Vanishing Point 01 – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Vanishing Point 01 / VP01 (Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout)  – Innis & Gunn, 11.0% ABV, 500 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)

on the back label:

VP01 is the first in our Vanishing Point series; an 11% Imperial Stout, aged for over 200 days in the first fill bourbon barrels. Packed to the brim with big, bold flavours of rich bourbon oak and overflowering with character. VP01 is set to be the perfect winter warmer.”


  • Style: (200+ day bourbon barrel aged) Imperial Stout
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $17.50 CAD (after 10% off) –  500 ml., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yep, got 1 more in the cellar
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes!
  • What was most impressionable: cannot taste the 11%, excellent BA influence

Visual: Odd 500 ml size. Pours jet brown-black without much head, thick ringed retention with a large island, a few micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: caramel, bourbon + vanilla toffee, molasses. No alcohol detection, pristine. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: soft-crisp, thicker-light slick,

Mid-palate: tingly-slight microfizz, (lvl-8-sweetness), stealth alcohol tangy behind cola molasses dark barley malt

Finish: salted caramel-toffee, charred oak, maple syrup exhale,

Summary: I’ll admit the first few sips straight out of the fridge into a chilled glass were underwhelming but it drinks much better at around 15°C. As it warms the caramel malt flavours lengthen and the bourbon barrel aging characteristics become more prominent. Although delicious, supremely sippable without being overly heavy, the roasted malts just don’t hit a deep enough note before the sugars start to take over. The signature I&G toffee sweetness is certainly there, and is counterbalanced nicely with the vanilla bourbon oak aromas. I’m looking forward to their future Vanishing Point lineup.