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

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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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Photo of PorterPro125
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500 mL

A- Deep Honey colour with a legendary 3 1/2 lumpy white head that doesn't seem to want to die. Thick rings of lacing appear the glass.

S- Caramel and vanilla up front with a good dose of whiskey.

T- Identical to the aroma. A good taste of whiskey (without the burn of course).

M- Medium Body and Moderate Carbonation. Slick and palate cleansing.

O- Excellent first experience with Innis and Gunn (and Scottish Ales in general). Beautiful flavours to be had here.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest white head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some dots of lace

Smell: Toffee, pure and simple, dominates, but is accompanied by vanilla, oak and a hint of peat

Taste: Tastes like it smells, with toffee dominating up front and no real development until the swallow, when a slight hop presence kicks in to balance the sweetness; there clearly is diacetyl in the mix but it goes perfectly with this style; overall, the experience will remind you of a low key whisky, without the burn

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit slick on the tongue, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very different beer and one that took a sip or two to figure out but I must say that if you like the taste of whisky, you are going to like the taste of this one

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Photo of Dryhavich
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A finger and a half of head (as per my skinny fingers) and a completely clear amber color greets a medium-hard pour. Head dissipates after a few minutes.

Rich whiskey, vanilla, and caramel are the main aromas, with a slight bit of roasted malt in the back. No floral character or hops here - just dessert and aperitif aromas.

The taste is very similar - in fact, it gladly garners mouth-watering whiskey, vanilla, and sweet malt that would be sure to put hair on your chest. Daaaamn good. The mouth feel is the only negative aspect of the flavor to me, since it's a tad on the thin side.

This would be a ridiculously good beer if not for the thin mouthfeel, though it's still really good. Definitely recommended. I'd also agree that I've never tasted a beer such like this one before.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £1.65 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear amber body that turns to a golden-orange straw colour when held to the light. A modest amount of small carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to meet a thick, two-finger in height, white, foamy head. Disappointingly, it reduces quickly to a thin, patchy film and leaves behind nominal amounts of lacing.

On the nose there are mild aromas of toasted malt, light toffee, vanilla and a little honey. The taste follows suit, starting with plenty of crisp, biscuity malt and some light caramel and toffee notes upfront. Mid palate, dry, earthy, leathery, oak characters enter along with a touch of vanilla and linger throughout the finish. On the end more oak, a sweet bourbon note, mild spiced hops and a faint alcohol bite give it a slightly dry, woody feel. Although the light body and thin mouth feel make for easy drinking, a little more weight would be a better match to the beers complex character.

Overall this is a good beer. It's characterful, but easy drinking, and readily available throughout the UK. The oak barrelling alone adds an interesting flavour profile worth trying, but only if you happen to come across a bottle, it’s good, but probably not worth seeking out especially.

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Photo of Geer_Boggles
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

First of all, I recommend drinking this beer at a slightly warmer temperature than typical cold beer, otherwise the flavor is almost completely masked.

Once at the right temperature you can truly taste what makes this beer unique. Toffee and vanilla come on strong but the oak flavor balances it fairly. It's a bit more of a watery feel than I anticipated and was hoping for a more full bodied flavor with the abv it had.

Overall a good beer for the person looking for a refreshing unique flavor and a little "kick".

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

330 ml brown bottle with a BB date of Feb. 2016 purchased and consumed in Fife, Scotland.

Clear deep amber body with a decent head.
The aroma and flavor both clearly say "aging in rum barrels". I don't think rum barrls were actually used. Instead, the wood and vanilla tones simply suggest rum. In any case, this has some complexity, good balance, and a very smooth body. The high ABV is fairly well hidden although there is warming in the finish and afterwards and it certainly affects the aroma. Carbonation seemed a tad low.

O: a fine ale that has a load of oak barrel flavor and is readily recommended.

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Photo of wheezlelump
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have never come across a beer that tasted remotely like this. It's almost an epiphany that has caused me to rethink beer itself. What the hell is going on here? I may be about five (other) beers deep, but this seems like nothing short of a revelation.

Liquid cake -- without being cloying.

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Photo of cujocon
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Innis & Gunn Scottish Beer
6.6% ABV
11.2 oz brown glass bottle with crown $12.00/4 pack at State Street Northampton MA
Appearance: copper/amber soda carbonation very small head
Smell: apple cidery, sweet I'd swear it was a cider
Flavor: quck pop of bright malt and very dry finish, maybe Oak (not sure)
Overall: 3.5/5 I think for me the flavor is too sweet and doesn't have much character. It is certainly a beer
I could drink if offered...which at this point is a step in the right direction.

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Photo of ppvora
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cool bottle into an ale glass.

Appearance: Light brown, no fingers, no aeration.

Aroma: Malt, malt, malt, some oak and bread.

Taste: Malt, toffee, vanilla, biscuit with oaky aromas thrown in. The label claims that the beer has toffee and vanilla taste and boy it delivers!

Mouthfeel: Malt all the way.

Most likely, I will not buy this beer again. From the 6-pack that I bought, I've had two on two separate occasions. Didn't care for it much the first time. However, the second time, I had it as a chaser after a peg of Laphroig 10-year old single malt -- which has a very strong and intense flavor. This beer works really, really well as a chaser to whiskey!!

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Photo of LoganRyanMurphy
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: effervescent and crystal clear, with a caramel/honey color.

Smell: very interesting. I didn't pick up on as much of the bourbon or vanilla as others, but it is certainly in the background. There is a fruity sweet smell that really piques the interest; you know this will be a different tasting beer.

Taste: carbonated apple juice with hints of bourbon, honey, and vanilla. The hops are just barely noticeable, and extremely mild. The malt backbone for this beer is biscuity and crisp. The further along you get, the more noticeable the hops become, yet they are still minimal. There is a lingering sweet taste of clover honey.

Mouthfeel: this beer is very light in the mouth, and the carbonation is noticeable. If you swirl it around the mouth, there is a certain creaminess that manifests itself.

Overall: a good beer that should stand out primarily for its unique flavors and secondarily for its unique story. I wouldn't drink it everyday, but I would be lying if I said I didn't like it.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Haven't had in a long time but as good as I remembered. Love the golden amber color in the bottle and in the glass. The smell was very scotch. I did get the vanilla and butterscotch aromas. The taste was even better. More of the same plus some honey.

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