Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter | Innis & Gunn

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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:
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Added by Segelstrom on 10-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
180
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.89%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
42
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0
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of MKuryllo
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CorgiDad
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Syncro-Vox
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrunoH
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good smooth beer. Strong. Nice finish.

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Photo of SFNC
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK; More reddish than most Porters that I've encountered. Quite like looking through a Coke or Pepsi. Minimal, quickly disapearing head. 3.5
SMELL; Sweet smelling, as in sugar. Not getting any roasted notes that usually accompany good Porters. Some vanilla and wood on closer inspection.
TASTE; Very sweet, with oak, vanilla and molasses on the front, middle and back. I don't often care for overly sweet beers, but I kind of enjoy this one.
FEEL; Very thin for a Porter, mid-level carbonation which suits the taste. Lightly dry finish for such a sweet tasting beer.
OVERALL; As others have noticed, this does not really seem to be a Porter, it's closer to Scotch Ale. That said, it's intriguing and pretty tasty, with a nice oak/vanilla note dovetailing into the sweet molasses.

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Photo of Pocketharpy
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatorlove
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rshersnow
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikus
3.78/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Crimkj
2.37/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of rodlavers
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rich1255
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Retired my ass - I just bought a fresh (and brown!!!) bottle of this stuff yesterday. 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. Look-wise, it's in between a Scotch ale and a porter. The head is a finger high, and khaki in shade. Its retention isn't very good, though some hints of lacing are left behind. (3.25)

Smell: I'm really picking up the molasses here. I'm also getting a strong caramel note, along with some chocolate and brown sugar. It seems somewhat smoky on occasion, and even slightly minty. Letting it warm up, and I even get some oak chips...err, I mean oak barrel. ;) Maybe it's a bit too sweet for me, but the complexity is very nice - nor does it seem to suffer from the overbearing diacetyl I've gotten from other I&G beers. (3.5)

Taste: Unfortunately, it does feature some butterscotch in the flavor profile. On the plus side, this diacetyl flavor is restrained acceptably here. The back end features a healthy vanilla flavor. It isn't very complex - in fact, it's rather cola-esque - but it's still okay. It's lacking in oak flavor, too. (3)

Mouthfeel: Despite the healthy initial sweetness, it's light in body and high in carbonation. As a result, this is somewhat easy drinking. Somewhat. I wish the sweetness was paired with a creamier, rounder mouthfeel, though. (3)

Overall: I haven't been particularly impressed with I&G so far, and this hasn't converted me, either. However, it seems like it's righted a few of the wrongs of past I&G brews - it's in brown bottles, for one. Also, the diacetyl is more intrinsically balanced within the base beer. Still, it's lacking the defined roast and chocolate flavors that would have made this a much better beer. As a result, I won't be buying this again. (3)

3.11/5: Not great, but at least some of the old I&G bugaboos are being phased out...

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Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of andyroo0810
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

nice, heavy mouthfeel with undertones of both molasses and toffee. Love the beer, reminiscent of sweet potato soufflet on a cold winter night.

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Photo of oakaged88
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JamesBell
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Geaton
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of AndrewC
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is currently available in a brown bottle and it's better than the reviews here.

A: Looks great. Espresso clear body, with intense head and lots of dotty lacing.
S: Powerful. A bit odd. Starts with molasses along with a vegetal fermented fruit note.
T: First impression: Over ripe, and border line nasty, but not off. Some dark malt porter, then buttery oaky aromas like fresh cut oak barrel. Then a mild booze, caramel, nuts, and brown sugar. A bit too sweet, and a bit too nasty next to a better Ale.

F: Mouth is medium but syrupy, low carb. Slightly wood, splintery finish.

O: Densely flavor packed and complex but marred by the off-fermented taste. Also, like a Cola (which I rarely drink) so sweet, I had to eat too many pretzels to counter it, to finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
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 ThaHealer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of akillerburrito
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter from Innis & Gunn
3.6 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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