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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
80
good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of rjm0715
3/5  rDev -14.8%

rjm0715, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

jlindros, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Antikythera
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Antikythera, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +13.6%

DudMan, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

scotorum, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of y2jrock60
4.19/5  rDev +19%
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.

y2jrock60, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Giggy, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Slats89
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Slats89, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

JaxBen_20J, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -14.8%

dertyd, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Dougwillhike
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Dougwillhike, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

st9647v3, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Hypersomnia
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Hypersomnia, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of ScottHeidrich119
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

ScottHeidrich119, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

MarkyMOD, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Ozzylizard, Dec 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Thullin187, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

DMarlinJ, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.54/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

braican, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

addiwilliams, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

NYR_Rob, Dec 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

npendres, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Soomars, Nov 29, 2013
Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter from Innis & Gunn
80 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.