Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer - Innis & Gunn
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4/5 rDev +4.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):
American oak and rum-infused oak chips, we presume? Regardless, we’ll take this beer on. Dark ruddy brown color glim- mers with its clarity. Soft but pungent aroma; oaky, musty, hint of spice and alcohol, cigar, brown bread and ripe baked apples. Oakiness has some pull on the palate but lets the beer be a beer. Brown sugar and rum notes are mild, but are certainly complex layers. Maltiness is slightly dry and bready; modest hopping here. Some warmth from the alcohol. A very savory beer, perhaps a bite refined, but that factor does not affect the depth of its complexities. Seek this one out.
09-23-2011 21:24:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
A: Very little off-white head over a warm mahogany liquid with decent clarity.
S: Oak, vanilla and caramel.
T: Oak, vanilla and caramel malt with a hint of rum in the finish.
M: Thin mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation.
O: A tasty and easy drinking Scotch Ale that is a little rough around the edges in terms of its lack of carbonation.
09-23-2011 01:53:54 | More by DaftCaskBC
3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
A: A dark amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.
S: Toasted malt with a fruity rum and oak aroma.
T: Sweet toasted malt and a fruity rum, vanilla, oak flavor. The finish is very sweet and a little buttery.
M: Its got an ok body to it. Hardly any carbonation.
O: It's an ok beer. Easy to drink, except for the excessive sweetness, which I didn't particularly like.
09-16-2011 23:06:39 | More by Kromes
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a nice auburn/brown colour with some ruby highlights. Small, short-lived off-white head settles to a thin ring. Aroma is caramelly sweet and nutty, hinting at dark fruit, with just a touch of alcohol warmth that's accentuated as it warms, along with the rum and oak character that starts to appear. Sweet any nutty, almost chocolatey at first, then leading into the almost tannic hop character and warming finish, when some oak/vanilla and tobacco can be detected. Body feels thin for the style, but with a decent creamy mouthfeel.
I'm relieved this clear bottle was more or less devoid of skunkiness, unlike other I&G I've had. This had an interesting/complex profile, but the flavours failed to mesh just right for me... had trouble finishing my glass for some reason. Still, interesting for those that enjoy a good rum.
09-13-2011 22:03:02 | More by MattyV
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured into an Imperial nonic, Innis & Gunn's Rum Cask is a clear, ruby-accented russett brown in color beneath a finger-thick head of creamy light tan. The head retention is quite good, but the lacing leaves a little bit to be desired.
The oak is readily apparent to the nose, along with caramel, a dusting of cocoa, some mild fruitiness, a waft of biscuit, and a quick note of coconut.
The flavor is sweet and almost chocolatey right upfront, followed by a spritz of yeasty fruitiness, and then notes of cocoanut, oak, biscuit, brown sugar, golden caramel, barley and tea-like hops. It's malty but not overdone, and the fruitiness and oak balance it nicely. It finishes surprisingly dry, due in part to the lingering oak.
In the mouth it's medium-light in body and quite supple and smooth due to its moderate carbonation level.
It's an interesting beer with a good deal of complexity while still remaining very drinkable. It's far from overdone, and in fact it's quite balanced and polished. This could easily be a session ale apart from its strength and the fact that its nuances would be lost after the second glass. Quite nice!
09-08-2011 13:37:54 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass
Appearance: Chestnut brown in color, minimal head, moderate carbonation, clear
Smell: wood, some smoke, and tobacco
Taste: very woody, some smoke, and big toffee as well
Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation and body, slightly sweet with smoke
Overall: Revisiting the brand I logged my first review for. Awesome wood and tobacco combo. Could have several of these. This tastes different from most other beers I have had, so I am loving it.
09-08-2011 13:11:09 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +4.7%
The Rum Cask version of Innis & Gunn's brew shows with a lovely rum-brown color, though shaded just slightly more red than actual rum. The aroma speaks of the rum cask aging only slightly, with very subtle hints of charcoal, vanilla, and oak floating over a stronger bed of floral malts and wildflower honey. The aromas are all fairly light, though very nuanced.
On the tongue, the first flavors speak of the rum cask aging, with definite charcoal and vanilla flavors mixing with hints of oak, brown sugar, wildflower honey, and some cola flavors. The result unfortunately bears more than just a little resemblance to a rum-and-watered-down-cola, which does detract from the beer. A fair alcohol tinge burns the edges of the tongue, further reminding of rum flavors. Late in the mouthful these rum-alcohol flavors increase as the sugars die off, and the aftertaste is mainly light rum and the weak toasted grains and biscuit flavors left after the sugar die-off, lingering on the tatsebuds for a fair bit. Mouthfeel is a dry medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.
Overall, there are many good flavors in this beer, but I can't quite get past the rum-and-cola resemblance to focus on the fact that this is a beer. A stronger and more flavorful pre-cask-aging beer would have helped in this respect, giving the flavors a bit more strength in their own right. Despite this, the beer is indeed enjoyable, and quite refreshing and clean in its flavor profile. Worth trying.
