This was only my second wee heavy and only my second Innis and Gunn, the first coming waaaaaaaaaaaaay back on day one of THE Beer List. This was a special beer for a few reasons. First off, it came in a box! And pretty much any beer that comes in a box now, the wife buys. Other than this, there was the Matador and the other three in the fridge right now.
And the second reason was totally unrelated. Kailyn, our good friend, mentioned one time she was over that she had a beer the other day that was the most disgusting thing she’d ever had. It was a beer in a clear bottle that was aged in cherrywood barrels or something. I knew right away what she was talking about and told her that I had it, and that since she thought it was gross, I’d probably not mind it.
And that was true. It had a nice red-amber colour that was evident through the iconic clear bottle. The smell was malty and sweet with some wood mixed in there. It was aged in cherrywood barrels and a touch of maple syrup was added during fermentation, and both of those are evident in the taste. It had a kinda harsh booty the first few sips, but that all went away after a while.
I started off drinking it cold, like the bottle said, but I found it got better as it got a little warmer. That’s also when I discovered that it was starting to taste a little heavy like a good whiskey..like Collingwood, which is made in maple wood barrels…interesting coincidence.