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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged StoutInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout
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Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012

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167
Ratings:
641
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Innis & Gunn "Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish Stout"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BBE NOV 17" and sampled on 15 FEB 2017
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I am an idiot. I've had Innis & Gunn beers before and thought they were great, but I wasn't sure how it would be with Irish Whiskey. I'd imagined it'd be too dry and harsh. DUH!!! This one is a Scottish Stout, so obviously it'll stand up to it. Interesting pour with a kind of a fizzy head. The brown black body and dark tan head look great though. It smells like stout with dark chocolate, caramel, and a light roastiness, but also some fruit, alcohol, and a wee hint of wood, and perhaps even vanilla. The head has dropped at this point, just a few minutes in, to a better than whispy but not completely solid surface covering. Only a few spots of initial lacing are left behind. Let see what a sip does... it left a few more tiny spots, but they seem to be fading. Oh well, so much for the head retention and lacing. The flavor was interesting but I didn't pick up Irish whiskey. (Very nice packaging on these beers by the way). I initially thought it was vanilla in the flavor, but is it actually some butteriness that I'm finding? In any case, it's got a golden caramel note to it, which is nice, and the chocolate is very reserved. There's also a sweet, dark caramel note that's almost like burnt sugar and I wonder if that's the light roastiness coming into play. It's a very good base beer all around as best I can tell, and I'm not sure what the "Irish Whiskey Oak Chips" might have done for it although there is somewhat of an alcohol note to it. Of course at 7.4% ABV that could be coming from the beer itself as well, but I think it's not, I think I am finding Irish whiskey in the finish. Looking back at the beer the head is completely gone now except for a very thin ring around the edge. It's medium to medium-light in body and very smooth with a restrained carbonation level. I'm not sure if that helps it or hinders it, but I'll assume they've tasted it different ways and know what they're doing. I am now definitely getting a smack of something at the back of the finish that's like Irish whiskey. The caramel remains, lingering, not really sweet, but with a distinct flavor note for quite some time. It's nice. I'm thinking of it more as a sipping beer, something for after dinner with telly, or even with dinner - I think it might be a great accompaniment to either roast beef or chicken with gravy and mash. Or as a nightcap; I don't see myself ordering one of these when out at pub with the lads, not because it's not good, but because it's really too good, too complex, to be wasted in that situation. Well, maybe just my first pint. Let's see if I can come up with anything else on the flavor? Bitterness. Moderate, but present. It lingers in the finish like the dust moving in the rays of light through the window blinds. And that against the almost ghostly caramel note is really magical - nicely balanced. It starts great, it crosses the middle great, and then it lingers even better. Superb! Certainly unique and well worth trying, especially for fans of Scottish ales.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a snifter
L- Nearly pitch black with a few bubbles forming around the top but absolutely no head. Honestly looks like a flat pop.
S- Not overly aromatic but it has notes of vanilla, black licorice, caramel, dates, raisins, chocolate. Also detecting a strong milk smell.
T- Has a similar flavors as the smell but this beer is very hard to describe. It tastes almost like a milk stout but also a strong whiskey presence on the finish.
F- Very creamy with a medium. I like the feel but i find the lack of carbonation off-putting.
O- This was my first beer from this brewery and i found it very unique. Not head over heels for it but I would like to try what else they have to offer.

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Photo of matcris
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Black, brown edges up to the light, with a finger of tan, creamy head that slowly fades and lightly sticks to the glass. Aroma is really subtle, ya gotta dig. Dark chocolate, java, mildly dark roasted malt. The whiskey is there, but mild, as well. Taste, again, mild and reserved. Very smooth. Roasted malt and chocolate sweetness up front. Then you get the woody, whiskey vibe and a mild, lasting bitterness. Dry on the palate, mild carbonation, medium thin body, drinks like a porter. The alcohol/whiskey flavor lingers, too, the more I drink it. Overall, nice layers, and quite subtle.

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

Holding on to Scottish brewing roots while modernizing at the same time, the Innis & Gunn team shows that they can be respectful of history but not restrained by it.

