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Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Scottish PorterInnis & Gunn Scottish Porter

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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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Photo of coolandy007
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Inniss & Gunn take all the characteristics of a solid porter and make it fun with notes of peat, oak and molasses. Nothing mind blowing, just a fun beer showcasing the barrel aging that the brewery is well known for. (216 characters)

Photo of y2jrock60
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear brown with a large bubble head that dissipates quick leaving behind no lacing.

S- Very sweet with vanilla, oak, whiskey, and caramel notes.

T- Sweet, spicy, vanilla, caramel, and whiskey burn.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O- A very tastey beer with a unique character. (291 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My long review was lost after I added it. Shorter version: single finger head, excellent lacing, deep amber body. Aroma of molasses oak caramel, mint, earthy hops. Flavor is similar but less sweet more earthy also with caramel, oak, molasses. Medium body moderate carbonation. Complex and flavorful. (299 characters)

Photo of Snodman
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - First thought was WISKEY, then picked up some vanilla and toast in it.
Taste -sweet caramel malts up front, medium amber molasses, oak understated and a very dry dried cherry with a kiss of tobacco in the finish... hardly sweet and only mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower side.

Overall- more of a wee heavy/scotch ale. It lacks a lot of roasted flavor which a porter should have in my mind, but it does have a nice blend of sweeter/sugary flavors with a nice maltiness. (766 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: clear, dark ruby red liquid topped with a bumpy, messy, dense tuft of coffee-creme colored foam... the head falls down within a couple minutes, little lacing

S: initial unmistakable I&G profile... bold fresh oak grain, perfume of vanilla-creme coated malted chocolate, and potent undercurrent of dry cherry/currant liqueur... tiny hint of cigar in the far background

T: up front - husks of chocolate malt, vanilla-soaked coffee beans... delicate essence of coffee roast on top midway... understated rush of very dry dried cherry with a kiss of tobacco in the finish... hardly sweet and only mildly bitter (tannic)

M: light-medium-bodied... super soft with a warm, sanded-smooth tannic chaser... mellow, dry finish with a faint warmth

O: not too different from their other beers - flavorful, dry, easy drinking, maybe a bit drier - the roasted elements, though subtle, do make this stand out among the rest... of the 4 I've now had, they seem to shine most at the extremes of color - the lightest (original) and darkest (bourbon stout) have been the best and relatively most distinctive... let's see if that trend continues the more I try (1,144 characters)

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 thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Aug 2015 and served slightly chilled. Labelled as "Scottish Whisky Porter" in this market.

Pours a deep blackish-brown colour, with tinges of crimson under the light. Seated atop is one finger of frothy, creamy light tan-coloured head; it wilts away relatively rapidly over the next couple of minutes, but is easily kicked back up with a swirl of the glass. Decent lace, with a nice, wide collar. The aroma is sweet and malty, dominated by notes of molasses and toffee, with oak and vanilla also featured rather prominently, giving it a distinctly whisky-like vibe. There are also slight hints of cherry and plum.

Reminiscent of many I&G products I've had in the past; very sweet, with big notes of toffee, caramelized sugar and molasses layered on top of their trademark oak and vanilla flavours. Strong suggestions of cherry and plum are present, too, giving this one a modest bit of depth, with an earthy hint of cocoa toward the finish. Light butterscotch and whisky booziness linger briefly into the aftertaste. Medium-light in body, with subtle carbonation levels that result in a silky-smooth mouthfeel. Satisfying to sip, and it improves noticeably with a bit of warmth.

Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. I&G's Scottish Whisky Porter is a serviceable strong ale, but it's not very porter-like at all - if handed this blindfolded, I'd probably call it a wee heavy, making the BA classification pretty accurate in my view. A little too sweet to be something I'd drink regularly, but still a brew that I could see myself picking up sporadically - which is roughly how I feel about their flagship oaked ale. Fans of that beer (and other I&G products) should find this to be a worthwhile diversion, but if you're not already a member of that group then I can't see this beer changing your opinion of the brewery very much. (1,869 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maybe I got a bad batch but I recall enjoying this beer more last year. I remember a more distinctive and pleasant molasses smell and taste. As a wee heavy, it's not bad but I prefer Dirty Bastard. (199 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a; Clear copper-ruby with an inch tall offwhite head which receded quickly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Caramel malt with a kind of floral/burnt sugar tinge.

t: Tangy caramel and dark fruit. Later the oak cask aging pops out.

m; Medium, carbonation tingles the tongue.

o: A unique brew with a lot of flavor. I prefer their plain rum cask aged, but this is a good winter/holiday seasonal. (464 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a deep mahogany amber with thin white head, dying down to a thin pond of white foam and light lacing. Nose is of molasses, toffee, crème Brule, a hint of dark fruit, and light oak. Taste is sweet caramel malts up front, medium amber molasses, oak in the back and a light sherry like texture. A light chocolate finish mixing with mild bittering hops on the aftertaste makes this a most excellent brew. I am becoming a fan of Innis and Gunn, and will definitely have them again when the opportunity arises.

Cheers! (530 characters)

Photo of Segelstrom
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first to review this beer. wife got there first but couldn't find listing so I get to jump on it. this is an oak aged porter with molasses added. it is good but not one of I&G better offerings. doesn't seem to be as full bodied as our domestic porters. has a nice rich floral smell. can't say that I detected the presence of the molasses. (338 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LBCO for about $3.25 CDN.

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany color with amber hues and a minuscule white head with very modest retention. not really clear, but not opaque either, kind of translucent.

Smell - Plenty of whiskey from the aging in the whisky barrels. Some of the signature vanilla notes associated with Innis & Gunn and a bit of butterscotch or toffee underneath.

Taste - Whiskey and wood throughout and some vanilla too. A bit too sweet for my liking but flavorful and pretty good for the style. Alcohol is noticeable at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice rich body, not thin but not excessively full. Just enough carbonation and not syrupy either. Nailed the feel on this one with just a slight alcoholic burn down the throat.

Overall - Another solid offering from Innis & Gunn. (863 characters)

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 BEERMILER12
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice ruby color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to almost nothing after about a minute

S: Molasses, oak, vanilla, some fruitiness, and light chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the molasses which is lightly bitter and then goes into more of a sweetness with the oak, vanilla, chocolate, and darker fruits. Slight alcohol, but it is hidden well by the oak and fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice treat every now and then, as it is definitely on the sweeter side. Very easy to drink while providing a nice complexity. Displays the oak nicely, so it's a good into to oaked beers as well (650 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is currently available in a brown bottle and it's better than the reviews here.

A: Looks great. Espresso clear body, with intense head and lots of dotty lacing.
S: Powerful. A bit odd. Starts with molasses along with a vegetal fermented fruit note.
T: First impression: Over ripe, and border line nasty, but not off. Some dark malt porter, then buttery oaky aromas like fresh cut oak barrel. Then a mild booze, caramel, nuts, and brown sugar. A bit too sweet, and a bit too nasty next to a better Ale.

F: Mouth is medium but syrupy, low carb. Slightly wood, splintery finish.

O: Densely flavor packed and complex but marred by the off-fermented taste. Also, like a Cola (which I rarely drink) so sweet, I had to eat too many pretzels to counter it, to finish. (775 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at reefer temp into goblet, no date
Aroma slightly malty with a hint of oak
Head small (2 cm), frothy, light brown
No lacing
Body clear, dark amber
Flavor begins heavily sweet with vanillin and maybe a hint of oak; no hoppiness noted. It ends with a touch of astringency.
No diacetyl.
Body is medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

I assume the molasses is to provide sweetness and increase the body. Not being very familiar with molasses as a food, I can't tell if it imparts any flavor. Beer sitting in clear bottles under fluorescent lighting has to be suspect! (575 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is mainly of a caramel and molasses sweetness mixed with other aromas of a light chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Some more oaky and whisky aromas mingle with these, as well as a light vanilla and buttery toffee smell, which produce a rather sweeter and barrel like aroma overall.

