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

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1,090 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 48
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
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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 CrazyMike
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red-amber appearance with a small amount of head, but decent retention. Smell is mainly oak with a hint of nuts, caramel, vanilla, malt and a small hint of rum. Very good combination.

Taste has the same exotic mixture as the smell, dominated by oak, caramel and rum. Has almost a coffee and wood taste to it as well, everything is surprisingly light though. Smooth, medium bodied with decent carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering oak and caramel taste.

This is a very well rounded and tasteful beer. Every sip you find a new characteristic about this. Very light tasting, though, for a Scotch Ale; which could make it deadly to drink all night. For it's price and taste, don't pass up a bottle of this.

CrazyMike, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Uncle to giving me this bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark reddish brown that's crystal clear. A 2-finger off-white head head that slowly falls to a cap.

S- Rich peat, tobacco, sweet malts, and just a slight whiff of rich alchohol. A little dark fruit and molasses, but not exactly anything standing out.

T- A lot more of the rum flavor in the taste then in the smell. More of the peat and malt sweetness, but a lot better flavor than was expected from the aroma.

MF- A little thinner than I would've liked, but not overly thin. Carbonation is on par with other Scotch ales.

Overall, a pretty good beer that I'm glad I got to try after seeing it on the shelves for so long, but I wouldn't really seek it out when I can get Wet Willy here.

LtCracker20, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single (clear) bottle picked up from the LCBO.

Poured into an Affligem chalice. A nice ruby-chestnut hue (not entirely unlike a dark rum), the pour leaves a thin layer of head that recedes rather quickly.

Nose is very sweet, with notes of molasses, brown sugar, toffee, dark bread, and rum balls.

Flavorful, intriguing, but certainly a one-sided brew. The sweetness becomes almost cloying, and there aren't enough other flavors to keep things in check. The candied rum taste is quite nice, and theres a subtle graininess and smoke character, but generally this is sweet, rummy beer. If there's oak, it's well-hidden.

Thin bodied, mild carbonation.

Not bad - like a lot of Innis and Gunn offerings, I find it's an interesting brew to try, but the effect wears off after a while. Too sweet, and not enough other characteristics to hold my interest.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of peensteen
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber/mahogany colour, minimal white soapy head, no lacing. Smell is sweet caramel like, sugary, rum, light traces of oak and vanilla and slight alc. Taste is really sweet with notes of rum, caramel, slight alcohol, little vanilla, sugary malt. Light mouthfeel and at times syrupy, fairly high carbonation. Not very good really, it reminds me a little of a poor quality barley wine, ABV noticeable, I cant think of a single thing the oak contributes to this.

peensteen, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 4-pack of these for Christmas, finally getting around to reviewing one. 11.2oz clear(!) bottle into a snifter.

Pours very dark red, barely see-through. Off-white head retains nicely leaving some lacing.

Nose starts strong but quickly becomes faint. Oak, sweet caramel and some toasty malt. Has some weird veggie off-smells from time to time that come and go...

Taste is an improvement over the smell. The rum I think makes it come off pretty sweet but nice flavors going on. Sweet/caramel/toasty malts, big grassy tastes, slight vanilla and spice. Really no fruit whatsoever.

I liked this one alot more than my previous 2 bottles, it reminds me kinda of Berkshire Gude Greg. I've always wanted to try a beer with rum barrels involved, this one is does it well I think but the sweetness is a bit cloying.

Chico1985, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark brown color with reddish hue from an 11.2 oz clear glass bottle, with ABV on the label. One finger head with good retention. Aroma is heavy on malts with hints of spices and fruity esters.
Taste is definitely more on the malty side with the rum flavor coming through clearly. Nice warming effect which grows with each sip. Dry finish with lingering sweetness which is almost certainly coming from the rum components.
The only complaint I have is the clear glass bottles in which it is sold. I am not a big fan of beer stored in clear bottles, there is every chance of photo-oxidation of the beer.
Otherwise, this beer is worth a try. It is definitely different, in a good way.

CaptDavyJones, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer is a clear, sparkling, copper-brown with a thin, dense, khaki head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It smells like a cave with some resiny wood, a little roast and a hint of sweetness and alcohol. It's medium bodied and syrupy with a sticky finish. It's quite sweet. It starts out a little nutty, with no bitterness. Flavors of oak and rum take over and last past the finish. Sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. It's not for chugging! This delivers exactly what it advertises: rum and oak.

yesyouam, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a clear 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has the abv listed at 7.4% and the back label has a short description.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful deep reddish amber color with good clarity. On top of this beer there is a small creamy off white head. This small covering soon fades to a thin ring of slick lacing.

