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

1,149 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 55
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LCBO annual tradition. I liked this one too. It had a sharp and boozy cask aroma. It had a reddish tinge, good white head and lots of lace. Medium plus mouthfeel, stomach burns, and good rum dark sugar complex features. Good drinkability, more than a sipper. Nice.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some woody aromas. There is also a slight metallic aroma that comes out more as the beer warms. Taste is much the same with rum, vanilla, and woody flavors on the finish. There is a caramel sweetness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the rum presence is only coming through in the taste and even then it's pretty subdued.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down relatively quickly leaving some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong sweet aromas of caramel, toffee and rum in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of vanilla flavors plus hints of brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink compared to others in the style and although flavors of oak and rum stand out from the barrel aging they are not overly strong.

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear amber, capped by a couple of inches of ecru foam; spotty lacing

Smell: The buttery toffee and nut notes are complemented by the rum tones, bringing vanilla and coconut elements

Taste: The distinctively Scottish malt bill imparts buttery toffee and nut tones, with the rum flavors arriving in the middle; a hint of boozy warmth in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thin for a Wee Heavy, though the ABV is on the low end for the style, so I am not surprised

Overall: An excellent example of the benefits of pairing a rum barrel with the Wee Heavy style

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and very minimal lacing. Aroma of rum and lightly sweet barley. Taste is also a nice mix between some rum notes with some barley notes. More balanced then previous version and barrel-aging doesn't overtake the whole beer. Not sure this is something I would want to drink often but still enjoyable.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with lots of lacing on a very deep amber, almost red clear body.

S: lots of caramel malts, some toasted malts and woody notes. not getting much from the rum but what is there is sweet.

T: rum is very understated. nice malt profile. The finish has a subdued red-hot almost peppery spiciness. Nice oak notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a good beer but the rum is understated more than I would like.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery caramel that becomes beautifully burnt orange when backlit with bright morning sunshine. The crown is all kinds of gorgeous, with the color and texture of golden brown sugar mousse. An incredible amount of incredibly attractive lace is present as well. This is fantastic looking beer!

The aroma isn't exactly jumping out of the glass (note: warming helps a little). It's caramel malty and somewhat fruity. Unfortunately, the influence from the oak barrels and the rum casks isn't immediately evident. Since that was designed to be a major part of the beer's personality, I'll have to file the nose under 'minor disappointment'.

The flavor is pretty much along the same lines. I'm amazed at how light this offering is. In my experience, barrel-aging doesn't add much of value unless the beer has a fair amount of malt. This one doesn't, and is worse off for it. Ain't no way Scotch ale/wee heavy fits.

Never having had the standard version of this Innis & Gunn ale puts me at a disadvantage. Nevertheless, I'll just forge ahead and describe my palate impressions: steely caramel, tart fruit, watery tea, a few drops of amber rum and half a stave's worth of oak.

The mouthfeel might be suitable for a 7.4% ale, but only if you're English. For those of us who cut our teeth on American craft beer, RCOAB drinks like a 5.0%'er... at most. No wee heavy (which it isn't anyway) should be this thin.

In spite of the fact that my first Innis & Gunn beer didn't knock my socks off, I'm grateful to biegaman for the opportunity to review Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer. Bottom line: it's too bad that the contents of the bottle aren't half as impressive as the bottle itself.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clean looking brownish amber color with a thick creamy looking head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet on the nose, lots of earthy grains and vanilla. There was a little bit of the rum spice in there too but not much. The taste of this brew compared to the other Oak Aged Ale by Innis & Gunn to me was much nicer here. The flavors were still pretty intense but in a more balanced manner here. The rum flavors kind of die off midway through the bottle leaving you with a sweet dry flavor in your mouth. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied and smooth. Overall it's a decent brew, I don't see myself drinking a lot of them but either way still pretty good.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a garnet-hued body of uncompromising clarity and crowned with a sudsy, ivory-hued cap.

