Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 - Innis & Gunn
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4.38/5 rDev +19.7%
Some age on this, the bottle reads: "Winter Beer 2012, Porter Brewed With Molasses." It came as part of a leftover 2012 threepack giftset of different Innis & Gunn beers and one of their flute glasses. My local store was selling them for $7 over the summer. I bought six. Such a deal for a beer that normally sells for $11+/4 and does not usually deteriorate for years.
Poured from the 11.2 oz,. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.
a: Clear reddish-brown with a huge two inch tan head which receded slowly to heavy rocky surface foam and some lacing. Light-colored for a porter.
s: Strong booze and caramel malt. There may be no barrel-aged beer with more immediately obvious and persistent whiskey or rum aroma than Innis & Gunn, and this version is no different in that department.
t: Sweet malt under heavy boozy flavor that lingers a long time in the mouth. Any smokiness from either the dark malt or oak barrels is totally overshadowed by the liquor the barrels originally held. Yet 7.4 ABV feels more like 5.
m: Light, almost watery, surprisingly light given the color and head retention. Sinfully easy-drinking as a result.
o: If you want normal porter flavor, go elsewhere. The booze flavor from the barrel aging dominates over the caramel malt all the way. If you like that, and I do, you'll forgive the fact that the taste is otherwise off style, or that the "brewed with molasses" noted on the bottle is not really evident either.
12-27-2013 06:20:32 | More by scotorum
4.28/5 rDev +16.9%
My first Innis and Gunn beer. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The key to this beer is serving it a the recommended temp: 39-42F(4-6C). I put it in the freezer for 15 minutes, and then in the fridge. The temp was at 41F.
The beer poured a nice dark tea color in a stein. A stein can bring out a fuller flavor with this style of beer.
Oak, (rum?) molasses in the smell which was more pronounced with a bit of warming.
Mouth feel was lightly carbonated.
Taste was excellent and complemented the aroma. Oak, molasses, (rum?) some tartness.
This is a damn good beer served in the right glass and at the right temp.
03-06-2013 02:34:24 | More by brureview
4.26/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
04-29-2013 13:51:54 | More by tigg924
4.23/5 rDev +15.6%
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 ...
05-05-2013 05:00:41 | More by dacrza1
4.18/5 rDev +14.2%
Appearance: Reddish-orange. Very clear. Big-bubbled carbonation produced a medium-sized head, which faded quickly to a thin, fine layer of foam.
Smell: Big, complex aroma, with notes of oaked sherry, toffee, caramel, and alcohol sweetness. A slight metallic note.
Taste: Sweet treacle and oak explode across the palate, with just enough hop bitterness to keep it in check. Alcohol warmth. Long-lasting caramel and malt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and surprisingly mouth-drying.
Overall: This is really more of an old ale than a porter, as it is totally lacking in chocolate malt aroma/flavor. However, it's a very good example of an old ale. The oaking gives it that aged character, and the use of molasses adds complexity.
06-23-2013 03:34:35 | More by HBBJ
4/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a clean orange-ish to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, oaky and a sweet molasses stickiness. In the taste, oaky, a small stickiness and a note of roast. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sticky molasses and a small roast in the aftertaste. Oaky and sticky molasses, definitely adds more to an English porter.
12-29-2012 18:19:14 | More by OWSLEY069
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
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