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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

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

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Photo of liamt07
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip.

Black body with a dense mocha head. Thin retention but thick lacing. Nose has chocolate, roasted coffee, a heavy dose of sweet oak, irish cream liqueur, caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet and oaky, a touch of whiskey and butterscotch (in a typical Innis and Gunn fashion). Light roastiness, and a Bailey's liqueur-like flavour. Body is disappointingly thin and watery, low carbonation. Some good ideas here, but everything doesn't seem to come together the way I'd like it to.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown purple with a tall mocha head that retained nicely leaving some random lacing
S - starts with the big malty aroma similar to Guinness, late follow up of some some sweet and smoky aromas, overall a fairly strong nostril tickler
T - smoky chocolate malty stoutness quickly followed by a pungent whiskey sweet & heat, so much so it is reminiscent of an irish car bomb shot
M - a thin body for a stout, significant alcohol heat gets in your nose
O - big up for getting really 'Mc' on this one, some of the big irish stout properties combined with big irish whiskey, although in some ways it seems like they just poured the two into the bottle, well worth a try but not my favourite I&G offering

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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 Pjev11
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard pretty good things about this I&G stout so I was looking forward to tasting.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Very dark with a half finger of light brown head. Looks like a stout should.

Smell is nondescript. Bottle says aged in Irish Whiskey casks but I definitely don't smell it.

I do taste the Whiskey cask and it's not too pleasing. Way too much alcohol in the taste for a stout. I pretty much only taste the alcohol. Very flat in the mouth.

Overall I am not impressed. Don't think I'll be purchasing this one again.

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Photo of NForr
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on May13th 2012

Innis & Gunn - Irish Whiskey Cask - Scottish Stout - 7.5% - Scotland

Aromas of dark coco, vanilla. Fruity - apples, pears. Vanilla. There is a little bit of coffee in their too. You can smell the whiskey in this one quite a lot.

Coffee and chocolate tastes up front followed by a little bit of sweetness, then some alcohol, and ending with a tart, sour and bitter finish. Sugars come out more as it warms, and the tartness subsides a bit, making it more enjoyable as I drink it.

The body is lighter for a stout, but still thick enough to let you know that you are having something bigger.

This one really works, one of the best I've had from I&G. It seems that the oak aging process compliments the dark roasted flavors quite well.

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

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke who passed this along from the Innis and Gunn rep for Canada. I wasn't very quick on the draw however, as this has been sitting in my fridge since before it was even commercially available, and have no good reason at all for not sampling it immediately. Still, better late than never....

From a 330 ml clear bottle that comes in a green box. Pours out black yet still translucent, exhibiting a cola-like hue when held to direct light.

Some raisin and fig on the nose, mild roasty malt, and some sweet booze. Notes of cafe au lait too.

Mild roasty malt up front in the flavour, drying out in the middle, yet with some raisin sweetness contrasted with herbal hops on the finish. Woody vanilla starts to coat the lips after several sips. Wood lingers on in the aftertaste, as does roasted malt and coffee notes when it warms.

Mouthfeel is lighter, although the texture still alludes a creamy fullness, with a low level of carbonation.

To my palate the whiskey barrel aging doesn't seem to add too much to the stout overall, however it certainly does add an extra layer to what's going on. Not a bad beer by any means, however it seems more like an experiment than something that was intentional when it comes to a final result.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never seen a beer so opaque before. The head is also very dark and leaves very nice lacing. The smell isn't very complex, but its still good - molasses, bread, and that ever-so-faint whiskey quality. The taste, however, is a step above because the whiskey really shines through. It almost overpowers the other flavours of molasses and malts. It's a little on the sweet side - not very well balanced I'd say. Very creamy, very drinkable. It it wasn't so expensive I'd buy this again.

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

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with a finger width of creamy tan head.

Smell - Oak/woodsy, chocolate, roasted aromas.

Taste - Chocolatey with hints of vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Very rich flavours with a touch of roastiness (barley). Turns sweet at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and a tad creamy.

Overall - An enjoyable English stout by Innis & Gunn. Excellent roasted qualities in both aroma and flavour. Wished there was a bit more oak and whiskey flavour from the barrel, but that is personal preference.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cola brown with some garnet highlights and a bit of creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt and a sweet, slightly oaky tinge of Irish whisky. Palate is huge on malt, a blend of biscuit and sweet bread. There's no real hop character to speak of, but the oak and whisky from the barrel shine through pretty well. The alcohol is well-integrated, I'd never guess that this is 7.4% ABV. I suppose there could be a little more whisky here, but it's a solid beer, for sure.

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Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown colour, one finger of tan head with a good amount of lace. Smell is of roasted malt, both dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, whiskey notes though I wouldn't say specifically Irish whiskey, oak barrel scents, light coffee followed by more milk chocolate. Taste is quite roasted up front, bittersweet notes of chocolate and coffee, oak is subtle at first and eventually becomes more pronounced towards the finish, some whisky flavours but not as overpowering as some other offers from this brewer, vanilla and chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is quite thin and a touch watery, light-med carb, light feel. This was fairly nice and would have been far better if it had a little more body, one of the few I&G beers I haven't found to be over oaked.

