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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

1,148 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 55
Gots: 152 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007)
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another of the beers that came in the Innis and Gunn pack with the glass. I expected this to be heavy in terms of mouthfeel and to have the consistency and hue of a rum. Sure enough, that was the taste and without a doubt, this may have been the one beer that I've had this fall with a full range of flavors that meshed beautifully together. This certainly wasn't like anything I've had before and even though this was quite strong, I enjoyed the craft and different taste of this beer!

The pour to this was brown, like a dark rum, and without much carbonation to speak of. The head faded quickly but looked good while it lasted. Not much of an aroma to this beer but the flavors were present and pleasing, with lots of oak, molasses, vanilla, pumpernickel,, and just a hint of dark fruit. There was quite a boozy undertone to this too the came out in the aftertaste, along with a hint of peat. This was a heavy beer in body but not in mouthfeel, which made it relatively easy to drink given its particular style.

It's good that I got this in a mix pack, given that it would be hard to down more than one in a sitting. That's not because this beer turned me off, but because it's more like a cordial or something that should be poured into a snifter or rocks glass. Like the other Innis and Gunn offering that I've had so far, this certainly pushed the boundary of what I think a beer is and even if not everyone enjoys the end results, this is much more likely to stand out for me over time. This was a solid effort at pushing the envelope!

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear copper/garnet color with one finger of tan head. The retention was nice and the lacing in small bands. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, oak, booze, vanilla and dark fruits. The flavors were similar with the oak being strong but behind that were lots of subtleties of rum, tobacco ,toffee, butterscotch, molasses and nuts. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation average. Complex and nuanced despite being strong. A great example of the of a Wee Heavy.

Photo of patm1986
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear Glass 750ml

Auburn with a half-inch grey head that exits very quickly. after a few moments, the beer just sits flatly in glass.

phenolic burst, ginger, vanilla, some oak, a bit of anise, faintly orange but more an orange extract or oil than the whole fruit, slight cinnamon and pepper. if i were blinded and held this to my nose, i'd probably think soda, like a mix of stewart's and sprite.

tasting some wood, that orange extract, ginger, cinnamon, phenol acidity, then it halts and finishes muted and rounds out with a taste like plastic.

it flattens quickly and becomes watery. it still holds a minute amount of carbonation on the swallow for a slight burn and tingle, but it does not last.

i couldn't finish it. it's unfortunate, but it just didn't work for me. it smells like an overly sweetened soft drink, tastes like cheap dark rum watered down with a vanilla cola and is flat after several sips and swirls. sorry.
cheers

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Rum is the power, rum is the key. Rum is the thing that will set us all free." Rum, by Alestorm

Color fade of tawny, to sepia to deep hazelnut. Loud, bubbly beige head bubbles itself out of existence.

Bruised apple and oak. Not a subtle oak aroma but more akin to sitting next to a pile of freshly split logs. Black cherry. Rum opens up a bit more as it sits. Very woody.

Tastes like dark fruit, especially black cherry. Again, woody. Not much rum, maybe a little rum spice.

I was expecting more rum. Captain Morgan, himself a Scot, would be ashamed.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful, red/amber color. Really unique looking. Not much head to speak of at all. Slight carbonation bubbles popping up all over the beer.

-Smell 3.5: The smell of this beer is off-putting at first, as it had a slightly sour smell. Underneath that is a very pleasant aroma of wood and vanilla. Again, unique, but might turn off the less adventurous.

-Taste 5.0: WOW! This is an amazing beer. Sweet up front and after the swallow an amazing multitude of flavors pops up. I tasted a slight sourness, followed by a definite oak flavor, then some slight rum and vanilla and this indefinable candy taste along with alkaline hops, barley malt...so many flavors that I keep discovering more with each gulp. The aftertaste was just as complex: rich barley and a slight hoppiness and more oak/vanilla/rum flavor hints. All delicious with absolutely no metallic or adjunct tastes discernible.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Average mouthfeel. Carbonation was slightly C02 enhanced. Really nothing special here.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. I very rarely give a "5," but this beer deserved it in the taste category. I would highly recommend it on taste alone. The other categories drag it down a bit, but it is worth the money you'll spend on it. A work of art.

Photo of maxk
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from my local supermarket in a 330mL bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a dark red with a two finger, loose head. No head retention. Negligible lacing.

S: Oak, vanilla and malt.

T: Very tasty. First thing I notice is a malty sweetness, followed by rum, with oak and vanilla undertones. Aftertaste is a mix of malt, vanilla and oak.

