Kindred Spirits Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout
Innis & Gunn have released their latest, limited edition Kindred Spirits Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout, just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. This is a collaboration between the Scottish brewer and Tullamore DEW, makers of “the legendary” triple distilled Irish whiskey.
Kindred Spirits starts with Innis & Gunn’s Scottish Stout, made using the brewer’s unique barrel aging process. It is then matured in Tullamore’s triple-distilled, triple-blend whiskey barrels. This smooths out Innis & Gunn’s stout to create a stout that doesn’t taste like most stouts. It tastes better.
“The Scots and Irish share a powerful Celtic connection in our culture and our character, a bond that draws us together with Tullamore DEW,” says Dougal Gunn Sharp, Innis & Gunn’s founder and master brewer. “A brew greater than the sum of its parts, Kindred Spirits is a celebration of the best of Scots and Irish craftsmanship. Our partnership… has sparked the creation of an exciting and unique flavour packed alternative to the usual stouts.”
“Our partnership with Innis & Gunn brings us closer to a brand that shares our passion for innovation and creating products of exceptional quality and character,” adds John Quinn, Tullamore DEW Global Brand Ambassador. “Beer and whiskey have always been ‘malt cousins’ because malted barley is a key ingredient in both. We celebrate this unique bond … with great craft beers like Kindred Spirits for an evening full of true character.”
Kindred Spirits pours a lovely deep, dark, opaque brown without the viscosity of many other stouts. A nutty brown foam tops the glass and accentuates the strong (strong) nose of hops, barley and, honestly, beer. At first sip, it’s smooth and oddly light, for a stout. There are notes of vanilla, chocolate and some subtle coffee sneaking in on the mid-palate. It’s a strong, rich stout – but not heavy. The mouthfeel is reminiscent of an ale or lager. The finish lingers with bitter astringency that isn’t unpleasant. Luckily, there’s a lovely sweetness that cuts through the bitterness to leave you wanting more. A perfect stout to sip on Saint Patrick’s Day (especially if you’re not a fan of thick, heavy stouts).