Man oh man, it’s been more than a month since we posted a short beer review. We can only blame it on the lack of time and an overabundance of work-related activities. Please be patient, we will return with regular posts come September. For now, to quench the thirst, we’ll talk about a couple of brews from Innis & Gunn, a Scottish brewery that ages all their beer in oak barrels or on oak chips. This indeed is a little something out of the ordinary, so the expectations were high.
Toasted Oak IPA, 5.6% ABV.
Appearance: Semi-opaque golden body with a tall and firm white head that left beautiful traces.
Aroma: Intense, but not too overpowering. Hints of hops (citrus, flowers) and, of course, wood. Refreshingly sweet.
Taste: It begins with a strong kick of sweetness, has some mild bitterness along the way and ends up dry and crisp, with a touch of wood.
Mouthfeel: Mid-to-high carbonation, a long lasting aftertaste.
Notes: This beer has quite a lot going on, with sweetness, dryness and the subtle bitterness all vying for the drinker’s attention. We liked the overall combination.
Original, an English Strong Ale with 6.6% ABV.
Appearance: Clear copper-coloured body with a low white head that dissipated quite fast.
Aroma: The aroma feels less intense this time, with light sweetness, honey and wood the most prominent.
Taste: Rather sweet with loads of woody character.
Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated, with medium-lasting aftertaste and a nice thickness.
Notes: This one is thicker and heavier on the toungue, even sharp, so it would be perfect for a winter-time drink-along near a roaring fire.
Disclaimer: We had these brews on 23-06-2016