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

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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 55
Gots: 159 | 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 karait95
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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..

Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a dark red color with a finger of off-white head that dies quickly with no lace to speak of.

S: Hot sauce, butter, tropical fruits, and even a little chocolate.

T: Caramel, rum, odd fruity flavors, banana, rice, and a peppery bite.

M: The body is slightly dry with medium thickness and average carbonation.

O: The attempted rum flavors taste like Texas Pete and make this tough to finish.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - deep red ale with a tiny head that disappears after a minute or two without any lacing. No obvious carbonation.

S - just a hint of berry nose: slightly sweet and sour. Not much else.

T - woody initial attack followed by slight bitterness resolving into a slightly tart finish that lingers for a while. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - sharp carbonation followed by a light bodied brew that coats the mouth just a little.

D - quite drinkable and smooth.

Fairly nice but a little bit subdued. Compared to other Wee Heavies I've had it's got a significantly lighter body and less overall flavor impact. I'm happy to have tried it, but probably won't go out of my way to find it.

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

Tasting notes from 4/19/11
Poured in to Unibroue tulip glass.

A - Deep brown/amber in colour with a small amount of off white head.

S - Bready malts, sweet brown sugar, toffee, light rum.

T - Toffee, rum, brown sugar. The rum flavour is defintiely there without being overwhelming. Some good oak flavours are present as well and become more and more noticeable as the beer warms a little.

M - Light to medium body, lightly carbonated.

O - I really enjoyed this one. A lot of different flavours come through and compliment each other very nicely. Will be buying more of this one for sure.

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

Beautiful, boozy, and thick. This is an above average beer from a great brewery that is making it happen. It's sweet, it's got the vanilla notes, the woodiness of the oak casks, the dryness of the oak casks, the bite of the alcohol in a contained manner, and it's very pleasant to the eyes and tongue overall. Doesn't have a crazy head or lots of lacing, just a good craft beer.

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

Working my way through the Innes & Gunn line-up...

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour with a caramel hue, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Rather mild and possesses a touch of booziness to it. Rich caramel and sweet toffee with some leafy hops and a bit of a spicy cinnamon scent.

T - Very sweet and almost buttery, while the coaramel and toffee dominate there is a bit of oak and wooden peat that comes through. Strikingly sweet though, almost too sweet for my liking.

M - A tad light a missing a bit of lift, though goes down smooth and finishes reasonably wet.

O - Overall a bit of a disappointment. At $5 a bottle there's better beers out there and I wouldn't go out and grab another bottle. Worth a try? Maybe, but don't expect anything special.

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

Pours a deep reddish brown with caramel colored highlights. Has a thin, cream colored head that dissipates rather quickly into a solid ring that maintains throughout. Good lacing.

Has a sweeter smell, with solid notes of roasted malts, oak, and sugar. There are also hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol, with a slight touch of coffee and rum.

Taste is sweet as well, but not as sweet as the aroma would cause one to expect. Strong flavors of roasted malts and rum, with a hint of vanilla and a very slight oak characteristic. Good, but not terribly complex.

Medium/light in body, lower carbonation level. Very smooth and with a great, crisp feel. Would be perfect, but the taste leaves the palate almost immediately.

Smooth and tasty, but a little too simple to be a sipping beer and a little to strong to be a knock-around brew. For the price though, it's definitely a worthwhile experience.

Photo of DasBootDrinker
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Beer is incredible, the taste is out of this world! If you like a heavier beer than normal with a great after taste then i would recommend to try this beer! Its one of a kind. It also has a very nice smell. The glass for the bottle is transparent. It tastes good on its own or even with pretzels or other snacks.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of peensteen
2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of wcintula
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of suspect
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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!

Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of almychristopher
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of jerryc123
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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

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