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

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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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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 ThatWineGuy
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle had been in my fridge longer than the 71 days the beer was in the whiskey barrels - and that may not have been such a bright idea. Tan head dissipated quickly leaving an amber and chestnut hued beer. Hardly any lace or ring. Very little smell but for some patent leather and a trace of cherry whiskey aroma. Taste definately of whisky but not much of the barrel, I expected more vanilla and oak, this is kind of like lining up whisky shooters - to exaggerate a point. Thinner bodied than I expected too and there is alcohol heat in the rather abrupt finish. The beer was soon quite flat. With warming, a bit of butterscotch sweetness emerged but not enough to make me want to have another. I much prefer the other Innis & Gunn beers I've had previous to this one.

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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 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 MMansfield
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep red colour with an off white head, frothy & settles to a ring.

Aroma: Vanilla, dark red fruit, heavy on butterscotch.

Taste: Hint of oak, lots of ripened fruit, quite a bit of sweetness, slighty toasty.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, high drinkability for 7%, but quite dry in finish.

Final Statement: Not as bad as I thought it would as I'm not an Innnis & Gunn fan. Wouldn't try again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brewer's notes are wishful in thinking the beer is deep red - how appropriate would that be! - when it is in fact much more of an amber-tinted butterscotch. The clarity is wonderful with the upwards stream of bubbles set on repeat. Its head seems ironed into the surface, a fuzzy eggshell white lining that is only minimally porous.

People often mistake Innis and Gunn beers for being skunked. All this brewery's releases possess a trademark aroma that is very buttery and unmistakably oak-infused. I love it. Unfortunately this offering, although having spent 71 days in the barrel, doesn't seem to have it. There's no oak, no whiskey, no toffee-ish malts. There is a striking resemblance to corn - artisanal oak-aged beer should not share any likeness to a mass-produced swill lager.

The mouthfeel also seems untypical of this brewery. All their beers I've tried I recall them as a soothing blend of chalky, flinty mineral-rich water, sweet toffee-laced malts and buttery, vanilla-laden imprints of oak. This is nowhere near as entertaining. It is relatively featureless, possessing little texture and a severely underachieving mouthfeel. Most importantly, it lacks (even in nuance) the features of oak and whiskey!

Only with much warming can you taste hints of caramel, dried fruits and rye grains (but still no oak or whiskey). I've had bourbon-barrel aged beers that tasted of nothing but bourbon and that was bad. But now I'm having a whiskey-barrel aged beer that tastes nothing of whiskey and that's equally as bad. The suggestion of fruit is weak as is the malt profile (the suggestion of corn leads me to believe they skimped out on ingredients for this one).

I've tasted better crafted beer and more oak-related complexion from other Innis and Gunn beers that costed half the price and sat in the barrel half the time. What gives? The oak of these barrels (150 of them altogether) first saw light in the 1700's so you'd assume they could have contributed a little more character than this?! This is a relatively average beer from a brewery who until now had yet to make anything but above-average beers.

(*Note: Anyone reading the writeup on the side of the box will see claim that the oak began sprouting "... in the mid to late 18th century, around the same time that Canada Day was first celebrated." Actually, Canada was not united as a single country until 1 July 1867 - a full hundred years after the time listed. How very embarrassing for the brewery. Maybe the Scots should leave the special Canada Day beers to Canadian brewers?)

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Photo of Grunewald
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Unique sticky lacing that hangs like a necklace.

S - woody, with spicy vanilla and maple hints

T - buttery whiskey flavor, vanilla notes as well

M - light carbonation with a smooth and slick feel

D - This beer is something to try. The whiskey flavor and texture are very strong influences here.

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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 Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml clear bottle, in a nice box, from the LCBO.

Pours a clear dark reddish orange, very nice colour, thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, nice lacing sticks to the glass, good retention, this head lasts. Smell is neat, caramel, very buttery, oak, vanilla, oranges, brown sugar, touch of rye spiciness and alcohol, raisins and dark fruit, weird kind of sourness going on. Taste is similar, very buttery up front, citrus, caramel, wood, some vanilla, bit of spiciness, raisins, alcohol comes through in the finish, but somewhat underwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth going down. Smooth, but nothing really jumps out. Decent beer but I was expecting more out of it.

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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 lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, but very deep amber hue. Rather heavy in the glass, with an initially full, but ultimately filmy head of bright white bubbling. Lacing is as good and thick as you expect from the British Isles, even from a reasonably filmy head. Looks like a very decent ale.

Nose is a little diminished for an oak aged beer. Slight weak almost small-beeresque malty grain character, followed by a moderate sting of organic hops, giving a slight aroma of lemon myrtle. Little else, and while it's pleasant enough, it's extremely light.

Taste is similar, although there's a faint woody oak character flittering around the back. Starts with a light organic grain note mixed with a touch of phenolic heat, before the wood comes through with a touch of blackberry-tart hops to finish. Feel is smooth and a little hot, but doesn't have much breadth on the palate.

