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

1,231 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 64
Gots: 229 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007

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Ratings: 1,231 | Reviews: 362
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.54/5  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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.77/5  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.

Photo of EsoxLucius
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rum Cask version of Innis & Gunn's brew shows with a lovely rum-brown color, though shaded just slightly more red than actual rum. The aroma speaks of the rum cask aging only slightly, with very subtle hints of charcoal, vanilla, and oak floating over a stronger bed of floral malts and wildflower honey. The aromas are all fairly light, though very nuanced.

On the tongue, the first flavors speak of the rum cask aging, with definite charcoal and vanilla flavors mixing with hints of oak, brown sugar, wildflower honey, and some cola flavors. The result unfortunately bears more than just a little resemblance to a rum-and-watered-down-cola, which does detract from the beer. A fair alcohol tinge burns the edges of the tongue, further reminding of rum flavors. Late in the mouthful these rum-alcohol flavors increase as the sugars die off, and the aftertaste is mainly light rum and the weak toasted grains and biscuit flavors left after the sugar die-off, lingering on the tatsebuds for a fair bit. Mouthfeel is a dry medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, there are many good flavors in this beer, but I can't quite get past the rum-and-cola resemblance to focus on the fact that this is a beer. A stronger and more flavorful pre-cask-aging beer would have helped in this respect, giving the flavors a bit more strength in their own right. Despite this, the beer is indeed enjoyable, and quite refreshing and clean in its flavor profile. Worth trying.

Photo of BGDrock
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Appearance: dark with a red mahogany hue; light carbonation, nice lace on the glass

Aroma: sweet malts with a hint of the rum cask coming through

Taste & Mouthfeel: very smooth and sweet; minimal carbonation; medium body and a short finish; has the caramel notes of rum, but it's really lacking depth of flavour

Overall: lives up to it's name, but really not that interesting

Photo of beerman240
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A.. Reddish brown,lite molasses with a nice bubble

S.. calming vanilla rum with a splash of Dr. Pepper

T.. kinda malty,rummy of course and then the oak sneaks up

M.. mellow, good for supper instead of sweet tea

O.. I drink this beer every weekend..I can't get enough.
And the second is better than first,then third is better
Then second.and so on...

Photo of SuperKarateMonkey
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Probably might get again to share at a poker game or something similar.

Photo of Libationguy
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light brown color with reddish hues. Light tan head. Short-Medium head retention.
Malty with nutmeg, maple syrup, mocha, milk chocolate, deep roasted malt flavor.

Moderate bitterness, bittersweet chocolate, espresso powder, vanilla, nutmeg, clove.

Medium bodied and slightly watery on the finish. The sweetness in the malt is offset by the bitterness which takes priority.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper amber body with a light tan head fizzy carbonation dwindles quick with scant amounts of lacing, the aroma is upfront with a sweet sugar cane rum and mild oak notes. Pretty pleasant smelling stuff, I'm engaged let's take the first sip. A bit sweet but very enjoyable limited heat from the rum, which is a good thing. The oak chips soaked in rum added to a nice base Scotch ale is great concept, definitely solid and enjoyable. Flavors are straight forward hints of vanilla oak, caramelized sugars with a soothing hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with no cloying or over done qualities, carbonation is rather light but appropriate for this beer. Overall I would drink this again, a solid offering that any liquor or beer drinker will enjoy. This could be a perfect cigar beer, next time I will try that pairing.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat subtle rum and oak cask aromas come through clearly in the flavor. The rum is actually quite present in both the nose and the taste, but the oak cask really comes through in the taste. In fact, although I find this a enjoyable addition to many beers, it is almost too much here, overwhelming some of the more subtle flavor components. Lightly smokey.

O - recommended for fans of rum and oak aged beers.

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep, dark reddish-brown color beer is no surprise given the clear bottle, but it's likely what I'd expect regardless. A yellow-tan head reaches between half a finger and one full finger before it drops off, not too terribly quickly. Moderate lacing is left after the thin layer of foam subsides.
The boozy aspect is well-tempered. In fact, this is a well-tempered beer all in all. The sweetness that could easily be overwhelming isn't, nor is the oak and the dryness it imparts. There's a bit of must and peat in the aroma too.
Into the flavor, a sort of smoothness combines with the woody dryness over a bready malts base alongside sweetness imparting vanilla and toffee to form the general character. Something like raisin and brown sugar contribute to the sweet undertone, and there's a note of tobacco in this beer as well. Overall, the sweetness has more effect on the flavor than the aroma, but is far from intolerable and doesn't reach cloying.
The feel is pretty well refined considering that this beer has the potential to swing to one of at least two unpleasant extremes: cloying and sticky or overly thinned. As such, the body is just a touch light, but the smoothness makes for pleasant drinking and there's a nice bite.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Clear bottle.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown with a 1 finger slightly yellowed head. Lots of visible carbonation. Not really any lacing.

