Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask | Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland CaskInnis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask
BA SCORE
3.7/5
136 Ratings
Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland CaskInnis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ricke on 09-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
136
pDev:
16.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
12
Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: Clear copper and off white head.
smell: caramel, fruit, vanilla. Nice nose .
taste: Much like the nose. Oak, caramel, vanilla, touch of Scotch. Not an amazing brew by any means but a damn pleasant one.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am pulling stuff out of my refrigerator that I had completely forgotten about! I am not kidding when I say that the bottle backlog is out of control. I will be glad to return to The CANQuest (tm) when all is said & done.

From the bottle: "Oak Aged Like No Other Beer"; "Brewed In Small Batches"; "Oak Aged Beer"; "Beer Aged In Malt Whisky Casks"; "This special bottling of Innis & Gunn has been matured in oak barrels which ha previously been used to mature 18-year old single malt Scottish Whisky from the famed Highlands region of Scotland. The result of this unique maturation is a smooth, complex and warming beer with a classic Highland malt character."; "We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do."; "Carefully Matured for 71 Days Prior to Release"; "Approved for Bottling [undersigned] Andrew Gourlay [;] Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sup".

I Pop!ped the cap, but I employed a VERY gentle pour since I could see that some lees had settled in the punt of the bottle. As such, I only got a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweet, liqour-like smell, but I would have been hard-pressed to identify it as single malt Scottish Whisky. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely oaken, but not overpowering. Warming, I got coconut and caramel flavors beginning to assert themselves. It was certainly easy-drinking and at 7.1%, a little dangerous. Finish was semi-sweet, not suggesting that it was bitter in any way, but more to the idea that it was not outright sweet. Tasty, but not really in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Glorithm
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mikemitchell12
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells like a horrible beer. Thankfully it tastes better than that.

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Photo of jmarci5
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of R_Kole
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Jiggan
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of TerryW
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

At best this is a boring looking beer. Rusty orange, with no head, no lace, no fizz - nuthin' of what you'd usually expect. On the down side, for the novice beer drinking it's flat out off putting with lots of chunky bits of yeast in suspension throughout the glass. So be warned, don't be letting the yeasty bits bother you, and trust in your dishwashing skills - it's not you.

Big malty scotch nose, so if you're a scotch drinker this is for you. Sugary, boozy, lots of butterscotch. Very sweet to drink, no carbonation, slight bit of alcohol, somewhat thin bodied. I&G stuff is usually lots of big vanilla, but no so much in this case.

Nothing speacial, a bit to much like liquid candy. Forgettable.

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Photo of Olek4374
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of selkirk1991
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Celtics76
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2012, so it's somewhat out of date. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Comes in a fancy box, which will hopefully have kept the light away. A limited edition brew aged in 18 year old Scotch whisky casks for 69 days.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright coppery-amber hue with good clarity and medium carbonation. Forms a small head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before disappearing. Aroma of fruity malt with notes of dried fruit, caramel/toffee, oak, brown sugar, mild roastted grain, vanilla and a subtle hint of whisky. A warming whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a rich, fruity character and a mild finish. Notes of dried fruit, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, oak/wood, mild vanilla, faint roasted grain, delicate hints of whisky and understated stewed hops. A touch of boozy warmth in the background. Attenuated and quite complex, but with little bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decen body. Could feel a shade more substantial to match its strength. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity malt, oak and faint sweetness.

Another barrel-aged oddity from I&G. Could look better; the aroma/flavour are alright but nothing special given the treatment this beer has received. Body could be thicker. A decent beer but not amazing - their brews often seem to have an overdose of oak and a weak beer base that results in an unbalanced concoction. Darker malt might have improved this one. At any rate, drinkable but no need to seek it out.

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Photo of NorthernSoul
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of IpaSipa
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of chakadrum
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of JamesMN
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliant clarity with a caramel/amber hue. Pour resulted in a one finger off-white head that has since dissipated to a thin film.

Aroma: Blast of malt sweetness and a bit of skunk due to the clear bottle. Almost smells like an amber lager at first. Digging a little deeper you get the soft vanilla and caramel aromas of scotch.

Taste: Lots of toffee syrupy sweetness up front and then a lovely vanilla and cream flavor comes through. The finish is effortlessly smooth and leaves a caramel sweetness on the palate. Hardly bitter and no hop presence. Don't taste any of the 7.1% ABV but overtime there is a bit of heat in the throat. The only drawback is the slight skunky flavor.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body and a little syrupy. Smooth carbonation and average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Innis & Gunn should seriously consider using dark bottles to reduce the skunking that ruins the beer. This beer is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? Probably not, but I doubt I could even get my hands on another bottle.

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Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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