Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish Stout | Innis & Gunn

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Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish StoutIrish Whiskey Aged Scottish 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012

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675
Reviews:
177
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LCBO seasonal. A different Innis & Gunn, on the creamy side, a decent stout at that, with Baker's chocolate and a better thana verage Irish whiskey and leaning on the sweet side for drinkability. Roasty aroma, an mild roasted coffee bordering on straight out roasted barley/coffee substitute. One of their better ones. Very dark bodied.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head and nice lacing on a clear deep mahagony brown body.

S: strong vanilla with irish cream, whiskey and chocolate. some roasted malts.

T: toffee, light coffee, roasted malts. light brown sugar and vanilla. the irish whiskey comes in late in the finish.

M: very smooth, light to medium carbonation and fairly thick body.

Overall: incredibly smooth, nice flavor and very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and some woody aromas. There is also a slight metallic aroma that comes out more as the beer warms. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and woody flavors on the finish. A smoke flavor comes out as the beer warms up. There is a vanilla sweetness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am not really getting any distinct whiskey aromas or flavors from this one.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml, clear as ever was bottle. Scottish stout, finished in Irish Whiskey casks - a potential Gaelic love-in, to be sure.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with pervasive cola highlights, and one finger of silky, bubbly, and foamy tan head, which settles slowly, leaving a nice drooping ring of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy wood, more fibrous than strictly vanilla and caramel, some thin nutty toffee malt, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is caramel malt, woody vanilla, brown sugar, some generic barrel booziness, and more of the aforementioned earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty morose, and not up for anything lively, the body a fairly steady medium weight, and a little cloying in its otherwise pedestrian smoothness. It finishes quite sweet, from malt, barrel, and alcohol alike.

I do quite like this, even though my prized Irish whiskey guest star gets lost in the mire - or does it? The subtly of that particular spirit may just help round out an already decent, unassuming stout, maybe. Reduction is not your friend with this one, I'm sad to say - just maybe rein in the sweetness a wee bit, and we're good to go.

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Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black with a coffee stained tan foam, some glints of ruby in the light. Some lingering lacing around the edges. Foam breaks apart after a few minutes.

Pleasant fruity aroma, sort of sweet and brown sugary like Irish whiskey.

Sweet and buttery, a slight roast in the aftertaste, but wouldn't have guessed it was a stout straightaway. Some astringency, possibly from the barrel. Slightly drying aftertaste, mild roastiness, hard to pinpoint the oak here though. There is some diacetyl, and traces of the base stout, but its a bit muddled and sweet, like the rest of their output i've tried. Not bad, but not unique enough to seek out over local stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium dirty brown color head with medium retention and light lacing notes. Aroma is dominated by sweet caramelized notes with light whiskey notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramelized notes with a light whiskey touch which kind of round of the edges of the beer. Body is light with medium creamy texture and good carbonation. A bit of a lighter profile then I had expected with not as much whiskey notes as expected.

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark color with ruby highlights and small, tan head. It smelled of whiskey, oak and chocolate. Big whiskey flavor with subtle oak and vanilla notes. Mild chocolate and bitterness.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 10/2017. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a small fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, whiskey, and toasted oak; with light nuttiness, smoke, char, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey/oak chips, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, whiskey, and toasted oak; with light nuttiness, smoke, char, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, whiskey, toasted oak, light nuttiness/smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey/oak chips, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.4%. Overall this is a very good oak aged English stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey/oak chips, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Not as heavy on the yeast influence as I expected; but had a really nice presence of the Irish Whiskey/oak character, with well rounded and balanced stout complexity. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 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 jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Next in line for me to try from Innis & Gunn. Interesting story, interesting beer, but again really disturbed by the clear bottles. This one I bought right from the covered cardboard case from the store right after it arrived, and it went right into my fridge so never really saw the light of day. Hopefully it helped. At least its not a screw cap.

Pours with a big fluffy 1 finger head that started with a slow careful pour, and fades slowly with nice lacing, and a great start to the appearance, except the beer itself is not super dark, more of a mahogany murky molasses brown color, a bit clear and light for a stout.

Nose is very unique, lots of caramel to start, toffee, and a bit of a sugar daddy with coffee syrup like aroma. A slight sweet syrupy aroma really brings a sweet base beer aroma. Plenty of brown malts. Next on the list is whisky, a nice malty whisky aroma, with a bit of booze, and also some light barrel aromas. Don't think I get any, what I would call, "stout" aromas, more like a nice brown or scottish ale. There are some vanilla and buttery barrel aromas though, with a hint of woody esters, and some booze.

