Beer Reviews · Wood Finish

#43 Innis and Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish – Malt monster tamed by the Irish

Review #43 – Innis and Gunn Irish Whisky Cask 77/100

I am a big fan of Innis and Gunn beers, but for those of you who have never tried them, expect a malt dominated beer, they can sometimes be a little too sweet with massive caramel flavours and not much else, however, they offer a variety of beers that have been aged in different casks, some seasonal and some year round, I highly recommend giving them all a go if you can.  The beer I am having today has been aged in American oak that has been infused with Irish whiskey, note that this has not been aged in an ex-whiskey cask.

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Out of the bottle and into the glass the beer pours a very dark brown producing a thin, tan head.  When the beer is held up to the light it reveals a ruby red hue.

On the nose there is plenty of rich sweetness, think caramel, chocolate and molasses.  This one is also produces some fruity notes – prunes and sultanas with a touch of sweet spice (vanilla and nutmeg).

On the palate this expression is full bodied, has a velvety, viscous mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation.  Up front there is the characteristic big malt flavour, a lot of decadent, dessert like sweetness – malt, honey smothered muesli, molasses and treacle.  Moving on from the sweetness, as the hops take over the flavour profile becomes more earthy and laced with sweet spice, again there is more vanilla, nutmeg and mace.  The whiskey influence creeps in towards the end providing an oily, biscuity dimension to the finish.  I really enjoyed this one, highly recommended and can be picked up from a few supermarkets for £2 a bottle, can’t argue with that.

Cheers

Matt

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