Their Irish Whiskey Aged Stout is a moderately strong stout with a dark brown, deep garnet pour. Its creamy tan froth rolls onto the senses with molasses, dark fruit, a tingle of sweet and spicy Irish whiskey and then the peppery earth character that's faintly of the northern British bogs with a swift pass of the nose. Those molasses influences greet the tongue along with gentle roast, toast and deeply seared in malt sweetness.

As the middle palate unfolds, the beer's remarkable complexities begin to bloom. Sweetness lifts while the toasty and robust remnants of malt give a taste of black walnut to the drying, roasty malt character. Dates, fig, raisin and light prune offer a tar-like taste just ahead of the peppery, peaten earthiness that follows. Whisky spice, charred oak and the barrel's caramels close the session with a dry and spicy bite.

Creamy and dry, the beer's soft but robust upstart is gentle on the palate while finishing with powdery char. Remarkably crisp and somewhat refreshing, a minerally "snap" ensures a highly palatable finish with a medium length afterglow of peppery peat and irish whisky.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nose roasted malt, dark fruit, faint whisky, caramel, & oak, light chocolate slight spice. vanilla. Taste slightly sweet; medium body, much the same as aroma.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The whiskey flavor is not overpowering which makes this a great beer. I've had others that the whiskey overwhelms everything and I get tired of it before i finish one beer, I could drink numerous of these.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours very black. There was minimal head when poured from the bottle. The nose I get hints of chocolate, there's also a slight booziness to it. The taste is interesting. I get flavors that I can not describe easily. I like it. it tastes delicious, but it's hard to describe. The feel isn't very thick, somewhat watery, but smooth going down, and it goes down easily. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Pencible
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque black cherry with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like coffee and cream and oak, with some banana and milk chocolate and biscuit.
T: It tasted like coffee and cream and oak, with some banana and milk chocolate and biscuit. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an ok brew, but the scent and taste weren't that bold or complex or delicious. The body was a little weak too, although the alcohol was well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Not sure it would hold up in a cellar, but it wasn't that great fresh either. Not recommended.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle purchased and consumed in Stirling, Scotland.
Wood and whisky notes compose the aroma and are a little more prominent in the flavor than is the base Scottish stout.
Too sweet. Decent aftertaste. Good tan head.

Overall: disappointing.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light roasted malt and whiskey nose, flavor is dark roasted malt, vanilla and very smooth. $3.60 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of delta490
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a short lived fizzy tan head. No lacing. The aroma is milder but has some nice whiskey and vanilla. The taste is also mild but offers the addition of coffee and a little earth to improve on the aroma. It is light bodied but not thin and has a nice mostly smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was pleasantly surprised by this one. Average look and a weak smell but the taste was very enjoyable. Sweet caramel tones, vanilla, earthy and then finishes with a nice semi-dry oaky flavor. Goes down quite easily. It's not mind blowing but non the less, it works well in the end. I will have again as a nice change of pace beer.

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Photo of colts9016
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured at 50 degrees in a snifter glass. A tan head that is 2 finger head with poor retention. The color of the beer is dark brown like used motor oil. The head left a ring around the glass.

S: A dark roasted malt, floral, perfume, earth, biscuit, caramel, yeast, oak, and a charred note.

T: A dark roasted malt, earth biscuity, caramel, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, earth, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy, slightly carbonated, and slightly chewy

Overall this is a mild beer in flavor, but complex in taste. A decent offering.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate, whiskey, oak, molasses, faint cheese, dark grains, herbal spices. Thick bitter earthiness, yet warming and not stale. Slick medium body with moderate carbonation, a little crispy. Strong finish, dry and tongue coating with tons of flavors. Lingering grassy spices, dark fruits and roasted coffee, wood barrel, and sugary whiskey. Superb ending. It's bold but pleasant to drink, not overwhelming, but feels a little thin. Good flavors, nice balance, some freshness. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle, best by OCT 2015 printed on the bottleneck. My second beer from Innis & Gunn, acquired a single bottle from the local bottle shop. "Scottish stout matured with Irish whiskey oak chips".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours dark brown-black, nearly opaque with some cola color hues toward the surface of the beer when held to the light. One finger of thin frothy light khaki mocha foam that reduces to a bubbly ring and a milky creamy surface skimming. Minor sticky fluffy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is light - notes of mustiness and some cola-esque spicing are apparent. Minor earthiness / woodiness, and some very subtle malt presence, but it's a fairly dull aroma in all honesty, that didn't leave me with high hopes for the taste.