Taste comes first with some dark malts, and starts to get on with a light stout flavor, inconceivable! Dark malts, with a hint of heavy crystal and soft creamy porter like malts, caramel, and some brown sugar molasses like flavors. Then a hint of roast, just a hint, with a light bitterness. Plenty of woody flavors, a woody ester, slight buttery and vanilla oak, then comes the whisky. A nice whisky, but very hard to tell Irish whisky, but just a general whisky flavor, with a hint of Jameson like whisky-ish flavors. Some bitter earthy hop flavors, as well as weird bitter earthy stem like flavors as well. Finish is slightly bitter and dry, with more whisky, plenty of whisky, some brown sugar and caramel flavors, toasty oak, toasty malts, and sweet like malt flavors. Again barely stout except that initial taste, and a bit of a booze taste which is moreso than expected for 7.4%.

Mouth is med bodied, a little kick of booze, decent carb.

Overall interesting, pretty tasty, a bit hot and boozy for only 7.4%, nice barrel and various whisky flavors, decent malts but not anywhere near what I would call stout, even the appearance tells you that.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A lightly roasty malt nose with some caramel and a hint of spicy whiskey.

T - Sweet, malty notes of dark bread up front with dark caramel and toffee. Some smoky notes in the middle with a hint of oak and a finish of dark sugar, light roast and light, but peppery whiskey notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this is the best of the Innis and Gunn cask aged beer that I've had (I have been unimpressed with the others so far). The base beer is a nicely brewed English stout and the whiskey notes are very subtle but do seem to add something to the experience.

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

On-tap 3/15/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramel, coffee, chocolate, whiskey, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful stout worth drinking for while.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body with a two finger tall head of light khaki-colored foam.

Smell: Sweetish maltiness smelling of baker's chocolate, low-grade coffee, caramel, and toasted barley grains. Meager hint of ineffusive dark fruitiness. Fragments of charred oak barrel scattered all about.

Taste: Sugary cocoa powder, slight caramel, spent coffee grains, walnuts, and well-toasted malts. Subtle prune skins. Vanilla-flavored chalk sticks. Particularly drying wooden cask character that latches on until the lightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's decent and it's drinkable, but that's all I have to say about it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

have had several bottles in this series tucked away for some time now, awaiting the moment to strike. I have just been inspired by another site's user and am now embarking on a journey, not of body, but of sight, mind and casks! The eradication of the Bottle Baklog at Chez Woody continues.

From the bottle: "Oak Aged like no other beer"; "Hand-Crafted Sottish Beer"; "Scottish Stout matured with Irish Whiskey oak chips"; "Carefully matured for 60 days prior to release"; "Approved for bottling [undersigned] Esther M Binnie"; "Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sharp"; "Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Oak Aged Beer"; "This Innis & Gunn stout has been aged with Irish Whiskey oak chips. The result is a rich, complex beer with a velvety smooth finish and notes of dark chocolate, coffee and treacle."

I Pop!ped the cap & commenced a slow, gentle pour since I have gone off of aggro pours (unless warranted). Once sufficiently decanted, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, ldeep-tan/light-brown with moderate retention, leaving behind nice lacing. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was rich with smoke, coffee, treacle & a woodiness that I could not easily peg as oak. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was quite smoky with a good deal of treacle and baker's chocolate atop leather, coffee and a woodiness that was just beyond my ken. I am not sure that I would have guessed Irish Whiskey or oak chips without their prompting, but there was something beyond mere English Stout going on. Finish was semi-dry and pleasant enough. My only bugaboo was the value added to the aging on oak chips. I just did not taste whiskey, of any stripe, strongly enough to say that it jumped out at me. This struck me as more of a novelty than something that would warrant my drinking on a regular basis. YMMV.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 04/06/13 notes. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a nice stout.

s - Smells of vanilla, cream, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, some oak, light espresso and coffee. Very nice, lots of cream and vanilla to it mixing with chocolate. No whiskey but still good.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, cream, light coffee, toffee, and toasted malts. A little sweeter than the nose and more chocolate. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth and creamy. No alcohol heat and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice stout. I've been underwhelmed by their Original scotch ale and did not like their rum cask wee heavy, but I liked this one a lot. Lots of chocolate and vanilla to it and easy to drink. No real whiskey to it, but it's still good. Would like to have it again.

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