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Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter - Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%


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Innis & Gunn visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Segelstrom on 10-13-2013)
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 00:51:13 | More by JamieDuncan
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ThisLadyLovesBeer

New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 18:13:39 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:16:54 | More by jlindros
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Antikythera

New York

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:20:28 | More by Antikythera
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 06:21:52 | More by scotorum
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y2jrock60

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 01:43:17 | More by y2jrock60
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 09:58:26 | More by Ozzylizard
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 15:34:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:02:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 05:33:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 17:16:33 | More by hosehead83
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 00:36:25 | More by puboflyons
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sjones5045

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:21:49 | More by sjones5045
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 06:17:59 | More by BEERMILER12
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 19:48:29 | More by kylehay2004
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:13:34 | More by Segelstrom
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 02:31:13 | More by Darkmagus82
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