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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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,244 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 64
Gots: 241 | 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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Ratings: 1,244 | Reviews: 368
Photo of maxson924
2.38/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I love beer and I love rum, so I thought I'd love this. But I don't. I still love the idea, but this one didn't work for me.

Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not bad, but ultimately a light taste

Photo of Nine_Tails
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most curious beer I've ever had and my favorite

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love these beers. The flavor profile is balanced, easy to drink & understated. Very smooth.

Photo of ESEbrew
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is light, with a nice malt base and doesn’t allow the hops to overwhelm the pallet. With a low ABV of 6.8% it is highly drinkable, while the rum from the oak chips adds a sweetness instead of the sting of pure alcohol that too many barrel aged beers hit you with.

Photo of Antc2382
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells and tastes like rum, without the bite of the alcohol. The pint that I got was solid, it's not totally my thing but it will probably appeal to many. Pretty nice if it is your bag

Photo of kWesterlund
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love the burbon flavor and feel

Photo of zmcguire
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious mix of malty sweetness with a smooth finish. Making it available year round as part of their core brands and switching all their bottles from clear to brown was a great idea an should help preserve the taste people are looking for in a rum oak aged beer!

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

Better maltbone and mouthfeel than in Original, but still I'm dissapointed.

Photo of interzen
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Dark, coppery red/brown with a slightly off-white head.

Smell: In a word, sweet. Burnt sugar and demerara rum predominate, with some toffee/caramel in the background. The rum is definitely more apparent once the beer has warmed up a bit.

Taste: Rum from start to finish. That's pretty much it - the taste certainly doesn't follow the smell, since the rum notes trample all over pretty much everything. There's a definite hint of alcohol/spirit in the finish.

Feel: Pretty thin, all things considered - it feels just like a bog-standard heavy with a shot of dark rum dumped in it. Not much in the way of carbonation, either, which may not be a bad thing.

Overall: Disappointing - a couple of friends rate this quite highly but I'm finding it difficult to see where they're coming from. There's a fair bit of depth in the smell but the taste is completely overhauled by the spirit/rum flavours, meaning that ultimately this is a bit one-dimensional. Worth trying, but not really worth the bother of actively seeking it out IMO.

Photo of Halfpintsized
1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

Didnt enjoy this at all

Photo of thommo_nk
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Truly wonderful, a definite beer for a special occasion. The rum finish is outstanding, definitely has the spice of a Demerara rum like OVD.

Photo of Scstroud827
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

i loved drinking this beer it went very nice with Horse shoes.

mmmmm so good

Photo of Gajo74
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming out of the bottle it pours a translucent brown which once in the glass settles into an almost opaque brown. As the name suggests, there is a rum aroma and taste. You can also taste the oak. I am not crazy about the finish since rum has never been my favorite liquor. There is too much of a medicine like after taste for me. The feel is refreshing in a soda like way. Perhaps the mouth feel and color makes me feel like I am drinking a Coke. I am not as familiar with this style and perhaps need to get used to it. Will try other examples of this style and perhaps re-evaluate my rating. However, for now I do not see myself buying this one anytime soon.

Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter

a: deep copper & ruby red mix with a finger of bone-coloured head

s: banana, spicy rum, vanilla, caramel, alcohol. huge aroma, smelled it right when i popped the cap off

t: follows the nose. caramel, banana, vanilla, and just a huge distinct rum character on the back-end. it has a bit of a distinct alcohol bitterness bite, but i think it works well with the rum flavours

m: medium to medium-plus mouthfeel, rich and kinda creamy. little to no carbonation

o: great stuff, give it a shot if you like beers that aren't very beer-like

Photo of baldwinfamilyfarm
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured a nice one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a little lacing with a nice rim ring. The smell from the rum cask and red was great, very sweet with honey and caramel. The taste balanced with the rum and oak being on the backside and blended perfectly. A perfectly aged beer with light enough flavors for anyone to enjoy. Not a stand out beer, but one that stands on it's own. I will buy this again.

