Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

United Kingdom
Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale by Innis & Gunn Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Our unique bourbon barrel aging process unlocks flavours like vanilla and toffee, which combine with the malty character of our Scotch Ale to create an incredible taste experience.  Barrel Aged with first fill bourbon barrels using our unique barrel into beer process.

Profile

ABV: 
6.6%
Served at: 
39 - 45º
Hops: 
Super Styrian
Malts: 
Innis & Gunn Ale Malt, Crystal Malt, Wheat
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale by Innis & Gunn is a bourbon barrel-aged Scottish Export and is being judged as a Wood Aged Beer (category 33A in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Wood aged beers typically display a harmony between the wood and the base style, optionally flavored with spirits from the previous contents of the wood. Innis & Gunn typically wood ages beer by their "barrel into beer" process where barrels are broken down into smaller part, toasted in a kiln, then soaked in the beer.

This Scottish ale pours dark golden/light amber with a small, resilient off-white head and excellent clarity. The aroma showcases rich caramel malt with a light smoky and earthy accent and a hint of vanilla. The flavor continues to display the rich caramel maltiness with a light smoky element along with a light vanilla and toasted oak. The beer finishes lightly bittered with rich caramel malt along with toasted oak and a hint of smoke.

The base Scottish export style is excellent with a rich maltiness accented by a light smokiness. The barrel-aging imparts a background of toasted oak into the beer that complements the maltiness well, but the amount of barrel character is less abundant than most wood-aged craft beers. Unfortunately, no bourbon flavors make it into this beer. Definitely seek out this beer when looking for an excellent Scottish ale, but if you are looking for a beer that displays a ton of rich and complex barrel character, you might be disappointed. Sláinte!

Brewery Introduction

In 2002 our Founder and Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp was asked to create a beer to mature in bourbon barrels to impart a sweet, malty flavour. This beer would then be thrown out, and the barrels would go on to age spirits. But Dougal had a brain wave; What if this was the start of something... Read More

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