Friday, December 7, 2012

Innis and Gunn - Part 2

Get In My Belly!

Innis and Glenn Logo

Beer Reviewed: Innis and Gunn Oak Aged Beer
Style: Beer
Brewery: Innis and Gunn


My previous post detailed my background with this beer, and if you don’t want to read it, let’s just say my history is brief. I was interested in this gift pack, and I thought I should start off with their Original brew.

Innis and Glenn Gift Pack

The Beer

Innis and Glenn Original Oak Barrel Aged Beer

I’m starting to evaluate beer with a more detailed set of characteristics. I hope this helps anticipate what your first taste will be like. Lets start with:

Quantitative parameters of beer character:

  • The bitterness of this beer isn’t too strong, and certainly not like an IPA. Using The Hitchens Taste Scale, I would but this beer at about a +3.
  • The alcohol content of this beer is 6.6% Alc/Vol. Not a noticeable alcohol taste to speak of, which I prefer.
  • And how does the beer look? I would describe the color as similar to a light ale, kind of orange-ish, with decent clarity. The clear bottle makes this point even stronger prior to pouring into their branded glass.

Qualitative parameters of beer character:

  • I would describe the aroma very similarly to how Innis and Gunn describe it on the bottle, as with a light oaky and vanilla nose. I’m not catching the toffee smell, but after a couple, I could be convinced.
  • The flavor is slightly hoppy, and oaky during the drink.
  • I was expecting a stronger aftertaste, but it really didn’t linger. It did not have a strong oaky aftertaste like other barrel aged beers I’ve tried, and no lingering flavors.
  • The mouthfeel is what you would expect, a cool beer, with moderate carbonation.
  • Regarding carbonation, it is moderately carbonated with good initial head, which dissipates quickly.
  • Temperature - tried it from very cold, to room temp, and there didn’t seem to be a change to the depth of flavors.


I enjoyed this beer and I am looking forward to trying the other beers in the gift pack. I would recommend it if you’re looking for something new and interesting.

One thing I’d like to get feedback on is why is this called only ‘Beer’ and not something more specific, like Ale?

- Enthusiast

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