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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
73
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich coppery color that is transparent for the most part...possibly a bit of chill haze. The head starts out a beige color, isn't really thick and is rather fizzy, disappearing rather quickly in my I&G glass. Carbonation appears to be finely tuned and mild, and the lacing leaves much to be desired. Overall, this isn't the best looking beer that this brewery has produced...it just doesn't stand out, but I think this will be the only weak point of the review.

S- The aromas are really pleasant, with warming tones of sweet sugary malt, fresh vanilla bean, caramel/toffee and light fruitcake. The oaked character is much mellower than in other offerings, but it's there and reminds me more of a dark rum cask than Scotch. Hop profile is noticed, but again, very mellow.

T- Much different than the aromas let on! The oak is much more noticeable and reminds me of single malt instead of the sweeter rum smells I felt it had....it hits the palate aggressively at first and quickly smooths out. The sweeter characters of caramel malts and vanilla shine nicely, along with dark fruits and a buttery tinge. I don't really notice any boozy aspects, which is always a plus in my books. The finish, I don't find has much of a hop presence, but rather a woody dryness. Nice mellow flavors on the palate!

M- This is a distinctly smooth, warming beer with great cozy flavors. The body is medium-ish and very creamy, as the carbonation is very fine and isn't overdone. I really like the deepness that this one has without it being in my face....just very well blended.

O- Overall I find this to be a little weaker in terms of I&G's full lineup that I've tried to date, but it's still a quality brew that I have no qualms with for drinkability. I'd happily enjoy a couple of these on a cold night, under a blanket watching a movie! I recommend this one for anybody to try!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of oak and vanilla are quite powerful with light sweet malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some vanilla notes with some notes of oak and a sweet malt backbone with some light caramel notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not something I would necessarily search for on a regular basis but a lot more pleasant then some of their first barrle-aged offerings.

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Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 4 - pack receieved as a gift.

Nice pour in to a a tulip glass - dark amber - close to crimson color. Decent lacing.

Big, alcohol, rum nose. Rasins, rum, and alcohol.

Yo, ho ho! Fresh oak here. Excellent barrel/oak flavors.

Yes, rum barrel aged beer .... I assume - big alcohol fire, but rather limited. Hot alcohol, rum/rasin flavors, but that is about it. Nice full mouthfeel.

Nice, warming winter beer with a unique twist for barrel aging - rum!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Innus & Gunn 3-Pack - $9.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, mahogany-hued body with a half-finger of manilla-hued foam.

Smell: Modestly malty, almost as if it's ashamed of itself. Some dry, raspy caramel with a bit of citrus peel, a spoonful of alcohol, and crestfallen oak wood.

Taste: Very low caramel flavor, with just a hint of sweetness. Heavy pour of unsweetened iced tea. A wooden backdrop throwing off very, very little vanilla touches. Sliver of citrus peel. Minimally bitter. Dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm Innis to win-is, though this brew was very ineffusive, very ineffectual, like it had a tragic run-in with a flavor vampire. The remainder of the mix-pack and even water served in the Innis & Gunn branded glass were more enjoyable.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter Beer 2011 has a wonderfully sleek chestnut colour with sharp highlighting of various shades. The beer is clear as the bottle it came in. While it is reasonably flat it nonetheless looks quite handsome in the brewery's branded tulip glass.

If you've smelled one Innis and Gunn beer you've pretty much smelled them all. For a brewer that is always experimenting with different recipes and different barrels in which to age their beer, it's remarkable how much house character is retained one offering to the next. I'm not complaining though - I like this buttery oak scent.

'Buttery' is a bad word to most beer drinkers. Innis and Gunn, however, have a way of making buttery good in the same way other brewers have a way of making sourness a favorable element. This is smooth and clean on the palate, with tons of pure vanilla and oak flavour. It drinks like a whiskey but without the alcoholic harshness.

Winter Beer is an excellent offering for a mild Scottish winter, but not so much a freezing Canadian one. The chewy, nutty sweetness of amber and Cara malts is appreciated, and blends very well into the subtle orange zest and pumpkin-pie spiciness, but you need a hell of a lot more of it when dealing with endless nights and sub-par temperatures.

This brewery has disappointed me in the past by marking up new - but virtually indistinguishable beers - and releasing them with fancy packaging where what's written on the bottle is more impressive than what's actually contained within it. But I was willing to let bygones be bygones. And, so far as Winter Beer 2011 is concerned, I'm glad I did.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the gift pack along with the two other bottles and glass, and now that the nights are cold, this fit in well with the season! This wasn't as dark or heavy as other winter beers that I've had but this had to be one of the smoothest winters I've ever tasted and like the other Innis and Gunn beers that I tried, the carbonation was so low that I wondered if this was beer or not. It's good to have something that stands out from the crowd!

This had a nice mahogany-oak hue to it with not a lot of head or lacing to be seen. The aroma wasn't strong but there was some oak, vanilla, and booze in the smell and all of these were present in the taste as well. Just a hint of peat and charcoal too but nothing so strong as to be offensive. For a beer this strong, this went down well and had a bit of a bourbon feel in the aftertaste, since it was more sticky and not spicy like some rums that I've had. This was thick like rum but had a bit more of a warming effect than I anticipated.

