Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 - Innis & Gunn
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4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
11-10-2011 11:04:13 | More by erosier
4.3/5 rDev +15.9%
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...
05-20-2012 02:58:51 | More by dacrza1
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Good looking for the style, probably slightly darker, a deep amber color. Good clarity where the lighter brown to creamy golden highlights are. A nice off white colored head that sticks around a bit and provide a little bit of lacing.
Smell is very nice. It has all the nice malty characteristics of a classic scottish ale, but there are some nice additions as well. Nice woody oak flavors along with a hint of vanilla, then there's a nice citrus (almost exclusively orange) zest.
Taste is unique and excellent. A strong solid malt base. A nice buttery and bready flavor. Along with that are the nice additions as mentioned before. A nice vanilla oak again along with the citrus zest again.
Mouthfeel is very nice. A not too thick, but creamy feel maintaining a fuller than not body. Sweetness, smooth, and a nice sharp bitter finish at the end. A real delite. Overall a really nice beer, my first Innis&Gunn. I hope I didn't ruins the rest of the lineup by how much I like this one, but I'm looking forward to trying more.
03-10-2012 23:27:46 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
From the 2011 gift pack. Poured into the Innis & Gunn glass. A nice mahogany-reddish colour with a nice thick off-white head, good retention.
Smells of whiskey, rum, vanilla, oak, caramel, lots various spices, dark fruits, very enticing.
Tastes of oak and whiskey upfront, vanilla, dark fruits and caramel finish it off with nice biterness, very sweet and malty. The oak is very apparent.
The mouthfeel is wonderful, chewy and thick, creamy, a very good beer, one of their best.
12-27-2011 01:44:38 | More by GodOfBeer
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
Appears a rich cream soda brown with a small rimlet of bubbles.
Smells of sweet citrus, rich toffee, and sweet thick malt.
Tastes like oak with some orange flavor that comes through.
Mouthfeel is nice but nothing remarkable. It has a rather clean finish but isn't as broad an experience as I would like.
Overall a decent beer but not as good as the classic oak barrel or my favorite from them - their rum barrel.
11-03-2011 02:16:31 | More by Yagman3000
4.08/5 rDev +10%
Purchases in a gift pack. First to be tasted. Poured from bottle into Innis and Gunn glass
Appearance - A nice deep/dark red color. A billowing head lasting for ~ 1 min prior to fading to a white laces coating on top of the beer.
Smell - A Nice aroma of fruits and rum meets the noise at first. Quite strong, but give away to a bit of vanilla later on.
Taste - A rum flavor initially gives away to a more citrusy flavor. This then fades again to a more alcohol/rum aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - A fair amount of carbonation and a relatively expected body for the strength.
Overall- A good brew although it looks and smells a bit better then it drinks. I am looking forward to trying others by them.
12-19-2011 02:38:13 | More by Darkmagus82
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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!
11-12-2011 01:26:33 | More by ChrisCage
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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
11-23-2012 05:17:10 | More by M_C_Hampton
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
04-26-2013 04:46:40 | More by BeerDocT
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.