Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 - Innis & Gunn

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

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

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mduncan on 10-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Two years old in clear glass. I guess I better get to drinking this one because I don't think any more time is going to do it any favors.

A: Dark shade of reddish chestnut brown in color. Forms a modest light tan head that quickly recedes to a thin surface coating and a thick ring. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is sweet. Mostly cream soda, with notes of vanilla, baking spice, gingerbread, and molasses.

T: Taste is more of the same, but this one comes off as being more of a flavored soda than a spiced beer. Cream soda dominates. Notes of ginger, allspice, and molasses. Just a hint of oak. Very sweet. Reminds me of a pfeffernüsse cookie.

M: Again, very soda-like. Medium body with a strong sweetness and a heavier carbonation. Mild spiciness.

O: Personally, this isn't my thing, but thats probably why I've been sitting on this beer for the last two years. Not necessarily a bad beer, but I do question if this is more of an alcoholic soda than a flavored beer.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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 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 Offa
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brownish red, it has a medium pale tan head, steadily shrinking to thin ring, no real lace.

Aroma is vanilla, wood, caramelly toasty grain, raisin, hint of dusty pine bark.

Taste is malty-fruit-toasty with hints of vanilla and orange, mostly ending up with dried cherries and lightly bitter wood. It has light warming alcohol. It is lively, but a bit thin in feel and character by the finish, light in body, and somewhat reminiscent of a dubbel. Overall, this ia a very enjoyable, tasty, warming winter ale.

Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced quickly to a vey thin layer. it is a copper amber colorwith great clarity and vision of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, spices, citrus, and some bready and caramel malty goodness too.

Taste: same as above. some bitterness that dies off quickly.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, tingling feeling in my mouth, and super easy to drink.

Overall: This was really a tasty brew. Barrel aging adds a unique flavor profile that comes out better in this beer style than others. Looking forward to their other styles

Photo of jlenik
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: a bit over carbonated but I think the bottle might just be a little old. retained a slight tan head for a while. almost a solid brown color, no reddish notes.

s: spice, alcohol, and vanilla are all mixing together. reminiscent of some winter warmers

t: some spice, oak and vanilla, a little caramel, lots of spice. for a scottish ale it tastes tad watered down.

m: I'm not getting the creaminess I've come to expect from most Innis and Gunn beers. quite light on the carbonation as well.

o: This one is a meh though I will keep trying all the new beers I&G throws out.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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 facundoCNB
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean deep amber (almost brown) pour with a slight amount of head. smells of wood barrel, dates, rye. bourbon up front with a taste of oak following right behind. subtle hints of vanilla and dates in the background. light body, fizzy carbonation, slight creamy feel. after trying a few of the other innis & gunn offerings, i have to admit there really isn't much going on in this beer. it was nice as a throw in, but if i end up purchasing any on their own (it was a gift pack) it's be either the regular oak aged, or rum cask one - this one is pretty average as far as i'm concerned.

Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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 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 kawilliams81
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

A- Light caramel, with a 2 finger light tan head. Very little lacing.

S- Some sweet malts, and slight spiciness.

T- Sweet caramel malts, nice light spice flavors.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Has a slight bubbly finish.

O- Average beer that if it was put in front of me I would drink it.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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 rangerred
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear medium ruby with a one finger off-white head.

Smells strongly of toffee, caramel, and banana. Also a slight rum smell along with some vanilla.

Flavor of toffee, caramel, vanilla and banana. Really quite a bit going on here. When this beer was cold I definitely picked up a lot of banana and vanilla. As it warmed some more caramel and toffee started coming out. There is a slight bitterness towards the finish.

Overall this is a decent beer but not my favorite from Innis and Gunn. I would have it again, though.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - caramel and toffee.

T - starts out sweet and pretty much stays sweet all the way through with just a light bittering near the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good beer for winter.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Innus & Gunn 3-Pack - $9.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, mahogany-hued body with a half-finger of manilla-hued foam.

Smell: Modestly malty, almost as if it's ashamed of itself. Some dry, raspy caramel with a bit of citrus peel, a spoonful of alcohol, and crestfallen oak wood.

Taste: Very low caramel flavor, with just a hint of sweetness. Heavy pour of unsweetened iced tea. A wooden backdrop throwing off very, very little vanilla touches. Sliver of citrus peel. Minimally bitter. Dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm Innis to win-is, though this brew was very ineffusive, very ineffectual, like it had a tragic run-in with a flavor vampire. The remainder of the mix-pack and even water served in the Innis & Gunn branded glass were more enjoyable.

Photo of NForr
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Innis & Gunn glass. it has a very dark, reddish brown color. Clear, dark looking ale. Little bit of head.

Scent hits you with vanilla right away from the oak barrels. It smells more sweet than the original - brown sugar, with a slightly sour finish. Buttery.

Again, the vanilla hits you right away, but lingers more then usual. A bit of alcohol, cherry, very sour finish. Caramel, but not sweet. Very little hops.

creamy, nice body, not much carbonation which is normal for this style.

Overall pretty good. Innis & Gunn was one of the first beers I tried during my beer coming of age period. It is not on the top of my list anymore but it is always an interesting experience.

Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 TheHammer
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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 biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter Beer 2011 has a wonderfully sleek chestnut colour with sharp highlighting of various shades. The beer is clear as the bottle it came in. While it is reasonably flat it nonetheless looks quite handsome in the brewery's branded tulip glass.

If you've smelled one Innis and Gunn beer you've pretty much smelled them all. For a brewer that is always experimenting with different recipes and different barrels in which to age their beer, it's remarkable how much house character is retained one offering to the next. I'm not complaining though - I like this buttery oak scent.

'Buttery' is a bad word to most beer drinkers. Innis and Gunn, however, have a way of making buttery good in the same way other brewers have a way of making sourness a favorable element. This is smooth and clean on the palate, with tons of pure vanilla and oak flavour. It drinks like a whiskey but without the alcoholic harshness.

Winter Beer is an excellent offering for a mild Scottish winter, but not so much a freezing Canadian one. The chewy, nutty sweetness of amber and Cara malts is appreciated, and blends very well into the subtle orange zest and pumpkin-pie spiciness, but you need a hell of a lot more of it when dealing with endless nights and sub-par temperatures.

This brewery has disappointed me in the past by marking up new - but virtually indistinguishable beers - and releasing them with fancy packaging where what's written on the bottle is more impressive than what's actually contained within it. But I was willing to let bygones be bygones. And, so far as Winter Beer 2011 is concerned, I'm glad I did.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into innis and gunn glassware from a cold clear bottle. red/brown color with receding one inch head. smells oaky for sure, and less potent than the rum cask they make. mild citrus flavor from what must be orange peel, and a robust woody barrel finish. complex yet approachable this is the best beer ive had from innis and gunn. mouthfeel is a little watery, which you can tell by looking at the texture, but the bubbles keep it drinkable and they aftertaste asks for more. not sure how seasonal this one really is, but it works for me

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