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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

1,206 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 60
Gots: 204 | 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: 1,206 | Reviews: 354
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is crystal clear, vibrant, ruby-copper coloring with a thin, foamy, light beige head. Aromas are roasted and woody, with dark fruit spices and floral notes. The nose is dark and subtle. Flavors are sweet, with a candied sugar initial taste, followed by some subtle oak and brown sugar characteristics, I'm assuming from the rum barrels. I mean, I'm sure it's not just a clever name. Roasty and currant fruit undertones keep the sweetness from being overpowering. The body is somewhat light, but smooth overall. The aftertaste is syrupy sweet, and imparted with oaky characteristics, it almost has a maple syrup like profile (only oak, because it's not a maple barrel). The finish has a slight linger that slowly shrinks away, leaving a semisweet touch on the palate. Not bad, but I'm not blown away.

Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper liquid with excellent clarity and a prodigious, thick and creamy head that is closer to tan than white. It lasts for a while before fading and leaving patchy lacing.

Yum! Creamy vanilla, oak, and rum appear early and blend beautifully. I can feel more than smell the gentle boozy influence.

The taste has similar elements as the nose but they are not immediately asserted as richly and boldly as in the aroma. The vanilla character and other oaky elements are front and center but not overdone. This is balanced very nicely by the malty backbone of the beer, and mild hoppy bitterness adds depth. I don’t really taste the rum, or get much in the way of hop flavor, but this is a really nice tasting beer.

Strong carbonation, medium/full body, a modest level of viscosity, a touch of warming, and some faint bitterness in the finish.

I had had one oak aged beer from I&G before, and I recall being underwhelmed. Not this time. This is a solid beer. It looks and smells great, tastes and feels good, has excellent balance and good complexity. Totally worth a try. I wish I had more! I am pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Brad007
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild reddish brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nothing much else to note, except that this is darker than the first example I had.

Touch of rum with vanilla bean and sweet malt in the nose. Smells better than the first example.

The rum is strong with this one. Once again, the base malt just can't hold up to the skunk. Still more tolerable than the previous one.

Lingering rum and vanilla bean in the back. Not bad but nothing new.

Again, a noble attempt to add character to ordinary ales. May I suggest they use brown glass next time?

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UAyeroc2425
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of railman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of rangerred
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A fairly aggressive pour yields a one finger head over a clear ruby colored beer. Head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smells of dark fruit and molasses with the rum also present but subdued. Some sweet caramel too.

The flavor is sweet from the get go with subtle rum notes along with cinnamon, raisins, and other dark fruit. Some wood is present. Some alcohol is detectable about midway through and the beer finished with some light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little bit on the watery side but not too bad.

Overall I am quite happy with this beer. The rum is not too overpowering and the sweetness is held in check. An excellent sipper that I would love to have again.

Photo of WoodersonMB
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jjauga
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of shand
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a (rather attractive) 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

It pours out a nice ruby-brown color with a small head. The aroma is very complex. The alcohol comes out and says hello first, but deep wiffs gets oak, dark fruits, sweet malts, vanilla, toffee, and a bit of spices. A bit too strong on the alcohol on the nose, but otherwise very nice. The taste reverses the sensation from the nose, with some sweet malts, dark fruits and vanilla coming first. Then the oak, rum spices, and a touch of bitterness come roaring in, finishing with a bit more of the sweetness. It's a sipper, but one that you'll really enjoy over the course of an hour as it warms up.

Photo of ColSanders123
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Portertime
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I am sampling this one chilled in my Maudite tulip glass. A hard pour produces a nice pinkish white, two finger head. The hue is a brilliant, deep ruby red. It is very nice, a very unique color for a beer and probably a corollary of the rum cask aging.

Smell: aromas of burnt brown sugar and baked cinnamon apples shine through. A pleasant flan-like dessert quality comes to mind.

Taste: delicious! The rum aging gives a wonderful vanilla, toffee, and hint of molasses. With each sip evokes a brown breadiness and layers of malt and hop enshrouded by the vanilla oak. What a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: smooth and drinkable. The oak isn't too over powering and the complexity goes on for days.

Photo of KevinSP
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of BoringBunny
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Working my way through the I&G offerings at hand. Good times thus far... This stuff pours a clear rusty brown topped by a minimal amount of off-cream-white foam. The nose is dizzominated by a blast of buttercream and caramel. There might be a bit of marshmallow and oak in there, too, but they're drowned out by the big boys in the room. The taste holds notes of vanilla, cinnamon, buttercream, toffee, rum spice, very light oak, and light ginger. This stuff is very complex, each flavor inhabiting its own layer and its own wave across the tongue. Nice. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, no surprise from the I&G crew.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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