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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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1,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 54
Gots: 146 | 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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Photo of djmichaelk
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
Photo of josefnewsong
4/5  rDev +4.7%

josefnewsong, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of spointon
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
Photo of jmpowell
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

bhamsteelerfan, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
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
Photo of Dave18576
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Dave18576, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of sirdrinkwell
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
Photo of LiquidDegenerate
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

BoneyardBrewer, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +4.7%

bigox420, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Foddz
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
Photo of Number3red
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Number3red, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of enfield249
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
Photo of zillo043068
4/5  rDev +4.7%

zillo043068, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of donniecuffs
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
Photo of Merkur
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Merkur, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of grapetonix
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
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mnixon86
4/5  rDev +4.7%

mnixon86, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber and very clear. Head doesn't really leave lacing.

Smells like oak, vanilla, rum, chocolate, caramel and other malt notes.

A lot of wood up front, very sweet malt beneath and a strong rum and vanilla character in the finish. Leaves lingering rum/vanilla flavors on the palate. A bit watery. Sweet, but never quite too sweet. I like the barrel flavors here; interesting to see a rum-barrel beer.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and less than expected.

This one is a unique beer and rather tasty, if a bit sweet and one-dimensional. I wish there was more malt complexity in the flavor. But it's got to be one of the better beers you'll find in a clear bottle.

musicforairports, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Josiah2729, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

driftedfc3s, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +4.7%

jk3, Nov 18, 2011
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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