Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter | Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Scottish PorterInnis & Gunn Scottish Porter
BA SCORE
3.62/5
181 Ratings
Innis & Gunn Scottish PorterInnis & Gunn Scottish Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Segelstrom on 10-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,021
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
181
pDev:
13.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
42
Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My long review was lost after I added it. Shorter version: single finger head, excellent lacing, deep amber body. Aroma of molasses oak caramel, mint, earthy hops. Flavor is similar but less sweet more earthy also with caramel, oak, molasses. Medium body moderate carbonation. Complex and flavorful.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and slight molasses aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is very sweet and not too much like a porter in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle, called "Scotch Whisky Porter" in shipments to Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, very dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a few broad swaths of awkward hanging cloud lace around the glass as things eventually recede.

It smells of rather sweet, musty oaken vanilla, a lesser bready caramel maltiness, pithy yeast, a hint of stale bittersweet cocoa, and a weird boozy fruitiness, the sort you get with those cheap holiday candied chocolate confections. The taste is more of the same - that standard I&G house flavour of overwrought vanilla and caramel sweetness - hollow chocolate wafers, ethereal day-old coffee notes, a touch of toasty treacle, and some bruised apple and cherry compote fruitiness.

The bubbles are quite understated in their barely frothy emanations, the body a sturdy medium weight, but at what cost, with the smoothness coming in under a heady clammy umbrella. It finishes on the sweet side, duh, as the vanilla, caramel, and stilted woodiness (chips, man, chips!) prevail.

Sigh, while I could rail on about the lack of any sort of porter characteristics in this offering, that would be putting the cart before the horse. This may look the part, but in the end, it comes off as nothing more than a typical 'wood aged' strong ale, this time with perhaps a bit more roasted blather. Yeah, you know how I feel.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost jet-black with 3/4 finger on quickly dissipating head... fair bit of carbonation for a porter. Very faint aroma of toffee. Tastes sweet toffee, a hint of nutty in the finish. On the dry side. Very tasty...enjoyed with baked salmon for lunch...excellent.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do like the idea of all the barrel aging stuff they do, mostly barrels to prep for whisky, but the base beer always seems to be lacking something, and clear bottles?!

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly, it does leave a bit of lacing at least to remember it was there at one point, a dark molasses brown color with a bit of ruby light sneaking through.

Nose has a mix of good and bad, and lots of various aromas, let's see if I can nail them all down now. Starts with the molasses, raw molasses, boot strap almost, as well as a vegetal fermented rotten sugar like note, then mild flashes of dark malt and a little porter like essence, but not very dark either, quickly into loads of buttery oak, nice oaky aromas like fresh cut oak but a bit too much butter at the same time, a mild booze that hints at fusel, a mild caramel and brown sugar. I think that about summarizes it.

Taste starts a bit on the sweet side, candy like and syrupy, with flashes of toffee, nutty flavors, brown sugar, and lots of candy sweetness. Into molasses, lots of molasses again, raw fermented molasses and extract like almost fake sugar. Then a mild, very mild, vegetal fermented flavor almost cooked vegetables. It hints at darker malts with a little almost cocoa butter like flavor, and faint coffee. Next on the list is barrel, more buttery oak and toasty raw oak, a bit of sharp oak tannin too. A mild spicy hop makes its presence known too with mild bitterness. Finish is sweet and a bit sticky still, more molasses, buttery oak, and toffee lingering.

Mouth is med bod, bit syrupy, decent carb but on the low end.

Overall Ok but not great, somewhat meh, so much going on mix of good and bad, even the barrels have a mix of good and bad. Just a taste for me and probably won't get this again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber-brown body, good clarity, with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, with a noted oakiness. A little chocolate, vanilla. Fruit, too. A bit of the added molasses, too.

Taste: Heavy toast and sweet, shaved chocolate. Light roastiness developing, as is a little earthiness. Oaken quality hits the palate quickly, delivering a firm woodiness before the vanilla can really come about. Flash of fruitiness adhering to a vague rum vibe. Steadily drying until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I was not particularly keen on it. I was really just hoping for something passable, but, no.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am pulling stuff out of my refrigerator that I had completely forgotten about! I am not kidding when I say that the bottle backlog is out of control. I will be glad to return to The CANQuest (tm) when all is said & done.

From the bottle: "Oak Aged Like No Other Beer"; "Brewed In Small Batches"; "Oak Aged Beer"; "Porter With Molasses Added"; "This beer takes its inspiration from the history books. As well as using flavour-packed chocolate and crystal malt, we also added treacle (molasses) which gives the beer its rich, bittersweet character."; "100 years ago in Scotland, treacle was used by brewers to create depth and sweetness, and to give beers a richer mouthfeel and more rounded finish."; "Carefully Matured for 39 Days Prior to Release"; "Approved for Bottling [undersigned] Kirsty A Russell [;] Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sup".

Treacle = Molasses! I never knew that, but I have read Lawrence Block's "A Diet of Treacle" (1961) and I was curious. I Pop!ped the cap and utilized a gentle pour to create two fingers of foamy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & deep-amber highlights. Nose was really sweet with scents of oak, coconut, treacle (ha!) and caramel. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a melange of flavors, from coconut & oak to the slight sourness of treacle to a very sugary caramel sweetness. I did not dislike it, but I would not want more than the bottle in front of me. The finish remained sweet, too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -13%

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Where better to bring a new I&G beer than to VDubb's? This stuff pours a clear ruby-studded sienna topped by a half-finger or so of wan tan foam. The nose comprises dried maple syrup, oak, vanilla bean, light cocoa powder, very light roasted malts, light vague stonefruit, and a hint of booze wafting in the breeze. The taste is a blast of oak followed by a cigar wrapped in dank greens and dipped in sweet caramel and maple syrup. Unlike most other I&G offerings, this one falls apart on the tongue, coming across muddled, confused, and leaving us in a similar place. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a definite disappointment here. It's not a complete train wreck, but it's not very good, either.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks more like a barleywine than a porter dark crimson ruby brown appearance, light khaki tan head forms fine lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has sweet brown sugar, glazed apple, a hint of spice, alcohol and oak barrel aging effects. The first sip is cloying all day, alcohol burn at only 7.4% that's just sad with a watery beer supposedly aged on oak to "unlock the flavor". These guys are brewing half ass beer, so far nothing I've had from them have been nearly acceptable to call this base beer a porter is sacrilege. There's no rounded sweetness this is really harsh on the palate flavor and mouthfeel, watery texture with these big oak character with alcohol levels that are unrelenting for such a modest abv, just unbalanced. Overall a no go for me, it's going to make picking out another Innis and Gunn to try that much harder.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into the Innis and Gunn tulip. The appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light spider web lacing. The smell had a rich bittersweet cocoa bean aroma running around some nice woodiness. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with somewhat of a sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but somewhat subdued allowing a nice smoothness about it. Overall, I say this was quite an enjoyable beer worthy of having again.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 15, 2013.

It has a mahogany brown to dark amber pour with a head that lasts for a second and completely dissolves and relatively good clarity.

The nose has some chocolate malts and the oak barrel mustiness with a little vanilla thrown in, molasses, and bread. Once I figure out it was molasses I found it to be a bit more acceptable.

The body is less than medium.

The taste has a lightly roasted malt character but it is more overwhelmed by the vanilla or molasses. The alcohol could be better integrated because it had a slight boozy feel. No smoke like I like in Porters.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergorrilla
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 181 ratings
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