Malt Whisky Trail – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Malt Whisky Trail (Scotch ale aged in scotch whisky casks) – Innis & Gunn, 7.4% ABV, 330 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)

-matured for 60 days in scotch whisky barrels

on the back label:

This very special 90 shilling ale has been matured in casks from each of the five whisky-producing regions. After a lengthy maturation, we selected the very best casks from each of the regions and blended them together to achieve a rich yet balacned ale with layers of delicate, complex flavour.”


  • Style: (scotch whisky barrel aged) Scotch Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toffee vanilla malt subtle wood/peat light banana
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 CAD –  330 ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah
  • What was the impression: sweet vanilla toffee, doesn’t deserve the box

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Comes in a box with “limited edition” printed at least 5 times total on the box and bottle. Pours a Dr. Pepper reddish brown with a small 1cm head, very fine 1mm layer of retention, several scattered singular streams.

Nose: biscuity liquid barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, dense sugary malts

Mid-palate: persistent (lvl-7-sweetness), nutmeg, vanilla toffee malt

Finish: hint peat smoke, residual toffee malts, hints banana

Summary: That signature toffee sweetness this time, which is cloying at first, but after a few more sips the flavours start compound and the vanilla notes start to take over. The peat is subtle to the point of being indiscernible. Solid, but not that memorable.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #7 – Twisted Oak Scotch Ale


Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #7

Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale – Phillips Brewing, 6.8% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Barrel-aged scotch ale is the flagship creation of our twisted oak stillage series. Gentle peat notes & sweet vanilla infuse this ale in freshly emptied whiskey barrels. Enjoy from a snifter at cellar temperatures.”


  • Style: (whiskey) Barrel-aged Scotch Ale
  • Taste: Sweet alcohol forward malty oak background peat vanilla cola
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours deep dark brown without much head, a very thin half-layer of micro retention, some fast streams near the perimeter.

Nose: sweet caramel malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick, incoming sweetness, whisky maltiness

Mid-palate: fizzy, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, white oak, alcohol detection, peaty backdrop

Finish: vanilla, cola, sweet finish.

Summary: Just an okay barrel-aged beer. Flavours seem muddled and there’s a lack of elegance in transitions and body. I normally favour barrel-aged beers but this one is just lacking.