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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Retired my ass - I just bought a fresh (and brown!!!) bottle of this stuff yesterday. 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. Look-wise, it's in between a Scotch ale and a porter. The head is a finger high, and khaki in shade. Its retention isn't very good, though some hints of lacing are left behind. (3.25)

Smell: I'm really picking up the molasses here. I'm also getting a strong caramel note, along with some chocolate and brown sugar. It seems somewhat smoky on occasion, and even slightly minty. Letting it warm up, and I even get some oak chips...err, I mean oak barrel. ;) Maybe it's a bit too sweet for me, but the complexity is very nice - nor does it seem to suffer from the overbearing diacetyl I've gotten from other I&G beers. (3.5)

Taste: Unfortunately, it does feature some butterscotch in the flavor profile. On the plus side, this diacetyl flavor is restrained acceptably here. The back end features a healthy vanilla flavor. It isn't very complex - in fact, it's rather cola-esque - but it's still okay. It's lacking in oak flavor, too. (3)

Mouthfeel: Despite the healthy initial sweetness, it's light in body and high in carbonation. As a result, this is somewhat easy drinking. Somewhat. I wish the sweetness was paired with a creamier, rounder mouthfeel, though. (3)

Overall: I haven't been particularly impressed with I&G so far, and this hasn't converted me, either. However, it seems like it's righted a few of the wrongs of past I&G brews - it's in brown bottles, for one. Also, the diacetyl is more intrinsically balanced within the base beer. Still, it's lacking the defined roast and chocolate flavors that would have made this a much better beer. As a result, I won't be buying this again. (3)

3.11/5: Not great, but at least some of the old I&G bugaboos are being phased out... (1,846 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 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 iTunesUpdates
3/5  rDev -16%

Well picked this up the other night and was expecting a porter. More towards a scoth ale. Pours a deep red with not much of head. Tasted like a porter gone wrong but good if you are into the scotch ales. Over all it was ok but wont be going at this again. (255 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Where better to bring a new I&G beer than to VDubb's? This stuff pours a clear ruby-studded sienna topped by a half-finger or so of wan tan foam. The nose comprises dried maple syrup, oak, vanilla bean, light cocoa powder, very light roasted malts, light vague stonefruit, and a hint of booze wafting in the breeze. The taste is a blast of oak followed by a cigar wrapped in dank greens and dipped in sweet caramel and maple syrup. Unlike most other I&G offerings, this one falls apart on the tongue, coming across muddled, confused, and leaving us in a similar place. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a definite disappointment here. It's not a complete train wreck, but it's not very good, either. (800 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 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 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 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 JamieDuncan
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a mixed six of Innis and Gunn beers that included this one. Weak appearance, thin with very little head. Smell, however, was very interesting and had me wondering about flavor. Downer, not good at all. My Scottish heritage had me very disappointed in this beer. Will not have again. Gonna grab the Skull Splitter I have in the fridge next to feel better about the homeland. (383 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber-brown body, good clarity, with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, with a noted oakiness. A little chocolate, vanilla. Fruit, too. A bit of the added molasses, too.

Taste: Heavy toast and sweet, shaved chocolate. Light roastiness developing, as is a little earthiness. Oaken quality hits the palate quickly, delivering a firm woodiness before the vanilla can really come about. Flash of fruitiness adhering to a vague rum vibe. Steadily drying until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I was not particularly keen on it. I was really just hoping for something passable, but, no. (733 characters)

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Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter from Innis & Gunn
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