Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 - Innis & Gunn
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4.18/5 rDev +13.9%
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
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-03-2013 17:27:11 | More by jondeelee
3.79/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
05-15-2013 07:03:00 | More by Flounder57
3.03/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
05-08-2013 03:22:21 | More by Heavenisbeer
4.23/5 rDev +15.3%
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
4.26/5 rDev +16.1%
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
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
04-02-2013 21:44:56 | More by scootny
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
Got a single bottle to try as it was on sale for $1.50 . Hard to pass up.
At first sniff and taste, reminds me of a "jack & coke" cocktail . Whiskey & cola, in other words... Definite soda-pop like sweet-ness and oak-barrel essences. The molasses is evident, as well . I'm eager to try Innis & Gunn's other offerings . Not a session beer for sure . Something to pair with beef or other heavy food as far as i'm concerned .
03-31-2013 22:06:51 | More by Foam
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
83 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.