09-07-2011 23:58:30 | More by jondeelee
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
Well, the clear bottle elaves no surprises. Pours garnet with a nice little white ring of head.
Smells of fresh oak, molasses, malt, and smoke. I smell a hint of hops hanging around.
The oak, rum, and beer meld well. Sweet molasses, figs, light spice, vanilla, red fruit, brown sugar, and some roast all dance together. Crisp with a sweet finish.
The feel is full-bodied and slightly creamy.
This was a good beer. I love how everything goes together nicely.
08-30-2011 21:45:09 | More by RomaniIteDomum
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
A- dark brown color that is red in the light. Small tan head that dissipates quickly.
S- wow: rich oak and vanilla,light spiced rum, toffee.
T- Just like the smell. Really digging this flavor. It's little hot in the finish, but I'm ok with it.
O- extremely original, and I think this is a very underrated beer. Just awesome.
08-27-2011 22:22:22 | More by Tschnab
4/5 rDev +4.7%
a: dark brown with a ruby hue. minimal head.
s: oak. the toffee smell you expect from the original is there, with a little bit of alcohol lingering.
t: at first is reminiscent of the original Innis and Gunn but then I got a taste of a spicy sweet alcohol presence. not hoppy at all but I don't have a problem with that if it is all oaked up.
m: creamy and sticky. lack of head on the initial pour but this beer is definitely carbonated.
o: this is definitely a great beer, and tonight I was lucky to get the 750ml for $5 so no complaints! I still enjoy the original more, cheers!
08-27-2011 02:01:11 | More by jlenik
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Innis and Gunn seems to be a classic among casual beer drinkers looking for something different. I remember being really surprised and impressed the first time I had it. Lets see how this new version holds up. 33cl bottle poured into an official I&G glass.
It pours a dark reddish amber colour. It's completely clear with a thin bubbly head on top. There are lots of bubbles rising up.
The aroma is subdued, but has some interesting things going on. It is definitely very sweet smelling, with caramel aspects from the rum being very apparent. There is also some oaky notes. It's quite a nice smell, and reminiscent of some kind of whisky.
The flavour is sweet to start, with some light maltiness. The rum and oak aspects start to come through towards the end. It's very smooth and direct. It tastes nice, but lacks complexity and sophistication.
Overall, I prefer this to the original Innis and Gunn. It is a lot smoother. It's got pretty good drinkability for a beer with such rich flavours. At the same time, it lacks the intensity that could make it a really great beer.
08-26-2011 05:16:15 | More by evlu1441
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.2/5 rDev -16.2%
Reddish mahogany with a light, tan brown & bubbly head. Retention of about 30 seconds.
A lot of oak & vanilla & brown sugar which although strong is blended well. There is also some sweet malts and the tiniest of alcohol notes.
A warm, sweet vanilla flavour upfront that is closely followed by lots of oak and some spices. There may be some caramel in there too but it's hard to tell, although there is some faint butterscotch & touches of alcohol.
A good amount of carbonation & very smooth, with a creamy texture. Medium to heavy in body and leaves a smooth but slightly metallic aftertaste.
To be honest I was expecting something more from this one & felt that it failed to deliver although it was by no means a bad beer, just not one I'm likely to drink/buy again.
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08-25-2011 00:41:35 | More by flyingpig
British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
First and foremost, I hold any innis & gunn product to a very high standard. I expect great things out of every bottle I taste.
Purchased in a 330 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. Purchased and tasted without knowing what style this is representing.
Pours a very dark orange red. Clear. No head. At all. Hmmm...very low carbonation.
Roasted malt, vanilla, honey, some bitter hops, and of course oak, on the nose. I can smell the booze. Ahhh this is a strong Scotch ale. Never been a huge fan of the style, and a hot summer evening is not the ideal scene for this beer...
Tastes like it smells. Lots of big flavours going on here: oak, burnt sugar and malt. Nicely sweet. Warming alcohol at the end. Very nice mild bitterness to round it off.
Anemic carbonation, big flavours, and high abv make this a difficult session beer. It'd be nice up against a hearty stew on a cold winter night. I'll review this again in 4 months...
08-21-2011 01:44:48 | More by ozmodium
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
08-21-2011 01:29:07 | More by metter98
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-18-2011 23:53:36 | More by BrewCrew2010
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-18-2011 13:28:12 | More by chefelf
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
08-17-2011 00:01:55 | More by mavbrew
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-13-2011 22:33:35 | More by thehyperduck
2.28/5 rDev -40.3%
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.
08-12-2011 06:20:41 | More by nrbw23
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-28-2011 00:06:03 | More by BeerResearcher
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
07-27-2011 22:43:42 | More by NilsFrisk
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
07-24-2011 12:48:02 | More by MoreThanWine
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
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
07-24-2011 00:59:07 | More by joemcgrath27
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
07-17-2011 20:37:35 | More by bourbonbock
3.08/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
07-16-2011 23:02:29 | More by rdilauro
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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