Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Porter brewed with molasses.

Added by CloudStrife on 10-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Phineasco
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 year old bottle
Look: Dark amber, with thin white head that recedes quickly.
Smell: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, maple syrup, and molasses.
Taste: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, black cherry, maple syrup, and molasses.
Mouthfeel: Thin.
Overall: This beer was probably past its prime, but solid.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours clear red amber with a creamy off-white light khaki colored foam head. Smells nutty, oaky, slightly sweet with big molasses, roasty toasted malt, oak, smoke, spice, caramel, toffee, some plum, cherry, fig, dried fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like huge molasses, roasty toasted malt, some smoke, spice, oak, caramel, toffee, dried fruits, plum, cherry, fig, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice oak aged porter with molasses.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

AROMA: Potatoes and carrots on the nose. Seaweed?
LOOK: Dark brown, but clear color and a bit thin looking for a porter. Small head.
TASTE: More carrots and sugar throughout.

Very drinkable.

Loses some overall points for not really seeming like a porter. More like an amber.


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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackhammerOhio
4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice winter beer even after 3yrs.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of scotorum
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Some age on this, the bottle reads: "Winter Beer 2012, Porter Brewed With Molasses." It came as part of a leftover 2012 threepack giftset of different Innis & Gunn beers and one of their flute glasses. My local store was selling them for $7 over the summer. I bought six. Such a deal for a beer that normally sells for $11+/4 and does not usually deteriorate for years.

Poured from the 11.2 oz,. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.

a: Clear reddish-brown with a huge two inch tan head which receded slowly to heavy rocky surface foam and some lacing. Light-colored for a porter.

s: Strong booze and caramel malt. There may be no barrel-aged beer with more immediately obvious and persistent whiskey or rum aroma than Innis & Gunn, and this version is no different in that department.

t: Sweet malt under heavy boozy flavor that lingers a long time in the mouth. Any smokiness from either the dark malt or oak barrels is totally overshadowed by the liquor the barrels originally held. Yet 7.4 ABV feels more like 5.

m: Light, almost watery, surprisingly light given the color and head retention. Sinfully easy-drinking as a result.

o: If you want normal porter flavor, go elsewhere. The booze flavor from the barrel aging dominates over the caramel malt all the way. If you like that, and I do, you'll forgive the fact that the taste is otherwise off style, or that the "brewed with molasses" noted on the bottle is not really evident either.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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