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Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale Brewed in Scotland
Innis & Gunn Bourbon Aged Dark Ale brewed in Scotland
(Edinburgh, Scotland) – Innis & Gunn, the award-winning independent brewer
of oak-aged beers, is releasing a new winter seasonal beer in the United
States. Bourbon Aged Dark Ale (7.4%) is a cola-colored ale made with Innis &
Gunn’s house ale malt, crystal and toasted malts, roasted barley and Super
Styrian Goldings hops.
The beer is aged in Innis & Gunn’s unique Oakerator oak-aging device over a
blend of American oak that has been infused with American bourbon. This
aging imparts the beer’s luxurious oak, vanilla and bourbon notes and rounds
off the beer’s edges. It also helps create the beer’s complexity, velvety
mouthfeel and long-lasting finish.
“For all our beers,” says Innis & Gunn founder and brewmaster Dougal Sharp, “we
try to make something of exceptional quality that’s unique and bursting with
flavor. Bourbon Aged Dark Ale has all of that in spades.”
“The beer,” Sharp says, “has standout flavours of coconut, coffee beans and
orange, complemented by notes of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and hops. This
isn’t a beer for the flavour frigid,” he adds. “It’s big and characterful and
will put hairs on your chest. It might be the holy grail of dark ale.”
Bourbon Aged Dark Ale is sold in a 22.3-ounce bottle and is now appearing at
retailers in the
20-plus states where Innis & Gunn beers are sold. (Currently AL, CT, FL, GA, IL,
KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, and VT.) The
suggested retail price is $8.99/bottle.
Dougal Sharp Background:
Sharp is a craft beer pioneer in his native Scotland and grew up in breweries
there. At 14 he began doing grunt work in Edinburgh’s famed Caledonian Brewery,
which was founded by his father, Russell Sharp.
He worked up to head brewer while earning a chemistry degree in college. Sharp
soon revamped the brewery’s recipes and his efforts resulted in numerous UK
medals including top UK IPA for Caledonian’s Deuchars IPA. Sharp also helped to
rebuild the brewery after two devastating fires.
An Accidental Backstory:
In 2002 Sharp was asked by William Grant distillers to create a distinctive beer
for seasoning oak whisky barrels for a special whisky. After distillery workers
alerted him to the wondrous taste of the beer being drained from the barrels
after seasoning, Sharp left the family business to launch Innis & Gunn (in 2003)
and focus on oak-aged beers.
Innis & Gunn Honors: Innis & Gunn has won a multitude of awards for its unique
range of oak-aged beers. This summer Innis & Gunn’s three core beers --
Original, Rum Aged and Toasted Oak IPA all won medals in the 2015 U.S. Open Beer
Championships, the 2015 International Beer Challenge and the 2015 World Beer
The company has been recognized for its contribution to industry by winning the
IGD Outstanding Small Business of the Year Award in 2013 and collecting two
Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in International Trade.
International Details: Available in over 20 countries, Innis & Gunn is the
second-biggest supplier of specialty beer to the UK off-trade, the top bottled
imported ale brand in Sweden, and the best-selling British bottled beer brand in
Canada. The company employs over 50 people globally and enjoyed 30% average
annual growth over the past two years.