I am shocked and appalled at myself for not doing a post on Innis & Gunn yet. I first became acquainted with I&G while studying abroad in Scotland. The owners were doing a tasting in a local liquor store, so I got a chance to try a bunch of their beer and chat with the guys. What is interesting about I&G, is that their focus is less on different styles, and more on different oak.
The business model of I&G is to have their beer contract brewed for them, then age the beer for different amounts of time in different casks. The casks will impart a whole variety of flavors to the beer. What is great about I&G is that they release a new beer about every season. This particular beer was the first stout that I have seen from them. It was bitier, rather than creamy, which I can certainly deal with and in fact, sometimes prefer. The use of an Irish whiskey cask imparted a whole range of flavors to the beer that I can't even begin to explain. Effectively, the purpose of this post is to spread the word. Innis & Gunn produced a large variety of oak aged beer with casks and styles to please everyone. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, I would strongly suggest you give them a shot.
Oddly enough, their standard beer is my least favorite because it is too sweet (by far the sweetest one they have).
Glassware: Tulip, Snifter
Synonym Beer: Hard to say, they are some of the more unique beers that I have tried.
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