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Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter

Innis & Gunn
Brewed at Wellpark (C&C Group)

Style: Porter
Edinburgh, Scotland


on tap

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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This beer takes its inspiration from the history books. As well as using flavour-packed chocolate and crystal malt, we also added treacle (molasses) which gives the beer its rich, bittersweet character. 100 years ago in Scotland, treacle was used by brewers to create depth and sweetness and to give beers a richer mouthfeel and more rounded finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4253) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
The aroma has oak, brown sugar, chocolate, toasted bread and light hops. The appearance is dark brown. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a solid beer if not a porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stuu666 (3197) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown. Interestingly tastes like all the others - sweet toffee and vanilla, donít get the treacle or any porter characteristics.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCx240 (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Clear, dark brown, small tan head. Smell is faint, with hints of oak, liquorice, raisin, caramel and coffee. Taste is sweet and earthy, with hints of vanilla and cocoa. A bit light on the palate, soft carbonation, and a long lingering finish with a pleasant alcohol warmth to it. Good beer to warm up with on a cool evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - OCT 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-13-14- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance Ė The beer pours a dark brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell Ė The aroma of the beer is mainly of a caramel and molasses sweetness mixed with other aromas of a light chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Some more oaky and whisky aromas mingle with these, as well as a light vanilla and buttery toffee smell, which produce a rather sweeter and barrel like aroma overall. Taste Ė The taste is very much more Scottish ale or amber ale like then porter like. The tongue is met with a mainly caramel and molasses taste with it being on the more sweet and bready side. There is only a light hint of chocolate and roasted flavor that come to the tongue after the initial taste, with both of these flavors remaining rather light throughout the taste. While the roasted flavors remain rather light some more sweet flavors of vanilla and toffee come to the tongue with the toffee taking the place of the upfront caramel. A little bit of a darker fruit flavor of plum and raisin as well as some oakiness comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving a rather sweet, not very porter like, and malty flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower side. The carbonation level was rather nice for the scotch style/ĒporterĒ style of the brew, while a slightly thicker body may have helped with accentuating the lighter darker flavors of the brew, making them more pronounced. Overall Ė Not really a porter, but more of a wee heavy/scotch ale. It lacks a lot of roasted flavor which a porter should have in my mind, but it does have a nice blend of sweeter/sugary flavors with a nice maltiness. If looking for a scotch style ale then this is a good choice, but if looking for a robust dark porter then steer away. A nice brew, but just not a nice classification.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2093) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrfffffdddddddrrrrrrr so many oak cubes. Butterscotch, uhhhhhh isnít this supposed to be a porter? ie: darkish? Light clove, usual massive oak, faint early spice, maybe plum. I donít know what this is. Not even remotely. I guess Iíll say that I am enjoying it and its pile of flavour. Mineral water. I liked whatever this was. No one can answer the question - what was this mislabeled beer?tjis absolutely was not a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3806) - - SEP 13, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 bottle. dark brown with a small tan head. fruity, estery aroma like chocolate covered pineapple with old dank musty woody notes. banana candy, old musty oak, roasted malt flavors. its a good beer minus the banana thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JHeath99 (1098) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Tap. Pours a translucent brown with a ring of tan head. Aroma and taste of malts and not much else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Cola brown pour, little head. A little too sweet and thin despite the abv for my palate. Flavor of molasses light smoke and booze. One dimensional but pretty tasty. Ok. Not my favorite I&G, though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HippyHop (212) - CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
Itís flippin 11 (celsius) in mid-August and Iím drinking a treacle porter. Seems about right... Pours a nice reddish brown with a bit of off-white head. Lots of molasses, as advertised, with caramel, ripe banana, and a couple other things I canít quite identify. Taste is molasses, warm booze, and banana, maybe a bit of ripe stone fruit? A bit of chocolate on the finish, which has a nice little touch of bitterness to quell the alcohol warmth. Itís more drinkable, and less heavy, than I expected, but maybe thatís the weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drostj (105) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark, rich amber brown with a thin head. Sweet aroma - caramel, coffee, loam, peat. Full, complex flavor, sweet up front with a bit a dry bitterness afterwards that keeps it from being cloying. Flavors of caramel, coffee, molasses, bourbon and some spice. Smooth with a dry aftertaste. Good special occasion beer.

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