Innis & Gunn Winter Treacle Porter Oak Aged Beer
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English Porter
Ranked #276
Ranked #42,860
3.51 | pDev: 14.25%
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Innis & Gunn Winter Treacle Porter Oak Aged BeerInnis & Gunn Winter Treacle Porter Oak Aged Beer
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Photo of Trosevear
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Black. Brown head that disappeared quickly.

S: Sweet chocolate and slight molasses.

T: Sweet toasted malts slight tartness on the finish.

F: Low carbonation and full mouth feel.

O: Another nice beer from Innis & Gunn and easy to drink.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5 or so

Appearance - Brown colour with a large size beige coloured head. It's too dark to see the carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, dark fruits?, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste a smokiness, a bit of wood, caramel, and malts. There is also some dark fruit flavour and a hint of vanilla.

Overall - Probably not worth the price tag, but this is a pleasant tasting brew. Perhaps something that would work well to introduce others to craft beer. None of the flavours are very pronounced.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 9/2014. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, molasses, brown bread, oak, vanilla, light clove, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt, oak, and molasses notes; with solid strength and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, raisin, oak, vanilla, light clove, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, oak, vanilla, light clove, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice balance and solid complexity of dark/bready malt, oak, and molasses flavors; with a good oak/malt flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice brown porter style. Good balance and solid complexity of dark/bready malt, oak, and molasses flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle as a Christmas gift:
Caramel with a 1cm beige head that is creamy & holds quite well.

Sweet with some caramel, toffee and various malts along with hints of treacle and some light vanilla. Dark fruits and sugar & some spice feature as well.

Sweet treacle and some bitterness along with it, there is some vanilla & butterscotch with a slight bit of alcohol & fruits too. I could detect some banana and toffee with some earthy malts on top of that. It is definitely an interesting tasting beer and one that goes down well.

Smooth with a light medium body and a sweetness through with strong carbonation. The beer has touches of bitterness towards the end with the finish a dry and crisp one.

Quite a good Innis & Gunn offering, a good combination of sweetness and slightly darker malts coming through, the only real downside was that the nose could have done with being a little stronger although it wasn't weak or bland.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the clear bottle into an English pint glass. A dark brown porter with a peachy orange tint, interesting look. Light beige foam, perhaps an inch deep. Smells like caramel toffee, vanilla, and oak, the classic Innis & Gunn aroma albeit darker and with a more prominent earthy hop bitterness and some light roasted notes. Palate is similar, ample toffee sweetness, a light cola-like spice, molasses, faint chocolate, red berry. The oaky tannic woodiness that is more obvious in brews like Innis & Gunn Original scottish ale is also present here but more subdued, and the bitterness from the molasses manages to reign in the usual sweet maltiness that pervades this brewer's ales. Just a shade thicker than thin-bodied to my palate, highly carbonated and finishes quite dry, bitter with echoes of roasted coffee bean and wood. Dries out as you go, becoming more woody and tannic near the end of a bottle. Not bad. I like the bitterness the molasses imparts. I do prefer more typical porters.

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Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I don't usually drink much of these guys as I think the clear bottles put me off a little but the latest three styles released are all up my alley and it pours a copper hue with a creamy two finger head that rises fast to slowly recede to a rim of lacing and a tiny touch of lacing but bugger all,the smell is treacle,port wine,raisins and a touch of booze with only the slightest touch of oak and I mean slight,the mouthfeel is well carbonated maybe a little too much and the feel is light/medium bodied with Tastes firstly are sweet and are butterscotch,treacle,toffee and finished with a hit of light herbal hoppy bitterness to keep it real and overall it's a nice sessionable drop despite its big ABV but its no traditional porter by any means and unless stated on the label you would think its a strong English or Scottish ale and yeah I'd buy it again but don't expect an traditional English porter cheers.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear mahogany color with red hues. 1 finger of off-white head is poured but leaves town pretty quick.

Smell - oak, vanilla and toffee, the bread and butter of I&G also some molasses, and slight earthiness.

