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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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Reviews: 32
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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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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.

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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.

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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
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