The good folks at the Ontario's importers of Innis & Gunn's beers forwarded this sample a few weeks back and, as Canada Day is this coming Friday, I thought I better give it a go before the big day. And as I let one of their beers sit too long and another got taken out by a freezing delivery van I am happy that nothing's obviously up with this bottle.
It pours a medium mapled sort of brown with a eqq white head that resolves to foam and rim. Some vanilla toffee with booze on the nose, expected given its hefty 8.3%. In the mouth, I get a nod of maple from the combination of oak and vanilla along with a hint of cocoa and maybe rosemary with residual cookie sweetness balanced by twiggy hops. Overall, there is a rich softness to the beer characteristic of the brewer's style. It is not intense but, still, very tasty. I'd like it with a side of salmon or cold leg of lamb.