Mmm…beer: Review of Innis and Gunn Oak Aged Ale
So, this is available in a few select restaurants and liquor stores (aka happy places). It seems to be quite a rare find, and oh man, it’s worth it.
Apparently it’s aged for a total of 77 days – 30 of those are in oak barrels used to age single malt. The balance is in a “marrying tin where these flavours infuse and fall into perfect balance.” The perfect beer? Not so fast, my Homer-esque friends. This is a strong beer (6.6%) with HUGE flavour – it tastes like Caffrey’s that has had an insane bartender drop a shot of Lagavulin into it. Yup, the single malt essence comes through in a big way for me – that means you can’t be quaffing this all night. It’s like drinking a huge fat Cab or Chardonnay – it needs a little somethin’ somethin’ to go with, ya know?
That said, I can see having one or two of these Scottish badasses for a little apres, in front of the fireplace. Beautiful, huge flavours (I get the single malt as well as honey) and a lovely velvety mouth feel. Not a lot of carbonation makes it slide down that much nicer…drool…
If you can find this, I recommend this – sell your kidneys if you need to, you won’t regret the tradeoff.