short and reverts to the original oak flavourings.

Mouthfeel - very balanced, superbly even throughout. Active carbonation but only makes an impact at the beginning.

Drinkability - obviously this is a special occasion beer and a treat for the right time. I saved it for the next year and that appears to have been the right decision.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Moo5152
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hell, almost forgot about this one - better get it in before heading out to see the fireworks...

This beer pours (into my Alley Kat pint glass, for some CanCon) a clear dark amber hue, with lots and lots of thick puffy off-white head, that leaves spotty lace as it recedes. It smells of vanilla, caramel, spiced fruit, oak woodiness, and floral hops. The taste is caramel malt, mild bitter rye grain, wood alcohol, slightly sweet fruit, and earthy hops. The carbonation is quite low, and the body is smooth and solidly malty, and it finishes off-dry, some sweet whisky malt lingering.

I like this, it has a warm, decently malty profile that just seems, well, Canadian, right now.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special Canada Day limited release beer from our friends in Scotland. Limited to 150 barrels.

A quick review before I go back to hanging out with friends & family.

Pours copper brown with a finger of head topping it. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass. Head fades to a tight cap. Leaves some lace.

Toffee and mild vanilla. Butterscotch. Brown Sugar. Smells delicious.

Tastes the same as it smells. Toffee malts up front with some vanilla character, I assume from the oak. It's sweet. Very little hop presence in this one, just enough to give it a mild hit of bitterness towards the end. Finishes buttery. There's something acidic and raisiny in the background that asserts itself a little bit more as the beer warms. All the flavours compliment each other nicely.

Light carbonation, almost medium bodied. Smooth. 7.2%ABV limits its use as a session beer, but it's pretty easy to get through a glass of it all the same.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buttery mouthfeel to this medium yellow bodied beer, with dissipitating head, and a bit of a lace trail. Malt and a little whiskey barrel aroma. Smooth drinker,which makes it appear sweetish but then leaves woody aftertaste.Somewhat more drinkable than their usual line. Unique.

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Photo of zillo043068
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of eat
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, this stuff is transparent dark-copper with an island of cream-white bubbles and ring around the glass. Bits of lace. Not too bad.

Smells of dark malt, rye whiskey (obviously), brown sugar, apples and subtle earthy hops. I've got it in a snifter here, there should be a decent nose but it's a little weak.

Good rye whiskey character in the flavour but the malt backing is not full enough to act as a good base. Lightly hopped, it's mostly watery malt with some rye. Some alcohol present, seeming to come from the whiskey. Can't say I'm into it; nothing is really off, there's just not really anything going for it.

Medium-thin body with a little too much carbonation for its style. Not too bad though.

I found this stuff to be boring and watery. At this price, I wouldn't recommend this stuff to anyone. You can find much better beer for half the price.

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Photo of elricorico
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep red body that is quite clear. Thick finger of beige head that slowly settles to a thin cap and leaves a sheet of lacing.

Vanilla-like oak aroma, and a hearty dose of whiskey smell. I'd like to think there is a malt aroma in there, but it is hard to be sure over the more potent oak and liquor smell.

Oak is the strongest part of the flavour, but the malty strong ale underneath manages to peak through. Finish is not nearly as boozy as one might expect, in fact a faint citrus hop plays a part. Probably the best taste from I&G I've had.

There is a little bit of thickness to the body, but carbonation is a little too light. Comes across a bit like a flat soda.

This isn't bad, the booze isn't overbearing and the cask flavours don't bury the beer flavours. Still not going to be one of my favourites but I'd have it again if offered.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special edition for Canada day this year.

The beer pours a crystal clear cherry mahogany colour with a off white very active head that, sadly, quickly dissipates to near nothing.

The dominant smell are the usual Innis & Gunn suspects: strong Diacetyl butterscotch and hints of vanilla. Backing this a slightly more robust toffee/brown sugar malt notes the usual as well as some roasted character. Mild alcohol whiffs permeate the finish.

A malt assault on the tongue through and through is what's presented here. Roasted notes but mostly sweetness which, sadly becomes cloying as the drinking goes on. Hints of mild whiskey and cocoa end in a overly sweet boozy finish.
The body is of a slightly oily nature with low carbonation.

I'll never understand why this breweries beers have become so popular. They lack in the complexity they tout, being; for the most part, vanilla and butterscotch, smelling sugar bombs.

very malty light roastiness lingering sweetness slightly oily body alcohol vanilla very sweet finish mild whiskey hint of cocoa nonexistant hops light butty notes

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here's to Canada on it's 142nd!

A- This pours a dark coppery color with a reddish hue around the edges. Unfortunately there isn't much of a head....poured rather thin and it quickly disappears. It seems to have an oily look to it but doesn't really leave behind any lacing. Seems to be well carbonated. The packaging is very well done though!

