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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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BA SCORE
82
good

149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Segelstrom on 10-13-2013

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Photo of Dave2234
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Loudog1411
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bfer1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacMalt
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Mhpendleton
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Z-man
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snodman
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Gemini6
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BodiesLexus
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nine_Tails
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Porter with the same style and gunn innis that I love

Photo of coolandy007
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of OldTime
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waterbuffalo
3.41/5  rDev -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

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of MiWolfman
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brent_B
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAchris
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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: 3.94, 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.

Photo of MKuryllo
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CorgiDad
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Syncro-Vox
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrunoH
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good smooth beer. Strong. Nice finish.

Photo of SFNC
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Pocketharpy
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter from Innis & Gunn
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