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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.

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60
Ratings:
136
pDev:
16.22%
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0
 
 
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Photo of marty21
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Issue....

A- Well, just like the brewer describes, this pours an auburn color, with tinges of copper in the narrow portion of my glass, and the beer is clear throughout. There appears to be aggressive looking carbonation rising to the top of the liquid, and there really isn't much of a head on this one, but more of a thick ring around the glass that retains quite well. The lacing aspect is rather good too, leaving behind good sticky foam on the glass. A decent looking brew...just better if there was more of a head.

S- This is actually quite heavy in malt sweetness, and I do smell sweet fortified wine, such as a nice tawny port, which is giving this some dark skinned fruit aromas. In the background, there is hints of wood and vanilla from the scotch barrel....rather pleasant smelling overall I have to say!

T- This is really deep in flavor, and now the smooth scotch notes are more noticeable. There is lots of dried prune/raisin flavor on the palate, and it really is on the mellow side....it reminds me of a freshly made dark rum fruit cake! There is hints of vanilla bean, and toffee thrown in there as well. The alcohol shows a bit of kick on the palate at first, but then really smooths out once you've had a couple tastes! I didn't find really much in terms of a hopped finish either. Very nice!

M- This is surprisingly light and fresh on the palate during the taste, and then leaves an oily, flavorful aftertaste making this feel much heavier than it really is. I get lots of dessert like fruitiness on the palate in the end, especially if you let this warm up a couple of degrees....it gets sticky actually. The carbonation really isn't that aggressive, and only enhances what was intended here.

O- This is most definitely one of I&Gs' best outings that I've tried, and I believe I've tried most of them! I would enjoy this on a regular basis if it wasn't so expensive per bottle, but it makes a great sipping brew for any occasion. As always, I highly recommend this offering and will definitely pick this one up again in the future....hopefully they make this a regular seasonal!

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Photo of Wizzman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma has a firm overtone of whisky-soaked wood, plus hints of malt and caramel. It pours a clear coppery with an average white head. Malty, slightly fruity flavor has a woody overtone and a firm whisky note. Texture has average body but a good amount of persistent fizz. Definitely worth at least a try.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of IrishBeerLover
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SebD
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/copper color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, toffee, oak and a slight spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet caramel and toffee character, with notes of oak, vanilla and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a sweet overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of raythealeman
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into an Innis & Gunn tulip. 2011 edition.

Appearance is a clear dark copper with a one finger tan head that fades rather quickly to a thin cap with light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells quite skunky at first due to the clear bottle. Once that is allowed to fade there is raisins and plums along with a bit of toffee and oak.

The taste has tons of oak evident throughout. Some of that dark fruit is there but there is also a little bit of smoke and lots of wood. It is evident this was aged in scotch barrels but it is more subtle than what I was anticipating. The beer is pretty sweet but not cloyingly so. A light bitterness finishes everything off.

Overall this is a good beer but not too different from other Innis and Gunn offers I have had. Could have used more scotch character and not really worth the price.

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Photo of mikerems
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes... Props to my father-in-law for procuring this particular bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour, finger of tan head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Rich toffee and caramel notes, hints of peat, smoke and earthy wooden oak.

T - Loaded with caramel and toffee, the earthy wooden notes of oak and hints of peat come through with vanilla on the finish. Surprisingly sweet, yet very drinkable.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - These guys consistently produce flavourful, yet uniquely different, ales. A solid offering from I&G and a great addition to their line.

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Photo of JxExM
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of microbrewlover
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
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 FrankK
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of wesbray
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle in a lovely Scotch-like box that hints of the whiskyness within. Received as part of my Beerthday celebrations.

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Tan-amber brew, nice sized foamy head, some lacing. Looks like their standard ale.

Nose is sweet and malty, a bit of cracker, vanilla and a mild peat or oak or something barrely in there. It's an essence, but it's not very strong.

Sweet, malty, a bit of bread, fresh vanilla, a bit of oak. Mild floral hops to the finish. Very similar to their standard ale - I'm not really understanding the difference between this and the usual fare.

I mean, it's a tasty brew, so I won't knock it down. But I can't help feeling somewhat robbed of the potential for greatness here. The barrel didn't seem to do much to this brew that I can detect - I was hoping for lovely peat, iodine, grain or smoke and what I'm getting is quite sweet. Tasty, but not really worth the extra couple of bucks.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of korguy123
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle in fancy box.

A- Crystal clear dark copper pour with amber and red highlights. Half finger off white head that is short lived. Lacing is okay.

S- Toffee, caramel with a touch of vanilla. Not getting any barrel or scotch. Slight biscuit.

T- Vanilla, toffee, caramel with a bready note. Again whisky is very light.

M- Light to medium bodied, smooth.

O- Decent beer, whisky is almost non-existent. Definitely overpriced.

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Photo of kbt5273
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A -Medium amber colour with a slight ruby glow around the edges. One finger of cream coloured head formed on the pour and quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Biscuit, toffee, caramel and a hint of scotch in the background.

T - Good balance of base beer flavours with scotch and oak definitely there but playing more of a secondary role in the palate. The base beer contributes biscuit, caramel and toffee flavours. The ABV is slightly warming in the finish.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of oldp0rt
1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish, kind of brown. About 2 finger head that recedes to a rim around top of liquid. I like the little carbonated look through the red/brown color that rises to the tan head. Very classy!

S- Vanilla/whiskey is the primary scent. Oak gives the nose a delightful aroma in the foreground.

T- Sweet, but balanced is the broad term I'd use to describe the taste. Vanilla, whiskey, with an oaky finish. The 7.1% ABV is masked real well, as it only comes in towards the finish. The

M- Not overpowering, but this isn't a light watery beer. I think it's overall a balanced texture for a beer that has so much flavor going on.

This is a real treat of a beer. The look poured shows a beer with class, the smell is so aromatic, and the taste is so well defined and balanced. Innis and Gunn has to be one of my favorite breweries, and I've only had this and their original. A+ brew!

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Photo of KevinSP
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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