Name: Irish Whiskey Finish
Brewery: Innis & Gunn
Country: UK (Scotland)
Style: Stout – special/other
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Guys it’s pretty rare that I rate a beer over 4 out of 5. Regardless of the fact that my ratings are completely subjective, I really think that this is a special beer.
The wonderful guys over at Innis & Gunn love experimenting with their Scottish ales, and this time they’ve aged a stout in oak barrels used for whiskey. Let that sink in a bit… We’ve tasted some of Innis & Gunn’s other whiskey and rum infused ales, but because this is a whiskey infused stout, it just feels different.
It pours blacker than black with a creamy persistent head. You almost want to give this brew a minute or two to settle before tasting it. The aroma is unusual; like molasses mixed with coffee and rich malt.
The flavours are a delicate balance of sweet, warming (from the whiskey), toasty and rich. There is definitely your usual flavour suspects (chocolate, coffee) in this stout, but it’s got that extra layer of whiskey sweetness that is reminiscent of candied fruit.
I’m not a whiskey fan; it’s just not my thing. But I really enjoyed this one. I think the whiskey is both apparent and subtle at the same time, and it makes for a marvellously complex stout.
Give it a try and tell me what you think in the comments; I’d love to hear if I’m the only who can’t stop thinking about this interesting beer.