Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn
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4.25/5 rDev +11%
Poured a nice one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a little lacing with a nice rim ring. The smell from the rum cask and red was great, very sweet with honey and caramel. The taste balanced with the rum and oak being on the backside and blended perfectly. A perfectly aged beer with light enough flavors for anyone to enjoy. Not a stand out beer, but one that stands on it's own. I will buy this again.
08-26-2014 22:06:15 | More by baldwinfamilyfarm
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
The aging on this beer appears to have been properly done. The beer certainly picked up the rum notes without tasting as if they were merely flavor additives. However, I like Scotch Ales and didn't rate this beer higher because it lacked some of the fullness I look for in a wee heavy, I've never had an Innis & Gunn without the rum aging and don't know if that is indicative of this beer or if the beer was mellowed too much during the aging process. Still a good beer and I would certainly drink it again.
08-21-2014 17:51:43 | More by whmike5050
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
330ml bottle. Amber brown colour, tall frothy head which quickly disappeared, leaving no lacing. Gentle aroma of rum, dark fruits, caramel and sweet malt. Gentle sweetness and a little bit of spice develops into a hint of bitterness. Light to medium palate and a suggestion of alcoholic warmth. Not overly assertive but pleasant and drinkable, nonetheless.
08-18-2014 07:28:14 | More by magpieken
2.4/5 rDev -37.3%
11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass. Let me just say this first: CLEAR BOTTLES LOL
Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. Retention is okay, but a consistent ring of lacing on the glass gives it rock-solid aesthetic appeal.
Smell: I'm stunned how mild the skunk is. To be fair, it was kept in a dark, cold-ass room, so there wasn't much of a chance for it to get lightstruck. As expected, caramel dominates the nose. There are additional notes of fruits (cherry) and brown sugar, along with a touch of hopping (first signs of skunking?!?!) The rum seems to accentuate and define the caramel instead of sticking out on its own. Generally, it's an acceptable aroma.
Taste: It starts off with gentle hints of both caramel and brown sugar. While it doesn't smell skunked, the clear bottles causes the hops to be lightstruck, seemingly accentuating their intensity. I'm only getting slight touches of rum on the finish - Batchelor's Delight this is not. The more I sip this, the more it hits me: this is really buttery. Not in that Pilsner Urquell way I like, but rather as a distracting flavor that ruins the balance. A pity.
Mouthfeel: It doesn't seem to have the richness of other Scotch ales; inversely, it's drier and more drinkable than others in the style. The wood tannins and the hops give this a dry finish. Carbonation isn't particularly vibrant.
Overall: Clear bottles are absolutely inexcusable, so I'm docking points. While some okay notes exist, the flaws (the buttery, diacetyl-laden nature; the hints of skunkiness) tank it almost completely. Yeah, I don't want to revisit this one in the future.
2.4/5: Proof that skunk and diacetyl are a poor combination
08-16-2014 21:33:04 | More by ThisWangsChung
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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