scantron (63) - Ontario, - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
January 26, 2013; 7.4% abv, 650 mL, branded stemware
Complex spice aromas - vanilla, alcoholic spice. Dark fruits and thick malts also present. Pours a clear mahogany with thin tan head, leaves a nice lace. Generally malt character with a slightly acidic taste. vanilla, licorice, booze - all present. Slightly watery body, which is surprising. Bitey carbonation is nice. A pretty good offering.
ulrikolsen (174) - DENMARK - MAY 6, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with low fading tan head. Aroma is vanilla, wood, caramel malt and a hint of smoke. Taste is sweet, dark caramel, dried fruit, molasses, and ends in vanilla, alcohol and mild bitterness. Not that porter-like.
RhetoricalAns (815) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A richer, thicker version of the normal I&G. Quite sweet, not a ton of roast or chocolate or much to suggest porter, some molasses maybe. But as a heavier treacle -esque beer it’s not bad.
eaglebones (104) - Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours cola brown with thin, short-lived tan head. Smells of molasses and roasted malt. Light body with carbonation. Tastes like dried fruit, especially prunes, and faint molasses. Okay, but not great for the style.
Oldschool_Mike (309) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Tan head that doesn’t stick around to long. Aroma is oak with some toffee. Taste is sweet with some oakiness. It’s a nice beer.
rjplumer (970) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
AirForceHops (5931) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
TorbenJensen (1444) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
jb (2869) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
smroush (198) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hman43 (1055) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.