I pictured this as Winter Ale until I saw what category this fell under. Many would probably not pick this style for a cold and windy night but for the time of the year, this is a great choice. Like the other offerings from Innis and Gunn, it's nice to see something like this push the boundaries of what is considered beer and it's a bonus that this is so enjoyable sip by mellow sip.

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Photo of leagr
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high dense off white head that died down but left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of rum in the nose—similar to what you would expect from a rum cake.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of rum with notes of oak and toffee and some hints of vanilla. There a light amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The rum flavors are well incorporated into this beer and don’t dominate the overall taste. It’s quite easy to drink because there is no cloying sweetness and the beer isn’t that full-bodied in nature.

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Photo of tfidler
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - caramel and toffee.

T - starts out sweet and pretty much stays sweet all the way through with just a light bittering near the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good beer for winter.

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Photo of rangerred
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear medium ruby with a one finger off-white head.

Smells strongly of toffee, caramel, and banana. Also a slight rum smell along with some vanilla.

Flavor of toffee, caramel, vanilla and banana. Really quite a bit going on here. When this beer was cold I definitely picked up a lot of banana and vanilla. As it warmed some more caramel and toffee started coming out. There is a slight bitterness towards the finish.

Overall this is a decent beer but not my favorite from Innis and Gunn. I would have it again, though.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: more malt than hop on the nostril; a bit of caramel or toffee hints; incredible whiskey scents--always a plus! Appearance: dark mahogany body that olds a thin off-white inconsistent head and embodies thinner effervescence...not very attractive... Palate: mellow, buttery slide with a bit of soda pop punch--odd as expected, and Scottish highlands for certain... Taste: as usual, the whiskey/vanilla wedding hits you like a Donkey Kong barrel--sweet goodness, to combine these two wonders together.... a pleasant alternative to the norm, slick and musty with that signature whiskiness; as part of the three-beer sampler (with glass!), I place this slightly above the orignal--but both deliver...

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Photo of eristicrat
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice caramel orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and caramelized malts, a bit of oak, some vanilla, and a hint of brown sugar.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, nice mix of caramelized malts, some oak and vanilla flavors, hints of citrus and brown sugar finish it off.
M: Rich, smooth, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied, warming.
D: Overall a really nice mix of flavors and feel making it very enjoyable.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 2011 gift pack. Poured into the Innis & Gunn glass. A nice mahogany-reddish colour with a nice thick off-white head, good retention.

Smells of whiskey, rum, vanilla, oak, caramel, lots various spices, dark fruits, very enticing.

Tastes of oak and whiskey upfront, vanilla, dark fruits and caramel finish it off with nice biterness, very sweet and malty. The oak is very apparent.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, chewy and thick, creamy, a very good beer, one of their best.

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Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brownish red, it has a medium pale tan head, steadily shrinking to thin ring, no real lace.

Aroma is vanilla, wood, caramelly toasty grain, raisin, hint of dusty pine bark.

Taste is malty-fruit-toasty with hints of vanilla and orange, mostly ending up with dried cherries and lightly bitter wood. It has light warming alcohol. It is lively, but a bit thin in feel and character by the finish, light in body, and somewhat reminiscent of a dubbel. Overall, this ia a very enjoyable, tasty, warming winter ale.

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Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Good looking for the style, probably slightly darker, a deep amber color. Good clarity where the lighter brown to creamy golden highlights are. A nice off white colored head that sticks around a bit and provide a little bit of lacing.

Smell is very nice. It has all the nice malty characteristics of a classic scottish ale, but there are some nice additions as well. Nice woody oak flavors along with a hint of vanilla, then there's a nice citrus (almost exclusively orange) zest.

Taste is unique and excellent. A strong solid malt base. A nice buttery and bready flavor. Along with that are the nice additions as mentioned before. A nice vanilla oak again along with the citrus zest again.

Mouthfeel is very nice. A not too thick, but creamy feel maintaining a fuller than not body. Sweetness, smooth, and a nice sharp bitter finish at the end. A real delite. Overall a really nice beer, my first Innis&Gunn. I hope I didn't ruins the rest of the lineup by how much I like this one, but I'm looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330-ml bottle into the Innis & Gunn collector tulip glass provided in the gift set.

Appearance - darker copper colour with a beige head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin ring of foam along the side.

Smell - deep malty aroma with some mild oak notes.

Taste - flavourful and smoky taste expectant of I&G, some fairly intense sweetness near the end, woody lingering flavour.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth and definitely the ABV is not really noticeable. An even brew.

Drinkability - goes down easy but nice to savour. I'd have one or two of these and then switch to something lighter.

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Photo of jlenik
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: a bit over carbonated but I think the bottle might just be a little old. retained a slight tan head for a while. almost a solid brown color, no reddish notes.

s: spice, alcohol, and vanilla are all mixing together. reminiscent of some winter warmers

t: some spice, oak and vanilla, a little caramel, lots of spice. for a scottish ale it tastes tad watered down.

m: I'm not getting the creaminess I've come to expect from most Innis and Gunn beers. quite light on the carbonation as well.

o: This one is a meh though I will keep trying all the new beers I&G throws out.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish amber garnet body with a foamy one finger head. Weak lacing, and poor retention-- but this still looks pretty decent.

Smells of oak, little tobacco, some sweet malt. The veer has a little spicy note. Dry oaky finish with a light warming booziness.

Feels a bit syrupy. Medium body. Firm carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice beer... But I will take the regular version over it any day.

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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2011 from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 73 ratings