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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,089 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 49
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 pootz
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle:

Deep ruby-chestnut color, smallish puffy off-white cap.that lasts well and laces.

Sweet predominates the aroma, some dried fruit some musty woody rum-like demerara tones and caramel.

Caramel malts with some rum-wood tastes, light hop balance, slick mouth feel, sweet wet finish.

Nice drink but all these I&G brews are a tad too sweet for my palate.

pootz, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Macca
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a copper colour with red highlights. Good sized off white head that hangs around.

Sweet rum dominates the aroma with some oak coming through as well.

The rum isn't as strong on the palate. Chocolate was the dominant flavour for me. Not as much alcohol warmth as I was expecting. A bit of Xmas pudding going on in there as well.

Medium bodied.

It gets better as it warms even though brewers suggest 4 to 6 degrees C.

Macca, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of berley31
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very attractive pour... moderate, off-white head that had good lasting appeal. Quite thick and creamy, with good lacing. Body is a deep-ruby color, and completely clear.

S: Yep, it's aged in rum casks, all right. The rum is completely apparent and quite strong, actually, providing an alcoholic sweetness that isn't overly appealing.

T: Interesting flavor... you can taste the rum, but it's not as strong as I was expecting from the aroma. Some malty sweetness that works well, finishing sweet. Some slight oak in the flavor, but not as much as some of their other beers. Touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

M: Low-to-moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, creamy.

D: Wouldn't be the first beer I'd run out to buy, but it's one of Innis and Gunn's better beers.

berley31, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came with the Innis & Gunn Christmas gift pack this last year. While I'm not a huge fan of their beers I hadn't tried any of them in quite some time so I figured I'd give them a fair shot; Round two, the rum cask.

Poured into the branded glass which came with the beers, it reveals itself to be of a clear deep copper nature. A robust foamy off white head tops the upper third of the glass. Lasting for a respectable duration it then settles down to a tight covering.

The nose is quite powerful at first. Sugar cane syrup and plantains immediately come to mind, no doubt due to the nature of the cask in question. Sweet fruity rum aromas of fig, molasses, candied ginger and overripe grapes come around in the early bouquet. As the beer warms most of these disappear leaving only a slight buttery sweet scent.

Sweet toffee, mild cocoa and bitter chocolate are the initial tastes. An overall feel of dessert flavours predominates; pecan tart, vanilla, and strong butterscotch diacetyl contributing greatly to this. There is a slight juicy rum character creeping in here and there. Only the slightest of hops adds some mildly balancing bitterness but this is almost too mild. As the beer warms the diacetyl takes over the beer to unpleasant proportions. This is not helped by the malt sweetness which becomes cloying towards the end of the beer. The only benefit being it completely masks the high ABV.
The body is very tongue coating on account of the buttery profile.

Initially I was of the mind that this was one of the most pleasant Innis & Gunn brews I'd tried. Unfortunately their old habit of high Diacetyl levels and poor balancing becomes all to prevalent under warmer conditions. A very two faced beer best consumed cold!

Reinheitsgebot71, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of nokes
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

OK...let's see if I waited too long to open this...

Poured into a more-or-less pint glass...dark tan with reddish tones, medium head diminishing fairly quickly and leaving lacing on the glass. Nice, though not amazing.

Smell is sweet, like rum, some spicyness and a bit of caramel. Nice, but not amazing.

Taste is interesting. Not a lot like most beer. Must maintain an open mind, here. Bringing to mind some odd beers I've tried before (Biere au Patxaran, XO Cognac beer, etc.) but this holds a little tighter to the beer side than the odd side than those. It's good, but the rum aftertaste is a bit odd.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice. Lively, yet with an underlying smoothness that's intriguing. One of the strong points here I think.

I'm not sure about the drinkability. You gotta like it, I think, and I'm on the fence a bit. It leaves a bit of a stickiness behind that's not becoming, but it tastes interesting enough that I kept wanting to have another sip to just try it again. In the end, one is enough.