Photo of whmike5050
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

The aging on this beer appears to have been properly done. The beer certainly picked up the rum notes without tasting as if they were merely flavor additives. However, I like Scotch Ales and didn't rate this beer higher because it lacked some of the fullness I look for in a wee heavy, I've never had an Innis & Gunn without the rum aging and don't know if that is indicative of this beer or if the beer was mellowed too much during the aging process. Still a good beer and I would certainly drink it again.

Photo of Dentist666
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours amber-brown clear beer with nice off-white head. Smell of rum, woody smoke, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is semisweet, caramel, nuts, notes of rum. Light body despite its ABV. Not very impressing.

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

330ml bottle. Amber brown colour, tall frothy head which quickly disappeared, leaving no lacing. Gentle aroma of rum, dark fruits, caramel and sweet malt. Gentle sweetness and a little bit of spice develops into a hint of bitterness. Light to medium palate and a suggestion of alcoholic warmth. Not overly assertive but pleasant and drinkable, nonetheless.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. Retention is okay, but a consistent ring of lacing on the glass gives it rock-solid aesthetic appeal. (4)

Smell: I'm stunned how mild the skunk is. To be fair, it was kept in a dark, cold-ass room, so there wasn't much of a chance for it to get lightstruck. As expected, caramel dominates the nose. There are additional notes of fruits (cherry) and brown sugar, along with a touch of hopping (first signs of skunking?!?!) The rum seems to accentuate and define the caramel instead of sticking out on its own. Generally, it's an acceptable aroma. (3)

Taste: It starts off with gentle hints of both caramel and brown sugar. While it doesn't smell skunked, the clear bottles causes the hops to be lightstruck, seemingly accentuating their intensity. I'm only getting slight touches of rum on the finish - Batchelor's Delight this is not. The more I sip this, the more it hits me: this is really buttery. Not in that Pilsner Urquell way I like, but rather as a distracting flavor that ruins the balance. A pity. (2)

Mouthfeel: It doesn't seem to have the richness of other Scotch ales; inversely, it's drier and more drinkable than others in the style. The wood tannins and the hops give this a dry finish. Carbonation isn't particularly vibrant. (3)

Overall: Clear bottles are absolutely inexcusable, so I'm docking points. While some okay notes exist, the flaws (the buttery, diacetyl-laden nature; the hints of skunkiness) tank it almost completely. Yeah, I don't want to revisit this one in the future.

EDIT: This isn't in clear bottles anymore (thank Jebus), so I'll return the points I docked. Still, I won't be getting this one again. (2.5)

2.56/5: Dat diacetyl doe

Photo of Eric_Standard
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with ruby highlights and a light tan head. Very pretty beer.

Smell: Earthy, rich, woody.

Taste: Sweet upfront. Notes of vanilla bean, malty caramel, and just a touch of overripe fruit. Finishes with a slight roasty bitterness. A deep, woody richness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a slightly creamy feel.

Overall: It's been quite a while since I've had the Innis & Gunn Original, but I think I like this one just a bit more. Very nice.

Photo of IPAlpha
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't think this beer would've been this good by the bottle. Clear bottle with green backing. It was a lite red and brown. It has a very nice head. It has a strong but great smell. It tastes very good. Not an overpowering taste of rum or oak. Just perfect imo. I will definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of Rickington
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the ESPN bar in Orlando, FL during the USA vs Germany World Cup match.

A: Dark caramel color with a miniscule head.

S: Smell-wise, the first notes that came to mind were: caramel and a strong smell of Rum.

T: Strong notes of rum, caramel, and malt.

M: Smooth with a woody aftertaste.

O: A very nice, aged Scotch Ale.

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

330ml bottle served in a Snifter glass.

A: Pours a magnificent dark amber color forming a medium tan head. Low retention and no lacings left

S: Strong notes of caramel malts, toffee and wood. A bit fruity with some notes of raisins

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and toffee. Notes of wood and raisins

M: Light body body mild carbonation. Malty and woody aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Very pleasant beer. Strong Scottish character

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Nice reddish brown with not much head.

S: Malty with a bit of the rum.

T: Balanced yet complex. The rum is an interesting addition.

M: Refreshing and a little rich. Nice carbonation.

O: Pretty good. Not the best of the style but still pretty good.

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