Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2011 Edition | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2011 EditionInnis & Gunn Canada Day 2011 Edition

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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by IronDjinn on 03-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy...perhaps chill hazed coppery brown color, and without much of a head. The carbonation appears to be plentiful, but also looks to be finely tuned as well. Like I said, the head is not very impressive, but instead there is a thick layer covering the beer, and is more eggshell in color. The lacing is modest, with small clumps of foam sticking to my glass. Overall, not a great looking I&G beer!

S- The aromas are quite nice, as I smell malt sweetness, a mild oak scent and muted hop bitterness. As for the sweetness details, there is much to note...I smell toffee, caramelized sugar, fresh vanilla bean, and even some ripe's quite nice and reminds me of a warming winter ale of sorts.

T- This one will wake you up for sure. Right at first, the booziness was prominent, but this subsides as you have more tastes. The woodiness of the oak is noticed as well, but there is mostly flavors of sweet caramel, vanilla, toffee, molasses and other assorted sweet baked goods, such as raisin bread. The finish is a combination of woody bitterness and leaves a rich lingering aftertaste that could be described as a little cloying.

M- Most definitely a medium bodied beer, that even leans towards full bodied. The carbonation is fine and doesn't overtake the beer. It is somewhat boozy, and needs to be sipped on, as it is very rich on the palate. I really do feel like I'm sampling some rich caramel/vanilla drenched baked product.

O- This one, while nice, doesn't stack up against other I&G offerings, I'm afraid. It's fact, it is better than a good percentage of beers out there, but I find it lacks the drinkability of past offerings. This could be because I'm drinking this out of date, according to the brewery, but then again, it is a high alc/vol beer so I'm not sure that's what it is. I still recommend trying this out if given a chance, and I missed the 2012 version, so i guess I have to wait till 2013 to compare the next one!

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Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a barbecue on, when else?, Canada Day.

Poured into a short snifter glass. A light amber hue, slightly golden when held to the light. As the brewery claims, the intent of this years edition was to replicate the colour of maple leaves, and the result wasn't too far off. A thin, but relatively stable head, a bit of lacing sheets.

Nose is classic Innis and Gunn - malt, a bit of peat, bourbon whiskey and a touch of vanilla.

I think I'll have to buy another bottle to stack this up against their regular oak-aged brew, because they seem pretty similar. Nice and malty, that trademark bourbon and oak, finishes with a bit of vanilla and fruit. Slight earthiness from the Fuggles. A pleasure to drink, and the alcohol is well-masked.

Light carbonation, thick and slightly oily - coats the tongue well. Some heft to this. Drinks like a mild barleywine.

Though I'm not sure what - aside from the artwork - is Canadian about this, I know that Innis and Gunn made this brew in appreciation of Canadians' devotion to their brew, and the gesture is certainly a nice one. That slight earthy and vanilla character reminded me of Nova Scotia for some reason. Not sure why, but it was nice all the same. Certainly worth picking up, even though Canada Day has since past - might pick up one for next year's celebrations.

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Photo of ahugenerd
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, nice pastoral imagery (read: hockey) on the Canadiana-heavy accompanying box. As good as anything to crack to slightly pre-celebrate our nation's birthday, I suppose.

This beer pours a clear brass hue, with one finger of foaming fizzy ecru head, which fades away in but a brief moment, leaving no immediate evidence of lace. It smells of somewhat acrid wood fibre, a bit of bourbon booze/caramel/vanilla, and herbal, earthy hops. The taste is sweet bready caramel malt, butterscotch, vanilla, a soft grainy wood astringency, and some mild leafy, mossy hops. The carbonation is moderate, zippy at first, and tailing off, the body medium weight, a tad sticky, and pretty smooth. It finishes still sweet, due to the whisky barrel character - vanilla, caramel, toffee, and subtle booze warming, woozily countered by some tenacious herbal hop bitterness.

A pretty decent strong ale, and it brings me right back into the Innis & Gunn world with the big vanilla bourbon hogshead across the palate. They've reined that back a bit here, though, letting other the oak suspects shine enough to keep the mouthfeel sane, and the big ABV is nice and integrated. An enjoyable tipple overall, though I have to wonder where the CanCon is, despite the name and label artwork.

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Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2011 vintage, kept a half year old. Way too smooth. Easy drinking but very uninteresting. Rum and slightly hazy coloured body, a little creamy lace.A little cheesy aroma. Would appreciate something besides a load of toffee, carmel, vanilla unbalanced sweetness.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was going to wait until Canada day, but I'll be out of the country so here goes
A - clear amber woody red, short head didn't last long but left a decent lacing
S - definitely woody with caramel-whiskey aromas, some floral and herbal qualities, light peat and pepper
T - silky vanilla and cedar smoothness, floral herbal hoppiness, buttery toffee, with a slight peppery and alcohol edge
M - a little on the flat side but matches the silky flavour, slight alcohol kick with a mouth coating finish
O - a Scottish beer that is worthy of a Canada day celebration, the alcohol is very well (although not an issue either way for a good Canadian), the barrel aging that I&G is know for is in full effect, I will happily stand on guard for this!

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Photo of heebes
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle.

Pours a dark amber with large foamy off white head. Nose is creamy malt, english hops, toffee and oak. Taste is similiar; lots of wood notes come through, remains creamy, toffee malt dominates the flavour, slight boozy finish to it. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Overall, a rather unremarkable beer, not sure how this represents a Canada Day special release. Never have been fond of the brewery or understand why so many of its beers are readily available through the lcbo.

