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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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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:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
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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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of kjyost
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle acquired at a gift exchange as part of a mixed 3 pack. Poured ~4C into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a clear brown body with a nice head that drops but leaves little to no lacing. Nose is full of fruity notes and a ton of banana... Yuck. Body is a little cleaner with caramel and molasses notes though quite subdued and the damn banana shows up again. No real oak notes. Banana porter? Meh. I've had two of the three bottles in this pack filled with banana esters. Awful.`

Photo of rangerred
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into an Innis and Gunn tulip.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a very thin off-white head. Not lacing at all.

Aroma is typical of every Innis and Gunn beer I have had in that it is very heavy on the yeast esters with lots of banana. There is lots of caramel and a little bit of roast in the background but all overshadowed by the yeast. A little bit one dimensional.

The flavor carries over the yeasty banana although to a lesser extent than what is found in the aroma. A little more roast and caramel comes through with a little bit of maple syrup character. Lots of dark fruit and some rum. Oak is a little less pronounced in this beer. I feel like there is a depth of flavor here but it is hidden under the yeast esters. Mouthfeel is a little thin but sticky at the finish.

Overall, this beer is pretty tasty but is not a porter in the least. More of and English Strong Ale. Nonetheless it is worth picking up if you are a fan of other I&G beers.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Translucent copper with an ephemeral, tawny head; not a good look to this, as it's a porter.

S: Rumcake, butter, prunes, and dark cherries. A bit better than its looks.

T: And it gets progressively better. Boozy cherries, rum notes, grassy hops, and amaretti cookies (almond). Some dull, charred malted barley on the finish. Still not very true to porter form.

M: This beer is definitely a stepcousin of the traditional porter, and its shunning of tradition continues in the feel. Watery, a touch of spiciness, and some light carbonation.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Sainsbury supermarket, presented in a colourful, wintry-scenery themed paper case. BB 09/2013, served lightly chilled in a Gulden Draak’s branded glass.

A: dark mahogany in colour, with good clarity and a thin beige foamy head which dissipates fairly fast.
S: chocolate cake plus orange liqueur, banana, vanilla and, yeah, treacle! The nose is pleasantly sweet with plenty of impact from dark malts in the form of fruitiness.
T: sour-sweet dark fruity tastes dominate first, but quickly, the dry-ish touch from the oak-barrel ageing catches up with a chewy palate; the aftertaste has black cherry, bitterness, lingering cocoa flavour/aroma, amongst other things.
M&D: the mouthfeel is quite light, not heavy at all, the carbonation level is right, and the beer never tastes heavy-bodied despite the alc. level. All in all a likeable product but not very special.

Photo of Kromes
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear dark brown/ruby color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

Caramel, vanilla, butter, oak, and alcohol notes in the aroma.

Very strong oak and butter flavors up front. These carry through to the finish with a weak caramel malt flavor. It finishes with a bitter alcohol bite and lingering oak.

A little bit thin at first, but the carbonation helps round it out. Slight burn in the finish.

Not bad....The oak flavor is very strong and overpowers the beer. Can't say that I was able to pick up anything other than a sweetness under the oak.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a few of the Innis and Gunn beers last year and liked them a lot, because of how smooth they were and easy to drink for someone like me who isn't into Rum that much. While this beer continued along those lines, I just didn't feel that it was a Porter in any way, shape, or form. Sure, there was some booze to be had here, but this wasn't anywhere near as dark, roasted, or thick as I expected it to be and even as I finish this up, I'm still at a loss for words as to what exactly this is categorically.

This poured a clear, chestnut brown with a fair amount of head and no lacing to be seen. There was hardly any carbonation to be had here and the aroma was that of burnt sugar. That could be felt in the taste along with some spiced rum, alcohol, a hint of caramel and oak for good measure. Sure, this was smooth, relatively thin, and had a nice spicy aftertaste but there wasn't any roasted notes to be felt here. This just seemed like a less intense version of some of their other beers.

Even the alcohol seemed light, even though it was heavy for an English Porter. I probably need to have more on the most popular list to see if it's just me but for now, the jury's out on this. As a winter beer, it's fine and easily enjoyable but it just feels like something is missing from here, even if I can't detect it with any of my senses.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO. I used to be a big proponent of I&G, but in recent months I've begun to tire of their offerings - there's just too much overlap between most of them. I like oak and vanilla and all, but let's see some more variety, huh? I went out on a limb and purchased this one anyway.

Pours a deep, clear, brownish-amber colour with ruby highlights, topped with slightly more than two fingers of dense, creamy, light tan-coloured head that seeps away over the next few minutes. Besides the soapy film left behind on the surface, its only remnants are a 1 cm-wide collar of foam around the edge, and a continuous swath of lacing stuck to the glass above it. The aroma is very reminiscent of most I&G offerings, with the oak, vanilla and toffee notes making themselves very apparent, but with the extra addition of a sweet, syrupy, almost roasted note from the molasses/treacle.

Decent flavour, but as I suspected this comes across more as a tweaked version of their flagship oaked ale (or maybe their rum cask) than an entirely new beer. Caramel, toffee and oak come through at first, leading into the powerfully sweet molasses notes. Together, the treacle, with the dark fruit (dates or figs) and buttery feel, give off a bit of a maple syrup vibe. Finishes with some pleasant toffee sweetness and a weak hint of ethanol; the aftertaste is lingering oak and earthy hop dryness. Medium-bodied, with a decent thickness/chewiness to the body. Leaves a slick feel on the palate after swallowing, and the mild carbonation helps facilitate this. Not especially well-balanced, in that I could see the treacle sweetness becoming annoying after more than this serving.

I still feel that I&G makes good beer, but I have come to terms with the fact that they are a one trick pony. It's not that these oaked beers don't taste good, because they generally do. Rather, it's that they all kind of taste the same, with only a few discernible tweaks with each new specialty release. This bottle was a relatively cheap pick-up, and thank goodness for that because I might have skipped it if it were one of those bottle-in-a-carton deals that cost an extra 2-3 dollars.

Final Grade: 3.48, a serviceable B-. Innis & Gunn's Winter Treacle Porter is pretty much what I expected - a sweeter, boozier version of their base oaked ale. I&G fans with a sweet tooth may wish to give this one a try, but anyone who doesn't fall into that category (and isn't a big I&G homer to begin with) probably wouldn't be missing much if they skipped it. I could go either way on this one; I don't like it as much as their flagship oaked ale or their rum cask, but it's still a decent brew - just not one where the tweaks were tailored toward my preferences. The porter name is also fairly misleading, as I'd be more inclined to stuff this into the "English Strong Ale/Wee Heavy" box than the "stout/porter" one.

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