Taste - More bitterness here than their other offerings, but actually helps here as the beer is too sweet otherwise. The bitterness reigns it in and cuts through it quite nicely. Slight spiciness on the back end. Toffee and trace banana. I like the flavor quite a bit.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and a bit spritzy feeling. Much thinner though for a porter and this is reflected here, but still somehow comes together to make a finished product.

overall - Pretty good I&G product and while not my favorite, removing it from the realm of porters and just drinking it as something to enjoy I feel it has higher merit and more drinkability because of the bitterness that cuts through the typically sweet I&G product line.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like Innis & Gunn but ten times more bitter! Nice dark burgundy colour, very sweet semlling and lots of molasses and syrup going on here. Very bitter, from the treacle. Not something I'd buy again, but still worth the try, better than many other beers!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear 330ml bottle: they've dropped the 'Winter' on the label, but it's the same beer I'm sure.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice at home on 26 Nov 13. The colour was pleasant enough, a mahogany red, clean and clear, the head dissipating a little too quickly for me.

Very, very sweet in both the nose and taste: malty molasses completely dominate everything and treacle seems to be the main flavour from those molasses, the front label claims treacle is actually added to the brew. I like the sweeter, maltier brews, but this was too much, even for me. It may well be matured for 39 days, but adding too much treacle hides whatever the maturing was supposed to bring out, or put in.

Managed to drink it all of course, but I'll not be seeking out another in a hurry.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Best By SEP2013

A: Pours a mahogany color with almost no head that quickly reduces to absolutely nothing

S: Lightly roasted malts, toffee, bready malts, banana, molasses, lightly spicy, light oak, and vanilla

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with huge notes of toffee and banana, followed by lightly roasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon, molasses, and oak

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I usually don't expect or see such huge banana notes in a porter, but it works with this beer. The 39 days in barrels imparts a light oak which compliments the beer nicely. At less than $2 for a single, there's no reason why you shouldn't try this beer

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Photo of Givemebeer
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle to snifter

A: dark ruby red with no lacing and small head

S: molasses

T: molasses and dark fruits. Pretty sweet.

M: medium-light bodied sweet finish.

O: why bother mentioning porter? Maybe there were traces or roasted malts but aside from that... No. I like innis and gunn and their signature type taste but this one missed the mark.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to OKComputer for this one. This beer is nowhere near Porter-like in any aspect, just keep that in mind. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very attractive, clean, clear, tobacco, leather brown color with just a thin ring of white head that lingered nicely.

The aroma was woody, mildly sweet, and had a bit of an alcohol scent. On the tongue, the story was really similar, some leather, some alcohol, and some oak. The combination was very good indeed.

The body was very nice, although a bit thin. Drinkability was very good indeed, I could easily drink several of these, and would certainly have more were they readily available. Overall, an excellent beer. The reason the number scores are so low, is that this beer is closer to a Strong Ale (think North Coast Old Stock Ale, one of my favorite beers) than it is to any Porter I've ever seen. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fairly basic porter, courtesy of the LCBO. Pours slightly brown without a lasting head. Slight molasses smell. A tad light mouthfeel. Not very interesting or that drinkable. A somewhat acidic finish. Tastes slightly boozy. Just not a very good porter.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with medium retention and limited lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with toffee notes and some whisky notes. Taste is a well rounded mix between some caramel malt with some whisky notes and some light toffee but overall mix is not overly sweet. Body is light with somewhat of an oily texture and good carbonation. Enjoyable though there is something in the aftertaste that I am having a hard time identifying but is common with this brewer that I more or less enjoyed.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep blood orange in colour, 1/4 inch head that quickly collapses, clear and no visible particles.

S: Black cherries, a bit of bubble gum, lots of sweetness coming through.

T: Aroma's come through in the flavour. A bit of alcohol warmth balances with the sweetness but nothing over the top.

M: Well carbonated, dry finish with a hint of sweetness.

O: Not my favorite of the Innis and Gunn line but this is still a good beer.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Believe this was part of the LCBO's winter release. Pours a beautiful clear burgundy colour, albeit with very little head that disappears quickly. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and some additional carbonation might have helped.

Barrel-forward aroma, lots of oak and some whisky tones, with aged fruitcake in the background. Not what I'd choose every day, but definitely interesting. Sweeter than I'd expected, although personally I taste caramelized malts and simple sugar rather than treacle, per say. None of the chocolate or roasted elements typically associated with a porter, but enough flavour variety to be appropriate for a "winter warmer". Glad to have tried.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.23/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A: Pours dark brown with a very small off-white, compact head. Only poor lacings.

S. Alcohol at first. Dark dried fruits, sweat. Oak and vanilla. Malty.

T: Follows the nose, only stronger sweetness and vanilla. Whisky-like senceations.

M: Short and sweet aftertaste. Medium body, smooth. Low carbonation.

O: A Porter? No way! As an English Strong Ale, perhaps...

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Innis & Gunn Winter Treacle Porter Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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