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Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a creamy beige two finger head upon a near black body, patchy lacing and decent retention - nearly impenetrable

S - sweet molasses and vanilla and peaty whiskey - a little smokey

T - follows the nose with sweet burnt malt and a beautiful whiskey note that really comes through as it warms - toffee and licorice also comes through with a herbal hops in the background

M - medium bodied with little carbonation (which I like given the whiskey feel), this brew only has a little bitterness in the aftertaste. It is somewhat sweet and is not dry.

O - Another interesting brew from Innis and Gunn which was a pleasant surprise as I was not expecting a stout (did not read the bottle).

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle dated MAR 2013 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark brown with a slight ruby glow around some of the edges. One finger of bubbly light brown head formed from the pour and very quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Toffee, whiskey, roasted malts and brown sugar. The barrel aromas are very subdued and the base beer does not have typical stout aromas either. Not nearly as robust as I expected overall.

T - Whiskey notes up front that are much stronger than the nose indicated but still weaker than expected. Roasted malts, molasses and toffee from the base beer compliment the whiskey. The overall palate is decent but disappointing for the style (especially considering the ABV).

M - Light body with light carbonation. Very thin and watery.

T - While this was decent enough, considering the style and the price point ($5 for 12 oz.) it was extremely disappointing. This might be my last purchase of an Innis & Gunn beer.

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

Best by March 2013

A - Pours dark brown with a reddish tone and three fingers of tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Smell of vanilla, caramel malt, a bit of whiskey and oak, with faint dark dried fruits. Wouldn't have pegged this as a stout, but smells pretty good.

T - Rather sharp initial whiskey taste, with vanilla, caramel, some roasted malt and raisin.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is a bit watery.

O - Good beer, but the whiskey and other elements don't really seem to come together very well.

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Photo of Naugros
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This looks like cola while being poured, but it comes together to make a nearly black glass of beer. The head is about half of an inch with some decent retention...enough to get some foam on my nose while grabbing my first whiff. That first whiff was pretty vinous with some roast and a load of caramel. The vanillins did their job in the cask.

I'm not fond of how the whiskey flavors and the stout married. The stout comes off as buttery and I don't believe it's from diacetyl. The whiskey is very evident but at odds with the beer. The fizziness of this thin stout leaves behind an okay mess on the tongue which is the remnants of the whiskey.

If you were hoping for an Irish Car Bomb, forget it. And although this sounds like a marriage made in heaven, it's not. In fact, there should be a divorce.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/4/12

A dark brown with a large loose mocha head that retains quite well slowly falling to a thick film leaving just a little random lace

S dark nutty toffee with a little plum and raisin, there's some coco and earthy wood smells great

T a little licorice I didn't smell and other then that its just a little toned down compared to the nose, there's more evidence of the barrel on the finish

M light bodied for the color and just a little foamy, flavors linger long and strong

O pretty nice stuff and perhaps a new favorite from these guys, great nose and pretty well rounded in other areas

worth a try for sure at less then 5$, I like that they use a darker beer for this barrel I think that was a wise move

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

A beer that is rather dark brown, a tan high head that settles rather quickly leaving much lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of brown sugar eggnog, including an alcohol presence.

Starting with, wood - saw dust, brown sugar, dates some bitter seed notes.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, slightly sticky and oily, a watery rather thin body, a dry short finish.

One of the better I&G, was not ruined by the oak.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a bit intimidated by the clear glass bottles. Though the four pack carton was full height and presumably protected the beer from much direct light. so at the suggestion of the salesman at Whole Foods I gave it a whirl...

Not too shabby this one. Not great, but not half bad.

Pours an inky black with a decent, tightly knit tan head. left plenty of lace as it withdrew.

Smell was a tad on the light side there was a wee bit of the venerable Jameson in there but not overpowering.Some sweet malt and a faint grassy whiff of hops.

Taste was nicely dry, not cloyingly sweet as many barrel aged beers seem to be for me these days. Some hints of the turf in the front, some black coffee and a strong whisky finish when you swirl it around the mouth.

Mouthfeel was light and when swirled or swished it became quite frothy/foamy in the mouth. Abundant carbonation in this one.

Overall and interesting brew. Not good for every day but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black, off-white to light brown headthat turns to a soapy lacing after roughly a minute.

Vanilla & butterscotch aroma followed by a strong alcohol and grain laced stout aroma of roasted malts and barely along with some coffee. It is quite sweet smelling with some oak and burnt wood.

Roasted malts and barely taste to begin with and touches of coffee. Sweet in the taste department with touches of vanilla and butterscotch.

Medium, smooth with a mildly bitter finish and a dry finish.