Smell: There is a delicate sweet grain and bready base with mellow vanilla, woody oak, and caramel.

Taste: On a light thin palate I get a nice light bready and sweet grain character. Inside of it are delicate hints of the caramel and oak with notes of vanilla and spicy sweet rum. On the back end there is a light kiss of herbal hop bitterness. It is smooth lightly carbonated and watery on the tongue.

Notes: I love the flavor and balance of all its very subtle complexity but it just lacks depth in the body.

generallee, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip this beer appears, well, like a dark rum....with head. The head recedes Smells great, rummy, oak-y, sugar cane, caramel, coconut, spicy, very layered and complex nose. There's a little hop bitterness in the taste but all else is overpowered by the rum and oak taste. It's got medium body with a good pricly carbonation to help with the booziness which is felt in the nasal passages and then warms the belly. Still boozy tasting which makes me not want to drink too many of them.

wcintula, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on February 24th, 2011.

A: Pours a three finger head of lovely cream lacing, quite thick. Very appealing. The head retains pretty poorly, unfortunately.

Sm: Strong smell. Barley, caramel, rum (shocker!), a hint of spice, maybe some coconut? Just a bit musty, but in a good way.

T: Lovely cream open to coconut and caramel body, with lingering cream on the finish. Quite lovely. It's beautifully built and balanced. The spice on the nose doesn't come through; maybe I was wrong. I'm very new to this style, but I rather fancy this beer. I'm looking forward to trying more like it. Coconut is a very difficult flavour to insert into a beer of this complex a body, but the brewers succeeded.

Mf: Delighfully silky from the cream, but a patch of dryness enters in the finish to tease you into going for your next sip.

Dr: It hides its abv absurdly well. Very fairly priced even in Ireland. Definitely give this one a go, lads. You won't regret it.

kojevergas, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of suspect
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear (boo) bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Deep amber color with about 1 finger of head after a mildly aggressive pour. Head quickly fades but the lacing maintains nicely throughout the drink.

S: The oak and alcohol are the two most prominent smells accompanied by malt and caramel.

T: The rum is most definitely clearly a focal point of this beer's flavor. Perhaps its the abv shining through but I can very clearly tell that it was aged in oak barrels soaked in rum.

M: Medium bodied, carbonated nicely. Taste does not linger on too long which is good for a beer with this clear of an abv in the taste.

D: Pretty drinkable for a higher abv English Ale with heavy rum overtones. I never thought I would have enjoyed the combo but I was pleasantly surprised!

suspect, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: : It has a nice deep amber/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down quickly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramely malts, fruity notes, spices, cinamon, toffee and a bit of rum and oak along with it.

Taste: Like the aromas, the malts give out a nice caramely sweetness with spiced rum, cinamon, toffee, oak and faint fruity notes at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweetness.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's an overall good Ale.

SebD, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of almychristopher
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice brownish red color with a bit of off white head that recedes to nothing rather quickly. the aroma immediately brings sweet carmalized malts to mind mixed with a bit of vanilla. the taste follows with a nice mixture of sweet malt, oakey vanilla, and a bit of the rum at the end. the light body and adequate carbonation make this a bit too easy of a drink for a wee heavy.

almychristopher, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of jerryc123
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a pint glass from a 330ml bottle.

Appearance is reddish nut brown with foamy tan head that dissipates quickly. Light retention and nice lacing.

Smell/Aroma/Nose reveals rum, oak, and vanilla. Perhaps some apple or pear in the background.

First let me say with "Rum Cask," "Oak aged beer," "beer aged in rum casks," and "matured for 57 days prior to release," I was wholeheartedly prepared to NOT judge this beer against other Scotch ales I have had in the past.
I consider these types of beers, "novelty beers," and will not try to compare them to style.
Taste is very pleasant. Sweet caramel notes at first, open up to reveal first oak - and then the rum. Not a rum bomb like I expected, but definitely there. Oak comes back for a visit before the short and dry finish, inviting you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is light and mild - a good session beer.

