September 19th, 2011

Beer

Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 90: Innis & Gunn Original

An English Pale, from Scotland.

Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Original

Pours a clear amber. Small head that fades to thick lacing on the surface. A lot of very fine bubbles in the beer.

First sip: Mild malt, mild hops, a faint hint of toffee. Nice carbonation tingle on the tongue. Quite a lot of oak in the aftertaste.

The oak is not surprising since the beer is matured in oak barrels, but it is still a bit of a shock to the system after all this time. I suppose that back in the Old Days (ie 1950s) beer was matured in and and served from oak casks, before steel kegs, chilled taps and gas were invented. My Dad remembers those days: the beer you want in a firkin on the bar, draped in a wet cloth to reduce the temperature.

Speaking of temperature, the oak becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

This is a nice beer. I will be drinking it more often.

Original Oak Aged
Innis & Gunn
6.6% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Original

Same again, sir? Yes!