Loyal readers will know I’m a big fan of most of Innis & Gunn’s cask-aged beer. I think they were the first non-whisk(e)y thing I posted about on the site, because they taste great. But they’ve always been a little expensive, clocking in at around $60.00 for a case of bottles. They launched a 750ml bottle, which is basically a nap in a jar – Innis & Gunn gets pretty skunky if you leave it open, so you’re drinking the whole thing. And at 6.6%, well, you gotta be a pretty professional drinker not to get a little fuzzy.
Anyway, tasty but expensive, partly because of the cost of the container. So I&G have given us a 500ml tallboy aluminum can.
And it kinda sucks. It tastes completely different than out of a bottle or glass. I tried first straight from the can because I am super duper classy, and did not enjoy the experience. Ryan pointed out that you shouldn’t ever really drink from a can (think of those British beers with the keg-action widgets bouncing around in them – you have to pour the beer out to get the “correct experience”), so I poured it into my I&G footed pilsner glass. It improved slightly, but it still tastes quite metallic and not the same as the bottled kind.
The difference is noteworthy, so here’s the note.
Don’t buy it in a can.