Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish Stout | Innis & Gunn

Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish StoutIrish Whiskey Aged Scottish Stout
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679 Ratings
Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish StoutIrish Whiskey Aged Scottish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,673
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
679
pDev:
13.35%
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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Urk1127
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours like Coke in color and density. Thin head fades to a small layer of tan bubbles and sits there. Slight aroma of the whiskey on top of the dark malt and dark fruits. Flavor is dark fruits and brown sugar, again the whiskey is hardly noticeable. Feels a tad thicker than it looks, but could be thicker for my taste. Over all an okay beer that I would not turn down, but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at the COOP... Pours thin black brew with a shortlived head.. Standard cocoa and light char.. Whiskey notes are light and show more as a tannic woody essence. Nice with no flaws, but nothing I will probably buy again.

3.5/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

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Photo of Aoyoc
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
2.52/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheHopsman
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 whatthehull
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass

A - A simple deep brown/black (opaque), maybe a 1/3 finger off-white (almost tan) head and little to no lacing/legs

S - The booze note here is much more prevalent than the two previous (original and rum) and quite distinct in fact -- wholly Irish indeed. Rich malts/grains, slight earthy hops, very "brown", lots of wood, vanilla, slight anise. The malt/grains stand very strong.

T - Very simple. Huge malt, very nice Irish booze, nice wood, slight hop, vanilla and outside of the booze the earth notes are huge/rich.

M - medium body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium minus carbonation and a very rich boozey finish.

D/O - Really a fan of this "old world" ale (stout). Oak, Irish whiskey and smooth, rich grains. Really very well put together and fits the mold well. This beer also goes down easy, tastes wonderful and because of it's "lighter" body, very refreshing and in more ways than one. Definitely something to drink all year long, cold and hot days and stormy or fair weather.

Final thoughts - Buy a 4-pack drink two and age two to see how this smooth ale turns even smoother. The $10 price tag is hugh for the less than 8% abv, but still worth a go or two.

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Photo of rydev24
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -3.4%
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 oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +4.7%
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 Bronzewaite
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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 whatname
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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 MGoeltz
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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 TheCzarof85
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish Stout from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 679 ratings
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