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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: 1,172
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 55
Gots: 178 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down relatively quickly leaving some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong sweet aromas of caramel, toffee and rum in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of vanilla flavors plus hints of brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink compared to others in the style and although flavors of oak and rum stand out from the barrel aging they are not overly strong.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brownish body with a red hue; no real head or lacing to speak of.

S: A faint, but decent nose of some vanilla sweetness, malts, brown sugar, and a hint of rum.

T: A nice caramel and vanilla sweetness upfront followed by light notes of rum, malts, brown sugar, toffee, and a hint of dark fruits.

M: Light body; medium-low carbonation; very thin and watery mouthfeel.

O: I must have received a fresh bottle because I rather enjoyed this one versus the regular one. Nice flavor and the ABV is hidden well making it very drinkable for me. Would get it again to see if I still like it or if my bottles were a fluke.

Photo of chefelf
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer waited in my fridge for a long time. I don't really know why I bought it because it's really not my thing.

After six or seven months I finally broke down and opened it up. It was actually a bit better than I'd expected. It was remarkably smooth for such a high ABV (7.4%). The rum flavor and oakiness didn't really come through as much as I thought they would.

I would recommend this tried on its own on a cold night. This would be a good winter beer. On a warm night in August it wasn't quite as enjoyable.

Overall: pleasantly surprised.

Photo of mavbrew
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The color is a brown with reddish hints and the head is off-white and minimal.

S: To me the smell is horrific from afar, it smells like it's skunked, but when you really concentrate, you can pick up hints of vanilla. But other than that, the smells is not pleasing.

T: The taste isn't as expected from the horrible scent. You can really taste the vanilla like flavors upfront, which are followed by the pleasing oak/woody flavor(considering this is oak aged). Thankfully it did not taste like it smelled and overall it's pretty tasty.

M: Thin to medium bodied with average carbonation. The feel is woody and vanilla.

D: When I first smelled this beer, I almost poured it because of the skunked smell. But it turns out that this is isn't a half bad beer. The flavor is pretty tasty and what you'd expect from rum barrels.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of three in a series of I&G tastings. Pours a deep copper-brown, topped with a thin beige head that soon dies down to a creamy cap and collar. Not a ton of lacing. The smell is nice; quite sweet and malty, with hints of oak, gold rum and ethanol. Not as much vanilla as the classic I&G oak aged beer, but this one has a bit of a red licorice thing going on when the odours all blend. I like it.

This stuff is tasty. Rich, sweet malts, slightly roasted. A bit of molasses, dark fruit, along with the usual oak and some slightly diminished vanilla notes. Kind of a cross between smoky and rummy. You can tell the alcohol is there but it works well with the flavours and so isn't much of a problem. Medium-bodied, and lightly carbonated; very smooth.

I think this is my favourite of the three, and frankly I am a little surprised because I'm not typically a big fan of higher ABV beers (and I don't really like rum that much, either). But it all comes together somehow - I found this to be an enjoyable sipper. Something I will probably pick up again, but more likely in the winter. Certainly worth a try if you're a fan of other I&G offerings.

Photo of nrbw23
2.31/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a really clear dark red with a nice foamy cream colored head. Head is gone in a flash and leaves no lacing.

S- Smell is very very sweet and almost like cream soda. Picking up vanilla, wood and rum. Nothing really beer like.

T- Again very sweet, too sweet. Vanilla, wood and rum really come through. Nothing else really.

M- Fairly light in body and carbonation.

O- This one was more like cream soda than beer.

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

12 oz clear glass bottle (that's just wrong!) No freshness date.
Served in an Allagash fluted goblet.
It pours a dark amber/cola color with a fast-fading beige head. Not much in the way of lacing.
It might have had a perfect aroma, except for a slight sulfuric smell likely caused by the fluorescents radiating through the clear bottle. Otherwise a nice peaty malt smell lays the foundation for an earthy wood smell, followed by floral hops and a bit o' rum.
A big taste of caramel malt carries the citrusy and tea-like hops. Sweet dark rum notes slide in behind and lasts throughout.
It gets better as it warms and all the flavors mingle and mix.

Photo of NilsFrisk
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears dark, brown toned, no head to talk about.
Smells of oak, and alcohol, and sweet malts. No hops as far as i can tell, and no skunkiness.
Tastes very oaky and malty, a nice, soft and sweet beer, with a mild carbonation, and a silky smooth moutfeel.
A great beer, really great beer.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" linen colored head. Body is a lovely clear deep ruby color. Smell is mildly skunked but at least less so than their last Oak Aged Beer I tried. (Why not abandon clear glass bottles?). Taste has some toffee and raisin and a sugared richness from the rum barreling. But the weight is still pretty light, less than I'd expect from barrel aging. It's an interesting beer but I still get the impression they've taken a pretty mediocre beer, absorbed just a tad of the barrel qualities, and then marketed it in clear fancy bottles to show off more the look and concept of the beer than to have the best possible product.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep clear rootbeer amber similar to a dark rum, short head dissipated to a thin covering
S - grainy and peaty, hints of sticky toffee and brown sugar, slight leafiness
T - molasses and nutty malt, with oak and sugary rum, hints of ripe berries and just a little smoky
M - rich smoothness although could use a little more carbonation, finishes syrupy full
O - I definitely enjoy the experimentation with different spirit casks and the sweet and smokiness of the rum and barrel works well, nothing mind blowing but a solid offering

Photo of bourbonbock
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass. Poured quickly with little to no head appearance.