M: Light carbonation, a very slick consistency.

Overall, a good beer. Very interesting flavors are present here, the combo of a Scotch ale and being aged in a rum cask is delicious.

Photo of sommersb
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-21-2011
Freshness: Best by 12-2012
Packaging: 330 ml clear bottle
Glassware: Innis & Gunn cervoise glass
Purchased: Gift box from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Picked this up in a gift box with the attractive cervoise glass and 3 Innis & Gunn offerings.

Pours a dark red, clear color, with a tan head of 3 fingers that features good retention and lacing. Aromas include the rum alcohol, with a sweet, woody character. Also aromas of nuts, allspice and fruits.

The taste has an overall sweet and malty flavor, with oak and rum prominent but not overdone. Also flavors of dark fruits. A slight bitterness is there to keep the sweetness in check. Smooth drinking, with a fairly high amount of carbonation. The body seemed a bit light compared with other wee heavies. Finish is malty and semi-sweet, with nice spice and rum notes.

Overall a very good beer, although not as interesting as the original Innis & Gunn version.

Photo of JayS2629
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/brown with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is full of vanilla and oak with spiced rum notes, brown sugar, molasis, hazelnut and caramel with some musty, earthy notes.

The flavor follows the nose with vanilla and oak, nutmeg, spiced rum, hazelnut, a touch of cocoa, loads of toffee, molasis, and caramel with some earthy tones in the back.

A bit thin with a slick finish and low carbonation. Sweet, slightly cloying finish.

It was a nice taster but I couldn't drink a lot of this. A bit too malty, but I like it much better than the regular oaked stuff.

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

Looking forward to the day when all brewers are smart enough to not use clear bottles. Luckily, I picked this right out of the shipment box the day it arrived.

A-dark amber colored with a thin light tan head. much darker than the non-rum version.

S-more vanilla than oak with a big whiff of candied syrup. also smells malty with a backbone of roasted malts. not very strong smelling

T-comes in with a smooth taste of mostly the candied syrup with a good lacing of vanilla, oak, and roasted barley. this flavor lasts awhile and makes up a good matching after-taste. this seems to be much smoother and more refined than the non rum version. the tastes blend much better together.

M-smooth medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-I'm liking this one a lot more than the non rum version. it seems to be better cleaned up with more balance. it still does have a slight bit of roughness towards the end that keeps this from being an all night drinker, but its definitely a good treat every once in awhile.

Photo of Brabander
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer a month or so in a wonderfull parcel from my buddy Zimbo in Scotland. Thanks for the bottles Craig!

I did not know what to expect when i opened this one. I had the srange feeling i was going to drink a coke or something like that.

Poured in de Dutch beerglass, like a the Struise glass this beer looked nice and surprising with a dark tea like fluid and a very nice head with a little carbonation.

Rum is all over the place, not so much in the smell there the soil overtakes the rumsmell.

Taste is fine with rum in the palate but not too much.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a crimson and brown hue. Blatantly quite transparent despite its darker color. Minimal head. Off-white ring leaves light lacing.

S-Lighter nose. Notes of molasses, caramel, toffee, and spiced rum. Lacking power in the nose. Really need to try to find the components of the aroma.

T-Definitely has some spiced rum qualities. The vanilla, caramel, toffee, and molasses are there too. Flavor, like the nose is very complacent. Not too strong of a flavor.

M-Light bodied. Lots of carbonation. Slightly dry from the alcohol. Body is lighter than anticipated.

O/D-I like this one less that Innis & Gunn's Original Oak Ale. The rum doesn't come out as well as the oak does in the Original. Still a cool beer, but too muted. I don't even know if I would enjoy this beer more if it was more intense. Rum cask aged beer just sounds a little off.

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 tonyf55
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Pint glass.

Visual (3) - Chestnut color, partially clear, little to no white head that is quickly dissipated. Light carbonation bubbles, looks almost flat. Very weak lacing.

Aroma (4) - Light coffee, hazelnut, and chocolate aromas with a slightly woody and smokey finish. Little to no hops or yeast aromas.

Mouthfeel (3) - Medium body with an oily/watery texture bordering on creamy. Light carbonation that surprises based on the visual. Leaves a light alcoholic film on the pallet.

Taste (3) - Initial light caramel flavor, quickly disappears to be replaced by a smoky and malty finish that lingers pleasantly at the back of your mouth.

