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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood FinishInnis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish
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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood FinishInnis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 05-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like cherries, wood, maple, and bready malt. I think the taste mostly follows the aroma, with the cherry and wood flavors being the strongest. It's a sweet, fruity ale. There's also some caramel and candied fruit flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, it's definitely worth a try. $7.99 a bottle.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Total Wine in West Orange. I had some other Innis and Gunn beers recently and expected this to be a variation of their smooth, malty, and copper beers that I've become accustomed to and for the most part, that's what this turned out to be. This was strong in the alcohol department too but it never really felt it and like all of their other offerings, this went down smoothly and was a nice take on the style that only these guys could pull off!

The pour to this, was a dark copper, with a somewhat frothy head that faded shortly after pouring what I could out from the big bottle. Hardly any lacing to be seen as well and the carbonation was light as well, although there were a few traces of bubbles that could be seen after each sip. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but the taste more made up for it. The cherry was here but it was a lot more syrupy than sour, as there was some wood, raisin, currant, rye, and crystalline sweetness. The mouthfeel was quite smooth and left a somewhat oily residue on my mouth afterwards. It didn't feel like a Barleywine or a dark Belgian beer but there were signs of both here as this was potent and dark while not being overbearing, which doesn't surprise me at all given that this is an Innis and Gunn offering.

The 1 pint, 9 oz. bottle took a long time to down and much of it had to do with the alcohol. It could be viewed as too similar to the other, more popular beers from these guys but for me, this was a nice example of what an English Strong Ale should be. The hops aren't here but everything else is and someone looking for a good dessert beer to split without the sour tartness of the cherries would be wise to start here. Innis and Gunn beers are different and not for everyone but those who are patient will be well rewarded with a subtly smooth and strong beer that's worth the time it takes to finish it off.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany in color with a soapy, one-finger foam cap. True to its name, the aroma is cherry and oak forward. Smells pretty sugary and rich. Sweet toffee malt component. As good as this smells, I'm hoping it's not overly sweet and unbalanced.

So... the flavor profile is sweet and unbalanced, BUT... not excessively so. This is drinking much like a "light barleywine," if such a thing could exist. Sweet upfront, with lots of cherry and oak. Sweetness holds on all the way to the finish, where some oakiness lingers. Carbonation is light and not very visible, appropriate and complimentary to the flavor.

Much like the rum cask version of Innis and Gunn, this fits solidly into the "after dinner" beer category. A sweet, malt-forward ale that's not all that complex but quite enjoyable.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I suppose this is the "Canada Day" beer for this year. It's fairly expensive at just over $5.00 for 330ml, so it better be worth it.

It pours a light brown with some orange notes to it - a very attractive pour to be sure. The smell is sweet, woody and floral, but balanced out very nicely. The taste is difficult to describe as I find it to be a little sweet, but it's got some complex tastes, as well as a really fun, fruity aftertaste. I've had this bottle sitting in my fridge for a while, but it was in a box so I doubt light damage is an issue here.

I like that taste. It's honestly difficult to say what's going on, but rest assured i like it. Still, a bit sweet.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served slightly chilled into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful clear copper color with an inch of light tan head that quickly recedes leaving a very light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of whiskey, caramelized sugars, dried fruit and very mild hint of pineapple.

Flavors follow through the aromas with a slight peppery finish.

Light to medium bodied and sweet with a crisp dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a full flavored but fairly light bodied beer. Not my favorite from I&G, but a good beer to pair with a variety of cuisine.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 172 ratings