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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Porter brewed with molasses.

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 10-28-2012)
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Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

scootny, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Foam
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 .

Foam, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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

BEERMILER12, Mar 31, 2013
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.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ejh06752, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of jonathaniler
2/5  rDev -45.5%

jonathaniler, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of TwoForty
2/5  rDev -45.5%

TwoForty, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of TimHitchings
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TimHitchings, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Chevelle66
4/5  rDev +9%

Chevelle66, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

roadhouse, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of rpenterics
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rpenterics, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Mikecap
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Mikecap, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of brureview
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

brureview, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AOShabaz, Feb 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

JMBSH, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Stidge77, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

takemetothelion, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Thedrizzle, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BigGruntyThirst, Feb 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

CreightonSM, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

blange3, Feb 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

KrisDLSmith, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

jwps214, Feb 02, 2013
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
83 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.