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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Innis & Gunn Canadian Cask - Scottish Oak Aged BeerInnis & Gunn Canadian Cask - Scottish Oak Aged Beer
71 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by IronDjinn on 05-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of prosper
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was hesitant to buy this beer. The idea of whisky & beer, or oak & beer have never appealed to me.

Pours - nothing spectacular here. Moderate carbonation, moderate head - coarse, and fades rapidly, leaving some lace. Copper colour. Looks thick - the bubbles seem pretty leisurely on the way up.

Smell is excellent! Lots of fruity maltiness, some toffee, and a pleasant fruity yeast profile. Some vanilla, not too much, and a grainy zip that must be from the rye. The overall impression - slight butteryness, light graininess, candied fruit and vanilla oak - almost comes across as maple syrup pancakes

Taste is even better than the smell. Candy-like malts with a very well-integrated rye-whisky character. No hop flavour that I can detect, but finishes rather dry with enough hops to keep it from being cloying.

Good body, typical of rye-beers.

it's quite drinkeable, but, I think, a little too intense. One or two would be plenty satisfying.

 950 characters

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.81/5  rDev +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.

 591 characters

Photo of trevorwideman
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter for sampling purposes.

Pours a deep, maple-leaf red colour with hints of copper, a full finger of head disspates after about a minute. Low and lazy carbonation keeps a bit of lace on top. Caramel malt aromas with some plum and apple fruitiness, a bit of wood and a herbaceous, wet leaf backdrop.

Taste is deliciously subtle with that bit of rye whiskey dryness with the wood backing it all up. Caramel malt, vanilla, herbal hops, dark fruits, with some grassy and earthy notes as well. Extremely well balanced, sweet but not too sweet. Full and round in the mouth with a big malt presence, carbonation is British and restrained, but it fits the style. The ABV is hardly noticeable, and slides down a little too easily. I think the balance and subtlety of this beer would go unnoticed by the novice drinker, but it is much appreciated by this one.

 884 characters

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.

 302 characters

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.

 1,276 characters

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.

 775 characters

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!

 387 characters

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.

 280 characters

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?)

 2,563 characters

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

 680 characters

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.

 681 characters

Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

 1,509 characters

Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy Canada Day! Not a Canadian beer, but appropriate I suppose. Pours a clear copper-red with a moderately creamy head of foam. Nose has some wood, alcohol, nuts, butter, vanilla. Drier than expected, with definite spicy wood-and-alcohol. A little bit astringent and only mildly bitter. Notes of caramel, buttery vanilla and light fruit. Body is fairly solid, with a sharp carbonation. Seems milder and more drinkable than the regular Innis and Gunn.

 452 characters

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.

 1,441 characters

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.

 950 characters

Photo of TheHammer
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Happy Canada day BAs, I picked up this one at the LCBO in Oakville. A toast to a 142 year old lady who has never looked better.

Appearance: Pours with a nice copper orange color that you'd, with a good finger of head. The head itself retains exceptionally, but sadly does not lace. The carbonation on this beer looks to be well done as well.

Smell: The vanilla scent is the more dominant smell with nice backing of sweet malts, caramel with a touch of rye, oak and brown sugar. However, there is some strange sour note in the background that I can quite place, that is almost grape like.

Taste: Starts with a solid caramel and sweet malt flavour that turns to a more toasted shortbread taste with a mild woody presence. It ends with a strong, buttery vanilla taste with a hint of grape and whisky rye. It is worth noting it didn't start out quite as well as it ended.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little low on this beer and there are certain parts of the beer that could use some more balance. The aftertaste starts out pleasant, but then it overstays it's welcome and shift more towards a whisky flavor.

Drinkability: Very easy going down, very nice flavor and sits in the stomach very well and refreshes admirably. The only problem is, being a one time limited edition brew, you aren't exactly going to pound this stuff back, not that it subtracts from it's score. Also it is a bit sweet, which kinda hampers the drinkability a bit.

Final Thoughts: Not quite as good as their normal oak aged beer, but certainly worthy of toasting to the birth of Canada. All in all, I was not disappointed by it and would buy it next year if it returned again. An exceptional desert beer, or something to wind down with after you've watched the fireworks.

 1,751 characters

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

 768 characters

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.

 395 characters

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.

 746 characters

Photo of bobsy
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

 769 characters

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.

 1,400 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Innis & Gunn Canadian Cask - Scottish Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 71 ratings