Innis & Gunn Winter Beer

Innis & Gunn
Formerly brewed at Belhaven (Greene King)

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Warming Scottish beer with natural hints of ripe fruit, vanilla, and caramel.
Every ingredient we have used to brew this beer has been selected for its intensity of flavour. Large amounts of pale ale and crystal malts impart the caramel fruit character, strength and body. The WGV, Styrian and Goldings hops give the sherry like intensity and ripe fruit aroma. And the heavily toasted boubon-oak mellows the beer and provides a deep, complex, oaky background. It’s the perfect antidote to the cold dark nights of winter, a beer to be sipped, savoured and appreciated.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stldsf1 (659) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Nice winter ale. Spices, figs , bourbon, malty with light hops. Very very good winter Ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

micheung23 (7) - - JUN 18, 2014 does not count
I think I would only be able to drink one of these in a night. I feel its quite heavy. Speaking of heavy one time I lifted something too heavy and hurt my back. Sometimes i throw my back out from sneezing.

Dacrza (1071) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Aroma: more malt than hop on the nostril; a bit of caramel or toffee hints; incredible whiskey scents--always a plus! Appearance: dark mahogany body that olds a thin off-white inconsistent head and embodies thinner effervescence...not very attractive... Palate: mellow, buttery slide with a bit of soda pop punch--odd as expected, and Scottish highlands for certain... Taste: as usual, the whiskey/vanilla wedding hits you like a Donkey Kong barrel--sweet goodness, to combine these two wonders together.... a pleasant alternative to the norm, slick and musty with that signature whiskiness; as part of the three-beer sampler (with glass!), I place this slightly above the orignal--but both deliver...

Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber - white head. Coconut, sweetness, fruity, high malty, corn, minerals, wooden, raisins, dried fruits, vanilla. Simple.

fsquirrel29 (91) - Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 My second favorite of the 4 I&G I have tried. A nice dark color and small head are fairly typical or I&G beers. This sounds somewhat odd, but this beer has both a rich, smooth, creamy taste, but then leaves a spicy after taste. Just an excellent beer.

Thewade (340) - USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bought in a mix pack with the original and the rum cask. Strong vanilla notes. Enjoyed.

AshtonMcCobb (7029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2011
Pours amber with a nice head. The nose has nutmeg, biscuits and maybe bourbon. The taste has more nutmeg and biscuits. The palate is medium bodied with a medium texture and a cloying finish. Overall, it promised but the palate was a little unbalanced.

Peter’sFather (8) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011 does not count
This is a very mellow, delightful beer. Very smooth in the mouth but still has life. Rich colour.

Lagerboy (2239) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
Clear dark copper with a medium tan head which slowly diminishes. Fruity, boozy, caramel malt aroma and taste. Orange peel, molasses, bourbon and vanilla notes. Silky smooth finish. Very nice! LF (Lagerboy Friendly)

markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Thanks to PaulUnwin for the share. Pours a slightly hazy caramel-amber with an off-white head. Nose is malt, vanilla, wood, spices, sherry, and overripe cherries. Flavor is similar- so much that is sweet: caramel, vanilla dominate with hints of overripe sugary fruit, sherry, and oak. Light to medium in body and enjoyable.

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