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

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

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950 Ratings

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%

Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007)
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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear amber, capped by a couple of inches of ecru foam; spotty lacing

Smell: The buttery toffee and nut notes are complemented by the rum tones, bringing vanilla and coconut elements

Taste: The distinctively Scottish malt bill imparts buttery toffee and nut tones, with the rum flavors arriving in the middle; a hint of boozy warmth in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thin for a Wee Heavy, though the ABV is on the low end for the style, so I am not surprised

Overall: An excellent example of the benefits of pairing a rum barrel with the Wee Heavy style

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 17:03:10 | More by brentk56
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this as part of a wedding present from a friend. 330ml Label reads Oak Aged Beer Rum Finish, but the ABV is 6.8% and color of the beer looks the same as in the picture.

Appearance - Dark amber / garnet color melded with honey brown. 1 finger of head was poured into my pint glass and dissipated very quickly leaving a small wispy head on top and an nice ring around the edges of the glass. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - Toffee and vanilla as with many of the I&G offerings, but a subtle rum undertone blended with a faint earthy scent.

Taste - Pretty much like it smells, but also almost a rum and soda water mixed in there with the toffee and vanilla and caramel. Still pretty good. Vague spiciness, that doesn't really end up doing anything until the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Tastes slightly watery, with a deceptively carbonated feel that doesn't quite make it as rich and as creamy as you might think it is. Not quite as chewy as I remembered either. Still quite fine

Overall - Not quite as good as I remember it being as the richness I recall wasn't there this time around. Also while the rum finish does put a twist on the standard I&G, I don't think it makes it any better, but rather a bit worse. I'm thinking this one may have seen too much light. Nonetheless this is a fine beer that I will enjoy again at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 22:10:26 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of brureview


3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark tea color with a 1F head in a snifter.

The aroma wasn't intense as in other Innis & Gunn beers.
Strong oak, light rum and malt.

The mouth feel was very carbonated, perhaps too much for this style of beer.

The taste was strong oak with some rum and a mild alcoholic finish.
I was expecting more rum. The beer is not well-balanced for taste, and the rum should be more prominent.

A good beer, but not as enjoyable as other beers such as Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish and The Winter Beer 2012.

Best in an Imperial pint glass( I switched glasses mid- tasting) and colder- 40-42F.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:23:56 | More by brureview
Photo of DavidBart

New York

1.3/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25


I've tried to be as objective in my individual scores so the accumulative score might appear higher than what it should. WTFX2?

I picked one up because I had one of their glasses early on in my beer exploation days. I figured, hey... they gave me a free glass - I'll give their beer a shot. Although, even their bottle never captivated me.

Not to be redundant but WTF? It doesn't even taste like a beer. Perhaps an acquired taste?? Sweet, sparkling, cider? WTF? It's just wrong. Sorry Innis. All that Oak Aging gone to waste. Not for me, although I know some must appreciate you.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 23:27:25 | More by DavidBart
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best By MAR2014

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin layer of bubbles after about a minute

S: Some sweet malts, cherry, oak, more dark fruits, and a hint of the rum make up for a majority of the nose. Some nice complexity going on

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of sweetness accompanied by the same cherry, oak, and dark fruits found in the nose. Also get some vanilla and a hint of rum that gives off some more fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A little on the prickly side

O: A very nice dessert beer with a good amount of sweetness balanced by the oak and fruitiness. A solid example of using spirit-soaked oak chips to add a nice depth and complexity to a beer. Can't complain about price, either