T - The taste delivers the goods, however. Smooth creamy vanilla, caramel, milkiness, lightly toasted oak wood, and subtle whiskey & cola spice characteristics. It's not the most ridiculous or amazing thing ever, but there is a decent display of flavor and depth of character here.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, lightly sticky, low in carb. A bit thin & watery per the style, for a 7.40% abv stout, but it is smooth and easy drinking stuff. Lingering caramel / vanilla / oak wood / marshmallow fluff flavors.

Overall, an interesting beer from Innis & Gunn, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Probably a bit better than the last one i tried - the white oak variant - but they are both equally good in their own right. Recommended.

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged -----4/5.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a very dark brown with a light brown head, fading to a thin layer. Nose detects a bit of roast, malt and oak. Taste is whiskey in the beginning, followed by the roast and malt. Yum!

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Photo of Oldejoe
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks. Fairly dark brown with yellowy tint and a thin head.
Smell. Mildly yeasty and a bit resiny, some mellow earthiness showing up late.
Taste. Malty, tangy start, no hops, a wet sweet finish.
Feel. Medium body with a rather sparkley, lively mouth feel.
Overall. I like the malty, tangy, bubbliness. Pretty high on the drink ability list for me.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours dark brown body with small, tan head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, fruity toffee notes with some sweet, banana esters
T: sweet, smokey taste with some banana notes; sweet toasty notes in the aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; nice drinking beer

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Photo of cjgiant
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Pours thin dark brown, but a nice bit of tan head covers almost 50% of the surface, minutes after the pour.

Smell is almost Irish coffee-like. The whiskey is a bit overpowering; even though it is a barrel beer, my initial impression is where is the beer part.

Luckily the taste doesn't bring the heat the nose suggested. The feel is a little thin, as if by the whiskey that does come through in the taste. The barrel also comes through in the taste. The beer notes themselves are thin but medium bold coffee, cola, and a hint of licorice. Carbonation level is a bit prickly, but not too bad.

An enjoyable offering, but overall the whiskey hid the beer more than I'd like. It wasn't killing me in all aspects, but made its presence known throughout.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: black with a thin brown hue, finger of head that disappeared quickly despite a steady bubble stream S: sweet whiskey, vanilla, and oak T: cloying sweetness followed with whiskey and oak with a smokey finish M: medium and creamy O: just too sweet for me

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Photo of ccg
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Initial pour produces a half inch of foam. Good retention. It's mostly black with just a hint of brownish tint.
Smell is oak, a bit of roast and malt, and a bit of whisky.
It tastes smooth and a little sweet. The whisky is noticeable but not overpowering. It's subtle. There's a nice dark chocolate flavor on the finish.
The beer is light on the tongue with only a mild carbonation.
Overall, it's nice and smooth.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black body with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. The scent is a bit ferrous with some cocoa and roasted malt though altogether it is fairly weak. The taste is a wonderful blend of whiskey and stout tones, would be very good for a whiskey lover. It is also incredibly smooth. Really nice offering from Innis & Gunn.

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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An exceptionally good stout. Nose of strong vanilla, oak, and whiskey; almost like Bailey's. Well rounded smoky flavor with vanilla, cocao, and creamy sweet lactose. Pours dark with good head but is a bit thin. I will be back for more!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bottle, pours near black with a thick light tan head. The nose is sweet, oak, smokey, wood, whiskey. The taste is sweet, dark chocolate, vanilla, roast maltiness, Cocoa very nice.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated BROWN bottle at into snifter
$ 2.69/11.2 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of vanillin
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular one to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – small islands and archipelagoes of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of oak, roasted malt, slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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