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Import Friday – Innis & Gunn Highland Cask

October 15, 2010

Finally, the return of Import Friday. A weekly showcasing of beers brewed outside of BC. I promise to do a better job of keeping up with them.

This week we have Innis & Gunn’s latest beer. Innis & Gunn are known for barrel aging their beers. Their newest is no exception having spent 49 days in barrels used to age a single malt whiskey from the Speyside region in Scotland. The Speyside region is home to many distilleries such as; Aberlour, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, and Macallan. I’m sure you’ve heard of at least one of those distilleries.

The special limited edition beer is the result of selecting some of the very best malts and hops from Scotland and England combined with the unique Innis & Gunn oak maturation technique. Auburn in colour, Innis & Gunn ‘Highland Cask’ has been carefully matured for 49 days using a batch of extremely rare oak barrels – previously used to age single malt scotch whiskey for 21 years – from the Speyside region of Scotland.

“The Limited Edition ‘Highland Cask’ brew is truly a delicious beer of unrivalled complexity. The use of Scottish pale ale malt, amber malt and English Golding hops beautifully complemented the light honeyed heather notes from the rare oak barrels,” said Innis & Gunn owner and brewer Dougal Sharp. “The result is a brew that is deep, smooth and complex with classic Speyside character that we are proud to share with Canadians.”

Highland Cask has a bit of a weird aroma, yet it intrigues and inspires and pulls you in; peat, pulp-free orange juice, toffee, bread pudding, butterscotch, vanilla, oak. When drank the aromas comes together and produce a rather smooth and malty ale. Highland cask finishes fairly dry with those signature Speyside flavourings lingering.

Highland Cask will be in BC Stores mid-October, so now, or really soon. Definitely worth trying as you won’t find anything else like it out there.

Rating: Good
Style: Scotch Ale aged in Speyside Whiskey Casks
ABV: 7.1%
Serving Temp: 8-10ºC
BCL: n/a


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