Smell: Sweetish nose of sugary malt notes - toasty, nutty, and moderately caramelized to a point. Fruity scents mixed in smelling of black cherries, raisins, and dates. The inclusion of the rum is a bit more assertive and forward in the nose.

Taste: A sweet taste of butterscotch, toasted coconut, vanilla sugar, a thin drizzle of molasses and a small chunk of chocolate stirred up with a licorice rope. Pronounced vinous fruitiness throughout. Hint of faintly smoked nuts and fine Virginian tobacco as it warms. Notable rum accents, though it's not particularly pronounced. Modest charred wood tones. Light bitterness. Smooth, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, fairly soft. Slightly creamy texture to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I liked it. It's a decent mix of flavors leaning towards being malty sweet. Interesting and pleasant enough for at least one go-around.

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 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 emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle, fancy sticker label, review from written notes.

Pours into a tulip glass with bright clarity, dark coper with a glint of scarlet highlights in the light. A thin skim of tan foam ebbs across the surface, leaving spottty lace in its wake.

Aroma is a bit faint, some brown sugar and oak blended with a watery cola, light vanilla.

Thin and lightly sweet, more cane sugar cola and a hint of oak and vanilla apparently from the "rum cask". Base beer is a bit too dull, it has a very light feel, with some minor barrel character imparted from the wood. Somewhat sweet and watery. Not something i'd care to revisit.

Thanks Aaron for sharing this!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

never had a rum casked beer before. poured a dark amber maple syrup color with a quarter inch cream head that lasted about 30 seconds. smelled like a manly version of a tropical drink, definitely attributable to the rum. i tasted no beer in at all though, like a watered down liquor drink, it was hard to call this a beer for me, with almost none of the requisite ingredients identifiable in the palate. still though, a pretty nice unique flavor, very woody and a little sweet, dried fruits, molasses. not bad. overall the mouthfeel could have made this beer, but it broke it instead. almost entirely flat, and losing much of its most redeeming characteristics as it warmed. i did not dislike this brew, but it missed the mark for me. extra points for doing something original though, and worth a try for the wood beer freak

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Working my way through the I&G offerings at hand. Good times thus far... This stuff pours a clear rusty brown topped by a minimal amount of off-cream-white foam. The nose is dizzominated by a blast of buttercream and caramel. There might be a bit of marshmallow and oak in there, too, but they're drowned out by the big boys in the room. The taste holds notes of vanilla, cinnamon, buttercream, toffee, rum spice, very light oak, and light ginger. This stuff is very complex, each flavor inhabiting its own layer and its own wave across the tongue. Nice. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, no surprise from the I&G crew.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial nonic, Innis & Gunn's Rum Cask is a clear, ruby-accented russett brown in color beneath a finger-thick head of creamy light tan. The head retention is quite good, but the lacing leaves a little bit to be desired.

The oak is readily apparent to the nose, along with caramel, a dusting of cocoa, some mild fruitiness, a waft of biscuit, and a quick note of coconut.

The flavor is sweet and almost chocolatey right upfront, followed by a spritz of yeasty fruitiness, and then notes of cocoanut, oak, biscuit, brown sugar, golden caramel, barley and tea-like hops. It's malty but not overdone, and the fruitiness and oak balance it nicely. It finishes surprisingly dry, due in part to the lingering oak.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and quite supple and smooth due to its moderate carbonation level.

It's an interesting beer with a good deal of complexity while still remaining very drinkable. It's far from overdone, and in fact it's quite balanced and polished. This could easily be a session ale apart from its strength and the fact that its nuances would be lost after the second glass. Quite nice!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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 nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - Aromas of toffee, brown sugar, and a vague oak note.

T - Dark, bready notes up front with some oak character. Toffee, molasses, and dark caramel come out in the middle. Some red apple and more oak character in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but the rum character is a bit disappointment. The dark sugars of the base beer work nicely with the oak, but there really isn't much in the way of rum specific character. Kind of a let down overall.

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