Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2012 Scottish Oak | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2012 Scottish OakInnis & Gunn Canada Day 2012 Scottish Oak
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 06-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazelnut brown with a finger width of bubbly cream-coloured head.

Smell - Barley malts, oak, touch of earthy/leafy hops, raisins.

Taste - Starts with the barley, followed by sweet caramel, raisins and oak. More sweet than the smell leads on. Touch of leafy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes sticky.

Overall - A unique Canada Day edition by Innis & Gunn. A big surprise in the flavours when comparing with the aromas.

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Photo of spoony
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle-in-a-carton from the LCBO. Always excited to try a new offering from I&G, one of my favourite Scottish breweries. Poured into a dimpled mug, and tasted while only slightly chilled.

Pours a clear copper colour with some ruby red tinges under the light, topped with a little over two fingers of frothy, tan-coloured head. It wilts away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin, foamy cap, modest collar, and little actual lacing. The aroma is impressively strong, and otherwise not unlike that of other I&G offerings - lots of butterscotch and toffee maltiness, with hints of vanilla, oak, and dates. Vaguely whisky like, but not peaty or anything like that.

The taste does not disappoint at all. As predicted, toffee and caramel maltiness provides the backbone of the flavour, with a firm, but non-overbearing oakiness present throughout. Slightly vanilla-like, with raisins, dates and even some peaty nuance coming through toward the finish alongside the leafy, drying English hops. Lingering aftertaste with some malty dryness, oaky tannins and some heat from the ethanol. Medium-bodied, with relatively mild carbonation that makes for a pleasantly smooth ale. Some slickness is left behind on the palate, but it doesn't come across as particularly thick or syrupy.

Final Grade: 4.27, a solid A-. These reviews must be starting to make me look like a bit of a brown noser, but Innis & Gunn really knows how to make a quality, sturdy English-style ale and this stuff is really no exception. This is almost absurdly drinkable for a 7.7% brew, but given the small-ish sample I'd rather enjoy it slowly. Maybe they should do the 2013 version in bombers, or at least pint bottles? Wishful thinking...

I like this more than their flagship oaked ale, and (in my opinion) it is probably better value than their pricy limited edition Highland Cask. Great stuff, and highly recommended to anyone who is a fan of this brewery's staple offerings. My local shop still had plenty of these left over from Canada Day, and I might just get a few more before the stock runs out.

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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear bright copper, short head dissipated to a some random islands
S - strong oak and butterscotch, vanilla, light grain with a warm booziness
T - oak and vanilla up front, followed by booze and toffee, finishes with a lingering sweetness with just a mild note of peat
M - medium to light body, silky smooth finishing with a warming sensation
O - they really smoothed out the flavours here with oak and vanilla giving it a soft warmth, not a peat heavy brew like many I&G offering which is a nice change, a great way to celebrate Canada

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Photo of mattsander
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep burnt orange with red highlights. Thin off-white ring clings to the glass. Excellent clarity.

S: Soapy toffee, diacetyl, english yeast fruitiness. A slight metallic twang at the finish.

T: Mirrors the toffee/diacetyl fruitness of the nose with some clean, subtle oak notes. Long finish, not a bad beer.

M: A bit thick and syrupy for the abv, but nice tannins from the oak.

Probably the best beer I've had from I&G (not typically a fan).

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

I enjoyed a bottle on Canada Day, but am pleased to have been given another bottle from my in-laws for a proper review.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with an amber hue, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Rich boozy caramel, toasted grains, buttered bread with hints of vanilla and dark fruits.

T - The caramel notes dominate, some raisins and dark fruits, toffee, a touch of vanilla, oak and peat come through on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Overall a tasty strong ale, nice flavours that possess a touch of oak and a booziness that goes largely undetected. Pleased to have had an oppotunity to try this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mick303
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LCBO bottle. Poured into a snifter, with a head of tannish foam that disappears fairly quickly, leaving some lacing. Colour is quite dark, a kind of ruby-brown. Maintains a good amount of carbonation.

Powerful nose. Lot of vanilla and toffee notes. Good amount of malt as well. Also an over-lingering fruity lightness, possibly peppermint? Altogether very sweet.

Taste starts with some roast malt and a big sweet kick of vanilla and toffee, a solid amount of oak. It is quite sweet but leaves some balance for the other flavours. Great depth of flavour for sure, mellows together quite nicely as it warms. The finish is dry and oaky, toffee.

The mouthfeel is quite full bodied, it is a bit syrupy I find, and the alcohol is present but not overly assertive.

This beer is along the lines of most of the I&G beers. The sweetness is a bit on the prominent side, but the beer is quite drinkable and gives you something to think about while drinking. It is big on the toffee and vanilla. I like the Rum Cask more I think, but another winner. Happy Canada Day!

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

LCBO Bottle. Big soapy head. Malt aromas. Ruby highlights. Decent drinkability despite slightly light mouthfeel, with a little astringency from the wood. The wood aroma and taste comes out better at room temp. A little hops in the finish.Alcohol well hidden.

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3.81 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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