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 06:21:24 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper amber body with a light tan head fizzy carbonation dwindles quick with scant amounts of lacing, the aroma is upfront with a sweet sugar cane rum and mild oak notes. Pretty pleasant smelling stuff, I'm engaged let's take the first sip. A bit sweet but very enjoyable limited heat from the rum, which is a good thing. The oak chips soaked in rum added to a nice base Scotch ale is great concept, definitely solid and enjoyable. Flavors are straight forward hints of vanilla oak, caramelized sugars with a soothing hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with no cloying or over done qualities, carbonation is rather light but appropriate for this beer. Overall I would drink this again, a solid offering that any liquor or beer drinker will enjoy. This could be a perfect cigar beer, next time I will try that pairing.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 17:49:51 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My first Innis & Gunn beer.Poured a rich clear amber with a one finger light tannish colored head atop that was gone pretty quickly.Aromas of rum infused butter,brown sugar,and some cake notes.Very buttery on the palate with the rum flavors not hitting me over the head like I thought they would,caramel and vanilla notes imparted from the rum in the finish.Not bad,to be honest better than I thought,I would have liked a fuller feel but the flavors are nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 20:25:39 | More by oberon
Photo of Michigan


3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottle date: May 2013.

A- Pours a deep red/amber. 2 finger, fingernail colored head. Head recedes into a thin layer on the top leaving moderate lacing. Decent retention for the entirety of the drink

S- Wet wood. Baking spices. Malt. Sweet carmel toffee. rum.

T- Follows the nose. Add vanilla and brown sugar. There is a wet tree taste to it. It could be oxidation. Or it could be the fact that I still don't like scotch ales...

M- A bit syrupy with a thin finish. Good carbonation.

O- I don't like scotch ales... I did review this to the best of my (limited) ability

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:14:51 | More by Michigan
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - plum, dark brownish amber with a tall cap of off white head that fades after a few seconds

S - toffee, dark fruit, vanilla

T - toffee, dark fruit, earthy, vanilla, some hints of rum in the finish

M - medium bodied, some faint alcohol warmth, well carbonated

This is a nice wee heavy though not as full flavored or full bodied as I would like. The flavors that are present are definitely pleasant, balanced, and enjoyable. I think I would have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 22:13:59 | More by tdm168
Photo of dowen17


2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark whiskey colored amber with a 2 finger off white head. Head retention is low and there isn't much lacing down the glass. It's very clear.

On the nose is vanilla and oak. Very complex. I get a different scent every time I go in for another whiff. I'm picking up on a fruit an I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe dried sour apple? It also has a kind of yeast-y puky smell in the background that I really can't get my mind off of when sniffing.

At first sip I taste vanilla and toffee and some spice. Very sweet up front. When letting the beer sit in my mouth I pick up flavors of apple. Hints of honey also come through as the beer warms. As the taste evolves the oak from the barrel begins to take over your palate. The end is all barrel and alcohol but its surprisingly smooth for the flavor.

Although the taste isn't bad, I feel as if the taste of the barrel and the rum really overcomes any beer flavor. You could buy a cheap liquor and achieve most of the flavors you'd get from this beer, just with more of a burn going down.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Light carbonation which was expected. Spicy as well.

This is a good beer. Nothing too special to my taste other than the flavors from the barrel. I could stand to drink it again but I doubt I would buy it. Definitely worth a try if you're into liquor though.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 01:48:37 | More by dowen17
Photo of barczar


3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A gusher initially, but poured a brilliant amber, and the cream head immediately dissipates to nothing. Scared.

Rum, burnt sugar, butter, vanilla, and lightly roasted malt form the aroma. Toasted oak and a hint of tar add complexity.

Flavor is more savory than anticipated, almost salty, with tar, light soy, and a hint of tobacco accompanying sweet, caramelly, rummy, vanilla characters. The finish is somewhat dried out by oak. Becomes more smoky as it warms.

Body is moderate to a touch syrupy, with carbonation on the low side, and moderate alcohol warmth. There's a bit of a bite in the aftertaste.

Very sweet aroma, fairly sweet and complex flavor, with enough savory character to reign it in from being overwhelmingly cloying. Very complex, but a little too sweet to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 21:41:20 | More by barczar
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, frothy off-white head.

S - Sweet scents of vanilla, toffee, caramel. Some dried dark fruit sugars, and skins. There is also a tangy aroma in the nose.

