I think what initially attracted me to Innis & Gunn's Lager was the can. It's funky writing caused it to stand out on the supermarket shelf. I was glad, I noticed this beer. It is a pretty decent lager.
Innis and Gunn promote themselves as craft brewers. This isn't surprising. With the surge in craft brewing the last 10 years, just about everyone has become a craft brewer. What makes Innis and Gunn different is that they really are. They don't even own their own brewery. They use two different brewers in the Edinburgh, Scotland area to make their booze. Now that's craft brewing!
The first thing I noticed when I poured this bad boy was the the deep gold, light amber colour. This was a nice looking beer. The head was decent, but it disappeared rather quickly.
Like many lagers, this one had the slightly sweet malty taste at the beginning, which changed to a slight bitterness in the finish. What was amazing about the bitterness was how quickly it dissipated. The overall finish was very smooth. At first, I thought this was just my opinion of the finish, but I learned that Innis & Gunn use naked golden oats as part of the brewing process. These oats help obtain the smooth finish. See, it's not just me. There has to be something to it.
I said to Carolyn that if I was in Scotland, I could drink this lager on a regular basis. Traditional lager taste with a slight bitterness and a very smooth finish works for me. It was easy to give this beer four burps.
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With a name like Old Engine Oil, you knew the beer had to be dark, and this one was as black as night. What surprised me was how good it tasted.
When I poured the beer, a small fine head the color of coffee foam formed. You know, the fine light brown foam that develops and quickly disappears when an espresso is first poured? That colour! It was unlike any head I've seen before. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that my first taste was coffee. As I drank it down, I started to taste chocolate. It reminded me of eating very bittersweet chocolate.
I loved this Porter from the first swallow. I immediately thought this could be a five burper, and as I continued through the glass, it didn't change my mind. I'm not the world's biggest porter fan, but this was one fine beer.
When I held the full glass up to a window, I couldn't see any daylight through it. Despite this black colour, it wasn't heavy at all. Carolyn even went back for a couple of more swallows (and she is normally scared to try really dark beers).
Made by Harviestoun Brewery in Hillfoots, Scotland, I figured this beer has been made for hundreds of years. I was shocked to learn that the brewery has only been in existence since 1983 and Old Motor Oil since 2000. These guys are newbies when it comes to U.K. brew masters, but they sure know what they're doing.
It was very easy to give Old Motor Oil 5 burps. I can't wait to try this breweries other products!
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