S: Pretty serious barrel aroma going on here. Quite sweet with an oaky, vanilla, toffee character.

T: As anticipated from the aroma this is on the sweeter side. Reminds me a lot of a butternut rum lifesaver. The rum cask adds most of the flavor but there is scotch ale base detectable. Most of the same characteristics as the smell are in the taste.

M: Fairly light body for a scotch ale. Feels just a tad thin for what I really want this beer to be. Mouthfeel isnt too sticky considering all the sweetness.

Overall I do enjoy this beer being partial to both rum and barrel aged beers. I can see how the sweetness could be a little much for some.

Photo of rdilauro
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber dark with zero head. The only boquet I detected was sweetness, either from the rum casks or from the malt.
t was very smooth and also very big. I did not expect this beer to be as big as it was. Full, right from the start till the end.
I know I liked their other Ale that was not in um casks. It was a bit more crisp.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok beer

Dark ruby in color...a fast fading head

Smells like european water similar to a pilsner....

Taste much like it smells....not much going on

Very dry feel

Good drink ability...not very good beer though

I will not get this beer...much less brand again....too expensive for what your getting

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml, clear as ever bottle. No mention of whose rum barrels are involved herein.

This beer pours a clear dark cherry cola hue, with two fingers of wispy, somewhat foamy off-white head, which falls away after a short time, leaving a significant amount of island atoll lacing around the glass.

It smells of slightly spiced rum, candied caramelized malt, astringent barrel wood, and burnt molasses. The taste is not quite as big as the smell would seem to indicate, with semi-dark vanilla barrel notes, lightly toasty caramel malt, and a particular warming sweetness that I can only compare to whisk(e)ys that I have had that were also finished in rum casks. A bit too simple, really.

The carbonation is fairly understated, the body on the far side of medium light, and kind of thin, with a generic pithy sweetness. It finishes with more of the weakly sweet wood flavours - vanilla, caramel, molasses, and even a bit of fragrant spices - cinnamon, mostly.

A rather underwhelming effort for this brewery - rum maybe not being the best choice for such an otherwise thin base beer. More wood than malt, which is saying a lot for these guys - usually I've had my fill of sugary caramel and toffee halfway through the bottle, but not with this one, as the rum barrel imposes itself in an unforeseen sort of way. So what's next - a port finish?

Photo of mintjellie
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Innis & Gunn gift pack. Served in the branded glassware it comes with.

Red mahogany with a generous capping of tightly formed beige head. The head lasts right to the end and leaves some lace behind. Aroma of vanilla & plum with hints of toffee & cherry. There's big rum note in the nose, and a little bit of spice. The vanilla flavour is much more pronounced than in the Innis & Gunn Original. It's pretty buttery, perhaps both from diacetyl and oak. Dark fruit, some spice, hint of toffee, and that rum character again. Sweet with a mildly sour finish. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, and integrates extremely well into the overall flavour profile as it comes forward. Light-medium body with fine carbonation. Feels syrupy. I find the sweetness becomes a little much towards the end, but this is otherwise a delicious sipper.

Photo of dacrza1
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

glassware: Innis and Gunn...occasion: Shark Tank retruns to TV!...aroma: rummy, for certain, with its trademark I&G whisky maltiness... intriguing as with all their brews...appearance:cognac-bodied, thinly headed with an unassuming white rim...palate: thick, soda-like fizzy body that has a syrup drip...taste: definitely vanilla and fruity esters combine wth an aggressive, bold strength...overall: a challenging brew that doesn't quiet have the spive that the bottle proclaims; it is noticeably alcoholic in its exhale

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A red and amber color combo, 1/2" dirty white cap. relaxed and chill look.

the aroma is of light but sweet malt, rum is there but subtle, the alcohol heat tinge is just from the aroma and not actually the presence of high alcohol. At 6.8 it is medium high, but it smells like run style heat. The aroma is mostly taken from the cask it seems.

The mouth feel starts of pretty jazzy, then becomes slick, smooth and loose. Taking on a certain rum-like feel, sweet-solid body.

The flavor is mostly malty aspects, with a pretty big rum and cask flavor. Sweet, tangy-like aftertaste, much like rum and a woody, slightly smokey backdrop. Oak and woody flavor's pop out as the brew warms, the malt becomes thicker and smoother but also pretty slick. Even more like a rum than in the previous few minutes in the glass.

This is part of a unique cask-aged style three pack that came with a glass in a box for $5.99.

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