Innis & Gunn collaborated with Islay distillery maker Laphroaig, to brew a very interesting limited-edition beer. Innis & Gunn Islay Whisky Cask is a 7.4% Scottish Red Ale which has been matured Laphroaig Quarter Casks for 12 weeks.During this time, the beer has extracted complex flavours from quarter casks, which approximately holds 45-50 liters. Due to its small volume, the liquid waiting in these cask has more contact with the wood, which means more extraction.

Innis & Gunn Islay Whisky Cask Ale (Scottish Red Ale, 7.4% abv)

As soon as you pour it into your glass, its dark color and thick foam attract your attention. It has light brown and dense foam. With the first smell, you immediately can see the effects of the whisky casks. Honestly, I didn't expect Quarter Cask casks to be this effective. One the nose, peaty, earthy and meaty notes are followed by oak, toffee, malt and chocolate. Quite aromatic. Similarly, the Laphroaig character is very prominent on the palate. Toffee, chocolate and malt flavors are followed by burnt oak and peat. It has a creamy and soft texture but still you can feel the warmth of high abv level. At the end, it leaves a light roasted and toffee flavors on the palate.

Innis & Gunn Islay Whisky Cask Ale is one of the most "whisky-like" beers I've tasted. It looks like quarter casks worked really well. Highly aromatic and intense Red Ale. When I think of Innis & Gunn's other beers that I have tasted before, I can say that this brand knows how to use different casks in their production process.

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Innis & Gunn Islay Whiskey Cask Ale
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