S- Quite a range of aromas here....most of them sweet. I detect raisins right away, followed by malt, vanilla and toffee. I also smelled some wood from the oak barrels but it is a soft aroma. The alcohol is also somewhat present but it is also a limited aroma. I didn't detect any hop bitterness on the nose.

T- Again, this area is fairly sweet. The oaked character of the beer comes through first on the palate, and it gives way to the sweet malts and toffee flavors. The alcohol content is really well hidden in this beer, and it finishes smooth, with just a small citrus bitterness, probably from the hops, but it's slightly drying, I'm guessing from the wood.

M- .it's a decent medium bodied beer, with a good zing from the carbonation. It's buttery but finishes light and with a cleansing sensation...unique!

D- This is more refreshing than anything else I've had from I&G but I appreciate what it is and I'd enjoy this beer until I was good and corked! The alcohol is very muted and there's some nice flavor to be enjoyed, but not overwhelming. I will get more of this before it is gone.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows sweet bready malt, rum and raisin ice-cream, woody oak and cream. Very different, quite sweet.
Flavours focus more on the sweet malt and oak, although there's still some rum and raisin. Again, different but nice. Next to no bitterness.
Carbonation should be higher and the body should be thicker.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light rye whiskey with light caramel malt notes. Taste is also characterized by rye whiskey notes with light caramel malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall but stronger rye whiskey notes would have been more inetersting and provided more character.

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Photo of Jordan_B
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a cool surprise to find at Sherbrooke today. Comes in a bright red box, Innis and Gunn have made a Canadian exclusive ale, aged in Canadian whiskey barrels (rye barrels I would reckon), and in the spirit of celebrating Canada Day 2009, on July 1st. They also added some rye malt too.

Comes in the ususal 330 ml clear bottle when removed from the box. Pours out a deep, deep transluscent ruddy amber, with a tall white spongy head that recedes to a tight thick cap. Lattice-like lacing in its wake.

Wood, spice and raisin on the nose, with rich dark toffee malt that appears as it warms. As mentioned on the box a sort of orange rind presents itself the more it warms.

Most obvious in the character is a mild buttery character, most likely from sitting in rye casks. The malt tends to come out near the finish, light toffee with some spicy raisin, with woody notes in the finish. Flavour in general seems a bit toned/watered down in general, like it's lacking a bit of oomph.

On that note the mouthfeel, while smooth with some soft carbonation, seems a bit thin and watery in its own right.

Pleasant aftertaste overall, and I'm personally flattered to have this around to celebrate Canada Day with this year, but it still doesn't live up to the orgiinal Innis and Gunn, which I hold as the bar that this brewery has set for itself. I'll buy a few more, but won't be stocking up on this.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why am I writing about last year's Canadian Cask? Well, I was able to get a bottle of the 2010 ahead of time, and just couldn't wait the 6 weeks to enjoy it. So I've already talked about the 2010 version. Besides, it was availbale at the LCBO 3 or 4 weeks ago anyways - so we've had had the chance. Plus, I specifically held on to one bottle of the 2009 last year so that I could embrace Canada Day with two version of its own beer and reflect on the year past, and dream for the year to come!

2009 was the very first year for Innis & Gunn's Special Edition Canadian Cask. It came in a 300ml bottle housed in a red box bearing Canada Day 2009 on the front. Only 150 barrels of this beer were produced, and they were of course only sent to Canada. Innis & Gunn brewed the beer with rye grains, and aged it in Canadian Whiskey Barrels, then matured it for a total of 71 days; brining it to 7.1% abv. What was produced was music to my palate then, but is now a magical symphony.

I opened the Canadian Flag Red box and gently slid the once dormant Canadian Cask out of its resting place. I poured it into a stemmed Innis & Gunn glass at a cool 8C (45F). The pour was smooth but rumbled with excitement as a darker than normal, creamy tan-brown head build almost immediately. Sowing the pour produced a ruby red crystal clear beer with rich golden browns, copper oranges and beaming rays and sunny yellows. A soft and airy, but dense 1 and a bit inch head was created - ummm.. Yes, I was very, very excited.

Leaning in for a nose brought classic Innis & Gunn flavors of toffee and caramel. But most evident on the nose was the unmistakable scent of whiskey soaked oak, and a tumbler of Crown Royal. Could this be? Really, I was amazing at the potency and also accuracy of the nose here. It didn't smell kind of like rye, it smelled like a creamy, soft and warm glass of rye. Honestly. Soft vanillas balanced with toffee, and beat away any brief scent of hops that may have existed. The nose was now a game of oak, char, whiskey, and rye grains.

