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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011

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BA SCORE
84
good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 10-16-2011)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this in a mix pack for Christmas with an Innis and Gunn Tulip/Flute glass.

Appearnace: Poured with a solid finger of head that didn't produce any lacing. The body is a dark mahogany with a couple tiny peices of particulate in it. Slow thin carbonation in the body.

Smell: A black rum smell dominates the nose, backed by a smokiness that sadly buries subtle vanilla and spice touches. Still it's quite good. Warming is a must, as with all Innis and Gunn beers.

Taste: Mild malt with vanilla notes starts us off before shifting to a spiced whisky sort of taste that has a certain smoke element that I'd expect from scotch. My issue is it seems to be conflicted between tasting like a dark rum or scotch, which make it come across as off.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation really needs to make a better showing at the start. The aftertaste however is very well done, leaving a light vanilla oak taste. Could hid it's high alchohol a bit better, but shifts well enough to let it slide.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and the low carbonation keeps it there. Something to savour, not to guzzle. Something to really be drunk only on an occasion.

Final Thoughts: This is a whisky drinker's beer. It's the kind of beer that you drink by yourself near an open fire because you don't want to have to deal with the consequences of liquor. Sadly, Innis and Gunn seems to be perpetually chasing either the Canadian cask or the standard beer. I'll tell you what though, I am looking forward to the Spiced Rum finish that came with this pack.

More User Reviews:
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dacrza1
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: more malt than hop on the nostril; a bit of caramel or toffee hints; incredible whiskey scents--always a plus! Appearance: dark mahogany body that olds a thin off-white inconsistent head and embodies thinner effervescence...not very attractive... Palate: mellow, buttery slide with a bit of soda pop punch--odd as expected, and Scottish highlands for certain... Taste: as usual, the whiskey/vanilla wedding hits you like a Donkey Kong barrel--sweet goodness, to combine these two wonders together.... a pleasant alternative to the norm, slick and musty with that signature whiskiness; as part of the three-beer sampler (with glass!), I place this slightly above the orignal--but both deliver...

Photo of seavercm
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich coppery color that is transparent for the most part...possibly a bit of chill haze. The head starts out a beige color, isn't really thick and is rather fizzy, disappearing rather quickly in my I&G glass. Carbonation appears to be finely tuned and mild, and the lacing leaves much to be desired. Overall, this isn't the best looking beer that this brewery has produced...it just doesn't stand out, but I think this will be the only weak point of the review.

S- The aromas are really pleasant, with warming tones of sweet sugary malt, fresh vanilla bean, caramel/toffee and light fruitcake. The oaked character is much mellower than in other offerings, but it's there and reminds me more of a dark rum cask than Scotch. Hop profile is noticed, but again, very mellow.

T- Much different than the aromas let on! The oak is much more noticeable and reminds me of single malt instead of the sweeter rum smells I felt it had....it hits the palate aggressively at first and quickly smooths out. The sweeter characters of caramel malts and vanilla shine nicely, along with dark fruits and a buttery tinge. I don't really notice any boozy aspects, which is always a plus in my books. The finish, I don't find has much of a hop presence, but rather a woody dryness. Nice mellow flavors on the palate!

M- This is a distinctly smooth, warming beer with great cozy flavors. The body is medium-ish and very creamy, as the carbonation is very fine and isn't overdone. I really like the deepness that this one has without it being in my face....just very well blended.

O- Overall I find this to be a little weaker in terms of I&G's full lineup that I've tried to date, but it's still a quality brew that I have no qualms with for drinkability. I'd happily enjoy a couple of these on a cold night, under a blanket watching a movie! I recommend this one for anybody to try!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of oak and vanilla are quite powerful with light sweet malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some vanilla notes with some notes of oak and a sweet malt backbone with some light caramel notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not something I would necessarily search for on a regular basis but a lot more pleasant then some of their first barrle-aged offerings.

Photo of tfidler
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high dense off white head that died down but left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of rum in the nose—similar to what you would expect from a rum cake.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of rum with notes of oak and toffee and some hints of vanilla. There a light amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The rum flavors are well incorporated into this beer and don’t dominate the overall taste. It’s quite easy to drink because there is no cloying sweetness and the beer isn’t that full-bodied in nature.

Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, talk about ghosts of Christmases past. Dug this bad boy out of the beer fridge and decided to write a much-belated review.

