Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter | Innis & Gunn

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Segelstrom on 10-13-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.89%
 
 
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Photo of Antikythera
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I've been neglecting my beer reviews. Finally found something that inspired me to write it down. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

a: thin foamy head that goes away fast. Overall does not look like a porter; it's dark red-brown and clear. First time I've ever had something called porter that I could actually see through.

s: a little odd. Yeasty at first, then sweet and almost buttery. Not sure whether it's pleasant or tolerable.

t: sweet and molasses-y. Pretty nice.

m: heavy and chewable like a porter should be, with just enough fizz to make it more interesting.

o: I'm not completely overwhelmed but this could really grow on me. Will buy again.

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Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a; Clear copper-ruby with an inch tall offwhite head which receded quickly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Caramel malt with a kind of floral/burnt sugar tinge.

t: Tangy caramel and dark fruit. Later the oak cask aging pops out.

m; Medium, carbonation tingles the tongue.

o: A unique brew with a lot of flavor. I prefer their plain rum cask aged, but this is a good winter/holiday seasonal.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear brown with a large bubble head that dissipates quick leaving behind no lacing.

S- Very sweet with vanilla, oak, whiskey, and caramel notes.

T- Sweet, spicy, vanilla, caramel, and whiskey burn.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O- A very tastey beer with a unique character.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at reefer temp into goblet, no date
Aroma slightly malty with a hint of oak
Head small (2 cm), frothy, light brown
No lacing
Body clear, dark amber
Flavor begins heavily sweet with vanillin and maybe a hint of oak; no hoppiness noted. It ends with a touch of astringency.
No diacetyl.
Body is medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

I assume the molasses is to provide sweetness and increase the body. Not being very familiar with molasses as a food, I can't tell if it imparts any flavor. Beer sitting in clear bottles under fluorescent lighting has to be suspect!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
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 hosehead83
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz. clear bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper/ruby in color, with a thick head of off-white foam.
Aroma-a bit of skunkiness(due to clear bottle perhaps) sweet toasted malt.
Taste-Oakey, sweet, toasted malt, some vanilla notes, warming alcohol in the finish. Rather smooth, interesting flavor.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev -10%
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 sjones5045
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So I'm reviewing this a porter but I really don't think of this as one. It pours like a dark brown ale with minimal head. Doesn't look like any porter I've ever had. The smell is all sweet molasses which right out of the gate I know this isn't going to work for me since I love true porters and molasses doesn't seem like a good fit. I will say they taste isn't all that bad. The molasses is obviously there with hints of oak and vanilla like there other brews. It does have a small porter bitterness/burnt aftertaste, but you really have to be searching for it. Overall if this was considered a dark ale with molasses I'd think much more of this but since they want it to be a porter I'll rate it as a porter which is maybe a little better than I thought but still nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice ruby color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to almost nothing after about a minute

S: Molasses, oak, vanilla, some fruitiness, and light chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the molasses which is lightly bitter and then goes into more of a sweetness with the oak, vanilla, chocolate, and darker fruits. Slight alcohol, but it is hidden well by the oak and fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice treat every now and then, as it is definitely on the sweeter side. Very easy to drink while providing a nice complexity. Displays the oak nicely, so it's a good into to oaked beers as well

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Segelstrom
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first to review this beer. wife got there first but couldn't find listing so I get to jump on it. this is an oak aged porter with molasses added. it is good but not one of I&G better offerings. doesn't seem to be as full bodied as our domestic porters. has a nice rich floral smell. can't say that I detected the presence of the molasses.

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