Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter - Innis & Gunn
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3.65/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
04-13-2014 02:31:13 | More by Darkmagus82
3.05/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
03-18-2014 00:51:13 | More by JamieDuncan
3.96/5 rDev +12.5%
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!
02-14-2014 18:13:39 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
02-02-2014 02:16:54 | More by jlindros
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
01-31-2014 01:20:28 | More by Antikythera
Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter from Innis & Gunn
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