Overall (3) - Less than impressive appearance, but a lovely aroma that compliments the taste. Touches on the Scotch Ale style nicely with the woody and alcoholic undertones.

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 DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very little off-white head over a warm mahogany liquid with decent clarity.

S: Oak, vanilla and caramel.

T: Oak, vanilla and caramel malt with a hint of rum in the finish.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation.

O: A tasty and easy drinking Scotch Ale that is a little rough around the edges in terms of its lack of carbonation.

Photo of Kromes
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A dark amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Toasted malt with a fruity rum and oak aroma.

T: Sweet toasted malt and a fruity rum, vanilla, oak flavor. The finish is very sweet and a little buttery.

M: Its got an ok body to it. Hardly any carbonation.

O: It's an ok beer. Easy to drink, except for the excessive sweetness, which I didn't particularly like.

Photo of MattyV
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice auburn/brown colour with some ruby highlights. Small, short-lived off-white head settles to a thin ring. Aroma is caramelly sweet and nutty, hinting at dark fruit, with just a touch of alcohol warmth that's accentuated as it warms, along with the rum and oak character that starts to appear. Sweet any nutty, almost chocolatey at first, then leading into the almost tannic hop character and warming finish, when some oak/vanilla and tobacco can be detected. Body feels thin for the style, but with a decent creamy mouthfeel.
I'm relieved this clear bottle was more or less devoid of skunkiness, unlike other I&G I've had. This had an interesting/complex profile, but the flavours failed to mesh just right for me... had trouble finishing my glass for some reason. Still, interesting for those that enjoy a good rum.

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 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 RomaniIteDomum
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the clear bottle elaves no surprises. Pours garnet with a nice little white ring of head.

Smells of fresh oak, molasses, malt, and smoke. I smell a hint of hops hanging around.

The oak, rum, and beer meld well. Sweet molasses, figs, light spice, vanilla, red fruit, brown sugar, and some roast all dance together. Crisp with a sweet finish.

The feel is full-bodied and slightly creamy.

This was a good beer. I love how everything goes together nicely.

Photo of Tschnab
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown color that is red in the light. Small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S- wow: rich oak and vanilla,light spiced rum, toffee.

T- Just like the smell. Really digging this flavor. It's little hot in the finish, but I'm ok with it.

O- extremely original, and I think this is a very underrated beer. Just awesome.

Photo of jlenik
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: dark brown with a ruby hue. minimal head.

s: oak. the toffee smell you expect from the original is there, with a little bit of alcohol lingering.

t: at first is reminiscent of the original Innis and Gunn but then I got a taste of a spicy sweet alcohol presence. not hoppy at all but I don't have a problem with that if it is all oaked up.

m: creamy and sticky. lack of head on the initial pour but this beer is definitely carbonated.

o: this is definitely a great beer, and tonight I was lucky to get the 750ml for $5 so no complaints! I still enjoy the original more, cheers!

Photo of evlu1441
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Innis and Gunn seems to be a classic among casual beer drinkers looking for something different. I remember being really surprised and impressed the first time I had it. Lets see how this new version holds up. 33cl bottle poured into an official I&G glass.

It pours a dark reddish amber colour. It's completely clear with a thin bubbly head on top. There are lots of bubbles rising up.

The aroma is subdued, but has some interesting things going on. It is definitely very sweet smelling, with caramel aspects from the rum being very apparent. There is also some oaky notes. It's quite a nice smell, and reminiscent of some kind of whisky.

The flavour is sweet to start, with some light maltiness. The rum and oak aspects start to come through towards the end. It's very smooth and direct. It tastes nice, but lacks complexity and sophistication.

Overall, I prefer this to the original Innis and Gunn. It is a lot smoother. It's got pretty good drinkability for a beer with such rich flavours. At the same time, it lacks the intensity that could make it a really great beer.

Photo of flyingpig
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish mahogany with a light, tan brown & bubbly head. Retention of about 30 seconds.

A lot of oak & vanilla & brown sugar which although strong is blended well. There is also some sweet malts and the tiniest of alcohol notes.

A warm, sweet vanilla flavour upfront that is closely followed by lots of oak and some spices. There may be some caramel in there too but it's hard to tell, although there is some faint butterscotch & touches of alcohol.

A good amount of carbonation & very smooth, with a creamy texture. Medium to heavy in body and leaves a smooth but slightly metallic aftertaste.

To be honest I was expecting something more from this one & felt that it failed to deliver although it was by no means a bad beer, just not one I'm likely to drink/buy again.

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