Kith & Kin Teeling Cask

Reviewed by on March 17, 2017 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Innis & Gunn

  • Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Rated On: March 17, 2017

  • Best Before: November 2017

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Scottish/Irish Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Kith & Kin (which means ‘friends and family’ in Scotland) comes in a nice black cardboard case, and is a stout aged in Teeling ‘small batch’ Irish Whiskey casks, straight from Dublin.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day, y’all!

This 330ml bottle pours a solid black, with subtle amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky brown head, which leaves a few instances of cannonball splash aftermath lace around the glass as it rashly blows off.

It smells of gritty and slightly roasted caramel malt, musty treacle, bittersweet cocoa powder, an oily nuttiness, cafe-au-lait, some subtle vanilla and toffee whiskey notes, and a hint of overripe dark stone fruitiness. The taste is grainy and toasty caramel malt, more dirty molasses sweetness, medium to milk chocolate, pithy nuts, more weak (’tis the nature, boyo!) woody vanilla and spiced Irish whiskey essences, and a sense of evaporated dark fruit ephemera.  The carbonation is adequate in its basically functional frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a pleasant creaminess essentially there from the get-go.  It finishes off-dry, the lingering cocoa and roasted caramel losing the guest barrel character in the weeds.

Overall, this is an enjoyable enough cask-aged stout, the choice of the Irish one guaranteeing a gentle touch, which is something this Scottish brewer could always benefit from.  Not a big and brash offering like we over here across the pond have come to expect from wood-aged brews, but more simple, and thus easy to put back, without fear of the ol’ demon whiskey effect!

Brady White

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