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Innis And Gunn Original | Innis & Gunn

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Innis And Gunn OriginalInnis And Gunn Original

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by slitherySOB on 12-24-2011

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Photo of Alexc11
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 'cat's eye' amber color. Cream is okay and dissipates quickly. Very enjoyable smooth (enough to drive my rating up), sweet, and little bitterness giving a nice feel to the beer.

As for the vanilla and toffee (not a big toffee guy myself), I smell it more than taste it; though strangely the vanilla/toffee did become more pronounced with each passing sip. Maybe I must be missing. It's a unique scent (including oak) nonetheless.

Oak and malt definitely detected. By the time you take your last sip, it feels less a beer and more a 'beer aperitif'. Still. Know what? Interesting tasting beer. Try it!

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Photo of takusan1000
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Talk about an unbalanced beer. This is too cloying, and flavors taste like artificial sweeteners. Sucralose, oak, fructose, aspartame, and vanilla are predominant. I've tried to like this one for many years, keep coming back to it for some reason because it is apparently an iconic Scottish beer? I've had much better in both Scotland and elsewhere. Still, not terrible, and definitely beats lots of other beers I've had.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bttl into libbey tulip
BB 12/16
L- reddish copper with an orange tint, thin disappearing white head
S- fruity, toffee, boozy
T- again fruity and toffee, with plenty of oakiness, boozy on the finish
F- interestingly thin, decently carbonated
O- I'm really liking the toffee, interesting beer, unlike anything i've ever drank, feels like it's lacking some balance though

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Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong wood, strong liquor, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong wood, strong liquor, slight sweet malt, Euro yeast, slight alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, simple aroma, good body, decent blend, the liquor was strong but finished smoothly and didn't end as dominant.

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

11.2 fl oz. bottle, no bottled on date. Finally reviewing this one, acquired a single bottle from the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A deep golden amber body, one finger of frothy white head that leaves moderate scattered lacing. Appears aptly carbonated.

S - Aroma comes off very light: subtle notes of vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee. Traditional lager "beer" type smell - ale yeast? The aromas of the oak wood & caramel are light, but what's there is authentic and nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready honey malts in the base, with soft subtle notes of oak wood aging. Again, the flavors imparted from the oak wood are subtle, but nice. Creamy vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, subtle hints of whiskey.

M - Feel is smooth& creamy. Medium-bodied, pretty easy-drinking stuff for what it is.

Overall, an interesting beer, to be sure. Subtle, but authentic and flavorful nuances of oak wood aging.

Innis & Gunn Original -----3.5/5

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

A: Good clarity with a medium orange colored body and a glass filling display of effervesce. Creamy, mashed potato textured head, eggshell white in color, provides a very good retention rate and a full thick, lace banding of high coverage rate.

S: Whiskey and barrel woodiness is very evident from the get-go. Soft and dry, yet appreciable, with toasted vanilla and hints of rum. Some cane sugar and caramel cream sweetness.

T: Flavor of whiskey and caramel cream, dry cane sugar, and a very good presence of oaky-vanilla barrel woodiness. Malt sweetness, smokey peak, and toasted coconut spicing along with some almond and rum hints. A nice spicy bite comes on the swallow of toasty rum coconut and dry alcohol follow up.

M: Mouthful was soft and creamy with an adequate carbonation.

O: Very smooth drinkability, this beer is well balance with a great toasted caramel adn oaky barrel flair. Spicy highlights of rum and vanilla makes you keep on sippin.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a clear golden colour with a half finger of white fluffy head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma not much just a sour smell really off, nail polish. Taste is much better toffee, malt, caramel, sweet, vanilla. It's okay...... The head disappeared by the time I finished.

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Photo of Dzu
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Nice looking bright amber color with a little foam head.
S: Too simple for me. A little bit of soar and sweets.
T: Tastes good with a notes of caramel, fruits.
F: Weak aftertaste but very smooth.
O: Probably my first scottish ale that I liked!

