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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: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rjplumer (723) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Sweet molasses. Deep dark brown with a light tan head that starts about an inch thick. Light bitterness with a smooth finish. Has a subtle sweet molasses quality. Light warming sensation. Enjoyable and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (4820) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle from a four pack. For some reason this brewery still uses clear bottles and it obvious this is not a porter (even if the brewery calls it that) dark Amber color with thin lasting head. Aroma is oak, toffee and a slight hint of rum.

This is much like every other I&G brew I have ever sampled. Large oak influence with molasses, toffee and end with a sugary note. Yet the oak is the largest element in the flavor profile. Still not sure how they call this a porter but if you want big oak, this is your brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1334) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2015
Winter Treacle is clearly moving at the limit of what you would expect from a porter. It is perhaps due to the barrel aging overshadow its porter character to some extent. Foam is stable, but rapidly dwindling to a thin layer. The aroma is rich and contains little heavy caramel that can often also be found in whisky aroma. Notes of dark chocolate and heavy dark fruit is also rising from the glass along with the smell of the forest in this ale, of course, comes from the oak casks in which it has stored. The taste is uplifting and pulls it in the clear direction of a porter. Very complex flavors of dark chocolate, some coffee, prunes, candied, smoke / tobacco and a clear hard roasted malt put a little burnt edge to it all. You have to really concentrate to find all its flavors, but fortunately is carbonation low in Winter Tracle and it helps tremendously to a full enjoyment of the many flavor elements it contains. The hops only come in with a very small and almost anonymous bitterness, and in this ale is a big plus to its many delicious shades not drowned out towards the end. Long distinct aftertaste with little vanilla and licorice-like flavor form a sublime conclusion to this feast of perfection. I am overwhelmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2592) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Interesting - wonder what the scottish aversion to hops is? Very sweet/malty nose, molasses seems right. Taste is similar but at the end a bit of smoke and dryness rescues it from being cloying. It was okay, but won’t earn a spot in the fridge as a rotational porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (142) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Aromas of molasses and oak spice. Hops pretty subdued. Color is a pretty dark brown; small light tan head. Taste is fairly sweet, with the molasses apparent; pretty light on the bitterness. Medium body; texture just slightly oily/slick; carbonation just a bit above average; finish is a little weak - mostly sweet and malty. Overall not bad but a bit simple, lacking the chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors of better porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hman43 (698) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2015
It pours brown with a brown head. It has aromas of bananas, molasses, and a hint of chocolate. It has sweet flavors from the molasses and chocolate with alcohol as well. It does have slight alcohol warming on the way down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (11738) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
Bottled, 330ml from Tesco in Banbury. Dark brown with cream to tan head. Another really sweet beer from Innis & Gunn, there is a treacle element giving a certain richness then a saccharin fruitiness. Maltose notes. It’s okay but I don’t want to have it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBHansen (457) - Køge, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle (Winter Treacle Porter) @ Præstø shelte w friends/chef/boilermaker. Appearance: Pours clear dark brown with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste notes: caramel, biscuit, toffee, nuts and some chocolate hints. palette: low to medium aroma, low to average carbonation, medium body, average to notable barley sweetness, low to medium bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: ok pale porter with a lot of malt profile

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2922) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Sample sent for review Oct 2013. Yes, it’s sat around in a clear bottle all this time, but at least in a case in my dark cellar. After a bit of foam peeks into the top of the neck, it easily pours into my with just a bit of fizzy head. Deep ruby color. First sniff allows notes of pear and applesauce. Taste has a bit of treacle flavor, but it’s actually rather dry. So I think it has aged past what the brewers intended, but it has no off flavors, just some changes. Mouthfeel remains pretty fizzy. A bit of banana after going halfway through. Can not catch much oak here, probably the treacle overpowers it. Alcohol warming finally starts in toward the end of the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (1948) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle from Aldi as Winter Treacle Porter. Pours black brown with a tan head. Bit of a face puller at first, settles to a pleasant enough bitter porter with plenty of black treacle.

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