Certainly worth trying...it's an adventure.

nokes, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This should be one of the last reviews of this beer: 84,000 bottles produced with a best before date of December 2009. This one is therefore almost two months passed its life.

Packaged in a neat black box, just like everybody else's and again no number on the box or bottle, so just one of 84,000 then.

Poured into a Gordon's Thistle shaped glass: The beer is a lovelly deep reddy brown, on top sat a cream coloured head.

Rum is in the aroma, not sure what else was in the smell, the rum esters weren't heavy, but they didn't allow anything else to appear.

The taste is a rich rum and malt mix which I enjoyed (I like rum and always have at least four different types open in my spirits cabinate). This isn't subtule, it isn't for non-rum fans, this is almost a rum and beer cocktail, but without a straw.

An interesting beer, not for everyone, but certainly different and worth having the once, if only to say you've tried it.

BlackHaddock, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first beer aged in rum barrels and I can sort of understand why it's not massively popular. Anyone who has tried adding some rum to their beer will know it's not exactly a marriage made in heaven. In fact it generally tastes plain awful. But this isn't rum and beer it's rum barrell infused beer.

However it was with some trepidation that I opened a bottle of rum cask I&G from a gift pack. It's was darker than I expected - a rich brown that you can barely see through. And the smell was a little lighter than I was expecting, it's even pleasant. Just a light sweetness mixed with an earthy alcohol smell. Not bad.

The taste is just odd though. Sweet, sour and alcoholic all at the same time. I guess if there's one favorable adjective it might be complex? But not in a good way.. more a 'wtf?' way.

Mouthfeel is fine but drinkability is low. Having more than one of these is doable but not something I'm looking forward to.

Ralphus, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of soulgrowl
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, rummy brick red with a fine cap of creamy foam. More brown sugar than anything else in the nose, plus a faint skunk (thank you, clear bottle) and some faint leafy hops. Sweet and sugary flavor with, yes, a slight rum kick and a bit of cola to round things out. Quite nice, actually, with some pleasant lime and vanilla nuances and an agreeable spice integrated nicely with the somewhat high alcohol. Nice work from Innis & Gunn, better than their usual offerings by far.

soulgrowl, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

G: I&G Tulip

A: Dark reddish brown with some light escaping near the bottom of the glass. One inch of creamy lightly tanned head with good retention and leaves thick lacing.

S: The rum is very strong here. I smelled it once I opened the bottle. Hints of caramel and citrus fruits are faint. The rum aroma is very dominant.

T: Sweet caramel and fruits with the distict rum taste. Again the run taste is very dominant.

M: Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. It leaves a sticky caramel finish but it also has the same after taste of watered down rum.

D: It's not bad to drink, but I do not find it that enjoyable. The rum aspect is to overpowering and there is not much else left in the beer. It's just not my cup of tea.

Long813, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle from gift pack with no freshness date poured into accompanying branded glass.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with hints of orange and tawny at the edges of the glass. Head is several fingers thick on first pour,r retains well and leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass.

Some vaguely pear and apple-like notes that seems similar to a white wine. Mild alcohol, some caramel. Not jumping out at the nose, it's a bit bland.

Very sweet (though not cloying or syrupy) caramel and fruity white wine are tasted first, with just mildly acidic notes in the middle, mixing it up with some bare rum (maybe a stretch of the imagination brought on by the beer's description - it's that mild), a bit more caramel, and raisin bread. Finish is sweet and lingering, but not oppressively so.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, low, smooth carbonation and a crisp and refreshing feel. If this were a different beer, I would be praising these attributes, but it doesn't feel appropriate here. Not enough heft to it.

The white-wine notes are about the only clear connection to the oak - I was hoping for a bit more vanilla or bourbon, or at least in this case, some prominent rum notes. None of that really comes through, and while it's not a bad tasting beer, it's just not all that interesting either. Goes down easily enough, but doesn't hold my interest.

nighthawk, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a light brown with a hint of ruby

The smell is of hops, sweet malt and a distinct pleasant note of rum.

The taste follows suit but slightly unbalanced in favour of the rum.

