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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood FinishInnis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish

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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of mesatrin
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured a nice translucent amber color with a finger worth of head.

The smell was sweet and malty subtle hints of cherry in the smell.

The first sip was sweet, almost too sweet. The more the beer breaths and warms you get more flavor. The sweetness is still apparent but you start to get woody and cherry undertones with small hints of maple.

I did not get a sense of over carbonation like a few other reviews. Mouthfeel was more syrup and smooth to me.

Overall, this was a great beer. I wish this was more readily available around me so that I could always have it in reserve when I want to take a break from my standard IPA for something on the sweeter side. This beer would also pair well with a smoked pulled pork, or a thick hunk of pork belly.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 330ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance - Pours a clear amber colour with a slight copper hue. Topped with 2 fingers of off white creamy head. Head retention is mediocre. The coloring is quite nice.

Smell - Very sweet. The cherrywood is very prominent, complimented by some sweet notes...maybe syrupand toffee. There is definitely fruit presence as well, probably cherries.

Taste - Very biscuit-y up front, followed by the a soft hop bitterness, cherries and syrup. Finish has some wood-aftertaste along with a a faint lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, low carbonation. Feels sort of like watery syrup.

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Photo of gerite
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at a local pub with fish & chips. Not much of a head with a little lacing. This was a very light tasting beer with a distinct cherrywood flavor. Somewhat woody but too sweet for my liking. Overall the beer went down pretty smooth and would make a good sipping ale for the summertime.

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Photo of Mumps
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Had a good golden amber color with a decent 1 inch head.

Smelled pretty good. Good hoppy smell with a hint of cherry.

Taste was disappointing. Too sweet, too carbonated. It did have a hint of cherry in the back, but not pleasant enough to over come the bad qualities.

Mouthfell was also disappointing. As I said, it was far too carbonated, making if feel a little thin.

Overall this beer was somewhat of a let down, and I probably won't buy this again. I still hold hope for the company though.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The brew pours a copper-amber color with a billowy just off white head. The head had a lighter level of retention, fading rather fast to leave light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was sweet being a mix of darker fruits of cherry and fig as well as a maple syrup and caramel smell. Along with these sweeter smells so too comes some nice oak and biscuity malt aromas. A little bit of alcohol and spice also comes to the nose creating a warming sweet woodsy smell overall.

Taste – The taste starts out with a sweeter caramel and lighter dark fruit flavors of cherry, plum and fig. Along with the sweeter flavors upfront are some biscuit malty flavors as well as a little bit of oak. The oak grows stronger while the biscuit loses strength as the taste moves on. Along with the biscuit fading so too does some of the caramel only to be replaced by a more candied sugar, toffee and maple syrup taste. In the end the oakiness mixed with some alcohol booziness to give a sweeter whisky like taste which when combined with all the fruit, sugar and light malty tastes ends up leaving a smooth, sweet, and warm taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thickness is quite nice for the sweeter flavors of the brew with the lighter carbonation helping to create a more warming feel in light of the boozy and oaky flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather enjoyable brew overall. It is sweet of maple, fruit and other sugars but is balanced out by some of the wood, boozy and biscuit malt flavors of the brew. A nice one to give a go to.

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Photo of Glennam
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this beer on display in my local distributor. Intrigued by the cherrywood. Cracked it open with a friend and was immediately impressed by the thick reddish head. Poured it into a pint glass and admired its coppery red/ orange color. Took a sip and absolutely loved it. Not sure about tasting any cherrywood but definitely a lot going on. Slightly sweet with a touch of the alcohol. Nice mouthfeel and goes down smooth. Recommend it!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of gr0g
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Olek4374
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of srhoadsy
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of sjones5045
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby red with a nice white red head. The smell is a cherry oak smell that is very pleasant. Actually I really didn't think this would be all that good but from the look and smell it seems it could be ok. The taste is better than ok by far. It's a very smooth drinkable beer with hints of sweet cherry. Kind of an oak presence that fit very well too. Overall, I went from thinking of this as a gimmic beer to one that I would definitely buy again. Nice work by Innis & Gunn, which I haven't had much of before, but will try more now.

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Photo of shand
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very much an Innis and Gunn beer - all of their limited editions are really just twists off of their malty, complex, sweet wood style of brewing. This is no different. I'm really not sure what the cherrywood is giving to the equation - there's maybe a light amount of cherry flavor but that might be me imagining it due to the cherry on the label - but the maple syrup contributes a nice amount of complexity to the finish. Very tasty, as expected from I&G, but doesn't bring too much new to the table.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish copper.White fluffy head that really comes alive with a swirl.

S: Herbal and very dank. Cherry, biscuits and a slight splash of vanilla. Butterscotch rounds out this big buttery smelling beer.

T: Cherry! toffee and biscuits with a sweet vanilla and caramel on the edges of your mouth. Quite a bit of citrus with a playful hint of maple. Quite sweet.

M: Smooth with zero carbonation. Light to medium bodied with a sweet finish.

O: Very enjoyable. a desert beer for sure. lots of bright fruit and can be quite complex /82

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: mostly clear bronze. Substantial tan head. Lots of bubbles.
Smell: a sweet, yeasty nose that surprisingly reminds of a tripel. Pleasant enough though no idea of this cherrywood thing. Maple is not prominent.
Taste: much like the nose though the maple appears in the finish.
Overall: nice enough. Not sure what the cherrywood treatment has done for it. Tasty.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, with nice cardboard packaging. Their base beer aged over bourbon-infused Canadian Black Cherrywood (is that really a thing?), and then finished with a dose of maple syrup (that I know is a thing!). I get the feeling that this is the 2013 version of the Canada Day series, without any explicit declaration thereof.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with two fingers of bubbly, moderately foamy off-white head, which leaves a few examples of coral reef island lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of somewhat edgy generic black fruit (no in your face cherry here), and semi-sweet biscuity caramel/toffee malt, with a hint of yeasty cookie dough. The taste is rather sweet, the maple syrup, sickly treacle-esque character coming out to play - a softly grainy woodiness the recommended takeaway from that, with a touch of more inwardly balanced dark fruitiness, a still sturdy caramelized, toffee-adjacent malt, and some pleasantly understated alcohol twinges rounding this one out.

The carbonation is quite low and unobtrusive/absent, the body an adequate medium weight, if a bit bolstered by the multifaceted sugary components, and equally smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, a typical side effect of this brewer, with the fruity wood, syrup, and malt all mashed and muddled on the palate.

For what it's worth, if you're ok with the sweetness, this is one almost slavish ode to Canadian sensibilities, which I'm sure was the intent all along. Maple, wood, and strong beer - what's a hoser not to like, other than that this happens to be made outside our borders? Imitation is the sincerest form, and all that, I suppose.

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