T - Much of the nose in the in the flavor too. Vanilla bean and subtle caramel. Definite dry oaky flavors, The dark sweetness is ever present but the flavor profile isn't too assertive. Cream soda and malted wood.

M - Light bodied, with proper carbonation. The flavors are deep in origin but light in their presentation.

O - Really delicious beer, this brewery knows how to use their wood. A treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:17:13 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of sjones5045

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red and brown with a nice reddish white hue head. The smell is slightly better than ok. Not overpowering on any level or better said sort of a duller smell for a rum oak beer. The taste is dreamt sweet oak taste. The rum hides in the background, probably the sweet taste impn the oak. The nice part is the oak isn't too crazy like many oak beers can be. The mouthfeel is nice too with a smooth creamy feel. The only knock would be is on the flatter side. Kind of feels like the beer has been sitting around too long. Overall, I'm on an Innis and Gunn kick. This is another very well put together beer. I guess they are perfecting barrel aging process.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:31:36 | More by sjones5045
Photo of Libationguy


4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light brown color with reddish hues. Light tan head. Short-Medium head retention.
Malty with nutmeg, maple syrup, mocha, milk chocolate, deep roasted malt flavor.

Moderate bitterness, bittersweet chocolate, espresso powder, vanilla, nutmeg, clove.

Medium bodied and slightly watery on the finish. The sweetness in the malt is offset by the bitterness which takes priority.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 19:58:05 | More by Libationguy
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish ruby red with a medium slowly dissipating off white head. Aroma is of sweet rum, caramel malt with a bit of sweet alcohol esters. Taste is sweet rum flavor and alcohol, brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Palate is a medium to full body, smooth and sweet mouth feel, with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel, rum barrel flavor, brown sugar, toffee and some dry sweet alcohol ending. Overall a bit on the sweet side by a good flavorful and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 17:01:52 | More by Samp01
Photo of Ry_Swell_Guy

New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A smooth beer with not a lot else going for it. A friend of mine loves it, so I gave it a shot, not for me. It smells and tastes overly malty, not very bitter at all. Just, not great. It sort of tasted stale, or flat. I had it once more to make sure it was not just a bad bottle or something, it was not. Not recomended.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 19:20:38 | More by Ry_Swell_Guy
Photo of ExtraStout


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the bottle with an off-white head. Carbonation was equal to a can of cola and quickly settled to almost stagnant.

S- The aroma is mild overall.

T- Taste was balanced with a hints of booze to the nose but not to the tounge.

M- Maybe a medium body at best, very much on the lighter side. No alcohol heat at all.

Overall- Very drinkable but has much more of the wee than the heavy.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 00:23:41 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of scotorum


4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a: Clear copper with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and
briefly dense lacing.

s: Rum and caramel malt. The most divine-smelling stuff ever.

t; Same as the nose, a very tasty combination, with some bite following and leaving some bitterness at the back sides of the tongue.

m; Medium. Good body and a lot of carbonation tingle.

o; A favorite taste treat. Stiff competition from Founders Backwoods Bastard and one or two other cask aged brews, but still an affordable year-round imbiber's confection.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:29:21 | More by scotorum
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear bottle, consumed as an after dinner drink, in my scotch tasting glass.
"This ruby red beer is matured over the finest rum-infused American Oak heartwood resulting in a beer with a delicious warming character that is bursting with fruit and lively spiciness. The vibrant flavours perfectly balance the beer's toffee-malt backbone making it an ideal accompaniment to game meats like venison or duck. It is sublime with mature cheeses served with good chutneys and relishes."
Sounds good to me! Not sure what else I can add..
Dark, reddish brown color, thinwhite head. Love the smell of oak, smoke, and dark rum.
Taste has the same oakiness, brown sugar, and rum flavors, but doesn't over power the scotch ale base. Complex, with new flavors in every sip. Malt base is bready, minimal hops. Alcohol warms going down, yet still smooth. I have enjoyed most Innis & Gunn, but this may be the favorite so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 03:09:07 | More by BigBry
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into an oversized snifter-dark amber with an off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thick ring of foam

S-Smelled like it was skunked from the moment I opened it. However, after a minute or so the skunk aroma subsided and gave way to dark caramel, alcohol, rum, coconut, and a faint hint of dried fruits. The skunky note really takes a backseat once it opens up after a couple of minutes. It would get a much higher score if it weren't for the skunkiness.

