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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 - Innis & Gunn

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 10-16-2011)
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bobbybradley


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

03-24-2012 18:19:20 | More by bobbybradley
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:55:02 | More by kawilliams81
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deonreds

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-19-2012 05:28:47 | More by deonreds
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JxExM

New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-17-2012 00:12:02 | More by JxExM
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:27:46 | More by AndyAvalanche
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SHCC

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-22-2012 02:28:47 | More by SHCC
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-20-2012 14:54:15 | More by djrn2
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-17-2012 19:16:21 | More by shagal
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:35:38 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:53:27 | More by rangerred
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ATPete

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-07-2012 22:31:38 | More by ATPete
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:22:48 | More by metter98
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BoringBunny

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-02-2012 03:56:06 | More by BoringBunny
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:57:34 | More by TMoney2591
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Brianito

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-26-2012 10:20:45 | More by Brianito
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 02:18:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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tfidler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-22-2012 03:48:23 | More by tfidler
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 05:11:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-16-2012 02:46:30 | More by whartontallboy
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-14-2012 03:52:27 | More by barnzy78
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NForr

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:13:52 | More by NForr
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sweethome

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:22:54 | More by sweethome
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 20:29:17 | More by TheHammer
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:30:13 | More by AleWatcher
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 17:26:46 | More by biegaman
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.