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Photo of FBarber
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I will fully admit to enjoying this beer (as well as Innis & Gunn's rum aged offering). If you like whiskey/scotch you'll definitely appreciate the flavors and taste more.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I admit I have never understood the apparent huge popularity of I&G. They're proof that "independent ownership" does not automatically translate to "good product."

From a can this go around (at least the fact that they're canning it no longer guarantees that every serving will be skunked right to shit). Pours a sickly gold-amber with meagre head. You can see the carbonation is fairly light, as is the body.

Smell is malt, bitter greens, butter, butterscotch, vanilla, and a soft woodiness (but like . . . varnished, polished wood? Like just wiped down with lemon-scented Pledge). Eucalyptus? Taste a bit doughy, crackery, light toasted malt, bitter greens, slight peppery, spicy hops. And then that unnatural vanilla/butterscotch character. Watery body for the ABV, and carbonation that's somehow light and yet . . . unnaturally aggressive.

I don't know. It's not bad, but I admit I don't really understand.

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Photo of phishgator
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a regular pint glass. Good head; white lacey bubbles that do leave a coating on the glass. The color is a pale copper hue and the beer is clear. The smell is almost rum and butter. Kind of puzzling nose. The taste is more of the butter, but then a strange woody taste enters. The body is on the thinner side. There is a slight syrup mouth feel that stays with you throughout. Not as malty as I had hoped.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: big ol' steak within the hour

Appearance is clear and color is gold-orange.

Smell isn't anything special, maybe sweet and woody, almost like a bourbon glaze.

Taste definitely exceeds smell. The aromas are still present in the taste, then add some light raisin taste, and a solid dried fig taste. Unfortunately, the back end is simple graininess, maybe rye.

Feel is moderately carbonated. Still, it goes down the gullet fairly easily.

It definitely can compliment stuff well, like cheese and smoked meats.

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Photo of BigGold
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had at theatre bar in London, poured from 330-ml. bottle into clear plastic beer cup. This beer sounds rather retro-gimmicky, as it's aged in oak barrels before the whiskey. It is different (it's not a traditional Scottish Ale), and may most resemble a strong but traditional English Pale Ale.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 11.2 ounce clear Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Golden color. Superb clarity. Dense, foamy head. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Malty. Sweet. Slightly spicy.

Taste - Big malt flavor up front. Sweet. A "unique" earthy flavor (the barrel?). The hop flavor is present.

Mouth - Good carbonation.

Overal - I like this ale but I didn't love this ale. There is a slightly funky flavor on the backend. If given the choice, pick the Fuller's.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First whiff hints at scotch, heavy aroma of oak aging very apparent. Color is dark gold with hints of red. Taste also hints at whiskey flavors, some caramel. Not a whiskey drinker, this is a different experience, and for me a sipper.

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Photo of Finite
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Mellow caramel in colour. Farily fat in appearance, low foam and low lacing, mild carbonation but fitting for the style. A bit more sticky foam and a deeper more lively appearance would delivery this beer top marks.

S - Subdues caramel and buttery aromas. Some faint alcohol esters present along with a tidy balance of floral hops

T - A very nicely balanced beer this one. Subtle malt profile with some caramel and vanilla from a lengthy boil time. Great balance of floral hops which deliver a grassy finish. I really enjoy the alt profile of this beer. The alcohol content at 6+% certainly gives a great body.

F - Soft carbonation fits the style well. Smooth and buttery on the palate with an enjoyable slightly tight grassy finish adds some unexpected freshness which adds to the drinka-ability of this one.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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"; "Hand-Crafted Scottish Beer"; "Oak Aged Beer"; "Smooth Scottish Beer With Natural Hints of Toffee, Vanilla and Oak"; "To make Innis & Gunn we hand-select barrels which are packed with the most delicious oak flavors. Over many weeks our unique maturation slowly unlocks these flavours from deep inside the oak grain, the beer growing in character with every hour that passes. Only when it has matured to perfection do we bottle and release it. The result is a refreshing, honey-hued beer with aromas of vanilla and toffee, and a malty, lightly oaked finish."; "Carefully Matured for 77 Days Prior to Release"; "Approved for Bottling [undersigned] Heather Gillespie [;] Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sup".

