Beer: Scottish Stout Matured in Irish Whiskey Barrels
Brewery: Innis & Gunn
Style: Scottish/English Stout
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Black body with mahogany hue at edge. Thick beige frothy head that simmers to a creamy centimeter and leaves a ring of lacing.
Scent: Traditional roasted malt smell, with a milky, lactic, sweet scent at the end.
Flavor: Subtlety is an understatement here, in the best way possible. Very balanced: slight bitterness and smokiness from the malts and a vanilla sweetness derived from aging in the whiskey oak barrels.
Feel: Creamy, medium body with a surprising amount of carbonation. Overall light feeling, making it refreshing and easy to drink (read: I could finish one in a few gulps).
Concluding remarks: Innis & Gunn’s oak-aged Scottish Stout is a prime example of what a stout should be, and what many stouts fail to be. It is incredibly balanced, with a perfect combination of sweet and bitter. I am curious as to what the regular Scottish Stout, that hasn’t been aged, tastes like. Perhaps it’d be a little more bitter than sweet without the oak aging process. Either way, this Stout is pretty outstanding, and dangerous, at 7.4%. This is definitely one I will keep in rotation. But make sure you find the Innis & Gunn with the green label–I haven’t tried their regular Stout so I can’t vouch for it!
And also, as I’m finishing it, it kind of tastes like an Irish Carbomb. So, if you’re out on St. Patrick’s Day and you crave the taste of the Carbomb, but not the messiness of one…try to find this guy.