Review: Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish

Review: Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish by Cody La Bière
For a few years now, Innis & Gunn has produced a limited edition beer just in time for Canada Day on July 1st, some years they had a Canadian Whisky finished ale, this time around - it's a Canadian Cherrywood Finish, a scotch ale aged with Canadian Black Cherrywood and then given a hint of maple syrup, to give this a burst of flavour that Sir John A himself would be proud of himself.

Appearance: Pours a rich vibrant cherry & copper red, somewhat hazy and reminiscent of an Irish Red, very fruity in appearance, almost like a Cran-Cherry juice. Minimal to no head appearing for this beer here, but a decent amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Quite the sweet & desserty beer here. The typical aromas of aged scotch (vanilla, oak, caramel/toffee), as well as a very aromatic sweet & slightly tart cherry presence.. hell no where near as tart & sour as a kriek, but a nice tartiness that would be delightful with a slice of cheesecake after a big dinner. Wood notes in here too

Taste: A sweet, somewhat bitter cherry makes the first appearance, followed by the rich maltiness of the toffee. Your typical scotch ale notes of vanilla, some caramel and a sting of alcohol are very much present in this beer. Slight woodiness from the cherrywood and oak, but nowhere as woodsey as most of Innis & Gunn's offerings. More sweet, less woody. A hint of maple but I had to slowly sip on it to gradually pick up the notes of the maple, but considering how sweet and syrupy this beer is already, it's a good thing they didn't put much in this batch

Overall Thoughts: If you're someone who is an Innis & Gunn fan, you will enjoy this beer, while it surprised me that the Cherrywood Finish is actually more of a sweet cherry flavour rather than a complex woody flavour with a hint of cherry in there, this makes it to be a really great dessert time beer, but for those who don't like it too sweet.. you won't really be able to drink more than one.. incredibly sweet of a beer so watch out or your stomach will hurt like mine does around really sweet beers. 8.3% ABV

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