MATT'S BEER WE GO! INNIS & GUNN ORIGINAL OAK AGED BEER

Well lads and lasses, the next item up for bids...or rather, the next item on "Beer We Go!" is one you've probably not heard of, but once you have, and once you've had it, you'll be awfully glad you did.

Shout out to my old boss from a few years yonder who introduced me to this one; cheers, TBon!

This one is from Scotland, and is aged and matured in oak barrels for 71 days before bottling. With great time and great care comes a great beer, aye?

AYE! Get out yer bottle opener for this one, which packs a whopping 6.6% alcohol by volume, but thanks to the rich taste and flavours, you won't be bothered by this. This is the one usual fatal flaw in high-alcohol beers: the alcohol taste saturates everything else in the beer, and just overwhelms; this one is a pleasant, beautiful exception.

It rightfully promotes itself on the bottle as a, "smooth Scottish beer with hints of toffee, vanilla and oak." Sounds grand!

This beer presents virtually no head or foam when poured on an angle, and is a lovely, rich deep cider/bronze in colour. It gives off a fresh, pleasant scent (I have yet to really develop a nose for scents in beer, so bear with me!).

Despite the strong alcohol content, as noted, the flavours compensate wonderfully, with smoothness and even a slight creaminess (likely the vanilla, by Andrew!), with dark hints and even smokiness or woodiness (cue the oak barrel aging).

After a few satisfying gulps (and savour it, people, savour it!), one is given a satisfying, lingering taste, which is whole, and complete in its depth.

A true gem from the land of Scots, Innis & Gunn is flavourful, distinct, and round. If you can find it, try it, ye'll not regret it!

***1/2 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$3.15 (US$2.91).

From LCBO.com:

INNIS & GUNN OAK AGED BEER, 330 mL bottle
LCBO #676379
Beer, Ale
6.6% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 4
Made in: Scotland
By: Innis & Gunn Brewing Co. Ltd.

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