Mouthfeel is good albeit a bit thin

I will most likely drink this again

DerBayer, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of PoisonedMushroom
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the branded glassware that came with this and two other I & G beers.

A: This was one fine looking brew. It was a dark amber, dark enough that it looked black with the faint lighting in the room. But putting it against the light revealed the beer's true colours. There was ample head on this one, and the head subsided relatively quickly -- but not too quickly, leaving a lot of lace in its wake.

S: The nose notes say rum, but I could not smell it, really. What I did notice was oak, some spice, and some fruit. As with their regular offering, I thought there to be some coffee in there. Overall, I thought this to be aromatic, but the rum wasn't jumping out at me in any meaningful way. That was slightly disappointing.

T: Fantastic. Strong malt, mixed with some spice & fruit. Some oak, and oh, is that rum I tasted? I believe it was.

M: This brew coated the palate without overwhelming it. The higher than expected carbonation was a surprise, but I did not mind it. The alcohol certainly made its presence known towards the finish, but in a warming, pleasant way.

D: Surprisingly, this one I thought to be more drinkable than their regular offering despite the slightly higher alcohol content. Still, I wouldn't necessarily require more than one.

Overall, a very well done beer, and I preferred this offering to their regular one.

PoisonedMushroom, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.13/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a surprisingly dark rich amber, topped by more head than I got from the last two Innis & Gunn's I tried and with tons more lacing.

The aroma is much more subdued than the regular Oak Aged Beer I just had, almost more like a Sauvignon Blanc mixed with Coke.

The taste is sweet bread, sour plums, with raisins and a sweet sugary rum finish and again, it has almost more of the air of a sweet white wine mixed with a rum and Coke about it than it does a beer. Odd.

Thin mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation.

You know what? Forget it. I just find, of the three I have had, I&G beers are too sweet and the oak finishing brings nothing to the party for me.

MeisterBurger, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Innis & Gunn gift pack. Served in the branded glassware it comes with.

Red mahogany with a generous capping of tightly formed beige head. The head lasts right to the end and leaves some lace behind. Aroma of vanilla & plum with hints of toffee & cherry. There's big rum note in the nose, and a little bit of spice. The vanilla flavour is much more pronounced than in the Innis & Gunn Original. It's pretty buttery, perhaps both from diacetyl and oak. Dark fruit, some spice, hint of toffee, and that rum character again. Sweet with a mildly sour finish. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, and integrates extremely well into the overall flavour profile as it comes forward. Light-medium body with fine carbonation. Feels syrupy. I find the sweetness becomes a little much towards the end, but this is otherwise a delicious sipper.

mintjellie, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of wl0307
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Waitrose supermarket, presented in a black-iron coloured paper case, this limited edition ale comes in only 150 barrels for the whole batch. The beer had spent 30 days in American oak barrels and then 30 more days in Rum oak barrels, until being blended for 47 days of further maturation before bottling. BB Dec. 2010, served mildly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice (the closest that I have to Innis&Gunn's branded chalice).

A: pours a dark ruby brown colour with rather fizzy outlook that softens slowly; the beige beer head comes fluffy and disappears altogether so fast almost as soon as the hissing sound of fizz settles.
S: plenty of aromatic Demerara sugar blends with new oak barrel's vanilla scent, laced by dark cherries, a hint of spice that is indeed typical of an oaked dark rum, faint trace of coconut shaving, red date tea... The oakiness is pronounced enough to lend a deep impact on the overall aroma, but somehow not in a complex way.
T: a rather spritzy swallow of sour-sweet maltiness and rather weird mixture of oakiness and sour dried fruits leads towards a sweet black-tea-ish middle along with faint elements of dry-ish old woodiness, aroma (not the sweet taste) of raisins, and some hints of unknown spices. The finish is semi-dry, faintly salty, metalic, and quite neutrally flavoured, ending rather abruptly with neither lingering oaky/vanilla aroma nor fine fruitiness. Although the alc. stays rather subdued, I'd say the overall flavour is overly timid and not quite up to the standard of several sister products.
M&D: overly fizzy and fluffy comes the palate, and the body comes a bit too thin as well. The lengthy ageing process (107 days) for this limited edition seems to be at the expense of flavour and fails to bring out whatever unique elements rum casks are supposed to contribute. Plus, in terms of bottling quality, the much added CO2 is a major put-off for my palate, hence a rather poor rating for this beer overall (in comparison with other Innis&Gunn products).

wl0307, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of asnider
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark amber with a foamy head the colour of whole wheat bread. Head remains solid throughout the drinking period, and there is very good lacing, as well.

