Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn
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2.05/5 rDev -46.5%
Whoa, where to start... It looked OK, with a deep amber brownish hue, but it was all downhill from there. Musky, woodsy, eye-watering smell. Overly sweet taste combined with the chewy and slick mouthfeel are what you'd expect if motor oil were blended with honey and maple syrup. Couldn't even finish the glass; stay away.
01-20-2011 15:26:36 | More by CountJustinian
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
The burn umber colored body was clear, and topped with a one fingered head, leaving lots of sticky lace. The smell was very peaty and smoky, and clearly evocative of Scotland. The taste was very rich, as the notes of chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar derived from both the malts, and the rum, blended well with smoke, peat, and vanilla. The beer was rich and velvety in the mouth, but could have used a bit more heft in the body. A good representative of the style, with a compatible aging method that does not call too much attention to itself.
01-12-2011 06:42:14 | More by rajendra82
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from an 11.2 ounce clear Euro bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.
A: Bright, reddish amber color with great clarity and a huge, frothy, three-finger head of beige foam which subsides to a thin, bubbly coating which leaves a bit of soapy lace.
S: Fruity and spicy malts blended with a soft, whiskey-soaked wood aroma.
T: Soft yet lively carbonation ushers in a toffee and fruity specialty malt flavor with musty and floral spices. A bit of an earthy hop snap comes in around mid-palate before the slightly nutty and heavy oak flavors kick in with splashes of rum and Canadian whiskey barrel flavors. The finish is smooth, spicy, clean and lingers with a bit of fruity sweetness and alcohol on the tongue.
M: Slightly creamy but overall clean and sweet, medium bodied brew with slight alcohol burn and a little cloying sweetness in the finish.
D: Given the relatively high strength of the ABV at 7.4% and the heavy handed oak and booze flavors, this brew will not be for everyone. However, it has a clean, subtle complexity with liquor companion notes that will surely entertain the open-minded palate. Pretty nice, and I'd like to try it in a cask or on draught someplace with a nitro-tap, perhaps.
01-07-2011 04:11:50 | More by Gambrinus1184
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours quite a dark deep red colour, certainly darker than other I&G beer's I've had, with a fine film of beige foam forming a ring around the edge of the glass. Quite a heavy and thick body, pleasantly so, leaving a good amount of static carbonation. Some light lacing, but it's not all that solid, especially given the head.
Nose is extremely oaky, and oaky in a dark way that lends a lot of booze and roasted characters to the beer, even a little chocolate sweetness. Some molasses, and a sugary sweetness, very possibly a rum character, but it's kept back from cloying by the woody, earthy notes. Nice.
Lots of wood on the front of the palate, but rather thin elsewhere. There's a sweet and redolent chocolate character flying through, but there's not the depth in the body otherwise to give rise to those sort of characters, meaning the chocolate, pleasant as it is, feels out of place. Light astringent characters on the back, with a Cabernet Sauvignon dryness. Feel is full for the most, with that dryness coming through on the back.
Yeah, not bad, but also missing something. My scores are only average, and the beer doesn't grip me with anything more than mediocrity.
12-31-2010 08:56:30 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
12-22-2010 04:07:11 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
A- Jewel-brilliant clarity in a light cola brown color with a mohogany tone. The head is off-white to tan, and settles quickly leaving just a touch of lacing.
S- The requisite I&G skunk smell blows right off leaving an aroma of toasted oak barrel and oak vanillin.
T- Flavors of oak vanillin, toasted coconut, toffee, toasted honeyed puffed cereal grains, and Billington's dark brown sugar. Faint rum notes are detectable on the very pleasant finish.
M, D- The palate is enveloped very nicely without being overwhelmed or fatigued. Good balance of all elements. Very drinkable.
12-21-2010 18:17:28 | More by WhiteOak
3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
A- See through deep amber in color. Small sized off white head that disperses rather fast, not much in the way of lace. Beautiful clarity.
