Beer Review – Kindred Spirits

This offering from Innis & Gunn in Edinburgh, Scotland is, true to its name, a stout aged in Irish whiskey barrels. It weighs in at 6.1% ABV and an unspecified IBU or gravity rating.

Pours a near opaque brown color with a thin ring of tan head that sticks around. Rich oaky whiskey notes tickle the nose up front supported by dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose almost exactly – dark chocolate and a tinge of vanilla start things off while a heavy oak takes over the back of the palate with that distinct sweet warmth of Irish whiskey on the finish. A hint of an espresso on the aftertaste. Surprisingly light on body and fairly high carbonation. It drinks easily enough and the ABV is low enough to kill a few without overdoing it.

This beer was pleasant enough, though I wish it had some more substance and a thicker consistency. If it had those couple of things it would be excellent. The flavors were nice but it just left me wanting something a bit more. Rating: 3/5.

Have you had this beer? What did you think?


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