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

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1,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 55
Gots: 154 | FT: 1
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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 Immortale25
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottleneck says May 2013.

A- Pours a translucent reddish brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that bears little retention time before vanishing to nearly no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Skunky aroma with a hint of brown sugar. Damnit.

T- Lifeless. Just a tinge of brown sugar and alcohol and then just skunk.

M- Watery with a medium body and low carbonation.

O- I've had two Innis & Gunn offerings before: the Irish whiskey cask aged and one other of the rum cask. At first, I refused to take a chance on them because of their clear glass bottles but, when someone recommended the Irish Whiskey cask to me, I bought one from Total Wine and it was great. Then, when at my local beer bar recently, the bartender recommended the Rum cask to me and I decided to give it another go. Once again, great. Even better than the Irish whiskey. So, when I saw a 4-pack of it at my local bottle shop and the best by date said May 2013, I went for it. This beer is obviously light struck and I regret wasting my money. I don't understand why this brewery insists on using clear glass especially when they're exporting this beer such a far distance. I will never buy Innis & Gunn's products again if they continue this trend. Drainpour.

I decided to give another bottle in the 4-pack a try to see if it was just a bad bottle:

A- Basically the same but with a considerably higher amount of carbonation.

S- Wet cardboard aroma that's still a bit skunky but there's some faint brown sugar and a tinge of alcohol underneath all the off aromas.

T- Neutral flavor of wet cardboard at first that gives way to some booze and the slightest amount of rum sweetness.

M- Pretty much the same but with a tad more zing from the carbonation.

O- Still certainly lightstruck and a little oxidized but this one (and the other two in the pack) were actually drinkable and didn't result in a drainpour. I'm gonna consolidate the scores from the two bottles (first one got an even 2, second one got an even 3) and give it a 2.5. Obviously these guys have serious quality control issues. They really need to start considering shelling out the extra capital to invest in colored bottles. At least go for green glass if not brown, guys....

Photo of jonb5
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark bronze colour, hint of red, clear, no head, minimal lacing. Aroma was bourbon and not much else. Tasted oak, rum, bourbon and a hint of vanila. Finish was long and boozy, eventhough the beer didn't taste too boozy. Mouthfull was smooth but texture was slightly thick and sticky, no carbonation. Overall a decent beer but I can't understand Barrel aging a beer and putting it in a clear glass bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of LeRose
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Highly recommended by a friend, I really wanted to like this but didn’t live up to expectations/reputation for me. Loved the color - the deep, clear red was beautiful. Found the rum flavor candy-like and artificial. Much too sweet and sticky/syrupy on the mouth feel. Maybe a little malty flavor in the background, but nothing special there to me. Short-lived fizzy head, then basically a flat, syrupy, candy tasting drink. A disappointment in flavor, taste, and especially the palate. I realize I am way down on the bell curve here, but it's what I thought. I would not buy it again. I think I was looking for more of the base beer flavor, and it seemed to be mostly the run candy flavor that dominated here.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, 7.4% abv. Darker amber color with some ruby edges. White head is thin and disappears quickly, leaving no lace.

Toasty oak notes, with a slight butterscotch edge. Rum comes in in a subtle note, along with a slight spicy feel.

Clean malt bill, with a hint of buttered toffee. Drying oak adds a nice edge here. Rum is subtle, but lends a very nice feel.

Body may be just a bit light, but carbonation is adequate. Alcohol is felt slightly, but adds to the sipping character. Very nice beer.

Photo of gcamparone
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased at Wakefield liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- pours a slightly hazy copper body with a medium Off white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S- strong vanilla, molasses. Oak and red wine, almost like a Cabernet. Super inviting

T-sweet caramel, vanilla. Very subtle oak in the background. Some citrus orange peel in there.

M- medium carbonation, medium body.

Such a tasty brew. Unique, tasty and complex and an easy drinker. Up there with the other I & G versions. Try them all.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Innis & Gunn
Rum Cask Oak Aged Ale
Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy 7.4% abv

APPEARANCE : Pours an Orangeish copper, with a soapy white foam and good lacing. Perfect clarity on a pretty attractive looking brew.

SMELL: Sugary sweet rum, vanilla, whiskey malts. Smells more like its brethren alcoholic elixirs than a typical ale, and you can definitely tell it was aged on rum barrels.

TASTE: Big on the rum, with oaky drying tannins coming through. Rummy but very smooth and somewhat sweet. Scotch malts are an appropriate companion to the candy like booze flavors. Gets more enjoyable as it warms, the malts and vanilla pull through more.

FEEL: Medium bodied ale with a oaky drying finish. Smooth with moderate carbonation.

OVERALL: For fans of rum and unique beer alike, this is a must try. An unassuming scotch ale with a nice kick of sweet rum barrel flavor.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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