I Pop!ped the cap and this caused some bubbling in the neck, suggesting that a gentle pour was in order. Even so, I raised a finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and while the officials review MSU's TD in the Big 10 Championship Game, the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus dropped in for a taste. Nose had a sweet, drying tobacco-like quality. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite oaky, initially, leaving no doubt that it had been aged in wood. As it warmed, the aforementioned vanilla & toffee flavours (Ha!) began to come through. Finish was semi-sweet. Again, not suggestive of any bitterness, but instead, alluding to the idea that it was not totally sweet, either.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear golden to amber

S: Oak, smoke, something sour

T: booze, oak, wood barrel, some malt. ever so subtle whiskey.

F: crisp and light, unlike what youd expect.

O: Bought a 4 pack mix of this brand. Very unfinished and unrefined. Not much of a fan

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Photo of Easton70
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer needs to be drunk as the first beer of the evening. If you drink it second or third it can taste drunken and dirty. So, if drunken first it has an amazing aroma, flavour and taste. It's a big glass of happiness. Whisky is present everywhere. Awesome

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Photo of LAp
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a straw yellow with a finger of white head. Smell is faint hits of whisky - vaguely sweet. On the palate, leads with malt, more biscuity than bready. A yeast profile accompanies the malt, giving way to whisky. The sweetness isn't prominent enough to fully distinguish this as bourbon at first blush. 77 days is perhaps too short to impart an overwhelmingly sweet bourbon undertone, but ultimately that's probably for the best, as it (along with the absence of a cloying malt base) prevents this beer from being overly sweet. The mouthfeel is airy - very light, with not insubstantial carbonation. Overall, a refreshing beer. I'm biased perhaps by my fond memory of similar beers had during a wonderful stint in Edinburgh. Objectively, there's nothing overly complex here, and it's certainly not justifying of the price tag. Nonetheless a thoroughly drinkable beer that points me to fond memories.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.94/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Goodbye Deponia.Not a kind of beer I like but at least I could finish this one without as much disgust as the tennents one, so it must be better. No foam and nasty colour

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden hued with excellent clarity. I smell light bready malt. A fingernail of off white is on top. Heavy lacing. The taste is a light, sweet bready malt. Simple and straightforward. The mouth is very light and somewhat thin.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml can into snifter. "BBE JUN 16". consumed sep 15 2015

a: pours a nice light orange topped with a finger of off-white head

s: oak, vanilla, caramel, and hints of citrus fruits and bananas. alcohol is detectable

t: sweet caramel with touches of the oak and vanilla. no alcohol. very subtle citrusy banana notes

m: medium, almost medium-plus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: whisky in beer form! really tasty stuff

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Photo of ElevatorNYC
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unexpectedly sweet. Almost a dessert drink. Finished like a creme brulee with the notes of caramelized sugar and toffee. Oak was present, but not overwhelming. Certainly not a session beer, but a nice change of venue. One or two after dinner instead of an aperitif might be the calling for this.

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Photo of Yarmageddon
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: A golden look, not too dark but not too light, ever so slightly cloudy, a nice golden honey colour really, very nice to look at. The head was in dribs and drabs really, nothing to really mention here in that regard.

Smell: Definitely some vanilla in there, with some idea of molasses or burnt sugars in the mix. A nice smell though, whets the appetite.

Taste: The taste is fairly malty initially with some aftertastes of vanilla and toffee in the mix, very pleasant to drink and enjoy.

Feel: Very smooth, but there is a largely unavoidable taste of malt, which is prevalent throughout.

Overall: Overall this was a really pleasant beer to drink; it offered a complimentary pallet of flavours to the drinker that only served to enhance the drink. This is definitely one to try if you don’t mind overly malty beers. I would recommend this to someone looking to try some Scottish beers.

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