Beer Reviews

Innis & Gunn Original

Innis & Gunn Original

6.6% ABV

What they say:

This is our firstborn brew, whose accidental discovery started our story in 2003. Its originality also lies in its singular taste – notes of biscuity malt and vanilla swirling within a creamy, mellow character. A pioneering beer, its flavour finds favour with brewing juries, blind tasting panels and barflies alike.

Discovered by Accident from

Our beer’s distinctive depth of flavour owes a debt to good fortune. In 2002 a famous whisky distiller approached us for help. They were seeking to season some of their oak casks with the sweet, malty character of a full-flavoured beer. All the previous attempts had failed.

Eager to assist, we created a custom-made recipe and the resulting brew was put to bed in their barrels.

Thirty days on, our beer was thrown out and the whisky went in. During its maturation, the Scotch acquired extra qualities from the beer-infused wood, resulting in a greatly admired dram and many repeats of the successful experiment.

Then, months later and quite unexpectedly, our Master Brewer, Dougal, received an exciting call – this time it wasn’t the whisky getting rave reviews.

Some inquisitive souls at the distillery had sampled our beer after its time in casks. We did likewise…and the taste was remarkable. It had been transformed by the oak into an unusually refined brew.

Ever since that heady day we’ve dedicated ourselves to sharing the unique flavours of our oak aged beers with the world, proving that a little luck can go a long way.

Innis & Gunn Ale Malt; Crystal Malt, Raw Wheat

Super Styrian Hops

Maturation 77 days

Bourbon Casks and Over Bourbon-infused heartwood in our Oakerators®


Original won a prestigious Grand Gold at the Monde Selection Awards in 2012, an honour reserved for high-quality contenders that have won gold medals for at least three consecutive years.

Tasting notes

Colour: Golden honey

Smell: Caramel and rich roasted malts

Taste: Incredibly smooth with a delicious toffee character and a light hop fruitiness

Finish: Creamy and warming

What to have with it: Curries, grilled seafood, good-quality burgers, juicy steaks

Innis & Gunn Original

Innis & Gunn Original

What I say:

The original Innis & Gunn oak matured ale was seemingly invented when distillery workers were caught partaking of the ale used to mature oak casks in preparation for the subsequent maturation of whisky (Possibly Grant’s Ale Cask Finish? The ale that was to be discarded had gained a reputation as being highly drinkable – and the rest is history…




Toffee and vanilla


Sweet vanilla fudge, syrupy, oaky and malty

Score: 92/100 * Paula’s Favourite Whisky Beer

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