Drinkability: Definitely will buy again.

jerryc123, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok beer

Dark ruby in color...a fast fading head

Smells like european water similar to a pilsner....

Taste much like it smells....not much going on

Very dry feel

Good drink ability...not very good beer though

I will not get this beer...much less brand again....too expensive for what your getting

nickthegun12, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer | 330 ml. | 7.4% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Innis & Gunn
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy (not really though)
Glass: Hennepin flute

A very impressive colorless glass botter that says it's "carefully matured for 57 days."

Reddish-amber hue, crystal clear, with a fading white lid. Nice.

A deep inhale produces a malty caramel base, the tiniest hint of rum, and the oaky notes of the cask.

My first sip confirms this is no Scotch ale--too light, and lacking the hefty malt base. The rum flavor is evident, as it some light spicing, and its all certainly intriguing. Ultimately, though it takes on the most unsatisfying aspects of its rum base, watered down and cloying. The finish is ever so bitter and clean.

Light and breezy, with a nice carbonation profile. Anything that claims to be "oak aged" needs to feel more grounded and heavy.

Unusual is about the best compliment it gets. It's airy when it should be profound, cloying when it should smack of caramel, and altogether light on flavor, oaked or otherwise.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 25, 2011

Price = $2.99 at Whole Foods

BeerNemesis, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of marty21
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear copper/brown with one finger worth of off white head. Settles to a solid cap and left lots of thick lacing all over the glass.

S: A vanilla smell with fruits, spices and oak. You also get a bit of a alcohol smell.

T: Malty with some fruitiness and some spices at the back. A spiced rum taste. Finishes with a bit of a alcohol warming feeling.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body.

D: I'm not a big rum fan, which is why I was a little hesitant with this beer but the rum attributes weren't overly strong. It wasn't bad but one is quite enough and you'll be looking for something different.

marty21, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle says aged for 57 days prior to release.

A: Amber with a touch of redness; clear; pours a quickly dissipating thin head

S: Hello, rum! Obvious spiced rum and alcohol notes; once the liquor smell subsides, the beer notes come through; malty with deliciously spicy or cinnamon tones; also, true to the label, some oak and woody aromas; fresh and biting

T: Of course the rum notes are there, as are the malt and spice/cinnamon; a new development is the slight coffee taste; it finishes with the woody oak notes present in the nose; the alcohol sits in the background throughout, making its presence known.

M: It's a biter; I'm not a huge fan of rum, preferring scotch and whiskey if I'm drinking liquor at all; but it finishes suprisingly smooth, with a definite warming sensation from the alcohol content; a touch of carbonation gives a medium-light body; finishes with a definite bitterness

D: Too high an ABV and too much liquor-ness to make this one a habit; definitely a good brew, just not that drinkable for me

Can't make my mind up on this one. I want to hate it, as the thought of rum takes me back to the nightmare times of my youthful mistakes with rum. But somehow, this brew works.

boudreaux, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Mancer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a reddish copper color with a one finger high off-white head. The head dissipated to lace moderately and left a halo at the top. The aromas crept out with a sweet vanilla fragrance coupled with spices. The flavors experienced started with light fruits, progressing to spices, some peat, and vanilla. The catch here is at the end of the beer, where the vanilla infused rum flavors take a more pronounced role. With a light to medium body and light carbonation, this beer is a wonderful jump from the norm.

What really takes the cake here are the rum flavors infused with peat and vanilla. I think this beer does a great job of expressing individuality of a brewery as well as experimentation of beer styles. In my opinion this beer is in a beerstyle of its own.

Mancer, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into an Innis & Gunn Cervoise glass.

A: Barely a finger of brief head. Very dark, but clear ruby-amber in the light.

S: Rum sweetness with sourish beeriness. Well-done, but not very deep.

T: Disappointing, but still pretty good. Brief flavours of sweet, sweet malts have a noticeably rummy influence. The aftertaste is (unfortunately) negligible, but actually a little bitter (or maybe woody).

M: Almost average, but smooth with a little pizazz. Somewhat titillating.

D: I didn't love it, but it's drinkable enough. The ABV wasn't an issue. Still, I wouldn't recommend it unless you're really keen.

AgentMunky, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of CountJustinian
2.05/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

CountJustinian, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of rajendra82
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

rajendra82, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Dec 22, 2010
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
86 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.