Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 - Innis & Gunn
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3.08/5 rDev -17%
Purchased as a part of the gift pack so as to avoid light-struck bottles.
Appearance -- Pours a dark garnet hue with chestnut highlights and a tuft of fizzy beige head. No head retention or lacing.
Smell -- Well-caramelized malt, booze-soaked dark fruitiness, oak, vanilla, orange zest. Nice, but not enough big malty character for me.
Taste -- Malty with dark bread and dark fruit. Mild spicy phenolic character is also there. The oak cask lend some woody vanillin, but more dry oak flavor.
Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation. Dry, tannic woody feel. Off-puttingly tannic.
Overall -- Somehow I'm not thrilled. Half the beer that Rum cask ale (presumably the same base beer) is. Admittedly, not my favorite style, but it lacks the big, robust, over-the-top malty richness that greats of the style portray.
11-10-2011 04:01:47 | More by yeahnatenelson
3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
01-17-2012 05:11:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
08-13-2012 21:30:55 | More by jlenik
3.18/5 rDev -14.3%
Beer/Brewery - Winter Beer 2011/Innis & Gunn
City/State- Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Scotland)
STYLE – Scottish Ale
ABV – 7.4%
IBU – UNKNOWN
DATE – 12 DEC
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Pub Glass
APPEARANCE – A red with an orange hue very little head, what head there is an off white color
AROMA- Whiskey with hoppiness in the tail end
TASTE – Alcohol is the thirst taste, like a horse at the track. There is a vanilla taste that mellows out the alcohol.
MOUTHFEEL – Crisp and very carbonated also a bit syrupy as well.
CONCLUSION – I am not a big fan of this beer. I was so hyped for it and no sparks for me. Being that you can only get this beer in the gift box with the glass I was expecting a lot more.
12-13-2011 22:25:07 | More by Heischman
3.33/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
01-07-2012 20:29:17 | More by TheHammer
3.36/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
12-07-2013 02:02:28 | More by Florida9
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
03-24-2012 02:55:02 | More by kawilliams81
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
06-06-2012 05:35:24 | More by facundoCNB
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
03-28-2012 17:05:29 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
A-pours a very attractive honey hued amber, with creamy light tan head that dissolves quickly and leaves a very silky bit of lacing.
S-immediate sugar sweetness followed by rumcake and dried fruit character.
T-smooth dark cherry rum and caramel malt. smokey vanilla and peppery rum mix in the finish.
M-very smooth, nice balance and decent carbonation. Afterwarmth lingers on the tongue
O-not bad. still not completely sold on the style but this is decent and i could see myself trying another someday.
11-30-2011 23:04:54 | More by sirdrinkwell
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 from Innis & Gunn
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