Innis & Gunn Canadian Cask

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Innis & Gunn Canadian Cask

Postby Ukie » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:49 am

INNIS & GUNN CANADIAN CASK, LCBO Item # 130534, $ 4.95 .

Special box to celebrate Canda Day. Only available in Hamilton, never seen that before.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:50 pm

this was available last year and was quite good!
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Postby cfrancis » Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:07 pm

Definitely worth a try, or two.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:12 am

I should mention that this is probably my favourite of the Innis and Gun beers.
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Postby jimmay » Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:04 am

was great last year, definitely worth a try.
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Postby Lukie » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:39 pm

This one has some nice complexity (it could use a bit more though), with pleasant raisin notes. Worth the steep price, once in a while.
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Postby boney » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:43 pm

I pulled out one of these that I have been keeping since last year (in a cool, dry box) and it had about a centimeter of fluffy grey crud growing on the bottom. The taste wasn't offensively off, but it definitely had a sour note to it. I've had similar problems with the Rum Cask. Interestingly, I've seen the same stuff in bottles of the regular version even when sitting on the shelves of walk-in coolers.

Any one else having similar problems? I'm at the point where I think that the real best before date is really only about half of what's listed on the bottles or boxes.
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Postby cfrancis » Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:54 am

I didn't have any issues with mine. I had one from last year sitting in my cellar and decided to have last years and this years side by side. Last years was the winner far and away.

I noticed the 2009 was aged for 71 days and the 2010 was aged for 54 days in casks. I would imagine this is the main difference in the taste. 2009 has so much more aroma and the rye taste comes through so much more.

Hopefully this was because I&G was under the "Gunn" to get this to shelves why they aged it shorter and not something they will continue to do.
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Postby Lukie » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:42 pm

One thing is certain: The Canadian Cask edition tastes much better than their original, which is just overwhelmed with a tofee taste.
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Postby Bobbyok » Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:13 am

boney wrote:I pulled out one of these that I have been keeping since last year (in a cool, dry box) and it had about a centimeter of fluffy grey crud growing on the bottom. The taste wasn't offensively off, but it definitely had a sour note to it. I've had similar problems with the Rum Cask. Interestingly, I've seen the same stuff in bottles of the regular version even when sitting on the shelves of walk-in coolers.

Any one else having similar problems? I'm at the point where I think that the real best before date is really only about half of what's listed on the bottles or boxes.

I'll have to check on mine. I still have one of last year's. Agree with Len and Lukie that this is my favourite of the bunch, though I don't think any of them are all that great. After a couple re-tries I still think the original just isn't all that good.
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Postby Lukie » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:29 pm

Bobbyok wrote:
boney wrote:I pulled out one of these that I have been keeping since last year (in a cool, dry box) and it had about a centimeter of fluffy grey crud growing on the bottom. The taste wasn't offensively off, but it definitely had a sour note to it. I've had similar problems with the Rum Cask. Interestingly, I've seen the same stuff in bottles of the regular version even when sitting on the shelves of walk-in coolers.

Any one else having similar problems? I'm at the point where I think that the real best before date is really only about half of what's listed on the bottles or boxes.

I'll have to check on mine. I still have one of last year's. Agree with Len and Lukie that this is my favourite of the bunch, though I don't think any of them are all that great. After a couple re-tries I still think the original just isn't all that good.


Agreed on all counts. I haven't tried the Blonde one yet though, but I suspect its probably similar to the original with more vanilla and less toffee (which is not a bad thing in this case). BTW how is the situation with beer in Halifax? Do you have independantly owned stores or do you have to rely on a single entity like the LCBO?
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Postby Bobbyok » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:25 am

Lukie wrote:BTW how is the situation with beer in Halifax? Do you have independantly owned stores or do you have to rely on a single entity like the LCBO?

We have 4 independent private stores. They were an experiment launched 7 or 8 years ago. The original intention was that they'd be specialty shops focussed primarily on wine and that the 4 licenses would be in different areas of the province. While they all do cater a bit more high end than NSLCs, all 4 ended up in the Halifax area. They all started in different parts of the city, but 2 have changed locations, leaving 2 downtown and 2 in Bedford, one of the wealthier surrounding communities. Only two have a beer selection worth talking about, one of which (Premier Wine and Spirits) has gone out of their way to bring in some really good things. Among the stuff they carry: Dieu du Ciel, Rochefort, Lagunitas, North Coast, Central City, Brewdog. Here and there the stores have picked up some unique things the NSLC would never touch - like St. Ambroise Imperial Stout. Aside from the individual stores bringing in good stuff though, in my mind anyway, the NSLC has had to up their game in response. They're now willing to carry local seasonals, for example, which they never did before.

Related to that example, the biggest impact has been the ability of our micros to experiment and see what beers will sell on a smaller scale without having to supply the NSLC beyond their capacity. Propeller launched its IPA as a seasonal and was able to easily get it on shelves at private stores. It sold so well they made it a regular. NSLC now carries it across the province. Same with Garrison's Imperial Pale Ale. And they both now have other "true" seasonals, some of which are exclusive to the private stores and some which make it to wider release at the NSLC. Point being, without the private stores to get them started, many of these beers never would have been made.
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Postby Lukie » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:16 pm

Bobbyok wrote:
Lukie wrote:BTW how is the situation with beer in Halifax? Do you have independantly owned stores or do you have to rely on a single entity like the LCBO?

We have 4 independent private stores. They were an experiment launched 7 or 8 years ago. The original intention was that they'd be specialty shops focussed primarily on wine and that the 4 licenses would be in different areas of the province. While they all do cater a bit more high end than NSLCs, all 4 ended up in the Halifax area. They all started in different parts of the city, but 2 have changed locations, leaving 2 downtown and 2 in Bedford, one of the wealthier surrounding communities. Only two have a beer selection worth talking about, one of which (Premier Wine and Spirits) has gone out of their way to bring in some really good things. Among the stuff they carry: Dieu du Ciel, Rochefort, Lagunitas, North Coast, Central City, Brewdog. Here and there the stores have picked up some unique things the NSLC would never touch - like St. Ambroise Imperial Stout. Aside from the individual stores bringing in good stuff though, in my mind anyway, the NSLC has had to up their game in response. They're now willing to carry local seasonals, for example, which they never did before.

Related to that example, the biggest impact has been the ability of our micros to experiment and see what beers will sell on a smaller scale without having to supply the NSLC beyond their capacity. Propeller launched its IPA as a seasonal and was able to easily get it on shelves at private stores. It sold so well they made it a regular. NSLC now carries it across the province. Same with Garrison's Imperial Pale Ale. And they both now have other "true" seasonals, some of which are exclusive to the private stores and some which make it to wider release at the NSLC. Point being, without the private stores to get them started, many of these beers never would have been made.



A mix of public and private liquer stores is exactly what should happen here in Ontario. It would challenge the lcbo to carry better products more consistently. I don't give a damn about their spiffy looking stores, all I care about is the selection that they have. About a year ago there was some general talk that Ontario would start to sell minority shares of its crown assets and partner up with private companies. Let's hope this happens to the LCBO.
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Postby carguy » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:57 pm

Ya, my local "upgraded" their store, and one of the "improvments" was to dump the excellent beer selection they had, and fill the coolers with Coors and Bud and nasty Euro lagers. A four foot section is all that remains to hold OCB and other imports. I've complained three times to them already, but they've made it clear to me they don't care. Oh well, I guess I just shop even more at Grand River which, in the end, is a good thing.

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