S- Smells sweet and malty. Fruity notes, some oakiness and a touch of rum. Was expecting more of the rum cask aromas, but it's pleasant anyways.
T- The taste is even more muted. It's hard to detect anything past the sweet malts & vinous fruit flavors. I get more oak in their original offering, rum is barely noticeable.
M- Mouthfeel is to thin for my liking, but the carbonation gives off the impression that the body is a little fuller. Somewhat creamy.
D- Drinkability is actually alright, not what I look for in this style, but that might make it a little easier to get a few more down. Definitely nothing off putting in this.
12-21-2010 03:16:03 | More by Dawkfan
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
Clear brown deep ruby color with a creamy off-white head that settles and lasts with good lacing. A hansom looking beer.
The aroma has rum notes and oak sourness. Sweet smell, like a rum and cola with brown sugar as well. Some cherry notes.
Moderate with fizzy carbonation helps keep the brew from becoming to slick or sticky. You can taste the rum with a sweet but not sickly aftertaste. The rum smell is stronger than the taste. The malt body works well. Like a rum and coke but not as sweet and smoother.
Alcohol is hidden in this beer but does come out after a while. Very drinkable and pleasant.
12-15-2010 00:33:09 | More by aluskungs
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a clear amber-brown colour with thin white head. Some mild lacing on the glass. Smells strongly of oak, vanilla, rum, and butterscotch. I think the rum flavour makes the Innis & Gunn beer better (since all their beers seem to be the same with an extra flavour). Vanilla isn't as overpowering as it is in some Innis & Gunn beers. High carbonation level. My favourite beer from this brewery.
12-11-2010 17:51:26 | More by kwjd
Prince Edward Island (Canada)
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Let me just start by saying I have been coveting and waiting to try this beer for some time. I like Innis & Gunn's stuff in general, and when I heard they were doing a rum cask beer (that I couldn't get), I really wanted it. I was quite happy to find out that it would be included in a holiday pack available on the mainland this fall. Thankfully I have a helpful sister-in-law over there. ;)
It poured with a pretty nice head that didn't stay for long. The colour is great... like a deep stream... that full, honey-brown or light chestnut colour.
The smell is just what I thought it would be. It's exactly like Innis & Gunn's original beer, with some dark / demerara rum added to it... sweet & smooth scents of rum, toffee, and a bit of vanilla and wood.
The taste, at first, is more like a "regular" Innis & Gunn. The rum flavour starts coming out after a few sips. The rum flavour is fairly light. I wonder if that is because this brew was aged in barrels for 57 days as opposed to 107 when I&G first made this beer. I also wonder if that earlier version had a richer, fuller flavour. I found the flavour on this one to get a bit light as it wore on. It's a good sipping beer, though... almost makes you think you're sitting and sipping on a R & C instead.
I found the feel, honestly, to be a bit watery. The alcohol can be felt in the throat a bit, too. The carbonation is fine - it feels bright enough to be fresh, but light enough that you don't really feel any fizz. Overall, pretty smooth.
All things considered, this is a good beer. It's not the great one I wanted (and thought) it to be, but it's still an interesting brew. Now I am just curious about whether that 107-day-aged stuff was any better.
12-11-2010 01:45:07 | More by PEIBeerGuy
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
L: Pours a clear deep amber color with a short and medium bodied off white colored head that fades pretty fast and leaves a little lacing on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, a big booze/rum aroma with oak, and not much else detectable.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, sweet rum, some dark fruit, vanilla, oak flavors, followed by a big good rum taste that follows the whole beer down.
M: Warming, perfect amount of carbonation, medium to heavy bodied.
D: Surprisingly very drinkable even with a liquor taste to it, probably because you expect that going in. But either way great mix of the flavors and very well balanced.
12-07-2010 11:37:58 | More by erosier
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
A- Pours a deep copper color, with a slightly less than two finger long lasting frothy head.
