Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Scottish PorterInnis & Gunn Scottish Porter

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 167
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 5.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Segelstrom on 10-13-2013

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Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of Brent_B
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A = Deep red brown, short-lived soapy head, with very slight lacing.

S = This one I smell bourbon whiskey, and some "burnt sugar" courtesy of the "molasses added." I like it.

T = I definitely taste the burnt sugar/whiskey. It is full-bodied, but doesn't leave a nasty aftertaste.

M = Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. The "molasses added" suggests syrupiness, but it really isn't.

O = I really like this porter, but because of the molasses and 7.4% alcohol, it wouldn't be a regular for me. I think it would food pair nicely with baby back ribs smothered in a sweet barbecue sauce, cole slaw, and a baked potato and/or corn on the cob. Enjoy! (647 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks more like a barleywine than a porter dark crimson ruby brown appearance, light khaki tan head forms fine lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has sweet brown sugar, glazed apple, a hint of spice, alcohol and oak barrel aging effects. The first sip is cloying all day, alcohol burn at only 7.4% that's just sad with a watery beer supposedly aged on oak to "unlock the flavor". These guys are brewing half ass beer, so far nothing I've had from them have been nearly acceptable to call this base beer a porter is sacrilege. There's no rounded sweetness this is really harsh on the palate flavor and mouthfeel, watery texture with these big oak character with alcohol levels that are unrelenting for such a modest abv, just unbalanced. Overall a no go for me, it's going to make picking out another Innis and Gunn to try that much harder. (845 characters)

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of DCHritz
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rdilauro
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very light for a porter but it had the feel of a Wee Scotch Ale
Enjoyable but not s repeat (90 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle, called "Scotch Whisky Porter" in shipments to Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, very dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a few broad swaths of awkward hanging cloud lace around the glass as things eventually recede.

It smells of rather sweet, musty oaken vanilla, a lesser bready caramel maltiness, pithy yeast, a hint of stale bittersweet cocoa, and a weird boozy fruitiness, the sort you get with those cheap holiday candied chocolate confections. The taste is more of the same - that standard I&G house flavour of overwrought vanilla and caramel sweetness - hollow chocolate wafers, ethereal day-old coffee notes, a touch of toasty treacle, and some bruised apple and cherry compote fruitiness.

The bubbles are quite understated in their barely frothy emanations, the body a sturdy medium weight, but at what cost, with the smoothness coming in under a heady clammy umbrella. It finishes on the sweet side, duh, as the vanilla, caramel, and stilted woodiness (chips, man, chips!) prevail.

Sigh, while I could rail on about the lack of any sort of porter characteristics in this offering, that would be putting the cart before the horse. This may look the part, but in the end, it comes off as nothing more than a typical 'wood aged' strong ale, this time with perhaps a bit more roasted blather. Yeah, you know how I feel. (1,422 characters)

Photo of drinking12many
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours dark black, but when held up to a light it shows its true ruby red clarity. Nice frothy and creamy light-tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell - Chocolate malt and molasses are very prominent. Smells like rum.

Taste - Initially it is very sweet (probably the molasses) also with some floral/herbal hints. Finishes somewhat chocolaty with a lot of alcohol heat.

Feel - Smooth and creamy at first with a lingering chalkiness at the end. Somewhat savory.

Overall - The flavor did have a lot going on but the heat of the alcohol kind of ruined it. It also didn't seem very well-balanced as the malt flavor kind of took over. I enjoy Scottish ales a lot but this one was a bit over the top. It seems to be on the verge of being a great beer but is not quite there yet. I don't think I would recommend this one. (829 characters)

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.67/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a half finger of head on a clear brown colored body.
The aroma smells like caramel candy. That's it.
The taste is caramel sweet overall with some bitter metallic notes in the middle. It's not particularly pleasing.
The texture is thin with moderate carbonation.
I did not enjoy this beer. (294 characters)

Photo of mlockman
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You may disagree, but I felt it had a certain wine-like quality to it (69 characters)

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of sjones5045
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So I'm reviewing this a porter but I really don't think of this as one. It pours like a dark brown ale with minimal head. Doesn't look like any porter I've ever had. The smell is all sweet molasses which right out of the gate I know this isn't going to work for me since I love true porters and molasses doesn't seem like a good fit. I will say they taste isn't all that bad. The molasses is obviously there with hints of oak and vanilla like there other brews. It does have a small porter bitterness/burnt aftertaste, but you really have to be searching for it. Overall if this was considered a dark ale with molasses I'd think much more of this but since they want it to be a porter I'll rate it as a porter which is maybe a little better than I thought but still nothing I'd buy again. (788 characters)

Photo of beergorrilla
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjm0715
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.25/5  rDev -37%

Photo of Reaudribion
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Thejoe1027
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of SFNC
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK; More reddish than most Porters that I've encountered. Quite like looking through a Coke or Pepsi. Minimal, quickly disapearing head. 3.5
SMELL; Sweet smelling, as in sugar. Not getting any roasted notes that usually accompany good Porters. Some vanilla and wood on closer inspection.
TASTE; Very sweet, with oak, vanilla and molasses on the front, middle and back. I don't often care for overly sweet beers, but I kind of enjoy this one.
FEEL; Very thin for a Porter, mid-level carbonation which suits the taste. Lightly dry finish for such a sweet tasting beer.
OVERALL; As others have noticed, this does not really seem to be a Porter, it's closer to Scotch Ale. That said, it's intriguing and pretty tasty, with a nice oak/vanilla note dovetailing into the sweet molasses. (788 characters)

Photo of Trent
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waterbuffalo
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Smooth with chocolate, toffee and light coffee finish. A sweetness to start.

I would buy again if in mood for a porter (126 characters)

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Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter from Innis & Gunn
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