The aroma has notes of fruit and spice (a trace of nutmeg?) as well as hints of rum and oak.

The taste is quite good. The strongest flavour is a sweetness of malt and fruit. There is a bit of spiciness, but it's not as pronounced as the tasting notes on box would indicate. The oak flavour comes through at the end and really brings the whole thing together. The finish leaves sweet malt notes lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is very nice. This is a well-rounded beer that feels much lighter than you might expect upon first pouring it.

As far as drinkability, the higher alcohol content (7.4% ABV) combined with the sweetness of this beer make it less drinkable than I'd like. While it doesn't taste like a high alcohol beer (it's high in alcohol because of the way it's brewed, not because Innis & Gunn wanted to make a booze bomb), it's difficult to have more than 1 or 2 of these in a single session, mostly due to the sweetness. Drinkability is average, at best.

Overall, Innis & Gunn's Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer is very good. It's one of the best to come from I&G, but the drinkability pulls it down a notch, unfortunately.

That said, I would definitely buy this beer again. It's my favourite Innis & Gunn brew, so as long as it's available, I'll continue to pick up a bottle from time to time.

asnider, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of grub
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle presented in matching black box. sampled april 28/09.

pours crystal clear deep red-brown. when held to the light a little more of the garnet comes through, but it still appears mostly brown. a small layer of light brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving a few spots of fine lace around the glass.

aroma is nice. vanilla, butterscotch, toffee. caramel. dark fruit - date, raisin, plum. there's a bit of a tropical slant to it too, with elements of banana, pineapple, and coconut. nice woody oaky presence. a bit earthy too. light alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. cracker.

taste is good. vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee again. there's a bit of sourness here too, but not quite to off-putting levels. lots of oak. there's definitely some rum influence in there too. dark and tropical fruit blending together and giving a neat depth to the beer. normally not this much fruit in a scotch ale, but it seems to work fairly well. there's still that expected solid malt presence behind it holding everything together.

mouthfeel is nice. just over medium carbonation level, which is more than i'd like. medium body. i could see this being pretty nice on cask.

drinkability is good. i think if i was more of a rum fan, i'd be more into this. it seems fairly balanced and nicely put together, with the alcohol being pretty much completely hidden, even once the beer has reached room temperature. that said, the rum isn't really my thing so it takes away a little.

grub, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cherry red with a crackly tan head. It quickly becomes nothing more than an intermittent smattering of lace on the glass. The aroma is oaky with a vanilla and mollasses notes, and a bit of butterscotch. A sweetish oaky, slightly diacetyl flavor repels me from this beer a bit, Im not a fan of strong oak flavors. Mollasses and dark fruit notes add complexity and take some of the attention away from the wall of vanilly sweet/sour oak. Hops are as restrained as you would expect for a Wee Heavy. There's a little too much carbonation in the mouthfeel. The finish is sweet and buttery with lots of residual oak.

The oak is a bit too funky and overpowering for my tastes, but this is an OK beer. The alcohol is well hidden throughout.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Seanstoppable
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw a box of this at the local liquor store around Christmas, and decided to pick it up, due to the fact that I enjoy both a good beer and and a good rum.

The beer itself was a dark reddish brown. You could definitely smell the rum cask conditioning. You could also clearly taste it, similar to a rum and coke, though not quite as sweet and not quite as strong.

Overall, I enjoyed it quite a bit, and would pick up some more bottles if Innis & Gunn ever brew another batch.