S- Smell is a bit lacking in intensity (seemingly much more so than originial oak aged i&g). Sweet malts with some dark fruit aromas. Not getting rum cask too much though.
T- Caramel base with some slight tea like flavor to it, and a bit of sweet rum flavors to it.
M- I found it somewhat underweighted for a wee heavy, but carbonation was good.
D- I enjoyed this as much as the originial oak aged one, but in a different way. This one I found to be more drinkable. That is to say, I could drink a few of this and enjoy the last one as much as the first, whereas the original I could see not enjoying the second one as much. Not my favorite wee heavy, but still a solid beer.
12-07-2010 08:09:45 | More by jsprain1
2.95/5 rDev -23%
Pours a clear reddish amber into a snifter with a small crisp head that quickly fades leaving a crystal clear thicking looking brew in the glass...
Another skunked clear bottle brew.... Lots of deep pungent skunkiness with tinges of vanilla and the oak and rum. I'm guessing this would have smelled pretty nice if it weren't for the skunk. Sigh....
Sweet vanilla and oakiness with some toffee malts but there's also an underlying skunkiness that seems to just permeate everything and makes this a downer...
Couldn't get past the skunk of this. Glad I picked up a single and not a sixer.
12-05-2010 16:51:07 | More by Tilley4
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
If you like Rum this is beer you should try. Very easy to drink a couple. Thought it was very tasteful.Just released here in Rochester. Deffintly suggest to give this one a try for the Holidays. Im sure your Uncle or Dad would really enjoy this around the x-mas tree. I know I will.
12-03-2010 13:05:02 | More by jmdenny
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Pours walnut brown with a thin, creamy, white head. Smells extremely creamy and with quite a bit of vanilla from the oak, plus some spice and light molasses from the rum and tropical fruit flavors. A bit like a cream soda. Tastes similar-lots of oaky vanilla and rum flavors on a sweet malt base- you really have to like rum (and oak) to like this one. I guess I like it well enough, but this is less like a beer than something else. Very creamy in the mouth, but with some oaky tannins that add a bite. It gets a bit tiresome after a full bottle.
11-28-2010 21:21:13 | More by Georgiabeer
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
The beer pours a beautiful, deep amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent! It has a complex aroma that boasts of burnt toffee and oak aging. It's sweet smelling with loads of malt character along with a killer oak nose. The rum character is light to mild and really enhances the aroma. The taste is good. It has a damn smooth malt flavor. It's sweet with excellent caramel notes. It goes down easy with a dry oakey finish. There is a hint of rum in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an outstanding Scotch ale. I'm a huge fan of the oak character and really enjoy the rum addition as well.
11-24-2010 00:57:57 | More by WesWes
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
a-dark almost burgundy colour with minimal head.
s-RUM RUM RUM with a fruity smell reminiscent of dates or plums.
t-Rum, vanilla flavours followed by some smokey spice flavours.
m-thicker in keeping with ABV.
d-pretty bold....I could only do a few of these...they are sippers iMO.
11-23-2010 00:03:19 | More by Mit
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a crystal clear brown color with a tight creamy head that settles into a light cap. The aroma is filled with rum notes and oak sourness. There is a brown sugar sweetness as well. The rum flavor is quite present in the taste but its not harsh, blends in nicely with the malt. Almost gives it a cola like flavor. There is a pleasant vanilla flavor as well. I don't pick up too much from the malt. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation; starts off and finishes sweet but nothing cloying. The ABV is well hidden. A very drinkable barrel aged brew. The rum flavors worked well with the malt body. The crisp carbonation helps keep the brew from becoming to slick or sticky.
11-21-2010 04:13:13 | More by Gmann
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
A - Deep brown with red tones for the colour. Two finger off white head fades to a thin cap after about 3 minutes. Carbonation is fairly strong.
