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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Casterbridge, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%

Uncanny I found this in the 10 dollar mix a six collection.

A - Very un-porter like it pours a deep dark hard wood brown with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.
S - Not very much roast or molasses either. Getting the usual caramel,toffee, oak, and rum smells though.
T - Well it's not off putting I am getting some molasses but very little porter. Its like any of the other beers they make, malt forward with caramel and toffee, but it does have a hoppy twang that may be a shred of dark malt.

M - Slick, oily, medium to thick in body.

Overall totally better than the rum cast version but far from the original. Worth picking up for a fair price.

DrDemento456, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%

Clear bottle... aaahhhH!!!, Well I grabbed this directly from the box, and it hasn't seen light since.

Pours a light fizzy head that looks like a 10% abv beer, fades fairly quickly, no lacing, mostly clear dark amber color with hint of molasses color to it, doesn't look anything like a porter.

Nose brings plenty of molasses, as promised, syrupy almost corn syrup like, light nutty like spices that seem to come with most Innis & Gunn beers I think from their yeast, and a bit of sweet toasty oak but not much, a touch of phenolic booze, caramel, toffee, a light earthy root like tannin aroma as well, and lots more candy toffee as it warms.

Taste starts with a light licorice root like flavor, then right into molasses and sweet malt flavors, syrupy candy corn syrup and molasses a plenty. Also bringing toffee and nutty flavors, and light caramel, a touch biscuit. Phenolic and slightly fusel booze really hammers, it reads at 7.4%abv, but between the head and flavor burn it seems more like 9+%. There is light toasty oak in there in the background, but not much, with a hint of wood dust flavor, and hints of alcohol esters too. Finish is drier but still a bit sticky sweet, another tingly warming booze kicks in right at the early finish, then lingering buttery flavors probably from the oak, little molasses and candy toffee lingering.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, little syrupy, nice carb, way too much booze.

Overall an OK beer, but not great. I do like the molasses flavors, and light barrel characters, as well as the toffee, candy, etc. However, way too boozy and phenolic, that light earthy root flavor is meh, not enough overall barrel and no hops. Also, this isn't anything remotely close to a porter, despite they even write porter on the label. But hey, at least it's not skunked.

jlindros, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of tastymug
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

tastymug, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of IllNate
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours an appealing deep red copper with ample off white head and good retention. Aroma is familiar to other innis and gunn offerings with big oak and vanilla. Some darker roast pokes through but it misses the mark if they were aiming for a porter, not detecting the treacle they mention either. Taste is the highlight for me. Comes in with big oak and vanilla again, but dark roasts are more pronounced and detecting some of that treacle they were talking about. Could use a bit more bittering or dryness in my opinion, but it's fairly well balanced. Overall a little twist on what Innis and Gunn do well, but nothing revolutionary here.

IllNate, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of KornWallace
4.5/5  rDev +23%

KornWallace, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +9.3%

dmorgan310, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of jlenik
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jlenik, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Beersippin
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Beersippin, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of pogoowner
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

pogoowner, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of srhoadsy
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured slightly chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a rich amber color with about half an inch of airy, light tan head that slowly recedes leaving a thin surface layer with moderate lacing.

Aromas of carmelized sugars, vanilla, dried fruits. As it warmed I also picked up a light aroma of leather.

Flavors follow through the aromas. I also noticed some light smoky and mineral background flavors. I did pick up on the banana(ester) notes that other reviewers mentioned, but did not find them quite as cloying as they did.

Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall a nice beer. Not my favorite by I&G but a nice sipper.

srhoadsy, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of whatsgoody
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

whatsgoody, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorivan
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Thorivan, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%

11.2oz bottle (best before Sept 2013) poured into a Innis & Gunn branded fluted snifter (not sure how else to describe the glass).

Appearance: Clear Ruby red to deep copper color. Thin white head across top - tiny bit of persistent lacing (little islands) noted.

Smell: Tiny bit of molasses, some roasted malt, but mild overall.

Taste: Quite nice. Molasses, roasted malt, whiskey, some buttery toffee, and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but sometimes a little bit much. Sticky on the teeth, good thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Really digging the color on this beer. Tasty, but surprisingly not as deep in aroma as you would expect with the taste. The barrel aging is here, but I think blends better with all the other flavors. I could see myself having another one this evening.

damndirtyape, Jan 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Bottle acquired at a gift exchange as part of a mixed 3 pack. Poured ~4C into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a clear brown body with a nice head that drops but leaves little to no lacing. Nose is full of fruity notes and a ton of banana... Yuck. Body is a little cleaner with caramel and molasses notes though quite subdued and the damn banana shows up again. No real oak notes. Banana porter? Meh. I've had two of the three bottles in this pack filled with banana esters. Awful.`

kjyost, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

schnarr84, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

gwiedman1, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

mikerems, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

NYR_Rob, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

330 mL bottle from the LCBO. I used to be a big proponent of I&G, but in recent months I've begun to tire of their offerings - there's just too much overlap between most of them. I like oak and vanilla and all, but let's see some more variety, huh? I went out on a limb and purchased this one anyway.

Pours a deep, clear, brownish-amber colour with ruby highlights, topped with slightly more than two fingers of dense, creamy, light tan-coloured head that seeps away over the next few minutes. Besides the soapy film left behind on the surface, its only remnants are a 1 cm-wide collar of foam around the edge, and a continuous swath of lacing stuck to the glass above it. The aroma is very reminiscent of most I&G offerings, with the oak, vanilla and toffee notes making themselves very apparent, but with the extra addition of a sweet, syrupy, almost roasted note from the molasses/treacle.

Decent flavour, but as I suspected this comes across more as a tweaked version of their flagship oaked ale (or maybe their rum cask) than an entirely new beer. Caramel, toffee and oak come through at first, leading into the powerfully sweet molasses notes. Together, the treacle, with the dark fruit (dates or figs) and buttery feel, give off a bit of a maple syrup vibe. Finishes with some pleasant toffee sweetness and a weak hint of ethanol; the aftertaste is lingering oak and earthy hop dryness. Medium-bodied, with a decent thickness/chewiness to the body. Leaves a slick feel on the palate after swallowing, and the mild carbonation helps facilitate this. Not especially well-balanced, in that I could see the treacle sweetness becoming annoying after more than this serving.

I still feel that I&G makes good beer, but I have come to terms with the fact that they are a one trick pony. It's not that these oaked beers don't taste good, because they generally do. Rather, it's that they all kind of taste the same, with only a few discernible tweaks with each new specialty release. This bottle was a relatively cheap pick-up, and thank goodness for that because I might have skipped it if it were one of those bottle-in-a-carton deals that cost an extra 2-3 dollars.

Final Grade: 3.48, a serviceable B-. Innis & Gunn's Winter Treacle Porter is pretty much what I expected - a sweeter, boozier version of their base oaked ale. I&G fans with a sweet tooth may wish to give this one a try, but anyone who doesn't fall into that category (and isn't a big I&G homer to begin with) probably wouldn't be missing much if they skipped it. I could go either way on this one; I don't like it as much as their flagship oaked ale or their rum cask, but it's still a decent brew - just not one where the tweaks were tailored toward my preferences. The porter name is also fairly misleading, as I'd be more inclined to stuff this into the "English Strong Ale/Wee Heavy" box than the "stout/porter" one.

thehyperduck, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a clean orange-ish to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, oaky and a sweet molasses stickiness. In the taste, oaky, a small stickiness and a note of roast. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sticky molasses and a small roast in the aftertaste. Oaky and sticky molasses, definitely adds more to an English porter.

OWSLEY069, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

imbuckeye, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Eastside151, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
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