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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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1,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 51
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007)
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

goalie33, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of NForr
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Dieu du ciel small tulip glass. Minor head retention but dissipates quickly. Beautiful dark brown, slightly auburn color. A really good looking beer.

smells of oak and vanilla as most of the I&G, but with some cherry, brown sugar, and well... rum of course.

Taste is oakey, fruity, with vanilla and a lot of alcohol. Although I'm enjoying the warming feeling, I find the taste of booze a little overpowering.

Body is medium/light, nice on the tongue.

Overall the beer is decent, but not great. I feel he alcohol overpowers the rest of the beer, but I do enjoy the rum flavor and as usual, the oak tastes and aromas.

NForr, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- Packaged in clear bottle. (7.4%abv). Served between 4-6C as suggested.

A: Against backlighting a bright burgundy red was topped off by a frothy, sandy-beige head that kept fair, more so then their original oak cask. Medium rise of effervesce with only a slight mention of lacing.

S: For aroma light intentions of dry rum and oak notes were enough to get notice but not so much to entice.

T: The flavor was strong rum alcohol, dry oak, and some dried sweet caramelized grains. Spicy spruce, some flowery pine, with a warming alcohol of dry rum and a scotchy finish. Some figs, spicy warm mandarin orange and syrupy rum raisins along with some spicy citrus notes.

M: The mouthful had a medium syrupy body, along with warming rum alcohol and a soft carbonation.

O: Overall spicy and dry with oak barrel notes and a warmth of dry rum alcohol. The alcohol seems a bit forefront at times, but there is enough complexity that comes through to make things interesting. Moderate drinkability.

beerthulhu, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bluesplit63, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
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2.1/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into a 7venth Sun snifter.

A - Pours a nice, clear reddish-auburn. Decent finger or so of head, but not much retention and only wisps of lacing on the glass. Inauspicious start.

S - Meh. Smells like a bland scotch ale. Maybe just the slightest hint of vanilla and spice, sweet malt, and sherry.

T - More meh. Just an average scotch brown ale, with little to no sign of the rum barrel that is featured so prominently on the label multiple times. I'd call it plain vanilla, except some vanilla would liven the taste of this beer up quite a bit. It's sweet in the wrong places, bitter in the wrong places. Disappointing to say the least.

M - Very thin and almost cloying in its sweetness. Not at all what I'd expect from a beer in this category.

O - I honestly do not understand the above-average scores from others for this beer. I've already had a superlative rum barrel-aged scotch ale this month -- CCB BA Big Sound. This beer bears no resemblance to that one. It barely tastes like a wee heavy, and I have no idea why they bother putting the "rum barrel" information on the label. Not worth the time, the money, or the calories. Down the drain it goes...

djmichaelk, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

josefnewsong, Dec 04, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had previously reviewed the flagship I & G Oak Aged Beer, then I snagged a cool holiday box set with three varieties of their oak aged beers and a nice stemmed tulip glass. I poured this one from an 11.2 oz clear bottle into said tulip glass.

A= Brilliantly clear orange copper color. About 1/4" of white head that disappeared in a hurry. Very little lace or evident carbonation release.

S= Nice complexity here. Oak, sweet malts, and rum all made an appearance.

T= Very very subtle and smooth. All of the expected flavors are there in an incredible show of restraint and balance. I noted the underlying Scottish ale as well as oak, vanilla, rum, and hints of leather. Finished dry yet with a beguiling sweetness.

MF= Only medium bodied, and made to seem a bit fuller due to the lower carbonation level.

D= Off the charts. I really enjoyed this and will be seeking it out again for sure!

spointon, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jmpowell, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bhamsteelerfan, Dec 04, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

never had a rum casked beer before. poured a dark amber maple syrup color with a quarter inch cream head that lasted about 30 seconds. smelled like a manly version of a tropical drink, definitely attributable to the rum. i tasted no beer in at all though, like a watered down liquor drink, it was hard to call this a beer for me, with almost none of the requisite ingredients identifiable in the palate. still though, a pretty nice unique flavor, very woody and a little sweet, dried fruits, molasses. not bad. overall the mouthfeel could have made this beer, but it broke it instead. almost entirely flat, and losing much of its most redeeming characteristics as it warmed. i did not dislike this brew, but it missed the mark for me. extra points for doing something original though, and worth a try for the wood beer freak

StonedTrippin, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Dave18576, Nov 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice molasses tinged amber with a fair amount of quickly fading creamy white head. Leaves a nice bit of lacing around the glass.

S: sticky sweetness of malt and rum baked maple. muted character of dried fruit, yeast, and vanilla comes out as it warms, and the rum factor pronounces itself more boldy as the glass finishes as well...

T: sugary caramel sweetness. bready middle leading to a gummy rum cola finish.

M: very well balanced, smooth, and light feel.

O: much more impressed with this brew than I was with last night's introduction to Innis & Gunn with their regular Oak Aged Beer. this is a brew I'll remember and would have no trouble drinking again.


sirdrinkwell, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

LiquidDegenerate, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BoneyardBrewer, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bigox420, Nov 29, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark caramel brown with about 1 finger of head that quickly dissipates to a thin lacing around the edge of the glass. Transparent in spite of the rich colour of the brew.

S: Nose is as dark as the appearence. Rum-like caramel and maple predominates, a nice subdued sweetness. Undertones of fruit and vanilla that you would expect from an oak aged drink.

T: A lighter taste than the nose conveys, but quite delicious. A soft, malty start makes way for the caramel, vanilla, and maple to bloom on the tongue. Oak finish with a lingering rum-like sweetness that balances nicely with the bitter.

M: Good carbonation keeps it light and tingly on the tongue. Dryness is subdued as compared to other Scotch Ales I've had. The sweetness from the rum has me salivating slightly.

D: Quite a pleasant drink. I could enjoy several of these in a sitting without question

O: Very tasty, and a big improvement (imo) over their standard oak aged beer. As a big fan of rum this brew really hits the spot. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the style.

Foddz, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Number3red, Nov 27, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear reddish brown. Off-white head, about 2 fingers.

S - Sweet and malty, with just a slight hop note.

T - The number one flavor you get is a sweet ruminess, almost molassas, but much lighter in flavor. A little woodiness, but not much.

M - Meduium full, slightly cloying in sweetness.

O - A really flavorful beer, but it is unbalanced by it's high sweetness.

enfield249, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

zillo043068, Nov 23, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this with my meal at Berta's in Wanaque, NJ. Poured a reddish mahogany, with a beige head, one finger; average retention and lacing. The nose revealed large caramel, apple, pear, cherry, oak, vanilla, and maple syrup notes. I must say, that after reading some reviews, I was bracing myself to be underwhelmed, but I was in fact impressed. Then the taste..very similar to the nose, but a little on the sweet maple side midpalate, dissolving to a sweet cherry/maple syrup finish punctuated by some alcohol hints. Medium bodied, and almost no carbonation; slick, viscous feel. Despite the sweetness and the viscosity, I actually found this beer to be pleasantly drinkable. Paired very nicely with my cream tart dessert!

donniecuffs, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Merkur, Nov 22, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark amber with light head. Clear and pleasant.

S: The better components of a garbage bin, caramel, cinnamon, citrus and ginger. Average.

T: Cola caramel, ginger. A lot of rum, so no false advertising! I keep this in high regard.

M: Not offensive, just barely tickles the tongue. Quite dry.

Overall a reasonably good beer, but for 60 SEK per liter I am not sure at all whether I would care for this again.

grapetonix, Nov 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 21, 2011
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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