S - I get lot's of nice dark fruit and some booze. Some nice caramel notes are there with some oakiness too.
T - First off I'll say that this has a surprisingly boozy finish that fades to a sweetness. There are some fruity notes like a rum combined with those caramel notes from the aroma and the oakiness again.
M - Really soft with some decent carbonation.
D - Pretty good. This would be a good winter beer for a cold night as the warming combination of flavours do a good job together. I&G seem to get a bad image for what they do, but they seem to make very accessible and interesting beers.
11-21-2010 00:41:50 | More by tbeckett
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours dark red with a little bit of off-white head. Smells primarily like oak with a touch of charred fruits. Taste is heavily roasted grains - caramel malt and some darker grains - a strong overtone of charred oak and fruit, much like Caribbean rum. Dark sugars add a strong supplement to the grain. Mouthfeel is smoky and bitter, but very flavorful and delicious. Moderately drinkable for a heavier and stronger ale.
11-17-2010 02:41:26 | More by Zodijackyl
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured a 330-ml bottle into a draught glass.
Appearance - dark copper colour with a short, sustaining beige head of foam, about 1/4-inch. Notable carbonation with fine lacing as the glass is emptied.
Smell - very similar to Innis & Gunn's Oak Aged Beer, with a woody, smoky aroma. This however has a denser caramel malt scent, cool and soft on the nose.
Taste - up front it is all caramel and then a soft breakthrough to the oaky, cascading malt flavour. Alcohol is noticable and not as subtle as the other offerings from these guys. Finish is relatively dry also with a soft warmth of light hops.
Mouthfeel - pretty good in terms of balance, not too active for the flavour. This is one that really coats the mouth, creating memories on the teeth and tongue.
Drinkability - goes down dramatically easy for the ABV. I probably wouldn't have more than one or two of these as they are pretty expensive and would be a bit of an event to enjoy.
11-06-2010 20:32:27 | More by DoctorStrangiato
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
This beer is clear, read amber with a tan head, that leaves some lacing.
The smell is sweet, but mainly dominated by wood, earth and sour grains.
The taste is rather sweet, raisins, brown sugar, sherry, green apples, nuts and dark bread. Very little hops.
High carbonation, soft and with a medium large body, a dry finish.
I often have a hard time appreciating I&G, but this was not the watery sour wood that I often feel.
11-06-2010 15:14:23 | More by rarbring
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
11-05-2010 21:57:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from 12 oz clear bottle into tulip glass.
A: Pour creates dark cherry-mahogany colored beer with a solid 2" off white foamy head that quickly dissipates with minor lacing.
S: Not knock your socks off intense, but quite pleasant. Strong barrel notes mingle with spiced rum notes and sweet burnt sugar malts. Alcohol is nowhere to be found
T: Robust, yet not overwhelming. The rum is very upfront, with notes of vanilla, sugar cane, brown sugar, and slight jammy dark fruit. I gotta admit I didn't have high expectations for this beer, but I am pleasantly suprised.
M: Too thin. With all the sweet notes from the rum and crystal malts I want the beer to be a bit more coating; not syrupy, but the high carbonation and thin body just don't match what the flavor is trying to deliver.
D: Exceptional. The alcohol is nowhere to be found, the flavor never gets cloying, and the conclusion of each sips begs for another one as soon as possible. Would be a great session beer if it I could afford to drink such brews in high quantity.
All in all, I was pleased with this beer. While I loved how drinkable it was, I would gladly sacrifice the drinkability in favor of a richer body.
11-02-2010 06:06:55 | More by ahurd11085
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
appearance: Clear, deep copper with a strong creamy head. Very good looking beer.
Smell: Nice rummy, buttery smell but distant and way too subdued for my taste. Was hoping for a more commanding nose.
taste: Again, nice but too weak.
drinkability: Enjoyable, but I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to this beer. They're onto something here but it needs more cahones imho.
10-30-2010 22:01:06 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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