Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Day 223 Drink: Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer
Innis & Gunn is an independent family run brewery in Edinburgh, Scotland. They started oak aging ales almost by accident.
In 2002, distilling giant William Grant decided to make a beer-finished whisky. They selected Innis & Gunn to supply beer that would by placed in oak casks to season them for 30 days before the beer would be dumped and replaced by Scotch. Someone at the distillery tasted the beer and made a call to the brewery to suggest they might want to consider oak aging their beer.
Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer pours a golden honey color and has a slightly fruity nose. The 6.6 percent alcohol by volume brew has a malty base that is mellowed slightly by the oak, which leaves just a hint of vanilla to the long finish of this brew.