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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Foam
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +3.6%
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 -4.4%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ejh06752, Mar 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

jonathaniler, Mar 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

TwoForty, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

TimHitchings, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Chevelle66, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

roadhouse, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

rpenterics, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Mikecap, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of brureview
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

AOShabaz, Feb 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

JMBSH, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Stidge77, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

takemetothelion, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Thedrizzle, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BigGruntyThirst, Feb 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

CreightonSM, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

blange3, Feb 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

KrisDLSmith, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

jwps214, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a few of the Innis and Gunn beers last year and liked them a lot, because of how smooth they were and easy to drink for someone like me who isn't into Rum that much. While this beer continued along those lines, I just didn't feel that it was a Porter in any way, shape, or form. Sure, there was some booze to be had here, but this wasn't anywhere near as dark, roasted, or thick as I expected it to be and even as I finish this up, I'm still at a loss for words as to what exactly this is categorically.

This poured a clear, chestnut brown with a fair amount of head and no lacing to be seen. There was hardly any carbonation to be had here and the aroma was that of burnt sugar. That could be felt in the taste along with some spiced rum, alcohol, a hint of caramel and oak for good measure. Sure, this was smooth, relatively thin, and had a nice spicy aftertaste but there wasn't any roasted notes to be felt here. This just seemed like a less intense version of some of their other beers.

Even the alcohol seemed light, even though it was heavy for an English Porter. I probably need to have more on the most popular list to see if it's just me but for now, the jury's out on this. As a winter beer, it's fine and easily enjoyable but it just feels like something is missing from here, even if I can't detect it with any of my senses.

JerzDevl2000, Feb 01, 2013
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
81 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.