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Innis & Gunn Blood Red Sky

Rating: 3.25

The second of two new Innis & Gunn beers that I picked up recently, this one follows on from their Gundpowder IPA that I reviewed here last and is another beer that I stumbled across in an Asda supermarket recently. This one was the beer of the two that I picked up that I was most looking forward to trying, labelled as a barrel aged red ale and coming in at just under 7% abv. had me hoping that it would be as good as some of the oak aged Innis & Gunn beers that I’ve reviewed here over the years. This particular bottle is actually the seventeenth beer from the brewery that I’ll have reviewed here now and I have noticed a couple other new bottles from the brewery in various stores recently so I can’t imagine it will be too long before I add to that number again.

Appearance (3/5): Very dark amber to mahogany in colour and topped with quite a poor head that is more a thin lacing than anything else, sitting around the circumference with the odd bubble on the surface of the still looking body.
Aroma (6/10): Dark and quite malty, there is an earthy nose to the beer with some sweet notes of mainly caramel and toffee following on behind. It’s lighter than expected with some background spice and sugars before some rum and touches of vanilla start to come through with a few darker fruits rounding things off at the end.
Taste (6/10): Dark and spicy with hints of a rauchbier coming through in the early going, there was definitely a lot of smoky flavours and a touch of ham but thankfully it wasn’t as strong as a rauchbier. It was definitely a malty offering with some sugars adding to the sweetness before some vanilla and caramel seen things out.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a fairly sweet feel and plenty of sugars showing throughout. There was some smoky touches of the taste and it seemed like quite a strong beer with some of the alcohol content showing towards the end of this one too.

Overall (13/20): Quite a strong and sweet offering with more smoke showing with the taste than I’d like and the beer almost leaning towards a rauhcbier in style at that point. There was a lot of malts showing throughout but I’d have liked the sweetness to me more pronounced and the rum touches that showed with the nose to have carried through to the taste as well. It was an okay offering but not exactly a good one and I imagine I’d avoid it in future if given a choice.

Brewed In: Edinburgh, Scotland
Brewery: Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2017
Type: English Strong Ale
Abv: 6.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Asda (Glasgow)
Price: £1.50

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