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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Review 71: Innis and Gunn Independence Day

Review 71
Innis and Gunn Independence Day: 7.0% abv

Ladies and gentleman, there is no greater honor than to support the people who serve this country and represent American freedom. Innis and Gunn, although a Scottish Brewery, has dedicated a beer to our Independence Day, and made it taste good as well. Here at KCM, we hope every has a safe night and appreciates their holiday, but also keeps our troops in mind. 

This special edition brew is aged in oak, like all Innis and Gunn beers, but is made from the fresh, new oak barrels, that haven't had all the whiskey in them. So let's see what we can find. On the nose, there is caramel, molasses, oak, vanilla, lime pear, green apple, lemon, white grape, roasted almonds, cantaloupe, slight pine and honey. The nose is complex, and that's an encouraging sight, but unfortunately, it doesn't continue from there. 

The taste is simpler, representing oak, toffee, vanilla, peach on the arrival, apple, pear, molasses, and slight licorice. The finish carries over several of these tasting notes, including pear, apple, slight pineapple and black cherry. Beyond this the beer offers very little, losing complexity incrementally. It does have a lot to offer on the nose, and is a light, drinkable beer for these awfully hot, summer days. This isn't by any means a bad beer, but doesn't meet the standards that other Innis and Gunn beers hit. Enjoy a safe holiday. Bless the troops and those away from home. 

Score: 8.0/10

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