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Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beautiful brew into a large wine glass. The aggressive pour produced a one finger head with huge bubbles and patches of sediment floating on top. The colour is a dark burnished brown furniture with hints of red. The smell bursts out of the bottle of vanilla and whisky. The taste is sweet malt up front, vanilla and whisky. In the middle the grassy hops balances this brew nicely. The end is mildly bitter from the mid to the end of the tongue. This beer is really a low alcohol whisky hiding in a clear beer bottle. It is perfect for sipping like a warming scotch on the rocks and has that mellowing booze like character about it. Certainly the best offering I have sampled from Innis and Gunn to date.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery brown with a large, creamy head.
Nose shows toffee, caramel, butterscotch, oak and vanilla. Very sweet-smelling.
Similarly sweet flavours, almost syrupy sweet. Butterscotch, golden syrup, brown sugar, oak and soft booze. Pretty cloying to be honest.
Could use a thicker body and more carbonation.

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Photo of Jordan_B
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/31/11. Poured in to Pint Glass.

A - Poured an almost transparent light to medium amber/orange colour with a very small amount of white head.

S - Sweet caramel, floral hops, some toffee and oak notes.

T - The palate is much more pungent than the nose indicated. Initially there are huge oak and toffee flavours with hints of vanilla and dark caramel. The floral fuggle hops are subdued in the background, opposite of what the nose indicated, but they do contribute a decent bitterness to the palate. Some overall sweetness compliments the slight hop bite.

M - Medium body; light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the preview sample of this. From a clear 330 ml bottle, label says: "Creamy Scottish beer with a vibrant Fuggles hop character and warming oak finish."

Pours out a clear rich rustic amber hue, tall creamy off-white head that slowly settles.

Rich caramel and oak on the nose, some spicy, earthy hops.

Rich caramel and toffee up front in the flavour, some brown sugar, rum and raisin character in the middle, vanilla starts to rise near the finish, with some dates and leafy herbal hops on the finish, with some sweet booze and the hops lingering on in the aftertaste. Vanilla coats the lips after a while.

Medium-light mouthfeel, slick and slippery texture, with low carbonation yet still fuller body on the swallow.

Much better than the former Canadian Cask editions, and a fuller, more complex character than the original version of Innis & Gunn, I'll be picking up more of this when it officially hits the shelves--makes one proud to be a Canadian although it's made in Scotland. Thanks to Innis & Gunn for supplying such a tasty beer for our national holiday!

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Photo of mrnobody
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with a finger and a half of off-white head. Decent retention, a bit of lacing.

S: Smells of smoke, maple, malt, dark fruit (cherry?).

T: Taste is quite malty, again some nice dark fruit, a bit of smoke and alcohol warmth. Not much hop presence. Pretty nice.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full and fairly creamy with reasonably subtle carbonation.

D: The drinkability seems fairly good; alcohol is well disguised but the sweetness may be an issue.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BigBry
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle that I purchased a while back. We were away on July 1, but cracked open around the fire pit on July 2.
"This special Innis & Gunn beer has been bottled to celebrate Canada Day 2011" Best Before July 2012.
The beer pours a clear bronze orange color. One inch of off white head, foam fades away with a couple tiny lines of lace.
It has smells of caramel, vanilla, and some oak whiskey barrel. The taste is similar. Sweet caramel malt, caramel / butterscotch, vanilla, and some oak. Mild leafy, earthy hops balance but don't make it too bitter. The carbonation is quite low, but that results in a smooth and creamy texture. Fuller body, almost sticky, nice to sip on a cool evening.
I would rather have a whisky barrel aged ale than a whisky/scotch any day. Another winner from Innis & Gunn. As mentioned previously - not really sure what makes it special to Canada or Canada Day (other than the red box with hockey players and stylized map of Canada). Oh well, their marketing worked 'cause I bought a bottle, and will look for another.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of AgentZero
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks again to Alex for sharing this buzz beer. It's #100, so I get the feeling after I review it it's going to fall off.

A - Amber colored beer with a bit of a white head that had moderate retention and left some stick behind.

S - Smell is not good. Smells like a skunked lager, or possibly O'Doul's NA beer in the green bottle. Basically it smells bad.

T - Well this is unexpected. It tastes like super caramel with vanilla. That's it, it's candy. If you like sweet, candy stuff, this is your beer. If you like beer, this is confusing. Still, I rather enjoyed drinking it.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation.

O - Weird beer. Smells horrible, tastes unlike it smells, and is just a caramel bomb. It's actually pretty easy to get down and fairly enjoyable, but doesn't seem much like a beer.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml clear bottle with pry-off cap. Sold in it's own box. Poured in a dimpled mug.

Cream-beige head is 1/2 inch on the pour. Settles in around 1/8 inch. Gobs of lace down the sides. Clear and auburn-amber in colour.

Aroma if malt and caramel with hints of oak.

Cloying sweetness off the start. Caramel and canteloupe off the start. Herbal hops and alcohol show up towards the end. Wet finish.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. It's tough to get past that sweetness.

An interesting beer unlike most I've had in the past. Tasty, but I wouldn't want to have more than one at a time. Worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/brown colour, with a moderate (little more than a finger width) of white head which starts to dissipate quite rapidly.

Smell is strong, and noticeable well before I actually put my nose to the glass. Toffee/butterscotch sticks out most strongly, and vanilla, oak and a bit of smoke round out the nose. Very nice.

Taste is similar to the nose, and also very good. The butterscotch is up front, but is more biscuity than in the nose. The vanilla is very noticeable at the finish. The barrels have certainly imparted a noticeable bourbon flavour into the beer. The earthy flavour of the fuggle hops can be detected at the end as well.

Beer is medium bodied, with a subdued carbonation.

Overall, easily the best beer I have had from Innis & Gunn, a brewery which has never particularly done it for me before. This one stands out. Very enjoyable- I will definitely be picking up some more.

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