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Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged BeerInnis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,089 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 49
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007)
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Ratings: 1,089 | Reviews: 333 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CMUbrew:
Photo of CMUbrew
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice darker, varnish brown color in the glass. Off-white head forms briefly.

S: Skunked. Skunky hops prevail in the nose. Very nice caramel and toffee notes hidden behind it, but the skunk cannot be ignored here.

T: A touch of skunk flavor hits the taste buds initially, and some nice malt flavors follow. Slight woody notes can be found in the mix as well.

M: Lighter for a scotch ale, but works well with this beer I think.

O: A pretty nice beer ruined by skunking. The clear bottles look really nice, but they do absolutely nothing for preserving the quality of a beer. I really hope these guys switch to brown bottles someday.

CMUbrew, Nov 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My first Innis & Gunn beer.Poured a rich clear amber with a one finger light tannish colored head atop that was gone pretty quickly.Aromas of rum infused butter,brown sugar,and some cake notes.Very buttery on the palate with the rum flavors not hitting me over the head like I thought they would,caramel and vanilla notes imparted from the rum in the finish.Not bad,to be honest better than I thought,I would have liked a fuller feel but the flavors are nice.

oberon, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +4.4%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the bottle with an off-white head. Carbonation was equal to a can of cola and quickly settled to almost stagnant.

S- The aroma is mild overall.

T- Taste was balanced with a hints of booze to the nose but not to the tounge.

M- Maybe a medium body at best, very much on the lighter side. No alcohol heat at all.

Overall- Very drinkable but has much more of the wee than the heavy.

ExtraStout, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +11%

MadScientist, May 01, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown pour into a snifter with a half finger head, fizzy on the peremeter with more froth in the center. The head dissipates in under a minute leaving the deep brown brew to stand virutally alone. The aroma is eclectic; the wood of the aging barrels is up front as is the sweetness of the rum. Notes of spice (presumably from the rum barrels) elevate as the beer warms while the more traditional beer aromas of yeast and malt are secondary here. It has a very "island" character to it. The first sip is a bit of a let down given the heavy aromas coming from my glass. The body is good not thin or watery while offering no syrupy slick either. The carbonation is low as suspected with the quickly dissipating head. There is a background of woodsiness,not overpowering at all, but I am missing a lot of the spice and sugar on my pallet (I have just gotten over a cold a couple of days ago, but I don't think I'm tasting at a deficit). The smoothness of the brew in both its carbonation and even body combined with its mellow flavors allow for a highly drinkable beer for me, whose alcohol content is right on at 7.4%. I don't get a boozy character in the 7% range which is a pleasant departure from many of the high octane liquor barrel conditioned brews.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Shakerman, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ricksrealm, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of t1ll1s
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

t1ll1s, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

American oak and rum-infused oak chips, we presume? Regardless, we’ll take this beer on. Dark ruddy brown color glim- mers with its clarity. Soft but pungent aroma; oaky, musty, hint of spice and alcohol, cigar, brown bread and ripe baked apples. Oakiness has some pull on the palate but lets the beer be a beer. Brown sugar and rum notes are mild, but are certainly complex layers. Maltiness is slightly dry and bready; modest hopping here. Some warmth from the alcohol. A very savory beer, perhaps a bite refined, but that factor does not affect the depth of its complexities. Seek this one out.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +4.4%

FadetoBock, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a clear 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has the abv listed at 7.4% and the back label has a short description.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful deep reddish amber color with good clarity. On top of this beer there is a small creamy off white head. This small covering soon fades to a thin ring of slick lacing.

Smell: There is a delicate sweet grain and bready base with mellow vanilla, woody oak, and caramel.

Taste: On a light thin palate I get a nice light bready and sweet grain character. Inside of it are delicate hints of the caramel and oak with notes of vanilla and spicy sweet rum. On the back end there is a light kiss of herbal hop bitterness. It is smooth lightly carbonated and watery on the tongue.

Notes: I love the flavor and balance of all its very subtle complexity but it just lacks depth in the body.

generallee, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of EsoxLucius
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this as a st. patty's gift, not a bad gift at all!

i've tried their regular oak aged beer and suppose should get one to review. i like their product, nice packaging, nice bottle, nice color.

A: looks just like the picture, pours very nice, lacing is good and is retained throughout the drink. beautiful color, very impressed, like looking at it a lot.

S: i detected spice straight away with some rum hints definately present. very pleasing and not boozy at all. some sweet grain smells were also noted along with a cherry scent.

T: initial sweetness that i can only compare to cherry mixed with malt complimented by a tangy spicy taste. after it's been in the mouth a while, hints of woody/rum tastes can be noted, but arent prominant.

M: good, thickens up a bit as its in the mouth, initially thin but finishes quite well.

D: overall very pleasant, the different taste makes this beer special and i did enjoy it very much.

note: the packaging revs this beer up quite a lot and impressed the friends saying "that's a beer?"

so i need to admit, felt a lot richer than i am pulling this one out of the fridge next to a tub of ice fishing bait...

give it a try, something different to enjoy.

EsoxLucius, Mar 18, 2009
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

kbt5273, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of mverity
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mverity, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A = Dark, reddish brown amber (mahogany), with a soapy, short-lived head. No lacing.

S = Brown sugar, vanilla, rum, malt. This beer has a complex, fascinating nose.

T = Malty, mildly sweet, a slight cola taste, subtle rum.

M = Medium bodied, but finished light on the tongue. Not overly carbonated.

O = I really like this beer. I think it would be best as a standalone to enjoy its complex aroma. A possible food pairing would be with a roasted game and root veggie dinner, something rich and hearty.

ThisLadyLovesBeer, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of JasonEames
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

JasonEames, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce clear bottle

Pours clear dark brown, under a quality looking medium tan head. That leaves a thin tiny bubble film , collar and nice looking high fine strands of lace.

On the nose is all about some caramel malts and a whiff of cola.

Smooth and malty brew, more sweet, caramel malts and again cola and just perhaps some wood/rum cask. Decent enough brew, but not really doing much for my senses. Worth a try, but ultimately this seems to be over priced and underwhelming.

Billolick, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of lvalentine56
5/5  rDev +30.5%

lvalentine56, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: Chestnut brown in color, minimal head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: wood, some smoke, and tobacco

Taste: very woody, some smoke, and big toffee as well

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation and body, slightly sweet with smoke

Overall: Revisiting the brand I logged my first review for. Awesome wood and tobacco combo. Could have several of these. This tastes different from most other beers I have had, so I am loving it.

tigg924, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

reitzbrewing, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single (clear) bottle picked up from the LCBO.

Poured into an Affligem chalice. A nice ruby-chestnut hue (not entirely unlike a dark rum), the pour leaves a thin layer of head that recedes rather quickly.

Nose is very sweet, with notes of molasses, brown sugar, toffee, dark bread, and rum balls.

Flavorful, intriguing, but certainly a one-sided brew. The sweetness becomes almost cloying, and there aren't enough other flavors to keep things in check. The candied rum taste is quite nice, and theres a subtle graininess and smoke character, but generally this is sweet, rummy beer. If there's oak, it's well-hidden.

Thin bodied, mild carbonation.

Not bad - like a lot of Innis and Gunn offerings, I find it's an interesting brew to try, but the effect wears off after a while. Too sweet, and not enough other characteristics to hold my interest.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 26, 2011
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1/5  rDev -73.9%

JC333, May 12, 2013
Photo of steviesays
1/5  rDev -73.9%

steviesays, Dec 14, 2012
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Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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