Friday, 4 May 2012

Innis & Gunn - Original Oak Aged Beer 6.6%

Brewery: Innis & Gunn

Beverage: Oak Aged Beer 6.6% (Bottled)

Style: Speciality Ale

Brewery Address:
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company,
Reg. Office, CBC House,
24 Canning Street,

Brewery Website:

Imagine Justin Bieber and Katie Price going down in a lift at Canary Wharf, when the cable breaks. Some nasty people would say that’s the definitive happy accident. Well it’s not even in the same league as the happy accident responsible for this beer.
Whisky distillers, William Grant & Sons, wanted to make an 'ale cask' matured whisky. Previous attempts to match ale casks to whisky/whiskeys had failed, so Dougal Sharp, the present top dude at Innis & Gunn, was asked to brew a beer to fit the bill. A symbiotic, harmonious beer was brewed to leach out the whisky, and this added a smooth beer character to the oak casks. When the casks were ready, the ale was then thrown away (WHAT?), and replaced with the spirit. So delicious was the HIC beer that was being HIC throw away BURP, that the mystery of the wobbly employees was eventually solved and this fabulous beer was born. Nowadays, the casks are Kentucky Bourbon, and they impart smokey oaky notes to a chorus of honey nuts, malty milk biscuits, and vanilla. All these gorgeous flavours are spangled and entangled with deep joy blood oranges and sun dried mixed fruit. This beautiful drink is lusciously lusty and beautifully busty. It coats the roof of your mouth with a smooth full fat buttery velvet and hugs the tongue like a full fat woman on a cold night. I have only those three little words left to say.