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.

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout – Anderson Valley Brewing (Boonville, CA, USA)


  • My Rating: B+

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout – Anderson Valley Brewing, 6.9 ABV –1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Boonville, California, USA)


“Complexity. Aged for three months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrels mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character. Our exclusive partnership with Wild Turkey gives Anderson Valley a world class, consistent source of barrelage, allowing our brewers to explore new frontiers in barrel-aged craft beer.”

  • Style: (Bourbon) Barrel Aged Stout
  • Taste: Smooth malted light-roast coffee toffee
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off) – 1 pint 6 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours ultra-dark brown/black with a decent sized dissipating head, a thin layer of retention, thin lacing, lots of steady streams when held up to the light.

Nose: mildly aromatic roasted malts with hints of fishiness/nuttiness. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: oily light-thick silky-fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) dense lightly roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, coffee

Finish: airy, clean malty bittersweet coffee finish

Summary: A very clean and sippable stout without much sourness or jaggedness. High quality, but a little soft with the body and depth.