Bourbon Stout – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Bourbon Stout – Innis & Gunn, 7.4% ABV, 330 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)

on the back label:

This Innis & Gunn Red Stout has been brewed using rye crystal malt to give it its deep ruby colour. Whitbread Golding hops complement the sweet biscuity malt with a soft hop bitterness. It was matured slowly over Bourbon-infused oak which gives it its mellow vanilla flavour and a nice warming Bourbon kick.


  • Style: (bourbon barrel aged) Stout
  • Taste: Sweet vanilla toffee root beer barley rye malt light bourbon residual brown sugar
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $16 CAD – 4 mixed pack x 330 ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: once is good enough

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours very dark mahogany brown with a smallish head, a thin uneven layer of retention, close steady streams, a half film of paper thin lacing.

Nose: aromatic bourbon vanilla’d malt, toasted bread. Quite nice. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp bite, micro-tingly

Mid-palate: background boozy zinginess, lengthy (lvl-8-sweetness), grape-plum fruitiness, root beer, vanilla, toffee barley malt

Finish: rye malt numbness, oaked bourbon woody boozy, residual brown sugar

Summary: Solid pronounced bourbon barrel nuanced flavour and again, their signature malt sweetness is present, becoming cloying about halfway through the bottle. Decent, but not something I would have again.