The year has treated the Canadian cask apprizingly, and appetizingly well! The first thing that I noticed in the flavor perfectly mimicked the nose; a much richer and more prominent whiskey and oak character. Before, the oak was apparent, but was hiding behind the rye malt sweetness that I felt strongest in the beer. Now though, right away I am hit with the familiar sensations of aged rye whiskey. Now that I think hard about it... and go in for another sip... This 1 year old Innis & Gunn Canadian Cask could possibly display the leanest and most accurate rye whiskey flavors I have ever tasted in a beer!

A big imperial stout aged in rye is one thing - that can just be menacing and overpowering. But this '09 Canadian is shinning deep with smooth and mellow sweet flavors of charred oak, gentle sweet rye, and that honey and grain sweet rye whisky flavor that I love in Crown Royal and Wiser's Very Old.

The whole character of this beer now is improved well beyond its age. I am so, so happily surprised - party because of how magnificent this beer is now, but mainly because I have had a bad experience with a 1 year old Innis & Gunn. I aged the first batch of Rum Casks for 1 year and it came out of my cellar sour and just totally ruined. This though, this beautiful glowing amber gold beer has warmed my soul and lifted my spirits. I have many 2010′s, and I will be putting more than half my stash in the cellar after this genuinely astonishing experience.

Thank you Innis & Gunn. I hope you have the chance to experience what I just felt. Happy Canada Day!

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in the box - I'm a sucker for nice packaging.

Pours a nice full caramel color with a finger of uber-light head that quickly dies down, not much retention here.

Nose is toffee, raisins, a hint of spicey rye and a dash of hops.

Entry is smooth. Full array of raisins, butter toffee, caramel malts, a dash of hops in the finish - all complemented by a nice warm whiskey note that carried throughout. Hints of vanilla and oak, but not prominent. Dashes of citrus, some alcohol warming in the finish.

A really nice, smooth, easy-going flavor derailed by a serious lack of body - if only I&G could make a fuller body some of their brews would be top-notch. Half-way through you're struck by how the flavor just dies off and the wateriness kicks in. Bummer.

Nice flavors, digging the whiskey addition, it's real nice. Too bad the rest of the beer doesn't hold up its end of the bargain.

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Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of liamt07
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with Steve, 2010 edition. Into a tulip.

Pours mahogany with some ruby highlights, foamy eggshell head. Light lacing. Nose has some light rum, molasses and mild butterscotch; in the same vein as most other Innis and Gunn offerings I've had. Taste has some light butter, rum, some toffee and a bit of light alcohol. Body is thin and almost watery, and has a light spicy and buttery finish. Drinkability is fairly low, certainly not a set of flavours I find too appealing. General indifference to this offering, and not something I'd likely revisit.

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Photo of uno99
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the LCBO, poured into a Chimay goblet. It bears noting that I have just finished a large curry (although a fairly bollock-less one). Nevertheless it's probably effect my senses a bit.

A: A very dark mahogany liquid rests underneath a modest head whist lacking in any serious lacing. Looks appetizing enough. (3.0)

S: apple, raisin, oak, ceder, slight lemon zest, corriander. That last one might be lingering from my curry however. Actually very understated on the nose, but complex if you take the time to discover. (4.0)

T: More raisins, sugar, maple, oak, surprisingly not much whiskey, although its definitly there on the finish. (4.0)

M: carbonation is a little harsh and artificial feeling. Calms down a bit ones its been in the glass for 5 minutes or so. A little sticky, especially on the lips. (3.5)

D: A nice one for a special occasion. My occasion on this Sunday evening is shutting the door of my den and hiding from visiting inlaws... I suppose for that purpose, sipping on this for the next 25 minutes or so seems about right. (3.0)

Conclusion: I'd like to compare the two side by side, but I'm fairly sure I prefer the rich vanilla notes and better drinkability from the standard version of this well made beer.

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Photo of ludachris
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another courtesy of TheHammer. Thanks again pal.

Pours a deep amber, almost ruby red in colour with less than a finger of thin, watery white head. Minimal lacing. A fairly active amount of carbonation can be observed.

Sweet, candy like smell of vanilla, toffee, breaded malts, and a touch of whisky. Alcohol is faintly present.

Strong notes of vanilla and toffee coupled with some biscuity malts,, hints of oak and whisky and a light, grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel seemed average at best. Light bodied, with a thin and watery finish.

Overall, a decent brew but would much rather prefer the other two versions of I&G I've had to date. I thought this offering would have been a little more daring considering it was released only once this year.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark amber pour, only letting in a bit of light. Has a thin and short lived creamy white cap. Nose is faint caramel malts, toasty oak, some rye, and dark fruit. Tastes sweet, of caramel, earthy malts, dark pit fruits, some toasty characters, a bit of hops towards the finish. Creamy and well balanced, this I & G is also one of the tastiest yet. No trace of the ABV. Thanks Darlene!

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