Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 - Innis & Gunn

Not Rated.
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012

Educational use only; do not reuse.

32 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 32
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 10-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Porter brewed with molasses.
View: Beers (28) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 32 | Hads: 133
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.

 1,427 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle... aaahhhH!!!, Well I grabbed this directly from the box, and it hasn't seen light since.

Pours a light fizzy head that looks like a 10% abv beer, fades fairly quickly, no lacing, mostly clear dark amber color with hint of molasses color to it, doesn't look anything like a porter.

Nose brings plenty of molasses, as promised, syrupy almost corn syrup like, light nutty like spices that seem to come with most Innis & Gunn beers I think from their yeast, and a bit of sweet toasty oak but not much, a touch of phenolic booze, caramel, toffee, a light earthy root like tannin aroma as well, and lots more candy toffee as it warms.

Taste starts with a light licorice root like flavor, then right into molasses and sweet malt flavors, syrupy candy corn syrup and molasses a plenty. Also bringing toffee and nutty flavors, and light caramel, a touch biscuit. Phenolic and slightly fusel booze really hammers, it reads at 7.4%abv, but between the head and flavor burn it seems more like 9+%. There is light toasty oak in there in the background, but not much, with a hint of wood dust flavor, and hints of alcohol esters too. Finish is drier but still a bit sticky sweet, another tingly warming booze kicks in right at the early finish, then lingering buttery flavors probably from the oak, little molasses and candy toffee lingering.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, little syrupy, nice carb, way too much booze.

Overall an OK beer, but not great. I do like the molasses flavors, and light barrel characters, as well as the toffee, candy, etc. However, way too boozy and phenolic, that light earthy root flavor is meh, not enough overall barrel and no hops. Also, this isn't anything remotely close to a porter, despite they even write porter on the label. But hey, at least it's not skunked.

 1,813 characters

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.

 883 characters

Photo of wordemupg
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 8/12/12

A clear dark amber with no visible bubbles and just a thin film for foam that leaves a lone patch of lace

S brown sugar, molasses, and banana bread mix with some faint woody notes and vanilla, smells pretty good

T some coco and a little more wood then the smell but I felt the nose had more going on and I was liking the banana bread I'm not finding in the mouth

M has some body but not enough bubbles to back it up, a little slick and a woody, spicy, earthy finish lingers

O not quite a porter in my opinion but not a bad beer if you ignore the classification, well concealed booze and a solid nose

I'll admit I don't know what Treacle is, or how to pronounce Treacle for that matter. Stay in school kids, stay in school.... Hey at least I'm a role model

 803 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Uncanny I found this in the 10 dollar mix a six collection.

A - Very un-porter like it pours a deep dark hard wood brown with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.
S - Not very much roast or molasses either. Getting the usual caramel,toffee, oak, and rum smells though.
T - Well it's not off putting I am getting some molasses but very little porter. Its like any of the other beers they make, malt forward with caramel and toffee, but it does have a hoppy twang that may be a shred of dark malt.

M - Slick, oily, medium to thick in body.

Overall totally better than the rum cast version but far from the original. Worth picking up for a fair price.

 649 characters

Photo of tigg924
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

 649 characters

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.

 917 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 362 characters

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

11.2oz bottle served in the Innis & Gunn "tall glass".

L - clear chestnut brown with a bubbly beige head that thinned to a ring.

S - whiskey wood and brown sugar.

T - oak and lots of sweetness with just a hint of bittering before finishing sticky sweet.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - decent, worth a try.

 324 characters

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.

 1,749 characters

Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch dark brown and copper color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, toffee, molasses, bready, and maltiness.

Taste: Same as above. Not getting much but get the wheat and crystal malts for sure. Any hint of chocolate got lost in the cask.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little dry, light bodied, medium carbonation, and boozy taste even though it is only from the oak cask aging.

Overall: For an English porter, this one was tasty. It seems as if any oak aging will ultimately improve a beer and give it more complex flavors like this one.

 712 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best By SEP2013

A: Pours a mahogany color with almost no head that quickly reduces to absolutely nothing

S: Lightly roasted malts, toffee, bready malts, banana, molasses, lightly spicy, light oak, and vanilla

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with huge notes of toffee and banana, followed by lightly roasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon, molasses, and oak

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I usually don't expect or see such huge banana notes in a porter, but it works with this beer. The 39 days in barrels imparts a light oak which compliments the beer nicely. At less than $2 for a single, there's no reason why you shouldn't try this beer

 654 characters

Photo of wvsabbath
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, minor 1/4 inch creamy head with some decent lacing.

Smell - Oaked whiskey, molasses, honey, sweet spices. Some vanilla, toffee, banana, band aid aroma.

Taste - Pretty much starts out like a light whiskey barrel aged scottch ale. Some mollasses and banana add a bubblegum flavor. Some added spices, light dark fruits add more flavor. Mnor malt backbone with some alcohol warmth. Not sure were the porter is.

Mouthfeel - Light whiskey scottch notes coat tounge. Some mollasses, and spices in the finish. Palate gets some whiskey, fruits and malts. The aftertaste is whiskey flavored and actualy pretty light.

Overall - Not bad, light, a good starter into the barrel aged world. I dont get any porter other then the added molasses. Maybe the barrel masked the porter flavors but nothing at all about this, the flavor, the color, the feel and malts remind of of a porter. Worth a drink but nothing special.

 960 characters

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.

 2,893 characters

Photo of rangerred
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

 972 characters

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 1,346 characters

Photo of kjyost
2.49/5  rDev -32.2%
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.`

 471 characters

Photo of scotorum
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

 1,460 characters

Photo of scootny
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

 866 characters

Photo of damndirtyape
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (best before Sept 2013) poured into a Innis & Gunn branded fluted snifter (not sure how else to describe the glass).

Appearance: Clear Ruby red to deep copper color. Thin white head across top - tiny bit of persistent lacing (little islands) noted.

Smell: Tiny bit of molasses, some roasted malt, but mild overall.

Taste: Quite nice. Molasses, roasted malt, whiskey, some buttery toffee, and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but sometimes a little bit much. Sticky on the teeth, good thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Really digging the color on this beer. Tasty, but surprisingly not as deep in aroma as you would expect with the taste. The barrel aging is here, but I think blends better with all the other flavors. I could see myself having another one this evening.

 806 characters

Photo of Kromes
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 547 characters

Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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 ...

 837 characters

Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

 672 characters

Photo of jondeelee
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

 1,526 characters

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

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.

 640 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.