05-02-2016, The BeerVibe Crew

For this beer review we are sampling Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish Stout. That’s a mouthful. The idea of aging stout in Irish whiskey barrels certain appealed to some of us. Some of us love stout; some of us love whiskey; some of us love both.
From Edinburg Scotland this seasonal 7.4% abv complex beverage certainly conjured feelings of drinking soda pop in an old fashion malt shop. Balancing bitters with chocolate and sweet malts is an art form, then aging it in Irish whiskey oak chips. Genius.

These are our thoughts.

The Pour: Not too much head, unusual for a stout, disappearing head, no lace.

Ms. Hopologist: “Could have looked nicer.”

Once Upon a German: “Not much going on in the head.”

Score: 3.25/5


The Smell: Malt, oaky, yeasty, burned coffee, malted chocolate nodes.

Ms. Hopologist: “I love the aroma, rich coffee and vanilla.”

Once Upon a German: “Nice blend of malty sweetness and chocolate.”

Score: 4.25/5


The Color: Rich, dark, coffee, dark chocolate.

Ms. Hopologist: “Lovely Dark Rich black.”

Once Upon a German: “Ditto.”

Score: 5/5


The Flavor: Malty sweetness, oaky, had burned notes of oak wood, coffee and whiskey, delicious, lightly hopped; almost dark soda sweet.

Ms. Hopologist: “Rich flavors, chocolate, malt, blends well.”

Once Upon a German: “Reminds me of chocolate soda pop.”

Score: 4.25/5


The Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with light fizziness.

Ms. Hopologist: “Slightly watery, soda-ish stickiness.”

Once Upon a German: “Ditto.”

Score: 3/5


Total Score: 3.95/5

Ending Comments

We applaud Innis and Gunn’s creative flair with this Seasonal Limited Edition Beer.
It certainly brought out the soda pop shop feel to our mouths which is quite good!
May the Scotts and Irish BEER and Whiskey traditions be long lived!

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