Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 - Innis & Gunn
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3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
12-03-2012 01:53:21 | More by biboergosum
3.74/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-24-2013 03:06:37 | More by jlindros
United Kingdom (England)
3.4/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
11-29-2012 21:33:54 | More by wl0307
3.55/5 rDev -3%
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
12-09-2012 07:36:39 | More by wordemupg
3.71/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-24-2013 07:30:40 | More by DrDemento456
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
3.71/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-01-2013 18:43:48 | More by Brenden
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
12-02-2012 22:33:49 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
03-24-2013 00:27:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
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