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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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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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 biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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 olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Derek
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 biegaman
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
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 beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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 bylerteck
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Half finger head with popping bubbles on a ruby body with medium carbonation. Head was bigger but seems to be hanging out with a half finger for the duration.

S - Sorta musty. Cigars and oak. Some dark fruit and vanilla is there too. Nice and complex.

T - I get the vanilla again, tobacco. Some dark fruits but the vanilla is less pronounced. Some oakiness is there but again less pronounced. Some caramel is there too. Nice stuff.

M - So smooth. Velvety almost. Mild carbonation is nice.

D - Alcohol seems like it doesn't exist. This is nice and drinkable.

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Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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 dgilks
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great red-orange colour with a thick off-white head. Decent head retention with the foam dissipating to a thin film.

Smooth, caramel malts on the nose with a spicy, noticeable wood note. Almost get a hint of maple. Slightly fruity.

Rich and rounded malt with lots of little spice and fruit notes playing all around. The oak comes through nicely and in balance.

Medium body with moderate carbonation is quite suitable.

A lovely little beer with lots of malty, oaky goodness.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
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 laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub. Canada Day 09

A: Pours a light copper hue with a small tight white head. Head dies to a nice collar and leaves some nice lace.

S: Mild aroma for a barrel aged beer. Nice toasted malt, bread, caramel, and toffee. There is a mild oakiness in the finish with a hint of vanilla.

T: Nice mild flavors as well. Caramel and brown sugar up front. Mild roasty notes in the middle with a touch of fruit. The finish is where you detect the barrel. Mostly oak with a touch of booze. No real vanilla noted.

M: Medium in body, great carbonation, nice smooth, and tasty.

D: Good. Thanks for sending this one grub. And to all my Canadian trading buddies Happy Canada Day.

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Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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 bobsy
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body with a frothy white head that died down pretty quick, but left a few spots of lace. Aroma of pale malt, bread, grass, alongside the woody vanilla tones you would expect from an oaked beer.

Fairly average English pale on the palate at first with toffee and raisin notes staving off a bready maltiness, and mild hopping. This beer is really picked up in the finish, where boatloads of buttery vanilla come into play. Imagine the most buttery California chardonnay you can imagine, and that's the finish. The body is quite light, and would be dissapointing were it not for the slick smoothness added by the buttery finish.

Yeah, its pretty good. Probably not 'buy again' good, but its up there. I'll try the regualr oaked beer on the back of this performance.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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 grub
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle presented in a red box. sampled july 1/09 in honour of canada day.

pours crystal clear beautiful deep red colour with a small cream coloured head. the head drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. earthy. bit of tropical fruit. just a hint of citrus. light fruity sweetness. touch of caramel. light vanilla and raw oak.

taste is good. light alcohol. rye whiskey and vanilla. bit of buttery oak. light butterscotch. cracker and lightly toasted white bread. hint of biscuit. just a touch of tropical fruit. low bitterness level. just a touch of earthy character. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. i think this may be one of my favourite of the various innis and gunn beers i've tried so far. the regular is very oak - too much so for my taste, and the others have offered a different flare but none that i think i really bit onto. this one, however, is quite nice. i didn't love the aroma initially, but it has grown on me and th etaste is quite nice. excellent balance. hiding almost all of its > 7%abv. the light fruity and slightly sweet character combined with a pleasant barrel character really carries this one and makes it very enjoyable. a great night-cap after a long day of brewing and many other tasty beers along the way. i may have to pick up a few more of these for post-canada day enjoyment. thanks i+g for a tasty beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Vylo
4.65/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is much like their rum aged beer, but with a taste of scotch instead, obviously.

Appearance is a bit lighter, but otherwise smell, taste and mouthfeel is comparable to the rum aged.

Delightful beer if you enjoy scotch (on the rocks it is awesome). If you are more of a rum person, check out their rum aged. Both of them impress.

Note: clear bottles enrage me. Order online or take them from a box, etc. to avoid light struck.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a creamy thick off-white head that lasts for a long time. Excellent lace trails stick to the glass. The aroma is fruity, oaky, bready and spicy. Hops are pretty restrained. The taste is malty with a vanilla, oaky on the verge of being musty character. A whisky-like alcohol twang provides a pleasant, warming character. Hop flavors are very light. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a very active carbonation. The finish is malty, buttery and oaky.

Worth trying, probably my favorite beer from this brewery. The oak flavors seem more integrated with the malt profile.

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