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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Innis & Gunn Highland Cask Review

The one thing I love about Innis & Gunn is the number of special edition beers they release to the Canadian market. Just earlier this year I had the chance to try the Canadian Cask made specially for Canada Day and now I got my hands on this. This particular brew has been matured in 21 year old single malt scotch whisky barrels for 49 days. Unlike some of the previous limited edition beers, the box on this one is not taped shut. The label near the top of the box is just a part of the box design. Like many of the other Innis & Gunn special editions, this one costs $4.95 for a bottle.

Because of the gorgeous bottle this beer comes in, it is easy to lose yourself in the color. The pour results in a short head, which recedes very fast. The aroma is not the most inviting one because of how pungent it is. Under the strong scotch aroma, more subtle sweet dried fruits, roasted nuts and honey can be detected. The taste is completely different though. It is sweet with a lot of character, some of it similar to scotch. The most notable flavours are toffee, sweet fruits and honey. Overall it is very malty with very little hops even in the finish. This is probably the most complex Innis & Gunn beers I have tried because the taste progresses during each sip and with every sip. It is not something I have ever had before and will definitely recommend it to those who would like to try something different. Watch out for the high alcohol content though. It will get you.

Cost - $4.95 for a bottle
Taste - 7.9/10

Overall - 7.9/10...unique, complex, but has a very pungent aroma

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