Kith & Kin – Innis & Gunn

Stout Anglaise en barrique, similaire à un Porter Baltique, 5.8%, de Edinburgh, Écosse. (NB Liquor)

English Stout, 5.8%, from Edinburgh, Scotland.
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25 = 4.16/5

Opaque black color. Slightly creamy brown 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs, but not much swirl effect. Flavors plums, berries, toffee, molasses, chocolate, coffee, light salmon, wood, walnuts, barley and herbal hops. Silky smooth medium body with a light crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, soft leathery feel, thick esters, roasted bread, light Rauchbier effect, with some hints of whiskey barrel. Superbly well balanced, incredibly rich nutty feel. Also a bit salty with light oysters. Yeah damn filled with tasty flavors. Highly alcoholic for the ABV, so the freshness takes a hit, but plentifully warming. Still well intensified and pleasant to drink, very rich and smooth. Nice complexity with a similar sensation to a Baltic Porter. Overall excellent quality craft.

American IPA – Innis & Gunn

IPA Américaine avec une touche Britannique, 5.6%, de Edinburgh, Écosse. (NB Liquor)

American IPA, 5.6%, from Edinburgh, Scotland.
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.81/5

Cloudy golden color with moderate activity. Creamy and frothy light beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of pineapples, lemon, caramel, soft orange peels and clove, roasted grains with leafy and herbal hops. Smooth oily full body with crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, thick citrusy tongue coat, heavily malty in a wet barley way and a bit wheathy. Dense floral spiciness, nice freshness though, and pleasantly bodied. Very tasty but quite bold and a bit too harsh, hitting the accessibility. Still quite enjoyable, ending sugary on the tongue, with some degree of balance in there, and high quality malty feel at the end. I think it’s well represented, yet with a proper English feel. Overall very good quality craft.

Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale – Innis & Gunn

Une ambrée Englaise puissante et complèxe de haute qualitée, 7.4%, de Edinburgh, Écosse.

English Strong Ale, 7.4%, from Edinburgh, Scotland.
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25 = 4.26/5

Very deep hazy, kinda veiled, dark brown color with a reddish hue but no visible activity. Slightly creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with light legs and some good lacing. Flavors of vanilla, caramel, plums, dark berries, lemon, slight clove, soft oak and molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, wheat, barley and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with soft prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong finish, a bit dry with light earthy and herbal spicy feel, heavy sweet brown sugar and dark fruits like some lingering dark cherries. A mild straw and wet grains feel that’s not too coarse. Heavily bready with some rather high leafy bitterness on the tongue that last a moment. Feels like a complex amber, resembling a mild barleywine, with some appetizer qualities. Nicely executed and refined, although the body is a little on the thin flat side, a bit too oily. Subtle bourbon feel, just the right strength I think. Quite tasty and warming while still decently fresh. Really well balanced but not very accessible. Overall excellent quality craft.