A. Chocolate brown body with little head and a ring of bubbles sitting on the top. Carbonation rises in the glass steadily.

S. I can smell raisins, caramels, and cocoa. Very sweet aroma followed by a slight tingle in the nose.

T. I taste coffee and roasted barley up front with a sweet molasses following the leader and a sweet and slightly metallic aftertaste.

M. Very smooth with a medium body and slick like an oatmeal stout. Carbonation doesn't play into the equation but give off aromatic flavors on the roof of the mouth.

This beer is alright, but not special. I first had this at a beer tasting festival and in 2 oz tasters is kind of stole the show but a whole beer of it is just about too much.

Photo of rdilauro
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber dark with zero head. The only boquet I detected was sweetness, either from the rum casks or from the malt.
t was very smooth and also very big. I did not expect this beer to be as big as it was. Full, right from the start till the end.
I know I liked their other Ale that was not in um casks. It was a bit more crisp.

Photo of AgentZero
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for sharing this over Mexican food.

A - Transparent brown-copper beer with minimal head that had moderate lacing. No real stick on the sides.

S - Smells of sweet caramel, rum spice, rum.

T - You get some underlying wee heavy, caramel malts, but this beer got obliterated by rum. Tastes like I'm drinking some watered down spiced rum.

M - Smooth, medium bodied.

O - It said on the bottle it is oak barrel aged like no other. It really just tastes a lot like a cheap rum mixer, not real interested in drinking this again.

Photo of jrenihan
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer labeled best before April 2012.

Beer is very dark red/amber, essentially brown. Moderately sized off-white head sits atop.

As is not surprising given the clear bottle, the beer is skunked, which is the most notable scent, unfortunately. Aside from that, wood (oak?) and rum are present, as well as some burnt toffee. A fine smell, but the skunk is a serious detractor.

Taste contains molasses and brown sugar, as well as a hint of dark fruit. The impact of the rum casks is clear- there is definitely a rum flavour to the beer. The flavour is nice but somewhat underwhelming. It does come off, to a degree, as a weak and watery dark rum. Why not drink the real thing?

Beer is lighter than I would like. Feels watery. Carbonation is quite minimal.

Overall. a fine beer but not something I will come back to. It actually makes me want to drink some nice dark rum, rather than continue with the beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle, fancy sticker label, review from written notes.

Pours into a tulip glass with bright clarity, dark coper with a glint of scarlet highlights in the light. A thin skim of tan foam ebbs across the surface, leaving spottty lace in its wake.

Aroma is a bit faint, some brown sugar and oak blended with a watery cola, light vanilla.

Thin and lightly sweet, more cane sugar cola and a hint of oak and vanilla apparently from the "rum cask". Base beer is a bit too dull, it has a very light feel, with some minor barrel character imparted from the wood. Somewhat sweet and watery. Not something i'd care to revisit.

Thanks Aaron for sharing this!

Photo of davey101
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this because it was on discount. 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I'm not a fan of scotch ales, but I do love rum and barrel aged beers so I figured I'd give it a try.

A - Pours a dark red/purple color. Looks almost black until its head up to the light. An aggressive pour yielded a good size head which lasted only a minute or so. Decent lacing/retention.

S - Sweet malt, vanilla, and oak. There is slight hints of rum, but overall I just smell standard oak.

T - Vanilla, oak, and malts blend together to form a somewhat one dimensional taste profile. The aftertaste is buttery and smooth, the high abv is hidden really well. Not a ton of flavor, but it is pleasant.

O - I did somewhat enjoy this beer. It wasn't anything spectacular, but it had some nice flavors and I found it fairly easy drinking despite the big alcohol content. I was excited to see a rum aged beer, but I think I'd pass if I came across some more.

Photo of jgasparine
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes (12/31/2010)

A- Poured from the bottle with an off-white, thin, foamy head, which receded to a collar, over an optically clear, dark amber colored body. No visible carbonation.

S- The aroma is very mild overall; comprised of some mild stewed malts, touches of melanoidins, and some light vanillins.

T- In the mouth, it is quite big; you start off with some stewed malt up-front, which is met midway with some vanillins and some mild oak lactones. Into the finish, you pick-up quite a bit of fusel alcohol, and an echo of sawdust, tannins and booze.

M- A medium body, a little on the lighter side. Very mild astringency, but an impressively soft carbonation. No alcohol heat at all.

Overall- A less dynamic and more boozy version of the original Innis and Gunn. Very drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Cornwall earlier this month. Shared with my wife.

