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

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Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007

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Reviews: 358 | Ratings: 1,324
Photo of basaywhat
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Deep red color with medium white head. Aroma of burnt wood, caramel, spice, rum. Interesting. In flavor rum, dates, caramel and some unusual, but not unpleasant bitterness. Rum is also present in aftertaste. I like this beer, would buy again.

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Photo of kitch
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before end of March 2016 date and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear dark reddish copper with a slightly less than one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong vanilla, raisins and oak with hints of toffee, caramel and rum.

Taste: Sweet-ish rum and plum with a nice long vanilla, oak, coconut finish. There was also some hints of caramel and butterscotch in between.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was nice and interesting albeit a bit vanilla heavy. I would not categorise this as an everyday drink but it’s something I wouldn’t mind trying every now and then.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with small tan head not much lacing
Smell I really got mostly banana very sweet almost like candy some vanilla
Taste again mostly banana it was a little too sweet for me I did not find any rum unless it was banana
Feel fairly smooth and light good feel
Overall it was good to try I would not have it again too sweet.

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Photo of paulomar
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this in a store close to home and decided to try it.
It was a good surprise.
Excellent taste. Complex taste. I could feel oak and rum finish as advertised.
I'm not a beer expert and cannot do a 'smart' review, what I can say is that I like it very much and certainly would drink again

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Photo of Spike
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby/brown colour. Clear with minimal carbonation. Foamy head dissipates quickly.

Very pronounced dark rum, vanilla and molasses nose. Like someone has put a half shot of Pusser's in your pint of heavy. Spicy.

The rum comes through in the taste as well. Malt balances it nicely, however. Plenty of sweetness. Not much bittering.

Light mouthfeel with a little carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable and quite sharp.

This is an unusual, complex beer that could be unsettling, because the rum finish is striking, but it works well. The light mouthfeel and tingle of alcohol on the tongue maintains the illusion this is hard liquor pretending to be a beer. One is enough in a single sitting, because it's quite a mouthfull, but this is a fine beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Fake_History
4.81/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ruby/mahogany colour with a spicy aroma. Notes of molasses, oak, raisin, orange and plums. Blends finest Scottish brewing with a taste of the Caribbean. One of my favourite beers but must be drunk with caution. 3 or 4 in a night will leave your head spinning.

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Photo of sejorules
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had it from a 0.5 l bottle.

A: Very dark amber, dark brown. Clear, with thick, 1 finger white head. Interesting.

S: The smell is banana and brown sugar, very very sweet. A bit of raisins, a hint of something bitter I could not identify and a bit of oak.

T: Very, very, very sweet. The taste follows the smell in that sense. Banana and brown sugar. There is a bit of rum, and no bitterness. Towards the end, you can find some toasted bread-like taste from the malt. Beginning, middle and end are carried by this sweetness, and its just the flavors in the background changing. Hard to evaluate.

F: Medium to low carbonation. The sweet flavor takes you from the beginning to the end. I guess this one will be nice for cold days.

O: Interesting. Nice experience. Although it was too sweet for me, I understand this was intended. Recommended if you look for something less "traditional"

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz best by Feb 2016. Poured into a pint glass. Not much head or lacing. Smell is toasty rum, roast. Taste follows. Slight carbonation. Great beer. Cheers!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear brown that looks very nice. It certainly is very appealing to the sight. It has a nice smoothness to it.

The smell is good. Strong vanilla and sweet rum notes but not much else. There are some light caramel malt notes but those are very easily overwhelmed by the rum and vanilla. There is also a tiny oak wood note in the smell. The smell is very sweet and resembles a sweet apple. Overall, the smell is very appealing.

The notes in the taste are not as strong as the smell even though the same notes are there. The rum makes up most of the taste with the sweetness coming up later. There are slight oak notes but are very weak and tend to get lost in the rum.

The feel is pretty good. A heavy bodied beer with a very thin feel because of the rum. Very little carbonation. The beer feels like I'm drinking rum.

Overall, a decent drink and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at the 2015 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival sadly served in plastic glass. Medium amber color with a fleeting white head. The smell is dominated by malt with some hint of the oak. The taste again is malt with oak with very little bitterness indicating to be a low hopping rate. Very smooth mouthfeel with very delicate carbonation. I expected a bit more of a rum flavor but didn't really find it. I was overall pleased with this beer and happy to have had a chance to try it as it went quite well with the seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin with bacon but I probably won't seek this out to have in greater quantity although I would give it a chance on tap served in a proper glass.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: amber/copper with medium white frothy head; effervescent; excellent lacing

Smell: mix of sweet malts and rum barrel; a little weird and non-beerlike, but interesting.

Taste: Hard to describe. Almost like watered-down rum and pepsi with oak notes. I like oak, but I don't find it works here.

Mouthfeel: fairly thin with a thin finish

Remarks: not bad, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting twist on a Scotch ale: I did like the more traditional aspects of the style that are incorporated into this offering--sweetness, malty, very little bitterness--but can't really claim to be a fan of the rum component, both in the nose and taste, particularly the finish. Wouldn't call the rum overly boozy, just don't think it complements the SA basics. Nice glass aesthetics and mouthfeel and although entirely drinkable, more preferable SA options available.