Seanstoppable, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of EsoxLucius
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this as a st. patty's gift, not a bad gift at all!

i've tried their regular oak aged beer and suppose should get one to review. i like their product, nice packaging, nice bottle, nice color.

A: looks just like the picture, pours very nice, lacing is good and is retained throughout the drink. beautiful color, very impressed, like looking at it a lot.

S: i detected spice straight away with some rum hints definately present. very pleasing and not boozy at all. some sweet grain smells were also noted along with a cherry scent.

T: initial sweetness that i can only compare to cherry mixed with malt complimented by a tangy spicy taste. after it's been in the mouth a while, hints of woody/rum tastes can be noted, but arent prominant.

M: good, thickens up a bit as its in the mouth, initially thin but finishes quite well.

D: overall very pleasant, the different taste makes this beer special and i did enjoy it very much.

note: the packaging revs this beer up quite a lot and impressed the friends saying "that's a beer?"

so i need to admit, felt a lot richer than i am pulling this one out of the fridge next to a tub of ice fishing bait...

give it a try, something different to enjoy.

EsoxLucius, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dashing tone of tawny that is only appropriate for the equally elegant packaging in which the bottle's presented. The colour is quite resplendent and becomes just dazzling when held up to the light. Its complexion is immaculate; the beer possesses pristine clarity. Only a thin lamina is spread over top although the carbonation's had more success broadening the perimeter. Bits of lace add even more detail.

The beer seems promising from the scent of its bouquet. The buttery, oak-infused smell that has become the Innis and Gunn trademark is still predominant even despite a good contribution from the rum barrels. As should be expected, the beer seems to have absorbed much character from the barrels and now harbors notes of vanilla bean, exotic spice and tropical fruit.

My first few sips confirm its aroma wasn't bluffing; the scotch-like malts have become entwined with an interesting cast of flavours. The fresh American oak has imparted a very dry, heavily woody feature. The malts taste like custard. The presence of spice is noted but heavily subdued. The rum barrels lend the impression of tropical fruits, including the unusual tastes of coconut and plantain.

The rum barrels seem to have also provided a great deal of sweetness. Considering their former contents were distilled from the sugarcane I suppose that's to be expected. This is all the more reason to think that if you like rum you should enjoy this beer. I'm finding it quite pleasant for the time being but I'm not sure I'd want it to warm up much more than this - it's starting to become a little flat and cloying.

I'd be curious to know if the rum barrels used to age this previously held dark or white rum. Admittedly, I know nothing about rum but I've been told by a number of aficionados never to bother with white rum because its heavy filtration leaves the spirit with very little flavour. I'm finding the rum much more subtle than I expected. Still, the modest portion present has factored in surprisingly well to the base beer.

I like Innis and Gunn and I've really enjoyed all of their limited edition special releases. I'm not sure how this compares to previous years' offerings but I bet it's quite favorably. It certainly has gotten me more eager now for next year's release! I've found consistency in the quality of these hand crafted ales and I'm happy to see the brothers have taken that to new and more experimental heights.

biegaman, Feb 03, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber, very clear with a small head that eventually dissapeared.

Aroma is very much dominated by malt with no hops present. The rum comes through in the nose also.

Taste is very one dimensional and lacks complexity and balance. This beer is totally malt dominated and sweet. The rum character dominates the taste and doesn't allow much else to come through unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is quite thin with a pretty low carbonation. Very watery.

Drinkability suffers from the sweetness and the alcohol. I was pretty dissapointed.

EatsTacos, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very rich deep red with a nice head that settles into nice lacing.

The first thing I smell is whiskey and rum with a hint of oak, toffee and caramel, just awesome!

Tastes like it smells, some light whiskey/rum flavour, caramel malts, fruitiness, and a bit of alcohol when it starts to warm up. There is also a hint of skunk, which these beers always have, because of the clear bottle maybe?

Thin mouthfeel, this beer is suprisingly light and drinkable, it only needs more body and some more hops and it's good to go!

GodOfBeer, Feb 01, 2009
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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