Poured from a clear 330ml. bottle, best before Mar. 2012.

Appearance: Half the glass is filled with an off-white head and holds pretty good at 1-2 fingers. Body is a deep brown with lots of red in it.

Smell: Spices, fruit, sweet, some wood and slight smoke.

Taste: Sweet with caramel, fruit, cherries and wood. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation with a creamy feel.

Overall: Was really surprised by this one and seems to deserve better than a B.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful clear reddish-brown pour with one and a half finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. Huge toasty nose that's full of oak and caramel with hints of vanilla, tobacco, and just a touch of ginger, dark fruit and rum. Toasty caramel and oak dominate the taste as well with lots of vanilla and just a touch of cinnamon. Spiced rum and whiskey are present as well with just a smidgen of cocoa making this a really complex and flavorful brew. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, mellow and slightly creamy with almost no evidence of the 7.4 ABV. A hugely drinkable beer considering how rich it is. This is my third different offering from Innis & Gunn and it won't be my last. I love barrel-aged beers and these guys know how to do it well. A great choice for my 200th beer review!

Photo of elgiacomo
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, best before Feb 2012. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours clear red/copper with a two finger off white head that leaves some bubbly walls of lacing and holds a creamy cap.

Aroma is bread, toast, some caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, some raisins and dark fruits, a bit of herbal hops. Good strength.

Flavor is sweet rum, vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, a touch of earthy hops, and a hint of alcohol on the finish. Rather sweet, overall.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with good carbonation.

A tasty and unique brew and I’ll have to check out the regular version sometime in the near future. Boo to the clear bottles, though.

Photo of
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - brownish red with a finger of off-white head that dissipates somewhat, but lasts. Dark but clear.

Smell - Dominated by sweet malt flavours - toffee, brown sugar, butter - with hints of wood and, no surprise, rum.

Taste - again, mostly sweet with buttery diacetyl. Not much in the way of bitterness or balance. Almost sickly sweet.

Mouthfeel is slick, almost oily.

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

It's been a little while, and I'm missing a single empty in a box, so I decided to finally crack the Innis and Gunn Rum Cask open.

Appearance: Poured with a deep dark walnut colored body that has some slow carbonation. Head poured with a solid two fingers, but it did not lace and only thin layer retained.

Smell: Smells like a a thick toffee/molasses back by a mild spiced rum scent which given the name, is wholly appropriate. I think I might also be getting a bit of brown sugar as well. No oak though, which is a bit odd. It's nice but comes off as a bit too sweet.

Taste: Molasses mixed with brown sugars permeates the experience from the overly sweet malty toffee beginning, to the fruity and oak middle which boasts berry and apple notes to the light clove and spiced rum end. I'd give it 3.75 but it doesn't do quite enough for me to hit four.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is good, and helps out the entire beer and the transistioning is wonderful. The aftertaste has a mild texture which is nice, however is very sweet and cloys slightly.

Drinkability: This is one that would go well with shellfish or salty food, that is for sure. It quenches the thrist, and is easy going down but the sweetness holds it back from you wanting to go to town on it. Minor complaints though.

Final Thoughts: I'm glad to see Innis and Gunn win some redemption in my eyes after that somewhat lackluster blonde. I'd say it was nearly as enjoyable as the Canadian Cask and it really comes out as it warms. It doesn't yet beat the standard Innis and Gunn though, but that's ok. Thumbs Up.

Photo of karait95
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark but light body, poor carbonation with a medium to small head that dissipates somehow fast not leaving to much traces behind on the glass, the color is a light brown with mixed bubbles at some point looks like a soda, maybe it is not too fresh due to storage or transportation.

S: Very complex very intense, all the oak is present and of course the malt, you can smell the wood where it was brewed and there also some notes of sweet and a little species.

T: These flavors are also really complex, not easy to taste, this one is spice with the taste of the oak and spices like clove, also even some alcohol can sensed it is very little.

M: Really balanced, not bitter but not sweet, it is also not simple with a good ending that opens the door for the next sip.

Photo of Stocean1
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber/chestnut colour - heavy pour produced one finger head that quickly subsided to a thin line - fragile lacing

S - malty rum and coke - sweet - some yeast - a little skunk - oak

T - sweet malt, coke, and of course rum - hint of vanilla - not necessarily cloying but not for those averse to sweetness - not bitter - reminds me a little of some swish I drank when I was 17

M - medium bodied with little carbonation - smooth

O - I expected to dislike this style and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it - half way through I caught myself reliving some goodtimes from years past involving a bottle of rum and some sun - definitely not a session ale but I will be back for more

Photo of dragonWhale
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a sweat of lace as the head recedes from bushy to the depth of a silver dollar. It mounts itself proudly upon the beverage. Wood, malt, rum, a little spice. It's on the sweet side, but not over the top. Rum is heavy with its influence without creating a boozy trick. A little oak involves itself too. Pretty tasty and fairly easy drinking for a beer as sweet as it is. Not too shabby..

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