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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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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 60
Gots: 204 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting sample pours a ruby-tinged mahogany.

I definitely would choose this over their bourbon-barrel aged version, both currently offered on the regular here in TN. The nose shows a bit more restraint on the sloppy-sweet flavors that dominated the 'oak aged' Gunn- earthier aromas of baked orange, birch root, dark bread, cinnamon, brown sugar and baked apple.

The palate is a touch drier too with a dark bready/bran-like maltiness dominating the mouth and joined by more of those savory baked fruit and spice tones- yielding back to doughy dark bread on the moderately long finish with a hint of sunflower seeds.

Like I said, of the two Gunns offered on the regular here in TN, I'd much rather drink this Rum Aged version. A bit bigger alcohol suggests a more robust maltiness which was a great improvement along side the drier, spicier flavors.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...even though I don't love this beer, I tried to give it decent marks for uniqueness. Seems a little light in color for a wee heavy, although I guess the brewery is located in Scotland, so maybe I should stfu and all the other wee heavies I've ever had were too dark. Head doesn't stick around too long. There's tons of rum notes in the nose, as well as oak. Ditto on the tongue. It delivers as promised in that respect. Mouthfeel is quite good. Not something I'll drink again for awhile, but I recommend trying it.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a part of the gift box so as to avoid light-strike.

Appearance -- Pours a vivid garnet hue with golden highlights and a tuft of sudsy beige head. Soon enough wisps are all that remain of the head, but some banded lacing occurs. Very nice.

Smell -- Malty with notes of chewy bread, spice cake, rum raisin, and a bit of dark fruit. Woody vanilla also present.

Taste -- Again, lots of malt character: pale bread, rum-soaked fruit, spice cake. Woody oak, slight vanillin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with crisp prickly carbonation. Feels like a soft drink, but otherwise okay

Overall -- A remarkable improvement from the standard Oak Aged Ale. Much more flavor and complexity from the rum cask. Still, the clear glass bottles sitting out on shelves give me pause.

Unique, but I'd love to try a Scottish Ale more deserving that has been put through the cask treatment. Not as rich or robust as I would like to for a Wee Heavy

Photo of Stunner97
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- very extremely dark brown in color, low to no carbonation to be seen, pours with fairly thick white head that faded to tan lacing,

Smell- tons of malt and the rum and woodiness can be slightly noticed, mostly just strong punch of malt

Taste- most of the flavor of this beer is malty sweetness with just little bit dryness on the end, can only pick up a little bit of the rum flavor at least to my palate, think i taste some of the wood though in caramel and vanilla notes, flavor is very mellow and overall nice

Mouthfeel- very smooth and mellow, goes down easy

Drinkability/overall- overall this beer is very nice and enjoyable in a similar kind of way as the regular innis and gun beer is, nice mellow some what sweet oaky ale, while i really do like this style of beer they make i cant say I was getting as much of the rum as I thought that I might, good beer for sure but not sure i like it more then the regular beer of theres which is few bucks cheaper

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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
2.22/5  rDev -42%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  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
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.89/5  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
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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 -18.3%
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
3.75/5  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
3.44/5  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 +4.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.37/5  rDev -12%
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
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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