Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish Stout

Reviewed by on March 10, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Innis & Gunn

  • Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Rated On: March 10, 2015

  • Best Before: end of October 2015

  • ABV: 7.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

St. Patrick’s Day is nigh on a week away, so for a craft beer to anticipate the occasion, how about a Scottish stout, finished over Irish Whiskey wood – a potential Gaelic love-in, to be sure.  Innis & Gunn has just such a thing kickin’ around for us to try!

This 330ml, clear as ever was bottle, pours a clear (I believe), very dark brown colour, with prominent red cola highlights, and one finger of silky, bubbly, and foamy tan head, which settles slowly, leaving a nice drooping ring of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy wood, more fibrous than strictly vanilla and caramel, some thin nutty toffee malt, bittersweet chocolate, thin dark fruit notes, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is caramel malt, sharp vanilla, brown sugar, some generic woody booziness, cocoa powder, and more of the aforementioned earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is pretty morose, and not up for supplying anything lively, the body a steady medium weight, and perhaps a little cloying in its otherwise pedestrian smoothness. It finishes still fairly sweet, from malt, wood, and alcohol alike.

I did more or less enjoy this, even though my prized Irish whiskey guest star gets lost in the mire – or does it? The subtly of that particular spirit may just help round out an already decent, unassuming stout. Overall, reduction is not your friend with this one, I’m sad to say – maybe just rein in the sweetness a wee bit more, and we’ll be good to go.

Brady White

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