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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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a few of the Innis and Gunn beers last year and liked them a lot, because of how smooth they were and easy to drink for someone like me who isn't into Rum that much. While this beer continued along those lines, I just didn't feel that it was a Porter in any way, shape, or form. Sure, there was some booze to be had here, but this wasn't anywhere near as dark, roasted, or thick as I expected it to be and even as I finish this up, I'm still at a loss for words as to what exactly this is categorically.

This poured a clear, chestnut brown with a fair amount of head and no lacing to be seen. There was hardly any carbonation to be had here and the aroma was that of burnt sugar. That could be felt in the taste along with some spiced rum, alcohol, a hint of caramel and oak for good measure. Sure, this was smooth, relatively thin, and had a nice spicy aftertaste but there wasn't any roasted notes to be felt here. This just seemed like a less intense version of some of their other beers.

Even the alcohol seemed light, even though it was heavy for an English Porter. I probably need to have more on the most popular list to see if it's just me but for now, the jury's out on this. As a winter beer, it's fine and easily enjoyable but it just feels like something is missing from here, even if I can't detect it with any of my senses.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Uncanny I found this in the 10 dollar mix a six collection.

A - Very un-porter like it pours a deep dark hard wood brown with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.
S - Not very much roast or molasses either. Getting the usual caramel,toffee, oak, and rum smells though.
T - Well it's not off putting I am getting some molasses but very little porter. Its like any of the other beers they make, malt forward with caramel and toffee, but it does have a hoppy twang that may be a shred of dark malt.

M - Slick, oily, medium to thick in body.

Overall totally better than the rum cast version but far from the original. Worth picking up for a fair price.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle... aaahhhH!!!, Well I grabbed this directly from the box, and it hasn't seen light since.

Pours a light fizzy head that looks like a 10% abv beer, fades fairly quickly, no lacing, mostly clear dark amber color with hint of molasses color to it, doesn't look anything like a porter.

Nose brings plenty of molasses, as promised, syrupy almost corn syrup like, light nutty like spices that seem to come with most Innis & Gunn beers I think from their yeast, and a bit of sweet toasty oak but not much, a touch of phenolic booze, caramel, toffee, a light earthy root like tannin aroma as well, and lots more candy toffee as it warms.

Taste starts with a light licorice root like flavor, then right into molasses and sweet malt flavors, syrupy candy corn syrup and molasses a plenty. Also bringing toffee and nutty flavors, and light caramel, a touch biscuit. Phenolic and slightly fusel booze really hammers, it reads at 7.4%abv, but between the head and flavor burn it seems more like 9+%. There is light toasty oak in there in the background, but not much, with a hint of wood dust flavor, and hints of alcohol esters too. Finish is drier but still a bit sticky sweet, another tingly warming booze kicks in right at the early finish, then lingering buttery flavors probably from the oak, little molasses and candy toffee lingering.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, little syrupy, nice carb, way too much booze.

Overall an OK beer, but not great. I do like the molasses flavors, and light barrel characters, as well as the toffee, candy, etc. However, way too boozy and phenolic, that light earthy root flavor is meh, not enough overall barrel and no hops. Also, this isn't anything remotely close to a porter, despite they even write porter on the label. But hey, at least it's not skunked.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of IllNate
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an appealing deep red copper with ample off white head and good retention. Aroma is familiar to other innis and gunn offerings with big oak and vanilla. Some darker roast pokes through but it misses the mark if they were aiming for a porter, not detecting the treacle they mention either. Taste is the highlight for me. Comes in with big oak and vanilla again, but dark roasts are more pronounced and detecting some of that treacle they were talking about. Could use a bit more bittering or dryness in my opinion, but it's fairly well balanced. Overall a little twist on what Innis and Gunn do well, but nothing revolutionary here.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of srhoadsy
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured slightly chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a rich amber color with about half an inch of airy, light tan head that slowly recedes leaving a thin surface layer with moderate lacing.

Aromas of carmelized sugars, vanilla, dried fruits. As it warmed I also picked up a light aroma of leather.

Flavors follow through the aromas. I also noticed some light smoky and mineral background flavors. I did pick up on the banana(ester) notes that other reviewers mentioned, but did not find them quite as cloying as they did.

Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall a nice beer. Not my favorite by I&G but a nice sipper.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (best before Sept 2013) poured into a Innis & Gunn branded fluted snifter (not sure how else to describe the glass).

Appearance: Clear Ruby red to deep copper color. Thin white head across top - tiny bit of persistent lacing (little islands) noted.

Smell: Tiny bit of molasses, some roasted malt, but mild overall.

Taste: Quite nice. Molasses, roasted malt, whiskey, some buttery toffee, and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but sometimes a little bit much. Sticky on the teeth, good thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Really digging the color on this beer. Tasty, but surprisingly not as deep in aroma as you would expect with the taste. The barrel aging is here, but I think blends better with all the other flavors. I could see myself having another one this evening.

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2.49/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle acquired at a gift exchange as part of a mixed 3 pack. Poured ~4C into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a clear brown body with a nice head that drops but leaves little to no lacing. Nose is full of fruity notes and a ton of banana... Yuck. Body is a little cleaner with caramel and molasses notes though quite subdued and the damn banana shows up again. No real oak notes. Banana porter? Meh. I've had two of the three bottles in this pack filled with banana esters. Awful.`

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 137 ratings
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