Taste – The taste is very much more Scottish ale or amber ale like then porter like. The tongue is met with a mainly caramel and molasses taste with it being on the more sweet and bready side. There is only a light hint of chocolate and roasted flavor that come to the tongue after the initial taste, with both of these flavors remaining rather light throughout the taste. While the roasted flavors remain rather light some more sweet flavors of vanilla and toffee come to the tongue with the toffee taking the place of the upfront caramel. A little bit of a darker fruit flavor of plum and raisin as well as some oakiness comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving a rather sweet, not very porter like, and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower side. The carbonation level was rather nice for the scotch style/”porter” style of the brew, while a slightly thicker body may have helped with accentuating the lighter darker flavors of the brew, making them more pronounced.

Overall – Not really a porter, but more of a wee heavy/scotch ale. It lacks a lot of roasted flavor which a porter should have in my mind, but it does have a nice blend of sweeter/sugary flavors with a nice maltiness. If looking for a scotch style ale then this is a good choice, but if looking for a robust dark porter then steer away. A nice brew, but just not a nice classification. (2,020 characters)

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 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 Antikythera
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I've been neglecting my beer reviews. Finally found something that inspired me to write it down. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

a: thin foamy head that goes away fast. Overall does not look like a porter; it's dark red-brown and clear. First time I've ever had something called porter that I could actually see through.

s: a little odd. Yeasty at first, then sweet and almost buttery. Not sure whether it's pleasant or tolerable.

t: sweet and molasses-y. Pretty nice.

m: heavy and chewable like a porter should be, with just enough fizz to make it more interesting.

o: I'm not completely overwhelmed but this could really grow on me. Will buy again. (664 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do like the idea of all the barrel aging stuff they do, mostly barrels to prep for whisky, but the base beer always seems to be lacking something, and clear bottles?!

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly, it does leave a bit of lacing at least to remember it was there at one point, a dark molasses brown color with a bit of ruby light sneaking through.

Nose has a mix of good and bad, and lots of various aromas, let's see if I can nail them all down now. Starts with the molasses, raw molasses, boot strap almost, as well as a vegetal fermented rotten sugar like note, then mild flashes of dark malt and a little porter like essence, but not very dark either, quickly into loads of buttery oak, nice oaky aromas like fresh cut oak but a bit too much butter at the same time, a mild booze that hints at fusel, a mild caramel and brown sugar. I think that about summarizes it.

Taste starts a bit on the sweet side, candy like and syrupy, with flashes of toffee, nutty flavors, brown sugar, and lots of candy sweetness. Into molasses, lots of molasses again, raw fermented molasses and extract like almost fake sugar. Then a mild, very mild, vegetal fermented flavor almost cooked vegetables. It hints at darker malts with a little almost cocoa butter like flavor, and faint coffee. Next on the list is barrel, more buttery oak and toasty raw oak, a bit of sharp oak tannin too. A mild spicy hop makes its presence known too with mild bitterness. Finish is sweet and a bit sticky still, more molasses, buttery oak, and toffee lingering.

Mouth is med bod, bit syrupy, decent carb but on the low end.

Overall Ok but not great, somewhat meh, so much going on mix of good and bad, even the barrels have a mix of good and bad. Just a taste for me and probably won't get this again. (1,813 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and slight molasses aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is very sweet and not too much like a porter in my opinion. (531 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 15, 2013.

It has a mahogany brown to dark amber pour with a head that lasts for a second and completely dissolves and relatively good clarity.

The nose has some chocolate malts and the oak barrel mustiness with a little vanilla thrown in, molasses, and bread. Once I figure out it was molasses I found it to be a bit more acceptable.

The body is less than medium.

The taste has a lightly roasted malt character but it is more overwhelmed by the vanilla or molasses. The alcohol could be better integrated because it had a slight boozy feel. No smoke like I like in Porters. (622 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz. clear bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper/ruby in color, with a thick head of off-white foam.
Aroma-a bit of skunkiness(due to clear bottle perhaps) sweet toasted malt.
Taste-Oakey, sweet, toasted malt, some vanilla notes, warming alcohol in the finish. Rather smooth, interesting flavor. (323 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)

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Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter from Innis & Gunn
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