-Appearance 3.75: Striking deep amber color. Nice CO2 head of about a half-inch quickly faded, leaving lots of swirling on top.

-Smell 3.5: Subdued bouquet, but what I smell is promising. Oak tannins and a very subdued barley malt.

-Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet, with the taste of the sweetness definitely coming from the malt. Middle is where the first tastes of oak and vanilla seep in and it is lovely. Finish features more vanilla and oak and very slight hints of citrus. Aftertaste is of mid-length and has a wonderful, floating oakiness to it that is just delicious.

-Mouthfeel 4: Carbonation is right on the nose for this beer style. Also, there is something in the mouthfeel for all these I&G beers that just...makes...one...want to keep...drinking.

-Overall 4: This beer was very enjoyable. Maybe not what I would choose to sip while sitting by the fire in the winter time, but nonetheless, it was very, very good. It's hard to find a bad beer that I&G produce and this one was certainly well above the "average" mark for them, which is a high complement indeed.

Photo of erosier
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice caramel orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and caramelized malts, a bit of oak, some vanilla, and a hint of brown sugar.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, nice mix of caramelized malts, some oak and vanilla flavors, hints of citrus and brown sugar finish it off.
M: Rich, smooth, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied, warming.
D: Overall a really nice mix of flavors and feel making it very enjoyable.

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a touch darker than the regular oak aged beer. With a tan head that doesn't stick around long. For a beer almost 6 months old the carbonation is bubbly.

S - Well the addition of orange zest is quite interesting in the smell with the typical oak, toffee and caramel of the regular oak aged beer.

T - Not too wild for the taste though. The zest is strong and sharp which seems to distract from the nice malty flavors from the regular version (caramel and toffee) oak also seems to have taken a back seat next to the power of the zest.

M - Medium and chewy yet seems a bit lighter with the zest.

Overall I found it quite worth it for the 2 dollars I paid. It by no means is better than the regular oak aged version but way better than the boring rum cast.

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of sweethome
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 4 - pack receieved as a gift.

Nice pour in to a a tulip glass - dark amber - close to crimson color. Decent lacing.

Big, alcohol, rum nose. Rasins, rum, and alcohol.

Yo, ho ho! Fresh oak here. Excellent barrel/oak flavors.

Yes, rum barrel aged beer .... I assume - big alcohol fire, but rather limited. Hot alcohol, rum/rasin flavors, but that is about it. Nice full mouthfeel.

Nice, warming winter beer with a unique twist for barrel aging - rum!

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from 330mL bottle into pint glass, dark red brown with 1" off white head that dissipates leaving good lacing, clear
S: caramel malt and toasted oak, earthy
T: whiskey like qualities of oak and vanilla, sweet malt with a dry finish, cherries
M: medium and less carbonated, no alcohol
O: an excellent aged beer with whiskey qualities

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330-ml bottle into the Innis & Gunn collector tulip glass provided in the gift set.

Appearance - darker copper colour with a beige head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin ring of foam along the side.

Smell - deep malty aroma with some mild oak notes.

Taste - flavourful and smoky taste expectant of I&G, some fairly intense sweetness near the end, woody lingering flavour.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth and definitely the ABV is not really noticeable. An even brew.

Drinkability - goes down easy but nice to savour. I'd have one or two of these and then switch to something lighter.

Photo of BoringBunny
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of EdelweissDad
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish amber garnet body with a foamy one finger head. Weak lacing, and poor retention-- but this still looks pretty decent.

Smells of oak, little tobacco, some sweet malt. The veer has a little spicy note. Dry oaky finish with a light warming booziness.

Feels a bit syrupy. Medium body. Firm carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice beer... But I will take the regular version over it any day.

Photo of YoPo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I don't know how these British types get away with having good beer in clear bottles, but I wish they'd tell the Corona folks (among others)... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear russet-brown topped by a minor bit of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises buttercream and toffee. Yeah, that's pretty much it, frankly. That doesn't mean it's bad, just very uncomplicated. The taste, on the other hand, holds notes of buttercream, toffee, ginger, light orange peel, light sharp oak, and a touch of banana. Decidedly more complex than the nose let on. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, I think I like this one the least of all the I&G brews I've had thus far, but it's still pretty strong and complex. I wish my worst homebrews turned out this well...

Photo of Josiah2729
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.