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Review: Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask Scottish Oatmeal Stout

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The final time we took a have a look at Scottish brewers Innis & Gunn, they’d simply collaborated throughout the pond with Tullamore Dew to age their stout within the distillery’s Irish whiskey casks. Whereas that bottling, dubbed Kindred Spirits, was a uncommon partnership with a specific distillery, it wasn’t the primary time Innis & Gunn had provided a limited-edition Irish whiskey-aged stout. The truth is, the beer was launched to the portfolio over a decade in the past, and the brewery has introduced it again stateside once more this 12 months, simply in time for St. Patrick’s Day. For this 12 months’s launch, the stout in query is a Scottish oatmeal stout and it has been aged in Irish whiskey casks for an oddly particular 51 days. Let’s test it out.

This one pours a browner shade of black with ample coffee-colored carbonation that dissipates shortly into a skinny, however nonetheless fairly effervescent, head. The aroma exhibits these basic Innis & Gunn malts, a wealthy cereal high quality from the oats, and fairly a little bit of darkish roast evoking notes of struck matchheads and pipe tobacco. The palate is classically mild and well-carbonated with delicate vanilla, darkish raisin, and chocolate notes. The end is clear and malty, if a bit quick, with only a contact of smoke. Whereas I recognize that this stout isn’t syrupy and heavy like so many barrel-aged beers, it’s exhausting to position it even in that class. What proof I detect from the Irish whiskey cask maturation is delicate (and that’s being beneficiant). The vanilla notes, marshmallow-y and skinny, are maybe the largest contribution, however I’m left wanting extra depth, sweetness, and spice.

6.1 % abv.

B / $15 per six-pack / innisandgunn.com

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask Scottish Oatmeal Stout

$15

Ranking


8.0/10

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