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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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 ...

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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
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