Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

I love beer, don’t get me wrong. But, I have another love other than beer. That love is Irish whiskey. Whenever I see a new one, I have to try it. I drink my whiskey neat and I just love the smokiness of it and that burn at the back of the throat. I saw the press release when this beer came out over a year ago (as a limited offering) and didn’t pick it up. When I saw it was released again, I knew this one was coming home with me…

ABV: 7.4%

Style: English Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our sturdy Scottish Stout gains even greater flavour during its maturation in rare oak casks, obtained from a renowned Irish Whiskey distillery. The resulting beer is rich, complex and velvety smooth with notes of coffee and dark chocolate, and proves that it pays to have friends in the beverage business.”

Random: The only thing that didn’t thrill me about this beer was the fact that this was offered in clear bottles. I don’t really understand the point of that.

This brew poured with a two finger thick tan head. It dissipated slowly and left decent lacing behind on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color. There was no visible carbonation in the brew due to the color. I haven’t had many Scottish stouts, so I was curious to see what the nose presented. It had the very familiar roasted malts and dark coffee notes that I’ve come to expect from a stout. What was a pleasant surprise was the touch of whiskey that came through with vanilla. The taste of the stout was sweet at first, almost as if there were some lactose added to it. Then, roasted malts and milk chocolate took over the palate with whiskey and vanilla following directly behind. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and roasty. For a beer that advertises that it uses whiskey casks, this was one of the more delicate beers that I’ve had and it was incredibly well done. Go try this one if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yards Chocolate Love Stout

Sometimes, I pick up beers and I really don’t know why. Yards puts out some good stuff. I’ve had very few “outstanding” brews from them, but a bunch of solid ones and then some that I just don’t like at all. Given all of the choices that I had, I was shocked that this one ended up in the cart, but let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: English Stout

Trivia: According to, “Chocolate Love Stout is passionately brewed with dark chocolate and sensual malts. The deep, penetrating sensations of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel will linger on the tongue and arouse the mind. Cherish each sip. After all love is fleeting, and intimate interludes are often brief. Chocolate Love Stout is available for a limited time.”

Random: They add 2 pounds of chocolate to every batch.

This poured with a huge and thick, three finger tan head that took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose was very chocolatey with coffee as well. There wasn’t much else on the nose. The taste was chocolate dominant, some vanilla and then coffee at the end. As it warms, I got some roasted malts as well. The body was very thin, with high carbonation. The finish was long and chocolatey. Although I really enjoyed how chocolate dominant this beer was, the body was way too thin for my liking. It was bordering on watery. But, if you like the style, it’s still worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yards Love Stout

Since Kate and I hadn’t been on a date in awhile, we left the sleeping child with Pa (Kate’s father) and headed to our local favorite bar, Molly Maguire’s in Rumson. It’s the closest place to us to get decent craft beer and the onion rings are to die for. Since our favorite place is still under repairs due to the hurricane (Twin Light Tap House), we’ve been going here. I saw this draft-only offering from Yards on tap and I had to order it.

ABV: 5%

Style: English Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with oysters in the kettle boil to adjust our brewing water for a fuller mouthfeel, Love Stout® is a dark, chocolatey and seductive little number dominated by roasted malt flavor. Love Stout’s available draught only, so if you’re the type who goes to the bars looking for love, this is the one time you might actually get lucky.”

Random: This is my first “English Stout,” so I got to add a new category. It’s been awhile since I’ve had to do that.

This poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, dark brown color with higher than expected carbonation. My first complaint is that this was served way too freaking cold. I was half expecting ice chunks in this. I let this warm for awhile so I could get the full flavor out of this. The nose had roasted malts with cocoa. No sign of oysters yet. The taste was silky, almost like a milk stout. I got roasted malts and chocolate, no coffee notes and still no oysters or brine. The flavors were very soft and refined. The body was thin, bordering on watery, but the carbonation was appropriate. The finish was quick with milk chocolate and cocoa. I enjoyed the flavors overall, but it was just too thin to be an outstanding brew.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0