Innis And Gunn Original | Innis & Gunn

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Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by slitherySOB on 12-24-2011

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern 4/19/12. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Color is a light golden amber, clear, with no head to be seen, but a light cream tone ring of carbonation and a modest level of carbonation trickling up the sides of the glass. Flat, headless delivery is Not very impressive in terms of overall appearance. 3

(Smell) Aromas are light toasted malt and caramel flavors, sweet and clean in delivery. Creamy sweetness with a touch of alcohol tinge and fruit to the nose. Pleasing and balanced aroma. 4

(Taste) A sweet mouthful of nice caramel malt and a tart mild malt and hop backbone makes up the majority of flavor to this brew. Overall pleasant and smooth blending of flavors. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy smooth flavor with a hint of light carbonation pair with the malty character of this brew. The end result is pretty good. 3.5

(Overall) A pretty nice, if not overrated scotch ale. For the right price it's probably worth a taste (and a free glass, in some circumstances!) Ive had both better and worse scotch ales, so this ones pretty middle-of-the-road. 3.5

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Photo of hotsudge
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful golden colour, light head
S - sweet, slightly oaky smell
T - fruity, sweet and wonderful taste. A great beer with a complex flavour.
M - smooth
O - a great beer worthy of several more.

When I can find this beer, it is a must drink. Recently on a Belgian beer tour, no one had heard of this beer and it's such a shame because it so wonderful.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's a bit difficult to judging a style of beer which one comes across the first time (I remember years ago how I wasn't convinced at all by my first Belgian trappist brew or even by the first ale/bitter ... ), so therefore I keep this simple ....
the smell is full with wood and vanilla notes ... the taste is quite structured with fruity (figs, passion-fruit) notes upfront and acreamy-sweet (toffee) finish ...
like good wine the beer needs some airing, the full palate will need reveal in the first sip

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a FOBAB tasting glass.

A- Very pale straw color with a 2 finger white head. Some lacing that resides quickly.

S- Pale malt, some sweetness.

T- Light caramel malt flavors, some candi sugar, very little hop bitterness.

M- Light body, medium carbonation.

O- Very average beer. Would not drink again.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark transparent orange with a big white foamy head which quickly settled.

Smelled of citrus hops grapefruits and lemons with some sweet malts and toffee.

Tastes of toffee and malts with a little hops, some banana and vanilla.

Very little carbonation, nice and smooth with a medium mouth feel.

Overall this is a very good tasty beer. I've been trying a few Scottish ales and this is the best so far.

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Photo of ryantho00
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden red, orange and brown initial 2frothy finger that disappears almost instantly. I get a lot of lemon, slight hops, more citrus, scotch ale(?) smell, some oak, slight sweet malt grain of some sort. My first reaction and sense from this is fresh, crisp lagerish style. I get the lemon citrus beginning that gives way to a slightly oak, hops, minor sweetness from a grain (wheat or just barley?), then in the quick dying aftertaste, notes of vanilla and toffee. The toffee is the last thing I taste, and it lingers for a minute or so. I was expecting a much different, less lager style brew here, but that's not to say I don't like it. Very good beer for the summer on a pontoon boat on a lake somewhere!

I'm curious to try the rum barrelled ale.


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Photo of Brad007
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barrel-aged ales under 8%? Hmm. A totally foreign concept to me but it's worth checking out.

Pours a reddish light blonde with a one-finger head into my glass. Interesting color. A bit light for the style.

Aroma is a interesting mix of skunked malt with only trace amounts of oak and vanilla.

Vanilla, toffee and some oak upfront. Not as much as I want though. Base malt is lacking.

Mouthfeel retains some of the oak. Otherwise, pretty bland.

Pass. Interesting idea but mediocre execution.

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

Listed as an ale, but this looks and tastes like a lager.

A: Pours a super clear(from the rest period for lagers) dark blonde with a finger of off-white head.

S: Has a pilsner malt aroma with hints of caramel and toffee.

T: Hint of sweet toffee upfront moving into some spicy hop(maybe Saaz) bitterness. Very little oak in here. As it warms, I detect a hint of bubblegum.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: If this was a Czech Pilsner I would say it was above average.

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

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear amber-yellow pour with two finger head, decent retention, and nice lacing. The nose is really subdued compared the other Innis & Gunn beers I've tasted. The signature oak and vanilla are there, along with hints of bread and straw. The taste is a bit more up to the usual standards with buttery oak and vanilla up front, with hints of caramel and toffee as well. It definitely opens up as it warms and the flavors become more bold. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy with excellent drinkability. It's a bit subdued overall, but still a solid offering from a great brewery.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml clear bottle poured into my Founders snifter. Part of the Innis &Gunn gift set.

Pours a golden honey color with a small head that leaves little lacing. The beer is crystal clear with tiny bubbles that dance to the surface.

The smell is bready malt, carmel, toffee, oak and some vanilla. There is a slight alcohol smell on the finish with no hop prescence at all.

The taste is the same as the smell, sweet malt, oak, toffee, caramel, and some vanilla. Smooth and rich with the alcohol well hidden, quite tasty. The down fall of this beer is that all of the flavors are bold and always present, there is little complexity.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation. A
very easy sipper and just right for the style.

Overall, a very nice beer that was just lacking in a little complexity.

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

Innis and Gunn original pours a golden honey colour with about a half fingers worth of sticky foam. Smell is primarily of bready malts, toffee, and a faint scent of vanilla. Flavour has a mellow oak taste, with big malts and a touch of toffee/vanilla sweetness. It's slightly nutty on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall, it's a good beer to have. Worth trying, and worth stocking up on.

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