It's a respectable beer, but one that doesn't really plumb the depths of the great beer ocean. For an oak-aged beer, it's quite disappointing. For an English Ale, it's acceptable.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmmm, Scottish (not English)ale and Canadian cask.
To start a slight whisky element on the nose this made a very light fluffy head. Amber brown in colour. A rather unusual morish flavour at first with very forward wood and a lingering almost malty smokey butteriness which lingers. Not unpleasant but certainly unique. Slightly on the fat side and that whisky element is always in the background creating some acidity. Its potency does come through in time as does its heaviness though it does improve in the glass as it is drunk. Interesting but if it wasn't for my curiosity I may have found this hard to finish.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had one of the 2010 editions yesterday (as it WAS Canada Day). I didn't take any specific notes when I drank it (I was at a friend's place), but I can say this much:

I love Innis & Gunn's main beer, and I like what they do in general. So, my hopes were high for this. I liked the smell... I picked more raisin / date than orange out of it. The head was decent, and didn't stay high for very long. It was not as smooth as other I & G's. Had I paid more attention and taken more time (I didn't chug it by any means), maybe I would have liked it more... but, I just didn't. It was OK, but just. I liked parts of it, and others I didn't. If they made it again next year, I'd maybe get one... but if other new beers were there vying for my attention / dollars, I might skip it.

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Photo of Morrish
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

enjoying this one on my country's birthday. here goes,

Appearance - Pours a dark amber colour. About half an inch of white head which dissapears quickly leaving no trace.

Smell - Not getting alot smell wise. You can definately pick out the rye characteristics though. a little smoke, caramel

Taste - Similar to the smell. a little smoke, Oak, caramel, and hunny.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, soft carbonation. long and wet finish.

Drinkability - If your a Rye/Whiskey/Scotch/Bourbon fan it might be worth giving it a shot. I'm likely to reach for a proper Whiskey than another on of these though.

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Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Deep amber-copper with a light than head, ring of retention, light lace.

S: Mango, vanilla, oak, red berries, caramel, butterscotch.

T: Wood, whiskey with plenty of corn, caramel, nut, bread, nice fruitiness, light sweetness (modest bitterness).

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body... not at all dried out our acidic like some barrel-aged brews.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish copper with a thick and creamy head that seemed to last for a while

The smell was toffee, caramel, figs, candied apples, and some light oak character

The taste begins with a sweet caramel malt; like toffee, with sweet cereal and toasted bread. There is really no bitterness in this beer and it comes off as unbalanced to me. Vanilla and a real butter flavour come through strongly later.

The brewer has aged the beer for some time in oak and I would say its just subtle enough to add some complexity without being overpowering. Like all of Innis and Gunn's beers though its just a little too sweet for my taste and could benefit from a drier finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy thanks to a carbonation that's on the softer side

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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 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 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 asnider
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a bottle of this beer back in June, and was going to review it from notes, but instead decided to crack open my second bottle and review from a more recent tasting.

The beer pours a deep red, that shows nice copper tones when held to the light. The head is thick and foamy, but thins out to something less impressive after a few sips. A thin head remains throughout the drinking session. There is fairly good lacing, as well.

The nose carries aromas of toffee and malt. The tasting notes on the box claim that there is a hint of orange, but I personally cannot find it.

The taste is quite good. There is a noticeable sweetness that is pleasant rather than overpowering. Toffee flavours from the rye are quite evident and very enjoyable. There are also hints of oak and citrus. Very well-rounded and full-bodied, just like all Innis & Gunn brews.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, with a very sweet and almost syrupy finish.

For a 7.1% ABV beer, this brew is surprisingly refreshing and very drinkable. It's definitely not a session beer, but it feels almost as though it could be. Be careful with this one, it goes down a bit too easy!

Overall, Innis & Gunn's Canadian Cask is a very enjoyable beer, and I hope that they'll make another batch for Canada Day 2010.

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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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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to OKcomputer for this gift. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very pretty light mahogany with just under a half-inch of tan head that had low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was mostly malt with some nice oak flavors and a trace of hops on the finish. The taste was very similar, just more focused and clear. The grainy malt was dominant and the oak added a nice aspect.

The body was nice, but a bit thinner than I would have liked. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have several of theses babies.

Overall, a nice brew, worth seeking out.

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

330ml bottle acquired in trade with Sammy (thanks!).

Poured a medium to deeper amberish/orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of woodiness, a little earthy, toasted caramel, vanilla and lighter whisky. Tates of vanilla, caramel, lighter whisky, lighter woodiness, and marshmellows.

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

Pours a dirty, murky red with off-white lace head, just a thinnish film after a while. Slight cloud. Not sure about the colour, but looks nice.

Smells whiskeyesque, with lots of sweet boozey notes. Plenty of vanilla with a very intense peppery oak, quite cedary maybe, and mild medicinal hop notes at the back. Interesting, and really quite nice.

Taste is very malty, with lots of other, lighter sweet notes. Brown sugar and vanilla with cedar notes and peppery spice. Some cumin notes on the back and a whiskey booze note. Yeah, I've only had Canadian whiskey once but it has that slight spiced sweetness I remember. Not a huge amount to the beer itself, but it provides a good base for the whiskey notes to launch from, and the balance is nicely struck.

Fairly slick body, but a harsh spicy texture on the mid makes it quite dry on the back. Not bad.

Yeah, decent. Better than straight Canadian whiskey and a nice sweet spice blend overall.

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