This one was a nice, warming beer with a good alcohol kick to it and a very sweet, smooth feel. It was a good beer and perhaps one that I would go back to again as I particularly enjoyed the smell of this one, very sweet and complex yet well balanced.

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

Pours a very dark brown ruby color. I took advantage of the tall glass I had for head retention, and there is a lot of head. Very light tan head.

I smell alcohol, a small amount of charred wood, and possibly caramel or vanilla.

Taste is smooth, slightly buttery, and reminiscent of spice cake with wood.

the feel is pretty smooth, but does include some whiskey character; there is that little kick at the end. The tingle is almost gone, which is kind of nice.

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Photo of Buster
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark black pour, with thick tan head.

S- Malt, huge fudge-like chocolate note, vanilla, some coffee, and of course, Irish whiskey.

T- Outstanding. Not too much up front, but then, malt, chocolate, and coffee notes come through. Great stout flavor. Then, it finishes slightly bitter with a wonderful hint of that "famous Irish whiskey". Overall, it was delicious.

M- More carbonation than expected, but not aversive at all. Medium bodied.

O- Two thumbs up. It is an all around enjoyable experience, and it exceeded my expectations. My only regret was buying 4 of them. I will definitely be going back to pick up more.

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Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-19-2012
Freshness: Best by 03-2013
Packaging: 330 ml clear bottle
Glassware: Innis & Gunn cervoise glass
Purchased: 4-back from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color, with garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is tan and frothy, 3+ fingers high, with good retention and excellent lacing.

Aromas include roasted malts, earthy and wood notes, plus malt sweetness. I get a little whiskey aroma, with a slight smoky smell as well.

Taste is nice and mellow - the roasted grains are there, but not much in the way of burnt bitterness. The whiskey is apparent, but doesn't come off as hot. Flavors also include chocolate and vanillas. Light hop bitterness, with the balance on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; a medium body and just the right level of carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry, a bit bitter from the roast, with oak flavors.

Overall: A very enjoyable and well-balanced stout.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into innis & gunn glass.
Seemed like a good choice on which to end my St Pats weekend...

Gentle pour still resulted in a full head of 2 creamy tan fingers. Looks pretty damn nice indeed! Dark purpley red with some brown hues. Looks black until backlit.

Smells pretty dry-- some dark malt notes are nice but don't add a whole lot of sweetness-- or perhaps it's the big oakiness that dries it out? Good little whiskey bite prowling and prowling around like the troops of Midian.
The flavor has more going on than the nose: nice roasty malt profile highlighting some chocolate and caramel notes as well as a deep roasted, almost burnt bread, like pumpernickel or even dark rye. The oak dries out the finish nearly completely and adds a light touch of whiskey.

This is a beer that should probably be served at cellar temp-- don't even put this in the fridge. (damn Americans- you drink your beer too cold! Now stay off my lawn!)
As this warms, it improves tremendously and the whiskey really comes out on the finish.

The body is medium and creamy. Just spot on. It's light enough to be sessioned if it weren't for that damn ABV.

Overall-- this is better than its rated. I hope they do it again. I'd buy some.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Sticker on the bottle placed there by the liquor store says 3/1/2012.

A- Pours a dark black with some light shining through and has a 1/2 inch tan head that does well retaining before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Average lacing.

S- Faint, crisp malt nose that's very subdued in the booze department for a medium ABV beer.

T- Oh, there's the alcohol. Initially unpleasant booziness begins to steady as more sips are taken and the malts are actually allowed to come through. Semi-bitter finish. A lot of non-citric tang activity is brandished throughout.

M- Quite prickly for a stout even if it is aged on Whiskey casks. Medium carbonation adds to the stingy action. It doesn't burn so much as tingles. Probably my favorite part about the beer although it is a bit dry in the finish.

O- Very easy to drink for a barrel aged offering without skimping on flavor. Thumbs up.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Label with green ink on it? Irish whiskey cask aged? Could this be a St. Patrick's Day release? Hmmm. Anyway, on with the tasting!

Poured into a chilled Innis & Gunn glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Huge head on this beer, at least two inches. Eventually died down and completely dissipated. Jet black and the head is a light khaki color. The appearance of this stout is spot-on.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice. I smell coffee and toasted grains and a very slight hint of whiskey.

-Taste 4.5: Wow. As you taste this beer, the flavor becomes more complex. Front is all cool liquid; almost no taste. Middle is slightly sweet with a light vanilla/oaky flavor. Finish is BAM! Almost all the things that make a stout hit you in one swallow: toasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste is long and features more chocolate and coffee and the taste of whiskey. Again, wow.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: I was really disappointed with the level of carbonation in this brew. I felt it was far too carbonated for the style and, to a certain extent, detracted from my enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: While I complained about the carbonation in this stout, it is still an excellent stout that all fans of the style should seek out. The taste is excellent and I would heartily recommend this beer.

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