Three years after being originally released in Ireland, Innis & Gunn Brewing Co.’s Irish Whiskey Aged Stout is now being sold in the United States for the first time.
While the 7.4 percent ABV seasonal release stout from the Edinburgh, Scotland-based brewery first launched in 2012, this is the first time the beer has been available in the United States and is being released in advance of St. Patrick’s Day.
“Ireland is known throughout the world for producing great stouts and Scotland is famed for its whisky,” said Dougal Sharp, Innis & Gunn founder and master brewer, in a press release. “In making Irish Whiskey Aged, we’ve taken the best of each and produced a Stout made uniquely from Scottish malts, which we then mature over Irish whiskey-infused oak. The chocolate malt and roasted barley both give a real depth of flavor to this brew and the Super Styrian hops add an earthy, balancing sweetness.”
The beer is brewed with I&G ale malt, crystal malt, roasted barley, Chocolate malt, raw wheat and super styrian hops before being aged in Oakerators®, the brewery’s “pioneering oak maturation vessels” that resemble coffee percolators.
“It was impossible for us to get our hands on enough casks because Irish whiskey is surging in popularity across the world and none of the distilleries will sell their casks,” said Sharp. “We didn’t want to disappoint our fans who expect our annual Irish Whiskey release so we’ve matured this seasonal in our Oakerators®.”
According the brewery, Irish Whiskey Aged Stout is now available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles ($9.99) and on draft.