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.”

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  • 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.

Bourbon Dark Ale – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

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

-matured for 30 days in bourbon barrels


on the back label:

This very special dark ale has been brewed in small batches and then matured over oak infused American Bourbon to give it its rich, rounded character and a satisfying smooth finish. Notes of coconut, orange oil and dark coffee beans are complemented by an earthy freshness from the hops.”

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  • Style: (bourbon barrel aged) Scotch Ale
  • Taste: Super sweet malty orange oil cola barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $18.40 CAD –  in a 4pack x 330 ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope
  • What was most impressionable: sickly sweet

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours dark cola brown with a small 1cm head, thick micro ringed retention with a large island, spread out slow steady micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: caramel-mild bourbon barley malt, slight booze (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: slight crisp, huge malty sweet impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-8-sweetness), sweet heavy barley malt, muddled coconut-ish/orangish cola notes, woody vanilla malt

Finish: sickly malt sweetness, residula cola malt

Summary: I used to enjoy I&G beers, up until they all become the too similarly sickly sweet, with this brew being no exception. Too sweet right from the get go, while lacking a creamy mouthfeel texture or fullness to round it out. Below average, especially for a BA beer.

Melville’s Ginger Beer – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Melville’s Ginger Beer – Innis & Gunn, 4.1% ABV, 275 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

We have captured the mouth-watering flavours of natural ginger by blending real stem ginger with our craft-brew lager. The resulting beer is deep, spicy and really packs a punch! Purity of flavour is so important to us we never use juice from concentrate.”


  • Style: Ginger Beer
  • Taste: Cane sugar cloying palate rough plain ginger light-medium burn
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W.Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 10% off) – 275 ml. x 4, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours copper orange with a bit of fizz and no head, very thin ring, scatter very loose slow streams.

Nose: cane sugared ginger, slight musky. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, incoming artificial sweetener like roughness

Mid-palate: ginger root, light tangy (lvl-6-sweetness), liquid cane sugar

Finish: light-medium ginger heat, ginger rooty exhale mixed with light barley malt

Summary: Not much beer in the ginger beer, mostly sugary liquid sweet cane with ginger overtones. There’s a compounding cloying artificial sweetener-like palate roughness after every sip. Average. I’ve had plenty of non-alcoholic ginger beers with more fiery punch than this.

Melville’s Raspberry Craft Lager – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Melville’s Raspberry Craft Lager – Innis & Gunn, 4.1% ABV, 275 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

We have captured the mouth-watering flavours of Scottish Glen Ample Raspberries by blending real fruit juice with our craft-brew lager. The resulting beer is full flavoured and deliciously refreshing. Purity of flavour is so important to us we never use juice from concentrate.”

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  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Jammy mild tangy sweet raspberry subtle malt roughish finish
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 10% off) – 275 ml. x 4, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dirty reddish-brown with no head, surfacing soda-like streams with a small island, bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: strawberry puree, jam-like (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, raspberry fruity impression

Mid-palate: fruity-jammy-tangy raspberry juice, slightly cloying (lvl-6-sweetness), background light malt

Finish: residual malt, subtle bitter hops, palate roughness

Summary: A pretty simple beer that hardly tastes like a beer except at the finish where the hops appear. Partially authentic but mostly jammy raspberry with just a touch of tang. Drinkable, a bit better than their strawberry [C], though I don’t really like the palate rough finish.

Melville’s Strawberry Craft Lager – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Melville’s Strawberry Craft Lager – Innis & Gunn, 4.1% ABV, 275 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

We have captured the mouth-watering flavours of Scottish Jubilee Strawberries by blending real fruit juice with our craft-brew lager. The resulting beer is full flavoured and deliciously refreshing. Purity of flavour is so important to us we never use juice from concentrate.”


  • Style: (strawberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Strawberry puree mixed with a simple lager
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 10% off) – 275 ml. x 4, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 3.5 years). Pours reddish-brown with a micro bits of suspended strawberry sediment, no head, a half ring retention, scattered mix of spread out slow and steady loose streams.

Nose: strawberry puree, jam-like (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: tingly-soft crisp bite, strawberry fruity sweet impression

Mid-palate: bright (lvl-5-sweetness), slightly jammy-mostly authentic strawberry, conflicting subtle hop bitterness, barley malt background

Finish: artificial sweetener-like palate roughness

Summary: Decent bright fruity flavour but its severely lacking in any strawberry tanginess. It’s okay as a casual sipper to go along with a meal or a chill beer at the beach, but it lacks any real depth beyond mixing strawberry puree into a glass of lager.

Espresso Barleywine – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Espresso Barleywine – Innis & Gunn, 8.4% ABV, 330 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

This robust, oak-aged barleywine has been infused with coffee beans that have been roasted and ground to our own specifications. We’ve finished the brew with an infusion of cardamom, mace and cloves, to create a very full-bodied, warming brew, perfect for enjoying by a fire as the colder nights draw in.

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  • Style: (flavoured – coffee bean, cardamom, mace, clove) Barley Wine
  • Taste: Sickly sweet syrupy liquid barley malt mace-clove coffee syrup gag reflex
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.15 CAD (after 20% off) – 330 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: what?? no way

Visual: Pours very dark brown with barely any head, a centered island and ringed retention, sporadic fast and slow bubbles surfacing.

Nose: aromatic mace-clove-cardamom, soft roasted coffee beans, alcohol nasal tingliness. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming heavy sugars, thicker viscosity

Mid-palate: syrupy (lvl-9-sweetness), alcoholic heavy, liquid barley malt, mace-clove-light cardamom

Finish: lingering gagging sickly sweetness, coffee syrup

Summary: All the spices are there as well as the coffee, but I find the thing to be just too darn sweet and heavy. I can handle sweet things but this particular brew causes a mildly offensive gag reflex near the finish. Not smooth and one of their worst that I’ve ever had – good aroma but ultimately disappointing.

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish – 6.8% ABV (Scotland)

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish – matured for 57 days, 6.8% ABV, 33 cl., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

“This ruby red beer is matured over the finest rum-infused American Oak heartwood resulting in a beer with delicious warming character that is bursting with fruit and lively spiciness. These vibrant flavours perfectly balance the beer’s toffee-malt backbone making it an ideal accompaniment to game meats like venison or duck. It is sublime with mature cheeses served with good chutneys and relishes.”

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  • Style: (barrel-aged – American Oak Rum cask) English Strong Ale
  • Taste: Dense overly sweet toffee’d barley malt brown sugar-molasses
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $16 CAD – 4 x 330 ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: fabulous

Visual: Pours clear mahogany brown without a significant lasting head, ringed retention with a small island, countable singular sporadic streams.

Nose: sugary thick toffee’d liquid barley malt (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming densely sweet malts

Mid-palate: heavy (lvl-7-sweetness), brown sugar-molasses, toffee’d liquid malted barley

Finish: residual malted sugars

Summary: I usually enjoy I&G brews but this one tasted awfully plain, short, and uninspiring. The toffee profile just becomes overly heavy with the addition of the rum barrel.