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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
81
good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | 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 DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MiWolfman
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brent_B
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAchris
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CorgiDad
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Syncro-Vox
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrunoH
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
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 +5%
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 +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatorlove
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rshersnow
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikus
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Crimkj
2.37/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of rodlavers
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rich1255
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
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...

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of andyroo0810
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

nice, heavy mouthfeel with undertones of both molasses and toffee. Love the beer, reminiscent of sweet potato soufflet on a cold winter night.

Photo of oakaged88
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JamesBell
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Geaton
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of AndrewC
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter from Innis & Gunn
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