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Photo of Jcarpx
2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks and smells fantastic. Mouth feel is great, a little bitey but smooth. The taste kills the beer for me though, revolting and offensive. Had to give it away. I love other innis and Gunn beers but this one is not for me.

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Photo of gilchrist_whitedale
4.66/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer looks heavy, almost like a stout, but isn't. It smells like it tastes, namely, a smooth dark ale with a butterscotch finish. One almost expects a harsh bite of rum in the throat but it glides down leaving a buttery remembrance. Perfectly blended beer and rum flavors. It's almost closer to a Christmas, fireside drink than a typical beer.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the beer that started me on craft beer,if i was writing this post 3 years ago it may have a got a higher mark but the variety and continual improvement of other beers drops this down the list slightly. Still, its a very good beer, just not held in such high esteem as when i first tried it, Also dont think its I&G's best effort, but the rum and ale do work well together, despite it not being my first choice its still a very good beer.

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Photo of justdropit
2.28/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

As a beer, this pretentious option is a bit disappointing. As a rum, this option is light and disapponting.
Its presentation is pretty good though and it's only sold in establishments where it's promoted skillfully.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a sifter. This fine Scottish pours a reddish brown with a dissipating off white head of fine beaded bubbles that finely comes to rest in a thin ring and little lacing. Nose of oak, brown sugars, toffee, and roasted nuts. Flavors are complex with rum and brown sugars coming through on the front and sides, a light oak character on the back, and a nice nutty character on the aftertaste blending in nicely with brown sugars and a sweet vanilla note. Smooth lightly carbonated mouth feel is slick and crisp with alcohol warmth slowly coming through. Very nice. Another great from Innis and Gunn.


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Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; reddish brown; 1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin patchy cap; very little lacing;

S: sweet malt, brown sugar, oak; a little medicinal; a little musty;

T: the barrel aging is most noticeable up front; molasses becomes predominant at mid-palate with a hint of dark fruit; almost no bitterness;

M: medium to full bodied; light carbonation;

O: flavor wasn't as complex as I expected, but this was quite nice;

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Photo of Slack
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany in color with a fingers worth of head. Smell is sweet sugar with a mixture of vanilla, oak, and rum. Taste is initially sweet, dominated by rum with oak more towards the finish. Mouthful is thin with medium carbonation. Overall a great beer for rum lovers.

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Photo of ESEbrew
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is light, with a nice malt base and doesn’t allow the hops to overwhelm the pallet. With a low ABV of 6.8% it is highly drinkable, while the rum from the oak chips adds a sweetness instead of the sting of pure alcohol that too many barrel aged beers hit you with.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells and tastes like rum, without the bite of the alcohol. The pint that I got was solid, it's not totally my thing but it will probably appeal to many. Pretty nice if it is your bag

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Photo of zmcguire
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious mix of malty sweetness with a smooth finish. Making it available year round as part of their core brands and switching all their bottles from clear to brown was a great idea an should help preserve the taste people are looking for in a rum oak aged beer!

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Photo of interzen
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Dark, coppery red/brown with a slightly off-white head.

Smell: In a word, sweet. Burnt sugar and demerara rum predominate, with some toffee/caramel in the background. The rum is definitely more apparent once the beer has warmed up a bit.

Taste: Rum from start to finish. That's pretty much it - the taste certainly doesn't follow the smell, since the rum notes trample all over pretty much everything. There's a definite hint of alcohol/spirit in the finish.

Feel: Pretty thin, all things considered - it feels just like a bog-standard heavy with a shot of dark rum dumped in it. Not much in the way of carbonation, either, which may not be a bad thing.

Overall: Disappointing - a couple of friends rate this quite highly but I'm finding it difficult to see where they're coming from. There's a fair bit of depth in the smell but the taste is completely overhauled by the spirit/rum flavours, meaning that ultimately this is a bit one-dimensional. Worth trying, but not really worth the bother of actively seeking it out IMO.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming out of the bottle it pours a translucent brown which once in the glass settles into an almost opaque brown. As the name suggests, there is a rum aroma and taste. You can also taste the oak. I am not crazy about the finish since rum has never been my favorite liquor. There is too much of a medicine like after taste for me. The feel is refreshing in a soda like way. Perhaps the mouth feel and color makes me feel like I am drinking a Coke. I am not as familiar with this style and perhaps need to get used to it. Will try other examples of this style and perhaps re-evaluate my rating. However, for now I do not see myself buying this one anytime soon.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter

a: deep copper & ruby red mix with a finger of bone-coloured head

s: banana, spicy rum, vanilla, caramel, alcohol. huge aroma, smelled it right when i popped the cap off

t: follows the nose. caramel, banana, vanilla, and just a huge distinct rum character on the back-end. it has a bit of a distinct alcohol bitterness bite, but i think it works well with the rum flavours

m: medium to medium-plus mouthfeel, rich and kinda creamy. little to no carbonation

o: great stuff, give it a shot if you like beers that aren't very beer-like

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