T-Caramel, rum, coconut, alcohol, and fruity with a hint of earthiness in the finish. More malty than hoppy, but there is a grassy hop flavor as well. The flavor was just slightly skunked, barely enough to notice. The flavor is not very strong, but it is very good. I planned on taking just one sip at first, but took two more back to back because it tasted so unique and good. Most of the flavor comes through in the aftertaste. It has a long oaky, rum, and coconut finish that is excellent.

M-Crisp and carbonated at the outset, but seems to mellow and become more silky in the finish. It could be a bit more syrupy and fuller bodied.

D-I began to feel the effects of this one quickly and its abv. is only 7.4%, but I wish I had more than just this one bottle. It feels like a true sipper, but I would love to sip this for a few hours.

Overall, I am pretty impressed with this beer. Once the skunky nose subsided this beer opened up and it was great. It is definitely softer and more mellow than American craft Scotch Ales, and barrel aged ales in general, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to drink it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 17:50:29 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of carolinared

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear brown in the clear bottle, but would prefer a brown glass for to insure no damage from light.

Creamy head, mild aroma

Very pleasing taste, smooth, multiple flavors coming through, unique touch of oak from the aging process. Well balanced with a long finish. Now one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 19:29:56 | More by carolinared
Photo of BierStein711


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into nonic

Two finger beige head, brown body

Smells like Belhaven had a baby with Sailor Jerry, but that's a good thing.

Tastes: like Captain and Belhaven, but smooth and delicate. The finish is what gets you, because you can taste the warmth of the Rum accents.

Mouthfeel: Thick

Overall, have this on a winter's night. It'll get you closer to the hearth without burning your bum.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 04:19:31 | More by BierStein711
Photo of pjkelley82

New York

4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite beer so I am biased... I'm sorry... I've tried a few other wee heavys but this one takes the cake with no competition in sight.... I'm not saying theres not a better wee heavy/beer out there but rum cask is exceptional... Other wee heavy's I've had, had a bit more umph to it. Rum cask is smooth.. which is amazing being it's aged in casks. To me the cask beers usually are the ones with the umph. I don't have the greatest sense of smell but the smell was good... great carbonation which made a two finger head that stayed very long with sticky lacing. Very complex mouthier but again very smooth and layered perfectly. I really can't taste too much alcohol burn, barely taste that it's there but it is in the nose. It also may be more subtle because I like to drink it a tad colder than the recommended wee heavy temp.... still tatstes great at its temp. Love the Rum beers and this is one of the best...

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 06:01:06 | More by pjkelley82
Photo of Heavenisbeer


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark translucent brown, reminiscent of oak and rum, with a soapy white pillowy head that dies quickly.

S: That's a barrel-aged beer for sure; spiced rum-forward with some oak, molasses, butter, and dark fruits (and some pear, oddly). Drinking this in May, but has the nose of a winter warmer. Excellent.

T: Watered down rum, light dashes of raisin and pear, and a slight oak-tinge are the mainstays, with a faint vanilla underbelly. Grassy hops in the finish.

M: Surprisingly light, although I've had the original and it's similar in body. Very little carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 03:40:14 | More by Heavenisbeer
Photo of Givemebeer


4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this beer gets so much hate on this site. For the price, it is hard to find a more complex yet well balanced beer that has been barrel aged. Malty, soft notes of vanilla and rum blended together very well make this beer one of my favorites and also a must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 17:16:43 | More by Givemebeer
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