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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012

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BA SCORE
83
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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Porter brewed with molasses.

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 10-28-2012)
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Reviews by deonreds:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of tigg924
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: light brown in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: smell is amazing: brown sugar, oak, rum, vanilla, and light chocolate

Taste: oak, vanilla, toasted malt, and some holiday spicing--cinnamon is in there for sure.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light body, sweet with oakiness

Overall: I am a fan of Innis and Gunn beers. This one does not disappoint. The smell is amazing and complex. This has just enough holiday spice in the taste to make me think winter, but not enough to distract from the oak or make me think spice bomb. I will look forward to next year's winter beer.

Photo of jondeelee
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Winter Beer 2012 opens to a light, sweet nose, the predominant notes including toffee, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and touches of molasses, and the beer itself smelling at first blush closer to a watered-down version of a cola, or something that might be poured over pancakes. There are hints of pine and oak in here to separate the beer from syrup, as well as light cereal grains, toast crust, and biscuit. But sugars seem to win out, though with the lightness of the overall aroma, this is actually hard to decide.

On the tongue, the beer does prove better than the weak aroma let on, with sugars cresting on the taste buds in lovely balance and good quantity, the aforementioned toffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and light molasses (offering a faint burnt quality to the sugars) joined by a faint edge of berry and cherry fruit esters. Hops add a nice bitter pine backing, and the oak aging adds woody, perhaps nutty notes. Toast crust, biscuit, and cereal grains add earthiness. The aftertaste is a continuation of these grainy, woody notes, with a slight whiskey-like overtone, lingering for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is decent fare, though it’s somewhat difficult to not compare the beer to a soft drink, especially one lightly spiked with whiskey. The sugars in here are quite nice, of course, and the light burnt/dark edge offered by the molasses prevents them from becoming cloying, but at the same time, does bring to mind a soft drink.

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. Comes in a decorative box. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. A limited edition beer for the winter months - I&G seem to be doing more one-offs like this recently.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark, clear reddish-brown colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small, off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Aroma of fruity malt mingled with spirits and tannins. Notes of banana, fruity yeast esters, oak, vanilla, solventy alcohol (rum-like), brown sugar, aged malt and stewed leaves. Somewhat herbal and medicinal, with a lingering sweetness. Complex but not great.

Tastes of sweet, boozy malt with a woody, leafy character and a dry finish. Notes of oak, tannins, fruity yeast esters, banana, brown sugar/molasses, dark malt and stewed leaves. Slightly sweet with a fairly hot, alcoholic kick. A rather harsh woody/herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly spicy, with prickly carbonation. A bit thin for the style - body could do with amping up somewhat. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter herbs/leaves, oak and molasses.

Interesting idea but subpar execution. It's surprisingly light-coloured for a porter; it more closely resembles a strong ale. The treacle doesn't seem to have much presence - just a hint in the flavour. Overly woody and boozy. What this needs is a sturdy malt backbone to which other taste components are added; instead we get the reverse. The result is unbalanced, in addition to having a watery body that doesn't match the flavour. It does have a degree of complexity going for it, but that doesn't make it a great beer. Nothing too special - no need to seek it out.

Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Part of the 2012 gift pack received for Christmas; notes are old but thorough.

The color is a sort of cherry wood red-brown, completely clear in the body though dark. It grows about a finger of loose off-white head that tightens up, shows pretty good retention, and leaves good spotting on the glass.
I feel as though not many Americans are familiar with treacle, but this beer's got it. As such, it offers more familiar notes of molasses and toffee, maybe with a little vanilla, certainly some caramel, some liqueur, and fruits within a substantial malts backbone. The nature of the beer is sweet, but it's not at all cloying. The flavor brings a little bit of the dryer aspects drawn from the wood than the aroma does.
As an English porter, while the body may seem light it's really not particularly, though there could be a little more to add some depth. otherwise it's got a meek bite and a pleasant smoothness.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark ruby with a 1 finger off white head. Some small visible carbonation. Leaves a little lace. Real nice color but very light for a porter.

S: Ripe barrel notes of whisky and scotch. A dark fruit sweetness possibly from the molasses. Yeasty and maltiness comes through too.

T: Solid porter backbone reminiscent of a Samuel Smith with a boozy barrel overtone. Nice natural yeast and smooth malt.

M: Thin bodied with mild carbonation. Leaves a nice lasting alcohol feel like a finer spirit.

Overall a great new taste from Innis and Gunn, glad they decided to tackle something darker especially for the winter.

Photo of imbuckeye
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, called 'Winter Treacle Porter' in shipments to Canada, where it comprises part of the usual I&G giftpack, and is now sold separately, like batteries, I suppose.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves a low fuzzy rise of lace around the glass as it subsides at an even pace.

It smells of dark, rummy sugar, banana liqueur, a bit of semi-sweet chocolate, a subtle oaken woodiness, some mildly astringent orchard fruitiness, and marshmallows. The taste is musty molasses - restrained in their sweetness - dark black fruit, a twinge of besotted wood graininess, nicely evolving Christmas cake notes, some additional soft, warming alcohol, and a touch of earthy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite tame, and barely supportive, the body a sturdy medium weight, just a tad clammy, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the molasses (I suppose that's actually treacle, but having no cultural or gustatory experience there, I'm going with what I know) doing well to not overstep its guest role - the fruit, hops, and booze all lending a hand.

Well, I&G usually leaves me with a case of the blahs, usually from the overwrought oak sweetness - here, however, that is leavened a fair bit, and the unusual sugar adjunct adds a touch of seasonal whimsy. Nothing revelatory, but worth a try, if only to check back in to this particular brewer's wares.

Photo of dacrza1
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

date reviewed: 1 February 2013...
glassware: innis & Gunn tulip...
occasion: prep for Quiz Bowl tournament at Phillipsburg...
appearance: velvet purple body that bolsters a soft, short, creamy white head; cloudy smears of head move down the glass...
aroma: sweet, almost minty (!) freshly syrupy scents; a complex bouquet that wine enthusaists would claim as their own....
palate: a bit of a burn at the finish; dryish and smoother than expected; the alcohol is palpable,, not put-offish...
taste: hops are winey, with a grapelike pucker; some toasted flavors and the malts are peaty; worthwhile investment...
overall: another strong offering for the oddity that is Innis & Gunn; this is fuller but more subdued than the others in their lineup--uniqueness is a draw,, but this brewery's substance has outstripped its niche and nuance ...

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A somewhat dense creamy head rising up from a firm pour. Clear chestnut brown fluid. Decent lacing here and there with a light covering remaining after a few minutes. Aromas of dark fruits and a bit of overripe banana. Sugary molasses and brown bread. Taste is much the same with a toffee tinged dark roasted malt flowing through. Notes of vanilla, a bit of oak, and a subdued mineral edge in the light, earthy hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol that is well integrated and gives a sweetness in the finish. A velvety feel over the tongue and a light syrupy consistency giving a nice weight. Carbonation is spot on with a mild effervescence. A vibrant and dynamic taste that brings many traditional flavors to the fore while melding them into a highly drinkable ale. A really nice overall beer for the colder months with a full flavor and satisfying drink experience.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Beelzebeer
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, as part of the christmas pack, served in branded glass

A - Dark coke brown, with minimal head, doesn't last long, with lacing.

S - Fruit esters, some banana, more like a weizenbock than a porter

T - Some biscuit, malt, butter, dates. Not very porter-y. Little booze, and surprised at it's ABV.

M - Medium-thin, a little "slick", with good amount of carbonation for style.

O - Not bad. Not overly great, but I wouldn't say no.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
83 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.