Innis & Gunn Independence Day 2012 Oak Aged Beer
What the Brewer Says:
We are delighted to present this Limited Edition Innis & Gunn beer which has been brewed, matured and bottled to mark American Independence Day, the 4th of July 2012.
Scottish and American culture has been celebrated throughout the centuries, and has helped to shape the modern world. From the Declaration of Independence, which was influenced by our nations’ shared dedication to liberty and freedom, to modern day musicians, explorers and pioneers.
One of America’s National Symbols, ‘Uncle Sam’ is a real man of Scots decent. Samuel Wilson’s parents sailed to America from Greenock, Scotland. Samuel supplied the army with meat in barrels during the War of 1812-15. The barrels were prominently labelled “U.S.” for the United States, but the soldiers joked that the letters stood for “Uncle Sam.”
This beer, then, celebrates the Heritage, the Spirit and the Character of the people of America and the people of Scotland. It is a great collaboration of full-flavoured Scottish malted barley and mouth-watering, zesty American hops, all slowly matured in our brewery in Scotland.
Above all though, it celebrates our shared love of great beer!
Palate: Big hits of biscuit malt and citrus hops. Vanilla and oak come through, and become more pronounced as the beer warms.
Finish: An unusual balance of refreshment and complexity. Malty sweet with lingering fruit and oak.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Malty and fruity. It has some of that classic oak aged smell.
Palate: A round creamy vanilla sweetness jumps in first and then is chased out by a savory beef broth woody note.
Finish: A little fruity sweetness balances with oak but it’s surprisingly clean and short on the finish.
Comments: Admittedly, I’m not much of a beer guy. Most of my focus is in the realm of distilled spirits. That said, I really like this beer. I’m most pissed that it’s a limited edition. If I could find it regularly I’d be having these year round.
Rating: Must Try
I would like to thank Shannon Fischer with Handcrafted PR for sending a few of these beauties over for review. I’ll also be passing some along to our designated Whisk(e)y Apostle Beer Guru Sam the next time I’m in Atlanta. When I hear back from Sam I will post his thoughts too.