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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

11/7/12 Innis and Gunn Winter Beer

So last night I tried some Innis and Gunn Winter Beer. This stuff was an excellent sipping beer that had just the right amounts of hints of a fine scotch. I've had other oak aged beer and the taste of alcohol over powers the whole beer. This one has just the right amount the makes you want to go back for more. This morning I also drew the name of the winner of the likes for Pounder of the Week and the winner as selected by my wife out of an Army hat was Brad Kelly. Thanks to all who have liked the Facebook page and to everyone who takes the time to read Pounder of the Week. I'm going to add more to this post in the next couple of days but I wanted to get some of this information out post haste so stop back again to read the rest of the review next week. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.

Information from Innis and Gunn

Just in time for the cold-weather months ahead, pioneering Scottish craft beer maker, Innis & Gunn, debuts its FIRST Porter-Style Brew for the season – Winter Beer 2012.  Inspired by a centuries-old beer recipe, Innis &Gunn’s CEO Dougal Sharp, discovered the 19th-century recipe in the pages of A. Scots Cellar, by Florence Marion McNeill. In those days to make beer, molasses were traditionally used to give depth and sweetness to the brews, but also to create greater viscosity and heaviness in the mouth.  The Winter Beer 2012 combines this old-fashioned method, along with Innis & Gunn’s trademark approach to long, slow maturation resulting in a complex and sweet brew.  
“I was reading “A Scots Cellar” by Florence Marion McNeill, a celebrated book on the history and tradition of beer and spirits in Scotland, and came across a brewing recipe, over 100 years old. It incorporated molasses as part of the brewing process by using it to impart beers with great complexity and sweet notes. This is exactly what we wanted to recreate with our very first oak-matured Porter. The new Winter Beer 2012 is definitely one of those beers you would fancy savoring whilst warming by the fireplace on dark winter nights,” says Innis & Gunn CEO Dougal Sharp.
The Winter Beer 2012 is a rich, complex and malty beer with notes of molasses, fruit and hints of chocolate. The first sip starts with flavors of oak and molasses then develops to reveal a firm and full malty backbone, with traces of orange oil and wood.   Roast malts, tobacco smoke and chocolate are also present throughout. This delicious journey ends with a soothing finish like an open fire on a cold day as the roast malts, molasses and hop bitterness fall into balance and linger with occasional hints of the signature Innis & Gunn vanilla notes.
The Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012 is the fourth Limited Edition beer to be released in the US market, and will also be available in Innis & Gunn’s Holiday Winter Pack alongside the Innis & Gunn Original Flagship and Rum Cask. The Winter Beer 2012 will be available for a limited time only in the US and is priced at $10.99 for a 4-pack.

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