Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask | Innis & Gunn

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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
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
16.57%
 
 
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8
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of oldp0rt
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of butter and light scotch notes. Taste is a weird mix between some butter with some light warming notes of scotch. Body is light well some rounded notes of scotch with average carbonation. Another bad mix from a strange brewery.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of Viggo
2.29/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear amber, some dark golden highlights, nice colour, thin white head forms and quickly settles to a very thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is weird, tons of butterscotch, buttery oak, some caramel, a bit of almost grapefruity hoppiness, a bit of raw oak and vanilla, booze, more butterscotch, thats about it, pretty overpowering.

Taste is similar, very sweet, just a butterscotch bomb that masks almost every other flavour, some oak and vanilla, brown sugar, way too much butter.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. I feel like its almost good, but its way too butterscotchy. Kind of tastes like caramel corn.

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Photo of mnixon86
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of TheHammer
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured with a half finger of head that dissolved almost immediately so lacing never even came into play. The body is a clear and deep copper colour with slow rising carbonation.

Smell: A lot of oak and untamed vanilla coming out of this one. It has an almost buttery note to it as well. Warming of course helps it case tremendously.

Taste: Way too sweet, and it becomes sweeter and sweeter as you get closer to the bottom. The overwhelming taste of butterscotch permeates every aspect of this beer. At the start some grain was present and the end has a slight alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel: The lack of head doesn't do it any favours and the carbonation just isn't there. The aftertaste is unsurprisingly butterscotch and it is subdued. The problem is that it's clingy, it builds and builds more and more the closer you get to the end of the glass.

Drinkability: Way too sweet for a beer as it tastes like a chasing a butter shot with a rye and coke. Thankfully it sits down nicely and isn't painful going down, just cloying.

Final Thoughts: I dunno, but I was kinda expecting a bit more smokiness and peat then butterscotch from this one. I would have thought Scotch barrels wouldn't be so sweet and buttery. This is one of Innis and Gunn's few disappointments for me.

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Photo of bryehn
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice auburn-copper colour with a sturdy collar of a head. Minimal lacing, but nice-looking overall. Poured this one in an oversized wine glass and it has a pleasant gradient effect in the colour.

It smells awfully sweet and of butterscotch, like Werther's Original candy. Nothing like real scotch or oak at all. The box says flowers and a hint of vanilla, but all I get is a sickening butterscotch sweetness and some kind of sour malt. Its quite off-putting really and I like scotch.

The aroma transitions to the taste, but its slightly better on the tongue than in the nose. Some smokey oak-like wood flavour does come through, along with a sort of roasted malt tone.

The butterscotch is really overpowering though and I'm not finding enough bitterness to balance it out, even after warming to cellar temperature.

The mouthfeel is creamy and leaves a hearty, sticky and syrupy thickness on my tongue and teeth. Its kind of hard to get down, almost like some kind of holiday dessert liqueur. I will not be getting another bottle.

This beer is simply too sweet for me and therefore unappealing. There is a certain complexity and craftsmanship to be appreciated, but for me the best part about the beer is its packaging.

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Photo of kjyost
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got another one of these in the Christmas gift pack. Better, though not great.

Nose has light scotch notes with the buttery / butyric still there. No oak o scotch character in the body, rather the flavour is once again buttery with a hint of butyric in there. Wow.

1/6/12: 3.5/3/1.5/1.5/1.5
Carton labelled BB Dec, 2011. Not too far off. I believe this was received in trade via tbeckett, Thanks, I guess.

Poured into a perfect pint glass at around 5C

A: Pours pale straw with minimal head. Minimal lacing.
S: Corn, a hint of scotch.
T: A moment of sweet corn in the malt, and then, bam! Vomit. Feck. Gaddammed butyric infection. Really strong too. Awful. Brutal.
M: The butyric lingers forever.
O: A very, very rare drainpour for me. I couldn't choke this down with my roasted chicken dinner...

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Photo of mikemitchell12
2.75/5  rDev -24%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of chakadrum
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of ricke
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Shiny copper color with a small off-white head that leaves plenty of lacings.

S: Toffee, bread, malts, plums and a surprisingly prominent note of banana.A hint of vanilla. Something about the smell seems artificial. Not very impressive.

T: The taste is on the sweet side, to say the least. Actually, it's very sweet. Plenty of sweet fruit flavors. The strange banana aromas are present in the taste as well. Raisins, some leafy hops and a hint of oak barrels. Lots of malts, butterscotch and toffee, like every other beer I've come across from this brewery. The finish is mildly bitter with a minimal peaty note and a lingering mix of minerals, raisins and orange. Kind of a weird taste, it's too sweet and some of the flavors seems really out of place. Unbalanced.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: This is not a terrible beer, nor is it impressive. My main question is: Where's the barrel-aged character? Where's the whisky? Seems like they've barrel-aged this one for about five minutes.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Recently found at the NSLC when I was looking for other stuff. Decided to pick one up, as I have enjoyed some of their other stuff that has been available in past holiday seasons.

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of head. Head quickly settles down to a crown. No real lacing left on the glass.

Pretty clear oak and scotch scents. I could originally smell it from a distance.

Scotch/oak flavor are up front and pretty strong. Some vanilla and butterscotch flavoring at the end. A bit sweet. Creamy finish. Boozy flavor and vanilla lingers for a bit.

I found the alcohol in this one hit me a bit fast. That, plus the price mean this is not a repeated drinker for me. The scotch flavoring is interesting, but I feel it takes over the entire beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color with black mixed in. There is about 1 finger of head which does not last long and very little lacing which dissapates quickly.

The smell is of oak, whiskey and a smokey quality.

The mouthfeel is thin and creamy.

The brew is aged in oak whiskey casks and you will definitely taste the oak and the whiskey. The malts also hit the palate on the front end with no discernable malt or hop taste on the back end. The ABV. is listed as 7% but it feels like more.

Overall, I can't say much about this brew. The oak and whiskey tatse are there; so are the malts, not much else.

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Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of KevinSP
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Paul68
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of selkirk1991
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jvgoor3786
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JxExM
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Hewsinator
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of kwjd
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange colour with thin white head with some lacing around the glass. Smells incredibly sweet of caramel, apple and pear. Flavour has lots of sweetness. I don't really notice any hops at all. A little bit boozy and uncarbonated. Just ok, I prefer some other Innis & Gunn beers. For being aged in scotch barrels, I am not really noticing it much.

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Photo of rarbring
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear - but with quite a lot of sediments - copper amber toned, a firm off-white head that settles slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Plus for color and head, minus for sediments.

The smell is very much wood/oak and sawdust, a bit sour.

Initially very much sweet toffee and caramel, fruit, pears and apples. A very weak, nearly imaginary, whisky or alcohol sense.

Very low carbonation, a somewhat bland feeling.

As most times very mixed feelings for me when it comes to cask aged beer. I would like to like it but often miss hops and freshness. Sometimes it feels like a watered down barley wine.

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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
3.62 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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