Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Innis & Gunn Original

Innis & Gunn Original hails from Edinburgh, Scotland, brewed by the wood aging experts at Innes & Gunn. This stuff is, according to the label, aged for 77 days over oak. It's sold in clear 330mL bottles and contains a fairly substantial 6.6& alcohol. It pours a very attractive warm golden colour, topped with a thick, off-white head. It's clear and has little carbonation.

Fraternal Twins--Original on the Right
The Original has an extremely sweet, malty aroma that has elements of honey and cognac. The beer is quite sweet. It has malt-driven flavour and very smooth mouthfeel. Like the aroma, the taste has a honeyed, almost syrupy sweetness. Additionally, there is a cognac-like warmth to this brew. This stuff is gentle and subtle--quite complex. There is very little to speak about on the bitter side of things. It has a nice body, though, truth be told, I find it too sweet for my tastes.

If you like sweet, woody ales with considerable character and a bit of warmth, Innis & Gunn original ought to float your boat. For me, given the sweetness and the fact that I bought them during a July heatwave, it took me a while to get through my sixer.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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